Thursday, July 14, 2011

No Intelligence - Failure!

When somebody doesn't do their duty over and over again in an office - what happens to them? They get fired. When a businessman doesn't perform and do his work, what happens? His company goes into losses and he goes bankrupt.

But what happens when our government doesn't offer basic security to its citizens? Over and over again, we accept a government that doesn't care about the security of its citizens. It is very sad that over and over again our fellow brothers and sisters are blown up because of a lack of security. It makes me very upset, when I see people talking about how 'strong' and 'resilient' Mumbai is. It isn't - ask the families who have lost loved ones. Ask people who have lost their hands and legs in terrorist attacks. People go to work the next day - because work is part of our life - but that doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean we are immune to terrorist attacks. Yes, they are winning the war by killing our people. Till we don't accept their is a problem, how are we going to solve it?

Any politician who feels that there isn't a problem - should think about how they would feel if their wife, children or loved ones were at Dadar or Zaveri Bazaar when the blasts took place. Just because they live in gated communities with Z-Plus security - it doesn't mean everything is alright. If they feel security is so good, they too should get rid of their security troops and police cars following them. Why don't they?

According to any religion - it is a greater sin to tolerate evil than to do evil on others. God doesn't want his children to be scare and afraid of evil, He wants us to fight it. When we are quiet about terrorist attacks and pretend it is nothing - it is a big sin. To be honest I don't care if the next day the Sensex/NIFTY bounce up or down after a terrorist attack- if human life has no value. What is the use of wealth - if you can't enjoy it with your loved ones?

What has our government learned since 26/11? Why are terrorists like ajmal kassab and afzal guru still alive? It is high time India stops being a soft state. I'm sure, that today if any ordinary citizen was given power to rule this country for even a single day he or she would first ensure that terrorists and terrorism is destroyed. Throughout history a ruler, needs to first ensure security and safety of citizens. If the ruler doesn't, people take things in their own hands. The ruler is removed - and the enemy is destroyed.

I don't care about politicians or politics. But in this hour, our politicians should rise up to be leaders. If they can't still realize that I think each one of them should be fired. We at the moment are a country of NO Intelligence - only FAILURE. Instead our politicians are saying there was no intelligence failure.

Let us all keep our eyes and ears open to people who we feel are suspicious. If you think someone is a potential terrorist do not hesitate even for a moment to call your local police. I have done this in the past and noticed that the police force indeed does respond quickly. Also ensure you keep your eyes and ears open to people who support terrorists even in ideology. You never know what their motives are, complain about them immediately. Even if the opposite person isn't a terrorist at least you have done your duty. It is better to be safe and sorry.

God has given us a mind in order to use it.

Let us pray to those who lost their lives. May God bless their souls and may the Almighty give strength to their families and loves ones.

Yogesh Chabria

13 comments:

Silent Indian Arises said...

We should throw the present government out. They are the worst form of spineless sissies. It is high time we stop being quiet and expecting our useless government to do something. Why the hell do we pay so many taxes to them? So they can blow it away in scams and on their personal security?

I hope to see you in Mumbai - Yogesh ji and we should discuss on other issues too so we can become a stronger nation.

Sam said...

This diatribe is nothing but fear mongering. When you fight a faceless enemy you need to understand that it is impossible to catch each and every one. You are preaching fear psychosis and asking people to do everything but live their lives as they normally do. Outrage at these kind of attacks is understandable but the answer to tackle terror lies in an effective intelligence mechanism not knee jerk reactions. NATGRID is a great initiative and will replicate what DHS has done for the US.
If you think you can do a better job than the present government then stand up for next elections and be counted.
It's always easier to be critical than correct!

Anonymous said...

Arise Awake fellow Indians... please dont elect any one to fool you.... they might offfer a TV/ cycle/ 1000 Rs for ur vote.. but u worth much much more.... Lets elect some one who has empathy... some one who has a back bone.... and who stands strong for Indians. Sadly none of these monkeys who live in the comfort of security and scam money care about us... shame on us.. we elected them...

Anonymous said...

Dear Yogesh,
People licking Madam cannot become Leaders. Mumbai/India has chosen them. Fortune may not change till 2014, unless people demand it before Food,House and clothes.Security is more important than food,house and clothes.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

dear sir,
fair and appreciated
abraham varghese

Raj G said...

The entire Blame should not be put on the Government (I am not a Congress Supporter) all citizens should do their bit by being vigilant.
Earlier on the same day you must have witnessed the murder of a Biker hacked with a boulder in Broad Day light at a Traffic Junction in
Coimbatore. The traffic passed by just as if a block was laid on the Road !!!!!!!!

Raj said...

Dear Shri Yogesh,

I do agree with you in all aspects of what you have written & empathise with all the victims, of the terrible tragedy that keeps befalling Mumbai time & again. However fact remains that such acts will continue as long as such unsound people remain committed to their bizarre logic of die & let die.
I have some knowledge (albeit relatively negligible) in security matters & trust me when I say this that for a committed person it is extremely easy to carry out such acts with impunity as & when they choose to do it & if required 1 or more such explosions everyday. There must be huge amount of explosives floating around & training that such unsound characters receive, they can assemble IEDs with chemicals available of the shelf. What surprises me is not that there are such incidents occurring but that there are indeed such FEW incidents in our country.
Invariably next question will be such being the case then why similar incidents do not happen in US & Europe. Well this is because of cocktail of causes listed below:

1. Corrupt systems (political, legal, enforcement ......etc).
2. Polarised society coupled with extreme poverty.
3. Indifferent attitude of general public (you have addressed this issue well in your mail)
4. Poor record of our country in finding & punishing the culprits responsible.
On this issue however I must point out that Israel being at the other end of the spectrum has not succeeded in ending terrorism despite being anything but a soft state.
5. Lack of coordination between various state & central players. To a large extent this has been minimised after 26/ 11 Mumbai attacks.
6. Lack of intelligence (of the IQ kind) & commitment of various wings of enforcement forces.

Knocking off the first cause will have cascading effect down the line & will I am sure minimise risk of terrorism in India.
I have no doubt many more causes can be listed & I have also probably missed some important ones. So we must ask ourselves this ipertinent question & that is despite above causes why so few acts of terrorism occur & whom do we owe gratitude for this?

GOD! & few good men. who else?


Tks & brgds/ Raj

Ravi said...

Thank You for writing this article. You have not only ecoed my sentiments but also of ever Indian who cares for his nation.

Ravi

Anonymous said...

This really answered my difficulty, thank you!

s r singh said...

well written and thought out essay. We get the government we deserve. We donot call an end to corrupt government. In fact those who did not die in Zavery/dadar/ opera house attacks are doomed to live in the fear of losing their lives every time they board a train/bus or visit a crowded place.Politicians should b asked to undergo the same experience.In fact terrorism is an effective way to demoralise people.There has to be an equally effective way to tear them apart at all costs. Only talking of GDP Growth will not do. S R Singh

Anaida said...

Excellent article - even makes sense today in hindsight. Our politicians need to have more "Intelligence" too!

Prof N.K.Singh said...

Secure cities and not only borders
The cities of India are becoming more and more unsafe as law and order is getting anachronistic and new ways of managing the cities are not being adopted. Moreover it must be realized that conventional wars are becoming rare but civil strifes and terrorists or rebel activities like naxalites are within the country and increasing in incidences. The number of deaths due to battles have fallen from 1947, 22per100000 to only 1/2 in 2006. But terror related incidence are increasing. When rallies of political parties are organized the management is becoming more and more imperative. Long back I warned the officials of Government that research shows that terrorism is much cheaper and efficient option to bleed a country rather than fighting a costly war and we have to focus on terror more and more with modern know how. For a country like Pakistan it is best alternative as it enables it to keep more powerful neighbor engaged in its internal strife than going on a full scale war which also is less possibility due to nuclear deterrence.
What happened at Patna in Modi’s rally is virtually a criminal negligence of threat perception passed on by the centre to the state and total disregard of the state to securing the city before the rally. It is common sense that when such massive rally is being organized there is every possibility of terror or other disruptive activities that could have caused colossal loss of lives but not even ordinary precautions were taken. 18 bombs were planted and yet no one noticed it. This is clear case of lack of vigilance on the part of the government to ensure proper and thorough preparations for the crowd that was bound to be attacked by those who were inimical to the gathering and especially Modi being a target.
I was recently in China and although that country is controlled society yet they had unobtrusive and quiet ways of keeping watch without much interference in local activity. For example Nanjing road is known as People’s square in Shinghai and it has long crowded place with entertainment and shopping. Crowds move here with their families and even call girls and salesmen or selling goods or beggars are chasing the tourists. But all along you find a quiet battery operated small car moving with a police man and keeping a watch. At every corner or entrance there is a watch. No one stops you and no one asks irritating questions but you are being observed. It is quiet security and as they carry walky-talky and are in touch with central control. You need chowkidars at right place to watch people and report any unusual or suspicious move. In other words intelligence and security presence to avert anything untoward and not police raj is needed.
We have failed to follow ‘secure the city approach’ rather we ‘secure VIPs with black cats’ and other conspicuous groups of guards securing the celebrities. There should be completely secure cities for all citizens that include VIPs and not security only for a few people with massive police force at the cost of neglecting the city. If cities are secure the VIP and others too are secure. We need to broaden our outlook.
Prof N.K.Singh

Prof N.K.Singh said...

Secure cities and not only borders
The cities of India are becoming more and more unsafe as law and order is getting anachronistic and new ways of managing the cities are not being adopted. Moreover it must be realized that conventional wars are becoming rare but civil strifes and terrorists or rebel activities like naxalites are within the country and increasing in incidences. The number of deaths due to battles have fallen from 1947, 22per100000 to only 1/2 in 2006. But terror related incidence are increasing. When rallies of political parties are organized the management is becoming more and more imperative. Long back I warned the officials of Government that research shows that terrorism is much cheaper and efficient option to bleed a country rather than fighting a costly war and we have to focus on terror more and more with modern know how. For a country like Pakistan it is best alternative as it enables it to keep more powerful neighbor engaged in its internal strife than going on a full scale war which also is less possibility due to nuclear deterrence.
What happened at Patna in Modi’s rally is virtually a criminal negligence of threat perception passed on by the centre to the state and total disregard of the state to securing the city before the rally. It is common sense that when such massive rally is being organized there is every possibility of terror or other disruptive activities that could have caused colossal loss of lives but not even ordinary precautions were taken. 18 bombs were planted and yet no one noticed it. This is clear case of lack of vigilance on the part of the government to ensure proper and thorough preparations for the crowd that was bound to be attacked by those who were inimical to the gathering and especially Modi being a target.
I was recently in China and although that country is controlled society yet they had unobtrusive and quiet ways of keeping watch without much interference in local activity. For example Nanjing road is known as People’s square in Shinghai and it has long crowded place with entertainment and shopping. Crowds move here with their families and even call girls and salesmen or selling goods or beggars are chasing the tourists. But all along you find a quiet battery operated small car moving with a police man and keeping a watch. At every corner or entrance there is a watch. No one stops you and no one asks irritating questions but you are being observed. It is quiet security and as they carry walky-talky and are in touch with central control. You need chowkidars at right place to watch people and report any unusual or suspicious move. In other words intelligence and security presence to avert anything untoward and not police raj is needed.
We have failed to follow ‘secure the city approach’ rather we ‘secure VIPs with black cats’ and other conspicuous groups of guards securing the celebrities. There should be completely secure cities for all citizens that include VIPs and not security only for a few people with massive police force at the cost of neglecting the city. If cities are secure the VIP and others too are secure. We need to broaden our outlook.
Prof N.K.Singh