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Preventing Another 26/11

Preventing Another 26/11

December 16, 2010

How prepared are we to fight the fanatics if they plan another attack on our country?

On 26th November 2008, many people paid with their lives for the fanaticism of a few. Kasab still eats chicken biriyani on tax payer's money. The heart still bleeds. 26/11 is neither forgiven nor forgotten. As the year draws to it’s end, it's high time we look back at the city of Mumbai, which has always been a prime target of terrorist attacks. Here's is a list of terrorist attacks in Mumbai since Black Friday.
Date Place Killed Injured
12-Mar-1993 13 blasts across the city 257 713
28-Aug-1997 Near Jama Masjid 0 3
24-Jan-1998 Malad 0 1
27-Feb-1998 Virar 9 0
2-Dec-2002 Ghatokpar 3 31
6-Dec-2002 Mumbai Central railway station 0 25
27-Jan-2003 Vile Parle 1 25
13-Mar-2003 Mulund Railway Station 11 80
14-Apr-2003 Bandra 1 0
29-Jul-2003 Ghatkopar 3 34
25-Aug-2003 Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar 50 150
11-Jul-2006 7 blasts at 7 locations in local trains across the city 181 890
26-Nov-2008 13 blasts across the city 175 308

The facts are disturbing but how do we cure this poison that has diseased my nation? Do we need revolution or reformation? I strongly believe that a reactive solution won't help. Anger and rage against Mumbai terror is just a part of the whole story. We need more proactive, implementable solutions. As a matter of fact, Kasab was just the interface, the tip of the iceberg. The whole picture is far grimmer.

If we have to protect our motherland from internal destruction, we need to invest in infrastructure. As of January 2009, there were a total of 530,580 vacancies in the nation’s State police forces, with no one to join in. Over the past 2 years, this shortfall was partly met with an additional 116,903 recruits but we have a long way to go before we can claim to be strong nation and invincible to terrorism. Though at least the wheel has started to turn under the righteous leadership of Chidambaram.

If corruption has not crept in, and if Chidambaram's claims are true, then our forces have procured huge amounts of assault rifles, carbines and pistols, bullet-proof jackets, mine protected vehicles and armored troop carriers, motorcycles, rescue boats and attack craft, grenade launchers, night vision equipment, etc. Funds have been released to the states under the provision of a number of new schemes covering modernization of the police force, security related expenditure and special infrastructure.

All forensic labs are being upgraded to be better equipped. The number of IPS officers has been increased from 3,889 to 4,013 in the last year. Infrastructure at the National Police Academy is being strengthened. Training capacity is being expanded significantly. NGS commandos now have a much needed outpost in Mumbai. Our jawans are prepared to fight terrorists. 

We are becoming stronger internally. India cannot guarantee that another Mumbai attack will never happen, but at least we can reduce casualties in the future. We can fight the fanatics better than ever before.

Jai Hind!


  • Rajpriya
    22.11.12 03:13 PM
    Should India use its Nuclear power against 10 men or should Indian police run right in front of them to make them easy targets?
  • Akhtar
    21.11.12 11:00 PM
    10 men challanged india for three days and police hide at police stations , what a shame on india, a nuclear power country
  • Nitin
    25.09.11 12:55 PM
    We definitely need more proactive solutions but unfortunately thats what we think, plan after every attack, which means there is a fundamental flaw in the way we are approaching terrorism. I think we should also need to investigate the role of Chindabaram and his contributions more closely.
  • Sourav Roy
    Sourav Roy
    18.12.10 01:16 PM
    @ Arpana

    True. Long since we have been complaining and doing nothing to make this nation a better place to live in.

    It's high time we find sense in what JFK had once said- "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
  • arpana
    17.12.10 08:20 PM
    --seemed positive to get some insights and preparation have been taken already from our side.
  • Sourav Roy
    Sourav Roy
    17.12.10 10:25 AM
    @ Soumya

    Thanks. I was fed up of reading about these problems. Another scary article discussing problems related 26/11 wouldn't have made any sense.

    @ Shyam

    So true. Peace is the prerequisite for development and growth!
  • shyam
    17.12.10 12:58 AM
    Sourav , good you paid attention to this burning topic and spent some time writing your views!!
    No state can progress under terror and insurgent , peace is a prerequisite for development and growth of nation and man kind
    hope this little thing enters those big brains who are driving the earth to loose its balance and control!!
  • Soumya
    16.12.10 11:38 PM
    Good to hear a positive response :) hope whatever mentioned is true and Army people are provided with the modernized tools.
  • Sourav Roy
    Sourav Roy
    16.12.10 05:58 PM
    @ Raj

    @ Arpit
    So true! This is what has become one of the greatest troubles for our nation. Today nationalism is an extinct tale among Indians. And nationalism is the feeling that drives uncorrupted development. Unfortunately, today isolated forms of nationalism is seen majorly in only three types of people-

    1. Security personnel, like policemen and soldiers.

    2. Developmentalists, who want to make India into an economic superpower, independent of the consequences.

    3. Chauvinists, who want India only for one community or religion.

    Sometimes people falling in two of these categories combine to form a deadly combination. Take for example Ayodhya, Godhara, Kashmir or Cauvery water dispute. Most of these people don’t understand the amount of tolerance needed for building a nation. They are mislead by their own definition of nationalism. Instead of creating an unstoppable resonance that can drive our nation to great heights, they are busy creating newer troubles for the nation.
  • Arpit Vaish
    Arpit Vaish
    16.12.10 04:15 PM
    The main problem with us is that we are not willing to serve the country. Though there is high unemployment rate, but Government institutions are still short on manpower(like more than 3 lakh vacancies in police forces). Its so because we are happy to become engineers and work for American MNCs(including me). We never miss an opportunity to leave the country and settle in US or EU. Though there is high illiteracy in country, we don't want to become teachers. All we can do, and we are good at it, is discuss and criticize and blame everything on others. Its really the time for people to join civil services and serve the nation. Govt can only procure weapons or other resources. But who will operate them?
  • Raj Khandelwal
    Raj Khandelwal
    16.12.10 03:22 PM
    At last someone gave a positive response on such a critical issue !!!!

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