- Gurudatha Pai
Graduate Research Assistant, university of Wyoming
How should India combat terrorism (both religious fundamentalist and social as in naxals) and concentrate on growth?
In the wake of recent serial bomb blasts in the financial capital of India, Mumbai, the government is being blamed again for failing to do enough to prevent such attacks after the infamous Nov 26 attack on 2008. The media is very active in covering the tragic event and so are discussion forums like this one I am starting.
The government claims to have been better prepared and credits itself of having dealt with the event in an efficient and prompt manner. The Home Ministry claims that there was no failure of intelligence and there were no intelligence support suggesting such an attack. The police investigations seem to lead nowhere or nothing has been made public at least.
On the other hand, life in Mumbai has apparently turned to its normal pace and everybody credits it to "the indomitable spirit of Mumbai". The citizens of Mumbai however, beg to differ and suggest that it is only the necessity is driving them to come back the next morning just so that they can earn their meal.
In this conversation, I seek to open it up for the TED audience and experts to elaborate why Indian efforts are insufficient if not ineffective in preventing terrorists from striking deep inside its borders. Why the law enforcement agencies are failing at their job in spite of claiming to be top notch. And how the socialist terrorist groups like naxalites are seemingly gaining more ground? Is India lacking the political will power or the executive depth to mitigate these bad forces? And finally, how this will impact the long term prospects of India in terms of military, financial, strategic and social developments.
Will you be kind enough to share Your thoughts!