India’s diffident strategic culture
Cmde Uday Bhaskar wrote this op-ed in the Indian Express last week. He has chosen his words carefully, but he makes the right points.
The immediate neighbourhood comprises regimes that are either unable, or unwilling, to quarantine the terrorist structures that target India. In the worst case scenario, they actually abet such constituencies. The Bangalore incident once again draws attention to the urgent need to evolve a national strategy to deal with the scourge of terrorism that will redress the existing inadequacies by way of legislation, security skills, investigation procedures and speedy convictions. An information strategy that is relevant to 24-hours news channels is also called for.
This gap in the Indian response matrix to terrorism is reflective of the nation’s diffident strategic culture which has the Somnath syndrome still embedded within it. Every attack or assault is dealt with reactively. But Bangalore symbolises a new and resurgent India. A strategic culture, in sync with the new reality, should evolve. Civil society has a very important role to play in combating terrorism, and the current wave of anger and frustration must be distilled into a steely national resolve, so that the terrorists in this case are tracked and brought to book speedily. [IE]