The politics of terrorism in India

via Devinder Thakur published on June 7, 2008
Following the terrorist blasts in Jaipur, resulting in over 60
deaths, there is a fierce debate in the country on how to deal  with
terrorism. As is very characteristic of the political culture of this
country, this outrage ,instead of bringing our political parties
together in a united effort to fight terrorism , has led to mutual
recrimination This should give a great deal of comfort and
encouragement to the Jihadi groups.
The debate is about the policies towards terrorists advocated  by
different parties, the laws available to counter them, the role and
jurisdiction of various central and state agencies and their capacity
to deal with it. All these are very legitimate issues needing to be
debated constructively and at the national level. Instead of using
those arguments to score points against political rivals there is an
imperative need for political parties to get into a meaningful dialogue
among themselves .Contrast the behaviour of Indian politicians  with
parties in other mature democracies such as U.S, Britain and European
Union countries, In no other country claiming to be democracy do we see
as much acrimony in facing what is recognised as a national threat.
This is the situation in a country that has been fighting terrorism for
well over a quarter of a century.
This calls  for a serious introspection amongst our people,
academia, media and above all politician on the basic features of our
society and the political culture that makes this country so vulnerable
to terrorism and so difficult to unite to counter the menace.

The other question that keeps coming up is how to address to the
other problem  which is constantly raising its head and that  is the 
joint efforts of the right wing  religious minorities and
their separatist and Jihadi outfits  threatening the unity and the
integrity of the country.

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