|12-Mar-1993||13 blasts across the city||257||713|
|28-Aug-1997||Near Jama Masjid||0||3|
|6-Dec-2002||Mumbai Central railway station||0||25|
|13-Mar-2003||Mulund Railway Station||11||80|
|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.