Dr S Subramanian, Former Director General NSG, CRPF and founder of the SPG
This spirit of Indian unity was last seen in 1965, when Pakistan attacked India and Lal Bahadur Sastri gave the clarion call of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Hind’. Alas, today we do not have leaders of such stature. People should therefore launch a People’s Movement against Terror.
Interested citizens in every locality can form a group of People’s Movement against Terror and select an active member to be the convener. The group should meet every Sunday to undertake some common work; review its activities, make plans. Involve all classes and communities in this.
The group will ensure all its members undergo medical examination and get their blood groups identified and recorded.
In association with St.John’s Ambulance Association, organise First Aid training programmes for members, teaching them how to react in cases of major accidents, how to carry and convey the injured to the hospital, etc.
The group will organise ‘Fire Fighting Training Programme’ for the members, to equip them with the skills to fight small fires.
With the cooperation of police authorities, organise Capsule Courses on ‘Identification of Improvised Explosive Devices’, their quarantine and cordoning procedures until the arrival of experts.
As terrorists use garbage bins, abandoned lots and buildings to hide explosive devices, the group will insist and ensure that local municipal authorities regularly clean these.
Members of the group will insist the police make adequate arrangements for maintaining order and security during religious events and other large gatherings.
The group will ensure parking is regularised and no unauthorised vehicle is left unattended.
Senior citizens in the group will visit the neighbourhood of educational institutions, parks and open places to eter strangers from using these places with harmful intent.
The group will resist all divisive activities in its area and meet with the Dy.S.P /ACP once a month. Regular rills should be conducted to sharpen the skills required to deal with crisis situations.
Wherever space is available, make the police start Rifle Clubs and give training to citizens.
These ideas are illustrative, not exhaustive. There’s a lot we can do. People’s power zindabad!