The security agencies, yet once again, were left clueless and embarrassed by the incident of bomb blast at the Delhi High Court struck by terror outfits. The Central government also had to bear the chagrin of the attack. The blast set off by the terrorists, in front of the purportedly secured premises of the Delhi High Court, clearly showcases their audacity which has gone haywire. It is disquieting to note that the security agencies seem inept to face the ambitious move of the terrorists. Recently, in the month of July the terrorists hit the busy streets of Mumbai city with bombs, which too were sans any security. The Intelligence System is also proving inert in front of the terrorists. They are neither able to douse the ignition of the terror attacks nor capable of tracing the roots of those responsible for triggering the blasts. Besides, any strong evidence gathered by the security agencies is doffed due to the failure of the police to rise up in action under the circumstances. The government sings a similar tune after every terror incident. This time was no exception. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram refused to acknowledge the lapse on the part of security and intelligence agencies but at the same time drubbed the need to remain alert and disciplined. His statement, all terror strikes cannot be averted and it will take time to built a strong security system, is an indication that the country should be ready to face more terror attacks. After the Home Minister, the Prime Minister reiterated in the National Integration Council on the need to empower the Intelligence gathering system to combat the two challenges faced by the society and the government- Naxalism and Terrorism. This sends the message across that the government has nothing new to say.

Terrorism is no longer a new threat. The country is combating terror attacks for the past two decades. These attacks have been ripping apart major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and other parts of the country. However, nonchalant by these attacks, neither the political leaders nor the security and intelligence agencies seem keen to learn a lesson from the past mistakes. The government has even failed to bring in place simple security arrangements when it is thought of formulating laws to award harsh punishments to terrorists at the earliest. Three months back a mini blast near the Delhi High Court was not threatening enough to set up CCTV cameras on the site. Despite this blast as a trial of the terrorists, the security agencies refused to wake up from their slumber. This resulted in the success of the terror outfits in carrying out a massive explosion at the same trial site. Now, the pinning of blame on different departments is on. After all, why wasn’t this responsibility taken into cognizance before? It is highly lamentable that the security agencies have failed to nix in on the one responsible for planting the bomb. Although HuJI and Indian Mujahideen (IM) have claimed responsibility for the attack through e-mails, presently it is tough to say how much the mails can be believed? In another e-mail, they have warned to attack Ahmedabad. This warning can be genuine, but it cannot be ruled out that someone is trying to play games with the security agencies. It is known to all that Bangladesh based terror outfit HuJI, at the behest of Pakistan, planted terror attacks in India in past also. The Delhi blast took place at a time when India’s Prime Minster was on a visit to Bangladesh. It is quite possible that positive developments in Indo-Bangla relationship might have enraged HuJI, which in turn triggered the blast to avenge. Indian Mujahideen, like HuJI, is a terror outfit designed by Pakisatni terror agencies which is touted to be a part of the so called Karachi project.

No matter who is the mastermind behind the Delhi blast, it is evident that the Centre has failed to muster courage to retaliate the terrorists’ design and module. This, at times lead us to conclude that the ruling government has lost the will-power to fight against terrorism. The development of an arsenal of terror within the country, by those terrorist organisations which used to carry out its activities from across the border, is not a small issue at all. Despite all the activities, the security agencies have failed to gain control over the Indian Mujahideen. The Home Minister, in person, accepts the emergence of a network of domestic terrorists. Notwithstanding the increasing risk of terrorist attacks, the laxity in stepping up security measures continues. The bureaucratic tug of war has foiled the procedure of installation of CCTV cameras in sensitive and key places. Chidambaram himself admitted that the cancellation of tender by PWD was the reason for the Delhi High Court area not to have CCTVs. It seems as if the Indian politicians have assumed that the menace of terrorism cannot be arrested and people must learn to live with it. The various revelations of WikiLeaks give us a glimpse of the aforesaid mindset of the government. According to one of such revelations, the Indian government was only pretending to show keenness in the case of extradition of Pakisatni-American terrorist David Headley who was involved in the plotting of the Mumbai attacks. Security experts have reached to the conclusion that the police and security agencies have no power to suppress terrorism. Nevertheless, the government is not ready to express when will a strict law to combat terrorism be prepared?

The series of terror attacks in India is maligning the image of the country on the international level. Various international experts on security matters have started to believe that India is a soft nation when it comes to fighting terrorism. Their notion cannot be refuted due to recurring terror attacks on metro cities such as Delhi and Mumbai. These strikes suggest that the government is not committed to check terrorism. The terror outfits are reaping the benefit of the wavering attitude of the government. Now, they are not even stepping back from claiming responsibility for the attacks. Under such circumstances, the common people are left with no choice but to wait for concrete steps against terrorism. Till the decisive action comes in, the public has to bear with the crocodile tears of the politicians.

(An original copy of the article published in Hindi on September 11, 2011 translated by the English Editorial. The author is Group Editor of Dainik Jagran)