- Vijay Alagar
Principal Engineer / Director, Trustus Engineering Solutions
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Need of National Counter-terror Research Center in India
Terrorism is not new, and even though it has been used since the beginning of recorded history it can be relatively hard to define. Terrorism is a criminal act that has often been an effective tactic for the weaker side in a conflict. The strategy of terrorists is to commit acts of violence that draws the attention of the local populace, the government, and the world to their cause. The effectiveness of the terrorist act lies not in the act itself, but in the public’s or government’s reaction to the act. Due to the secretive nature and small size of terrorist organizations, they often offer opponents no clear organization to defend against or to deter.
India is stuck with terror attacks of frightening frequency and ferocity. It has even become more evident in 26/11 attacks. Today we face the same problem that the US faced prior to 9/11: turf wars among intelligence agencies and lack of cooperation. Inadequacies in our intelligence agencies have remained unidentified and unaddressed. Every successful terrorist strikes speaks of an intelligence failure. There is a lack of co-ordination not only among the agencies at the centre, but also between the central agencies and those of the state police.
How to improve the quantity and quality of the intelligence flow? How to ensure better co-ordination at the centre and with the states? What further measures are needed? These issues have to be urgently addressed by a dedicated counter-terror agency.
Successful investigation and prosecution deter future terrorist strikes. Poor investigation and prosecution encourage terrorism. Unfortunately, India is not aware of it and has a poor record in prosecutions. Setting up a NCRC (National Counterterrorism Research Centre) will help to track, resist and fight against terrorism.
As an independent organization, the ultimate aim of NCRC is to understand the capabilities & intentions of terrorist organizations, intelligence gathering, surveillance and protection.