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Thursday, August 11, 2011

PAK CAULDRON: Security reform and tackling neighbourhood threat!

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Akrita Reyar, / Last Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 13:41.

What the Mumbai attacks on July 13 pointed to more than anything else was a lapse in security. Worse still was the admission of Chidambaram to the complete “absence of intelligence” on the terrible incident.

As far as India is concerned, from 26/11 to 13/7, there lies a vast valley of vulnerability.

Possibly there was pressure on Pakistan and other vile elements that it hosts in its toxic swamps that gave some reprieve in the interim months to the financial metropolis.

That they will strike is well known – we all heard Hafiz Saeed’s declaration of Ghazwa-e-Hind. Through his pronouncement, he promises to enter and capture India through the gate of Kashmir.

Look next also at the disturbing confession of Chidambaram about home-grown terror groups which have long out-grown their nascence.

The frightening reality of us being sitting ducks cannot shroud our lack of choice in the euphemism of ‘indomitable spirit’ of Mumbai. Really, this is not akin to London spirit during the Blitz. Rather, this is about our ramshackle state of preparedness in the face of an unrelenting enemy.

Yes, our reaction to a tragedy may have improved, but our ability to foil vicious designs as means of defence remains intolerably inadequate. Given the spate of terror attacks as also Naxal surge, India is undoubtedly a soft target.

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