While the latest revelations of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks have once again embarrassed the country, it has put the Indian leadership into the dock. It would be now difficult for the government to defend itself on the latest revelations of WikiLeaks that the government was not serious in extradition of David Headley alias Dawood Gilani- one of the prime accused in 26/11 Mumbai attack.  WikiLeaks, quoting the diplomatic cables, has revealed that the then National Security Advisor (NSA) MK Narayanan had told the American Ambassador that the demand of the Indian government to extradite Headley was a mere posturing aimed at satisfying the domestic audience. Though Narayanan has refuted the claims of the American envoy, it is unlikely that the countrymen would take his words on face value. And there are enough reasons for the Indian populace not to believe Narayanan because people are well aware of the lack of a clear stand of the Indian government against terrorism. It becomes imperative for the then NSA and presently Governor of West Bengal, MK Narayanan to explain the concrete steps that the government took to extradite Headley, if at all it was serious about bringing the 26/11 plotter to India. In this context, one must not forget that the Indian investigators were contented just by questioning Headley.

It’s not that the Indian government has softened its stand against terrorism only while dealing with the US. The approach of the Indian dispensation on the issue has been similar vis-à-vis Pakistan as well. If the case of Mumbai attack is taken under consideration, it is vividly clear that the government moved two steps back for every single step being taken forward. On one hand the government took the extreme position of not engaging with Pakistan in any peace talk till the establishment across the border acted upon the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks, on the other it decided to resume talks despite its earlier conditions having not been meted out. Probably, the lackadaisical approach of the Indian government gave a leeway to Pakistan to liberate itself from the diplomatic pressure which India had built upon it after 26/11 with the help of the International community. Though the Indian government claims its vision of fight against terrorism is crystal clear, the facts prove it otherwise. The truth is that Pakistan is now not taking any step to bring the perpetrators of 26/11 to books. Since India never took a strong decision on terrorism, it became difficult even for the International community to exert pressure on Islamabad beyond a limit. While the revelations of WikiLeaks cannot be considered to be absolutely correct but their authenticity is not ruled out completely either. If the policy makers of the country would exhibit such grave difference between their words and action, they would not only lose credibility before the international community, but the countrymen would also lose faith in them.