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It’s open season for terrorists

It seems that we have resolved to tolerate the fury of terrorism until the dealers of death develop a sense of apathy on their own, writes in Sajjan Singh from Jaipur.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2008 22:35 IST

It seems that we have resolved to tolerate the fury of terrorism until the dealers of death develop a sense of apathy on their own. We are supposed to suffer the platitudes of our politicians who have lost no time in condemning the act as despicable, accompanied by an empty promise to bring the culprits to book. The enemy seems to be a beneficiary of the total lack of politico-administrative activism, absence of any credible policy, institutional mechanism or strategy to counter terrorism.

Sajjan Singh, Jaipur


Post-9/11, the Bush administration had vowed to prevent any more attacks on the American soil, a promise they have lived up to thanks the Department of Homeland Security. In India, the talk of creating a super-federal agency to tackle terror has just been empty rhetoric. When will we ever learn?

Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai


There is no initiative on the part of the government to formulate strong anti-terrorist laws - giving the terrorists further licence to kill. Post 9/11, not a single terrorist strike has taken place in the US, but in India they are striking with impunity. The politicians will never realise the agony of losing someone close because they have their families protected with public money.

Tuneer Banerjee, Kolkata

The laws are quite enough

Apropos of Neelesh Misra's article 10 ways to fight terror (July 28) there is enough power in existing laws to catch the culprits and prosecute them, provided investigators have the requisite skills. The chances of preventing such crimes rest on intelligence collected not through coercion but persuasion and by assuring the informants that they will not be persecuted. But this rule is hardly followed.

Gautam Navlakha, via email

Press freedom can be incendiary

Neelesh Misra’s report How to make a bomb (July 26) is an instance of misusing the freedom of the press. Hindustan Times reaches millions of youth, some of whom might get worked up enough to try the procedure mentioned in the report. There are a number of deterrents for a prospective bomb-maker. Now, thanks to this irresponsible report, the job has become that much easier. I have a feeling that HT has compromised my security.

Omkar Razdan, Delhi

Poor taste, poor politics

Apropos of Adversity has gone to the BJP’s head (Our Take, July 30), at a time when terrorists are wreaking havoc on the country, Sushma Swaraj’s allegations against the Congress are in poor taste. It seems the government’s victory in the trust vote has shaken the BJP. Also, such comments reflect on the party she belongs to.

Ranjana Manchanda, via email