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Terrorists up the ante with the attack in Nagpur – the dots are all connected

The foiled attack on the headquarters of RSS headquarters is Nagpur falls into the general pattern of terrorist attacks over the last year — the intention is not merely to kill civilians but to deliberately provoke communal riots. That their provocations failed to ignite large-scale riots has caused them to up the ante by choosing bolder targets each time. The good news from Nagpur is that the attacks were foiled because of good intelligence and police work.

The bad news is that while those who were killed were almost certainly expendable foot-soldiers, the organisation that is behind the spate of attacks is very much intact. There’s worse: little is known about it and there is evidence that many of the terrorists in the previous attacks were homegrown, albeit with support from Pakistan and in Bangladesh. Even if the attackers themselves were foreigners, it is inconceivable that they could carry them off without local support. Worst of all, faced with a domestic version of al-Qaeda, the Indian government is yet to come up with a consolidated strategy to tackle this new security threat.

Like Naxalite terror, homegrown Islamic terrorism has a predominant inter-state dimension. It has a strong international dimension too. Terrorists are taken to Pakistan and Bangladesh, trained and infiltrated into India, plan their attacks in one state, procure arms and material from another and carry out attacks in yet another state. Expecting the state police forces to co-operate with only the central Intelligence Bureau to coordinate between them is at best complex and time-consuming and at worst ineffective. In the absence of a coherent national counter-terrorism strategy, the lack of coordination in operational terms just gets worse. The result is that more than strategy, it is very often serendipity that helps chalk up successes against terrorists.

Clearly, there is a need to go after these domestic ‘al-Qaeda’ with determination and vigour. Its ability to carry out attacks in several states across the breadth of the country suggests that what needs to be nipped is no longer just a bud. The UPA government cannot seriously hope to defeat or even contain this threat with an admixture of political correctness and rhetoric and worse, by burying its head in the sand. Domestic counter-terrorism needs not only just more teeth, it needs a whole rottweiler.

6 thoughts on “Get a rottweiler”

  1. Nitin,

    Well said,

    I remain pessimistic about it though.
    For the reason, that control and eradication of home grown terrorist network may need steps which will violate the enlightened principle of Indian secularism.

    Regards

  2. Unfortunately it seems that the UPA is more interested in carving up India along the basis of caste. I cant for the life of me understand how a government can just stand by and watch when repeated attacks are made on its soverignity and citizens. Is the government really that incapable of taking the islamic outfits that sponsor this terror to task? What is the UPA afraid of? That their muslim friends will take offence at a spade being called a spade.
    I cannot beleive that earning brownie points with a segment of the population should outweigh national security. The UPA has decided that the muslim vote is more important than the security of citizens, obstensibly to retain its hold on power. Fine if that the way they want to play it. I hope they realize that one day their policies will not leave them much of anything to hold on to.
    Their policies have put them on a slippery slope, its all downhill from here.

  3. Kudos to that, Arun !!
    Also Hats off to the police forces…I wonder why Advani cldnt stop to thank them ?

  4. Well, I live in Nagpur. And I know one thing for sure. They HAD to have local support. There are plenty of Pakistani sympathisers in a Muslim ‘ghetto’ of sorts (that we regularly visit for some nice food) called Mominpura. It is barely a couple of kilometres from the RSS HQ.

    See, there are two ‘ghettos’ side by side. One is the Muslim side mentioned above, separated by a large arterial road called Central Avenue. The RSS HQ is ensconced in the Hindu ‘Ghetto’ – a place that has a rich historical past going as far back as the Marathas (hence the name of the area – Mahal).

    Although this doesn’t apply to all Muslims by any stretch of the imagination, Mominpura is a source of resentment for many non muslims living in the rest of the city. The reason? The celebrations that go on in some parts (not all) of the area when Pakistan wins matches – even if its opponent is India in a particular match. If these people can support Pakistan openly in such trivial things as matches, there is no reason why they would not provide covert logistical support to terrorists for attacks on any Hindu targets. The anti national attitude had shown its ugly face a few months ago in anti Danish cartoon demonstrations awhere they smashed car showrooms and threw stones at others. I was right there at that time. Thankfully, they are only a minor portion of the population.

    Luckily, the rest of Nagpur is quite different in character. Populations of all religions are blended very well in most areas. Such areas observe restraint and tend to understand each other more. There is no xenophobia and so no them v/s us mentality. This is another very good reason why we must not have concentrations of one particular religion in any area of a city or even country. A homogenised population will always be a stable population.

    Ofcourse, the bunch of morons in power are doing their best to carve out people on the basis of religion and castes. I hope the reservation and pseudo secularist shills get destroyed by the very forces they are trying to unleash. Every last one of them. I would be celebrating then.

  5. The RSS has always been a kind of bug bear for Muslims.
    The LeT no doubt tried to use this dislike to it’s advantage.

  6. A: great insight. Thanks. The few misguided folks who cheer Pakistan in cricket matches (and worse) should take a trip to The Citadel of Islam to see if it’s truly the romanticised jannat they think it is. If they’re not Punjabi-feudal-Sunni-rich folks, they’re in for a rude surprise. Just ask the 140 million underclass there.

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