The acceptance of Home Minister P Chidambaram that the Centre did not do as much as it should have done for combating terrorism, is worrying and raising many questions. The first question will be fielded, when the Prime Minister also acknowledges that terrorism is posing a serious challenge to the national security, why are not decisive steps being taken against them? Earlier, the Home Minister hailed Naxals as the most dreaded ones saying that they are bigger threat to the national security of the country and there is no decline in their violent activities. Despite these challenges, he categorically said that the onus to fight Naxalites lies on the state governments. It vividly spells out the message that the Centre and state governments are not able to fight terrorism nor Naxalism. Nothing could be more shameful than it that the government is looking at with helplessness instead of taking concrete steps to curb the menace of terrorism and Naxalism. This is the reason that terrorism along with Naxalism is spinning out of control. It is noted that both the Prime Minister and Home Minister are talking in unison against terrorism and Naxalism, but there is nothing new in their statements. Both these challenges to national security are not afresh, but the way the government is showing its concern indicates that something new has happened in this regard. Can it be construed that this is mere the ploy of the government to distract people from the issues of corruption and skyrocketing price hike? The reason for this misgiving is that the government is not in position to give befitting reply of questions raised regarding price hike and corruption.     

It is well known that Naxalism has engulfed almost all mineral-rich areas of the country. Hell-bent to stand against Indian Republic, the Naxals have drifted apart from its ideology which was made for giving justice to adivasi (aboriginal population). The Naxal outfit has, now, turned into mafia which has occupied forests and mineral resources of the country. Despite knowing the intention of Naxals, state governments are not ready to take action against them and now the Centre is at crossroad before red terror. Naxals are continuously strengthening its base. Despite this, the Central government has not made any such law to take decisive action against them. The schemes made for development of tribals in Naxal infested areas are not discouraging Naxalism. The Centre has no clue that despite the ban clamed on Naxalism, how are they getting stronger? May be the Naxalites have strengthened their foothold by hobnobbing with political parties. This misgiving is doing the round because efforts to check them have been made for decades, however there is no letting down in the audacity of Naxalism. The candidates of regional and national parties filed in Naxal areas during the election try to get support of Naxalites. Several local leaders tie up with Naxalites clandestinely. The political high-ups could be ignorant about it, but they are mute spectators. This is not fair that those local leaders appearing soft towards the Naxalites are assigned to win over the hearts of people of Naxal infested areas. Nothing could be achieved from such kind of suggestion, because it is unlikely to implement them. Such suggestions will spur up impudence of Naxalites.

In connection with terrorism too, which is posing serious threat to internal security of the country, it is obvious that states and the Centre are ready to know their responsibilities. It is clear from the terror attack in Mumbai and Delhi that the indigenous terror groups are now deeply rooted. Recently, Indian Mujahideen was banned by America saying it is the part of global terror organization and linked with Pakistan as well. According to America, Indian Mujahideen had helped Lashkar-e-Taiba in carrying out terror attack at Mumbai in 2008. The Indian government has been declining it. The American establishment has reached conclusion that like the motive of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e- Mohammed and HuJI, Indian Mujahideen is at par with jihadi organizations of Pakistan and then it is difficult to conceive whether domestic terror outfits by their activities are taking revenge of alleged injustice begin done with Muslim or creating fissure between Hindu and Muslim. It is yet to come, like America whether the Indian government is ready to dub Indian Mujahideen as dreaded as Lashkar, Jaish and HuJI. Howsoever the Indian government treats Indian Mujahideen, it is not justified when America exposed the nexus between Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar, the Prime Minister accepted the terror groups have again become active across the border and our security agencies are not capable. The Centre narrates the reasons of terrorism and Naxalsim getting uncontrolled as similar as the government describes its incapability in checking price rise and corruption. It is disappointing that the Centre has showed its shortsightedness regarding this matter and tries to distract people as well.

If the government has to control terrorism and Naxalism, the Centre and states will have to ditch vote bank politics and take some concrete decision in this regard. National interests could not be safeguarded with vote bank politics. It is the vote bank politics which does not allow consensus on tackling terrorism and Naxalism. If terrorism and Naxalism could not be controlled, the internal security of the country would be dented and there could be repercussion on India’s image in the international arena. This will affect economy and foreign investment as well. If there is lackadaisical attitude of the government towards the internal security, the condition of India could be as like as the chaos in Pakistan, which was made by the terror group.

(An original copy of the article published in Hindi on September 18, 2011 translated by the English Editorial. The author is Group Editor of Dainik Jagran)