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First Anniversary of 26 Nov

First Anniversary of 26 Nov

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Published by Om Prakash Yadav
Mumbai attacks have left scars which still persist conspicuously in Indian psyche.
Mumbai attacks have left scars which still persist conspicuously in Indian psyche.

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First anniversary of Mumbaiattacks
 Today is 26/11 i.e. first anniversary of the infamousMumbai attacks. The families of 163 people whoreportedly lost their lives in this dastardly act of terrorism sponsored by Pakistan, the epicenter of International terrorism, are still fighting to recoverfrom the trauma. The brave city has limped back tonormalcy very soon and life resumed but thescares are conspicuous on the faces of Mumbaitesand walls of streets in Mumbai. The slain heroeslike Unnikrishan, Karkare, Salasker, Apte etcremind us how unsafe our country is becoming.
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 The families of many of them are still fighting toget the reward as promised both by the civilsociety and government. Stories of many unsungheroes are coming to fore thanks to TV and Printmedia. The political and police establishmentsclaim to have made improvements in all relatedspheres and fields. Force 1 and all terrain vehicleshave been inducted into the Mumbai Police force.Coastal policing has begun. Intelligence networkshave been strengthened and intelligence sharinghas been made more effective and fruitful.In this backdrop also, every Indian isagain asking that whether Mumbai or India as awhole has become safer? Are we better preparedto take on terrorists? Have the loopholes plugged? The New York Times has published areport on the eve of this anniversary,apprehending therein some more similar attackson Indian soil. The News Paper has deplored theIndian attitude towards terrorism. Lamenting onthe Mumbai attacks aftermath, the report says thatmost of the politicians and police officials who wereout after unprecedented public outrage have either
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been promoted or have been reinstated to theiroriginal positions.After 9/11, The USA established abipartisan commission to look into the attacks, thereport of which was made public and become thebestseller in America, but what happened to thereports of the body which was constituted to lookinto the Mumbai tragedy is known to a very few inthis country. We are still to create a homelandsecurity department like institution. The NIA whichwas created by a Parliamentary legislation is still ininfancy and lacks secretarial and logisticinfrastructure.One year has passed and we have just beenable to file charge-sheet against Amir Ajmal Kasaband others. The perpetrators of attacks on ourParliament are still to be hanged. Such apathiesand lackadaisical approach towards terrorism havecost us so dearly that we cannot afford thisattitude any longer. Our image of soft state mustbe shed and we must stand erect and tall to ensurethat no one dares to raise eyes and brows on us. The standoff with Pakistan can not be made to spillover in the name of inadvertent nuclear war. Indiais passing through a period of unprecedentedsecurity threat situation. The dragon and Moon
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