Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fighting Terror -II

On 19.7.11,I wrote about the subject after Mumbai blasts of 13.7.11.I am saddened ,that what I stated there is repeated to day after one more blast in a Delhi High court entrance,that has killed 11 and injured 70,till writing of this blog.
I need not repeat, what I have stated on 19.7.11.Except that most of the panelists [in the TV debates] have re re re emphasised the role of the beat constable.Ex.cop.Kiran Bedi stated that there are 1.75 million policemen in the country.Out of these 1.25 million are constables.
One panelist [ Ajay Sahani] stated on CNN-IBN, that NIA was never and will never be a solution.He is a renowned security expert.But I still hold the view that a nation wide indepedent investigating agency for terror is the way forward.Central govt has not done enough on NIA except setting it up.When it is fully staffed,fully equipped and given operational autonomy,it can produce better results than the investigators [ trained in general investigation technics]at state level.
Now the new pattern of such attacks is emerging.Attacks are not spectacular.Attacks can never be linked to outsiders [ ISI has learnt its lessons from Kasab].Larger terror organisations are creating local,autonomous ,self sustaining cells without traces to parent organisations.
Response to such changed tactics needs to be differant.We can not and need not blame outsiders.But we need to act very quickly and effectively against local cells/operatives.How? Read my previous blog of 19.7.11.
One more aspect has emerged in today's blast.Anger/anguish/aversion to VIP visits that I had mentioned on 19.7. Today,Rahul Gandhi was booed by crowds of relatives of the victims at RML hospital.All parties should agree now to stop such visits.They hamper relief.They don't provide any immediate succur.They are no longer liked! Media should also agree that they will not report the absence of politicos as crime.This should put an end to this practice, which appears farcical due to painful regularity with which these attacks are happening.There is very little by way of investigations,prosecution and punishments which can be shown by the ministers.People want them to work on these aspects rather than visit them with their entourage.
Blast has put the central govt in very tricky situation.Digvijay Singh from Congress wrote few days ago in his blog that communalism was more dangerous than corruption.This was to pander to minority votes in upcoming elections in UP.Congress party has also orchastrated TV debates on hanging of Afzal Guru.Now HUJI, a Bangladesh based terror outfit has taken responsibility for this blast and warned that it will organise more such blasts in courts, if Afzal Guru is hanged.What a govt that has been going soft on muslims for their votes will do now?If they hang him, there could be blasts.If they don't there could still be blasts on some other pretext by terror outfits,as they would sense the helplessness of this govt.Besides this,govt will also face "blasts" from the people,for doing nothing!
This is the price you need to pay for ignoring security.Primary function of the state, as I have discussed in my blog on " Governance".If you can't protect us, you can't rule us.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Communal Violence Bill

On 31st August,attended a discussion on above by Shri Sheshadri Chari [ RSS Pracharak since 1978] in Surat.
The draft bill has been prepared by NAC [ National Advisory Council] that advises Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Congress party president and UPA II Chairperson.
Bill seeks to protect the minorities [ identified as GROUP] in the bill from the majority.It has several draconian proviso which can be used against Hindus.Such a bill is non starter in Hindusthan, where 85 % of the population is Hindu.
Congress is really not interested in passing this bill and protecting minorities.
This bill is part of Congress strategy to divert the attention of the people [and electorate] from the main issues.These are,
A. Corruption
B. Price rise,inflation and economic mismanagement
C. Poor governance
Congress expects that people will not vote for Congress if these issues remain in public memory for long.With this Communal Violence Bill , it is throwing the bait at BJP to drag the debate down to communalism versus secularism.BJP should oppose the bill if tabled in Parliament,but it should also state that communalism is not the issue agitating the minds of the people.People are more concerned with issues stated above.Therefore Congress should be forced to restate its priorities.This may result in muslim votes gravitating towards Congress in 2012 elections, especially in UP.BJP should not worry about this.Because,middle classes have already deserted Congress.They will not only vote against Congress but also swing votes of other classes in favour of BJP and allies.
With this bill, Congress is also trying to ensure that BJP does not rope in more allies for NDA.More vociferous BJP gets on this bill, lesser are its chances of strengthening NDA with more allies like AGP,Biju Janata Dal,TDP or even AIADMK.
Congress party is trying to counter opposition onslaught with more and more negatives.Eg trying to implicate BJP men in the murder of an RTI activist in Bhopal,trying to imlicate Narendra Modi in Haren Pandya murder case, implicating former BJP ministers in 2G scam,notices from ED to Baba Ramdev,notices to Arvind Kejrival,privilege motion against Kiran Bedi etc.BJP should be able to highlight this to the people.When you are in the government, you better govern well, rather than find faults with others.That is the job of the opposition.
It is also orchastrating debates on death penalties to Rajiv Killers.So far as laws exist for death penalties,such debates only vitiate the atmosphere.Congress wants that!
BJP and allies should steer the debate back to real issues.
More on this in cominig days,weeks and months.These are very exciting times for students of politics and sociology.