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Armageddon!

In case you haven't noticed, Delhi is under attack. While we complacently go about our mortal lives, there's a war being fought.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2006 03:40 IST

In case you haven't noticed, Delhi is under attack. While we complacently go about our mortal lives, there's a war being fought - as HG Wells put it so well, a war of the worlds. In the safety of darkness, a large underground army - identified by the experts as isoptera, more commonly known as termites - has infiltrated into and struck at the very nerve centre of the national capital territory, the high-security Lutyens' Delhi.

In the meantime, the country's security agencies are keeping their eyes and ears open for signs of danger from a more familiar source. Intelligence failure is naturally of immense worry for those inhabiting New Delhi, a prime target of terrorist groups. This failure was exhibited recently by the city's main civic body, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which gave a disaster management organisation access to sensitive satellite images of the national capital territory. The MCD, in its innocence, was trying to help this organisation pin-point buildings in danger of crumbling in the event of an earthquake.

But even as we fortify the city, and ourselves, against other peoples, the Union Urban Development Ministry, along with the civic body under its charge, has said that we are losing control of the country's very command centre. The pests seem to be winning the real war.