Antiterrorism Policy Essay

1280 words - 5 pages

Does being peaceful and showing goodwill in the state indicate terrorists have the license to work at their freewill?? Indeed it does!! Soft policies against terrorists will definitely create a lot of positive headlines but at the same time it puts to stake the survival and security of its people and primarily disturbs the government's commitment towards preserving national interests. The Mumbai terror attacks of 11/26 shook India and stunned the world, clearly revealing huge chinks in the country's anti-terror armor. A year later, the sole surviving terrorist captured by authorities, Mohammad Ajmal Kasab is given the right to seek freedom before the courts of law, the masterminds of the deadly assault are free and the country harboring these terrorists- Pakistan, is probably laughing at our weakness, dismissing us as a state whose outrage is easily calmed by tokenism.

Our leaders say, war is not the only way to assert one's strength, dialogue with Pakistan is the best recourse given the volatile situation in the country. But, isn't this 'anti-confrontation' policy responsible for India's failure to check terrorism? Isn't India a soft state?

India, being a secular democratic state has always faced difficulties in maintaining its integrity every now and then. But the unity amongst people and the prevailing brotherhood among countrymen have kept as intact despite being the most diversified country in the world. We are renowned to be kindhearted and generous towards others. We like our friends and love our enemies. Call it Gandhigiri or national ethics, compared to other nations, people in our country are not outrageous or rebellious when it comes to "International Relations" (only when it comes to international relations). Our government is prompt to extend hands of friendship but never fastens its belt to initiate a war, whatsoever the intensity of the issue.

The global fraternity has labeled India as a "soft state" that has failed to protect its national interests on several occasions. Thanks to petty politics and the indecisiveness of our leadership, time and again our security forces have been the victims of the apathy of our government policies.

Imagine looking back fearfully each time you enter a temple, looking suspiciously at your fellow passengers in the train. It is this very reaction that a terrorist gloats upon. To strike fear is the utmost target in his mind. When we succumb to that fear and terror, his goal is achieved!! As long as we show compassion for the accused, we will not achieve the goal of ridding our nation of terrorism. And that exactly is our most vital problem.

There is nothing hard in proving that India is soft in combating terrorism. Anybody who reads the daily paper will know that we are. Anybody who flies by Air India and Indian Airlines will know. Anybody who thinks that we gave a free ride to three of the worst criminals of the world to a destination called Kandhahar in the distinguished company of...

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