This is in response to the editorial Just bystanders (IE,February 17) the brutal killing of 24 jawans in their own camp has exposed the lack of preparedness and political will to tackle Naxal violence. The security forces need special anti-Naxal training. This incident will certainly impact the morale of the states informers,which will hamper already lax intelligence. Unfortunately,short-term political gains,and not internal security,seem to be the priority for some political parties. They must realise that supporting the Maoists,either overtly or covertly,is a dangerous adventure. Strong political will,a political approach,developmental works and above all,police reform is the need of the hour.
The good fight
The photograph of constable Suraj Thapa and the accompanying piece were heartrending. The government of West Bengal must act now. I was pained to read the story about the condition of their camps. Shame on Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his government. Shame on the Marxist leaders sitting in Delhi who appear regularly on TV channels and sound self-righteous. The time has come for Manmohan Singh and P. Chidambaram to pressure states to get their act together and to direct the chiefs of all security forces to ensure that jawans fighting for the country are not allowed to live and die like this.
This refers to the report HCs,apex court dont need OK from state for CBI probe: SC (IE,February 18). The Supreme Court benchs ruling that higher courts do not need the consent of the Central government or state governments for a CBI probe is welcome. This ruling has far-reaching implications for relations between the judiciary and the executive. This ruling will pave the way for delinking the CBI from politics.
Two become one?
Apropos of K. Subrahmanyams Fasten your seatbelts (IE,February 17),it is now clear that there are two Talibans one controlled by the Haqqani,Omar and Hekmatyar groups targeting the US and the West,and India-specific groups like LeT,also referred to as the Punjabi Taliban. It is clear that the Pakistan army treats both as instruments of strategic depth. Encouraging the India-specific Taliban to carry out strikes in India suits them perfectly,since it provides an alibi to withdraw forces and thus disrupt operations against the Afghan Taliban on the Western front,allowing them precious time to regroup.
Invariably,the US has prevailed upon India to exercise restraint in the face of grave provocation so that ISAF can go about their business of neutralising groups threatening US/Western interests,without compensating India in any way. How long can we allow ourselves to be buffeted by waves of terror attacks just so the US can concentrate on its war on terror which may not necessarily be coterminous with ours?
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