India: Politics above all, even above terrorism
Share this on

India: Politics above all, even above terrorism

Less than 24 hours after the Varanasi blast, we may know only a little about the attack itself, or the attackers, but know far more about why terror attacks keep recurring in our country. This is because our leaders are quick to score cheap brownie points, but much slower, not to mention less enthusiastic, to get to the bottom of the truth.
/>
/>To see my point, read what Home Minister P. Chidambaram said after a visit to the town in Uttar Pradesh:
/>
/>“In February 2010, a specific advisory was given regarding the Sheetla Ghat. Nobody can expect a more specific input. It is the duty of every state government to provide security.”
/>
/>One doesn’t need to be an intelligence expert to realize that a “specific warning” can’t be something that was delivered 10 months ago. To imagine that our authorities can keep up the highest level of security alert over such an extended period of time is to overestimate our abilities, regardless of which party is ruling, either at the center or in the specific state.
/>
/>In fact, after successive blasts in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Varanasi has remained safe for nearly three years. But then, that is beside the point as far as Chidambaram is concerned. What is of far greater concern to him and his party is its low popularity in the state. Consequently, anything is par for the course, even a deadly attack that requires all our joint strength to fight.
/>
/>Uttar Pradesh is a state the Congress Party is desperate to recapture, after losing it nearly two decades ago. It has done nearly everything it can do, and the young Rahul Gandhi has left no stone unturned but it has made limited progress. It is a state now ruled by Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati, a Dalit leader who has built a larger-than-life image for herself and one who rarely misses an opportunity to hit out at the Congress.
/>
/>When we are condemned to fighting our own petty battles, who can we trust to fight terrorism?