The government told us that they were prepared to thwart any kind of terror attack from outside, that they had strengthened our forces. But the Pune blast has exposed our lack of preparedness to fight terror.
Just talking about it is not enough. We have to follow it up with action. For this, we must strengthen our laws.
In many cases, the accused is sentenced after several years.
In the 26/11 case, the attacker has been caught on camera. There is ample proof against him.
Giving Kasab a long-drawn-out trial is nothing but a delay of justice to the victims of the attacks. It is important for India to learn from each attack, but we keep repeating our mistakes.
The police can’t do it without our help
The best way of keeping the city safe is by being alert about our surroundings. We should not ignore even small things around us. The initiative has to be taken by everyone.
How much can the police do without the support of the common man? There cannot, after all, be one policeman for every individual. It is very important that individuals looks after themselves rather than blame security forces and the police.
Informants must be treated better
Regular people are often afraid of approaching the police with suspicions or information because they are known to harass informers. The government must ensure that no citizen is harassed or interrogated for giving tip-offs to law-enforcing agencies.
This small step would enormously help curb terror attacks in the city. Housing societies, meanwhile, have a major role to play in keeping an eye out for suspicious elements.
This time, let’s
Although the echoes of the Pune blast were heard across cities, not many will remember it a while from now. It will be forgotten, just like the Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad blasts.
If we do not have the courage to raise our own voice, then we should at least support those who are brave enough to do so.
There are many ways in which we can do our bit. The least of them is not forgetting those who were killed.
Arm the police
better, boost morale
The lack of safety in Mumbai is because of an inefficient government. People have lost faith in the Mumbai police because of their failure to handle difficult situations.
This has stopped citizens from coming forward and helping them in any major way. The government must equip the police with weapons that are good enough to tackle serious threats to the city.
All citizens, irrespective of their caste, religion or political affiliations, must come together and work as a vigilance group to help the Mumbai police keep the city safe.
Bhagwan B. Thadani
The CM was just doing his job
The Shiv Sena’s statement that the chief minister ought to stand in front of Shah Rukh Khan’s house, donning the uniform of a security guard, is stretching things too far.
It is the job of the government to protect citizens from hooligans and that is exactly what the CM had directed the police to do.
Besides, by that logic, leaders and followers of the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena should dress as goondas because that is precisely how they behave.
Attacks on Indians in Oz appalling
I am appalled at the consistency of attacks on Indians in Australia. It can now indisputably be believed that racism exists there. The global economic meltdown, rising unemployment and competition from Indians in different sectors have been cited as reasons for the attacks, but they do not justify such acts.
However, most Indians living in that country are not returning. Indians there must not forget the assaults on Indians are an attack on the dignity of India.