The Challenges ahead for UPA Government

The people of the country have voted United Progressive Alliance to form the government. Dr Manmohan Singh and his new team will be formulated by the end of next week. But the faith and expectations that people have in the abilities of Dr Singh will be the tough task for the alliance. Though Left parties are off the shoulders of the Congress but still they need to deliver on few of the key issues at great pace. There are few areas which need to be looked after with immediate concern and rectify the problems gripping these areas. 

The first and foremost will be to revive the economy. With India’s best economist in the driver’s seat, a lot is being expected from the new government. PM has said in one the election rally that he will revive the economy in 100 days. Well that might be too optimistic approach but definitely a lot needs to be done to bring economy on 9-10% growth. He also needs to tackle the job losses due to current crisis. The stimulus packages need to cover both of the problems together. 

The second challenge will be the internal security and robust foreign policy. There is growing concern with volatile neighbours around. Taliban is barely 500 km away from India and hence it is imperative to revamp the security and intelligence agencies. There should be special law to prosecute the ones caught for waging war against the nation. The Police needs an overhaulment on priority basis and they should be equipped with latest gadgets and weapons. The home growth threat of naxalites should also be taken care off. Without peace all the efforts to make India stronger and leader in economy will be futile.  

The third biggest challenge for the government will be bringing the agricultural growth back on track. Not only the growth rate of agriculture sector is low but also the share of the sector in country’s GDP has come down drastically in past some years. The problem of low rate of capital investment, smaller capital formation and low share in the national income are some of the main problems facing by this sector that needs to be addressed very urgently. There are many reasons for this crisis, which mainly includes absence of adequate social support, uncertainty of agricultural enterprise in India, lack of credit availability etc. Need of the hour is to increase the productivity of the primary sector by ushering in a new green  revolution to raise the annual average growth rate of this sector to about five per cent per annum. 

One of the other major concerns should be the legitimate demand of the forces. Personally i feel this should be top agenda as well. For long time, they have not been deprived of their due by bureaucrats and policy makers. Indian Armed Forces are finding it tough to attract youth and is facing shortage of officers. If the Army cannot get youth just for the sake of low renumeration, then future is really bleak for our country. A nation is as strong as the military of that nation. Hence it will be good in the interest of this nation that the demand of Armed Forces is paid heed and their grievances are solved at the earliest. We cannot show callousness towards our soldiers who sacrifice so much for the safety of the borders and us.  Hopefully, the new government will do something positive on this front as well.  

There is tough task ahead for the new government. The way in which new cabinet will handle these issues remain interesting. Only time will tell whether Dr MMS can deliver in the tough time. I feel that he will be able to as there are no clutches of Left this time.

Postpone IPL: Is it the only solution?

IPL or Elections

There is a national debate going on throughout the country, whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) Cricket tournament scheduled from 10th April 2009 should be postponed due to security concerns as the dates clash with 15th general elections  or to  go with both events simultaneously. Recently, our home minister voiced concern over terror threats on both of these events.

Earlier, it was believed that terrorists would never attack cricketers or cricket matches in the sub-continent as it will bother the sentiments of this cricket crazy part of the world. But, the Lahore terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team disproved this conventional notion. And looking at the impact of those attacks, any fool can predict that the next terror strike could be on the high profile cricket event IPL to be held next month in India. And it makes it even worse for security agencies that this event of tremendous public interest clashes with another major event with heavy public involvement – the general elections. For a huge democratic country like India general elections would be the event of utmost priority and no cricket tournament is bigger than elections. The constitutional requirement is that the general elections to the Indian Parliament were due before May 2009, which has to be fulfilled. So it is very much clear that elections are going to be held as per there schedules.

If we look at arranging both the events simultaneously then it will be a tough job for our security forces.  Making security arrangements for the elections in the rural and urban areas is always a very difficult task. And also, the level our political parties can go down to in the crucial election periods if there are lapses in the security arrangements is not a very big secret. And to conduct polls in such a huge region, we require our entire force. So it will be tough for our security agencies to protect IPL at the same time.

West Bengal and Punjab already said that go for IPL if you don’t want security for elections, Andhra and Delhi denied the security while Maharashtra and Rajasthan asked for central forces, which means they are not providing the state police forces for IPL. There could be another reason behind this stand taken by above states. Most of these states are Congress-led and it may be the anxiety of Congress not to step down before Sharad  Pawar, who’s the honcho of cricket in India along with a ministry in UPA cabinet  and can also be playing the major role in preventing the professional judgment in above matter. Also, the IPL chief Lalit Modi is close to Vasundhara  Raje (BJP). We have seen what happened to him in Rajasthan as soon as the government altered from BJP to Congress in Rajasthan. T he stand taken by these states might be just an extension of that. But, no matter what, the security of the life and property of common citizens along with the pride of the country, should not be put up on stake. If we do not postpone IPL and go on with these two major events simultaneously with some changes sought by IPL organizers and if there would be any attack on any event due to lack of security, then this will be a major setback for us. As we are hosting some major sporting international events in upcoming years, including the Commonwealth Games(one of the reasons of Delhi’s fast track development) and the Cricket World Cup 2011, our authorities should be much more careful and sensible in taking such decisions.

Taking a look at the other side of the coin, if we go on to postpone IPL, it will be a win for terror groups and looking at IPL’s prospect, a large commercial loss as they are just one month away from the tournament. It will be close to impossible for organizers to hold this event at some other time of the year, as ICC’s schedule for international teams would keep most players out of it and climates then would not favour the game. One more thing we should not forget that cricket and IPL earn some reputation for India, though they are not bigger than our democratic identity

What’s the bigger picture here? What’s the issue of concern here? Is this politics or is this security concern?

Whatever it is that is happening, what is more important here is a sensible decision that all the concerned authorities need to consider in benefit of all.

So, we have to find some alternatives to the concerned situation. We still have some amount of time and better cricketing infrastructure at our hand to manage the tournament. Ultimately, it is the home ministry who’s doing to decide the faith of IPL. The picture will be all clear in few weeks. But, I still feel that security should be given prime concern and elections are utmost important than any cricket tournament. We hope that our home ministry and IPL organizer come up with a more professional and practical solution.

What is your take on it?

Should there be Death Penalty for Rapists??

ANOTHER RAPE incident has come in light in Delhi/NCR. The rape of MBA student in Noida just shows the helplessness of our legal system. I have always felt that the basic reason why the rapists are not afraid of committing the crime is the loopholes in our legal process. As it is our judiciary walks with snail pace and on top of it the weak laws make it even more comic.

With this latest incident there needs to be discussion on whether or not there should be death penalty for the crime of rape?

Many penologists and jurists believe that it deserves to be punished as seriously as murder is. I feel that if serious crimes were meted out with stricter and harsher punishments, their numbers would reduce considerably. The rape has over the years has become one of the most heinous crime in a civilised society. Of all the cases reported, there are figures which say that every 26 minutes, a women becomes target in our country. And if you include the unreported cases then I feel that the number will run in seconds not minutes.

Over the last few years there have been so many incidents of rape where children and elderly have also been targeted. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCTB) data also clearly points to the profile of the average rapist – over 75 per cent were known to the victims. In fact, nearly 10 per cent were relatives. Another disturbing aspect was that about a quarter of the rape victims were minors. Cases of incest are also increasing. Fathers rape their own children, brothers rape their own sisters. The victim of rape is ravished like an animal for the fulfillment of desire and lust of another man and which undermines the integrity of the victim, physically as well as mentally.

Justice Arjit Pasayat observed: “While a murderer destroys the physical frame of the victim, a rapist degrades and defiles the soul of a helpless female.

” Article 21 of Constitution, which guarantees the right to life and liberty to men and women both alike, but whether it is really imperative to take a decisive step towards extirpating this evil and make the contemporary and future society a safe haven for women. I think yes.

It is time for the law makers to formulate more stringent laws. Right now are laws have so many loopholes that it is very easy for the rapist to walk free. The sentence of punishment ranges from one to ten years. If the accused is influential, he may even expiate by paying huge amounts of money and get exculpated.

The time has come to give death penalty for the crime of rape to the conscienceless criminals. If death sentence is given to such convicts, so as to deter the rest, then no doubt that the graph of rape cases will come down considerably. Though there can be some other alteration but it is very essential that we need to overhaul our judiciary. We need to study the laws, the process and then apply a job which can cater to the larger interest of the society. If such step is not taken then the victim of every rape will not be a woman but humanity.

An urgent need to reform the police system

If I ask you, “What do you think about Indian Police?” You might not bother to answer because we as a society virtually hate our police for their inefficiency, rampant corruption, bad track records, etc. If that is the case with you then I would like to say that, a policeman whom you hate is one who has emerged from the society itself. If as a society we are so corrupt that we don’t bother to raise voice about our rights then how come you expect your policeman to be any different!
But, our politicians are so cheap that they virtually make a policeman powerless if he ever thinks of raising voice against any wrong. The system is such that he might not even get a support from his colleagues. I strongly feel that then it is our as a society’s duty to support the policeman who wants to change the system towards betterment. One thing should be clear in everyone’s mind that if we as citizens demand something there is no way our politician can ignore that. Then why we show apathy towards the reforms in police system which is the urgent need of the hour.
In India, we have one policeman for every 1000 people, while there is a policeman for every 300 people in the US. And the worst part of this is that a cop of US is supported with technology, communication and cyber connectivity and vehicles, which increases his capabilities manifolds. Numerous police stations in India don’t have their own vehicles. As for connectivity amongst police stations, while police stations (PS) have radio communication sets (RT sets) in some states the PS do not have an extra battery to keep the sets working.
This is the situation when we boast of telecom revolution with every other person having mobile phone. The weapons which our policemen use are so obsolete that even you and I won’t fear those. It seems that those weapons were last used during World War-II. How come you think our policeman to fight terror with lathis and service pistol? There is no centralised database of criminals and crime in our country, which is the biggest hindrance in any of investigations.
The absence of the same is best exemplified by a policeman himself, who says,
This implies that if I detain a suspicious person in Delhi and he says that he belongs to some village Begumangalam in district Nalgonda in AP, I have no way to immediately verify his identity – unlike the US, where a centralised databank will let you check his antecedents in a matter of few seconds.”
And over all these there are our ‘leaders’ misuse the police system to meet their selfish ends.
Yogesh Pratap Singh resigned from the Indian Police Service, in 2005, after he was fed up with corruption in Maharashtra politics and the state police force. He says, “Society does not care for an upright officer.” In an interview he said,
An upright officer faces disappointment from everywhere. Society does not care for him. They will make a hero of a dead officer. They will never make a hero of an officer, who is alive, but dead. I was intellectually, morally and emotionally dead in the police force just because I was not tolerating corruption.
Any officer who wants to bring justice is always stranded by one or the other.

Police leaders are hardly kept in their places of postings for a significant time so that they can improve situations. They are transferred every now and then. If a criminal has the backing of a politician, why will he be afraid of police? We always talk of intelligence failure – but what infrastructure our police have is a matter of concern. There is possibility that we consider a life of a policeman to be too cheap or we are not aware of deficiencies in our security system.

As Ashish Gupta (batchmate of Hemant Karkare) writes,
But why do we, educated people, not raise enough hue and cry so that the political parties are forced to change the policing system and hence improve your security? Friends, please become aware of the realities of policing and beware of rhetoric of political parties – the solutions they offer are superficial and will not improve security situation. You can’t build an edifice of security organisation with a weak and hollow foundation.

By the way, did you know that we loose almost three policemen per day, as per last 10 years figure!

We have forgotten them and we will forget them again

India has been shaken by the recent terror strike in Mumbai. There are lot of demonstrations and processions going on across the city of Mumbai against the ineptitude of our political leaders. The government of India is also trying its best to dilute the anger of citizens by taking some actions. The citizens of this nation are showering praises on the martyrs. This is not a new thing considering that Indian people have always showed unity in times of crisis, though they have very short memories and forget the sacrifices soon.

The 13th of December was the anniversary of the Parliament attack. How many of us remembered those brave soldiers who ensured that terrorists are stopped at the gate itself and laid down their lives in the process? To show their respect “our responsible MPs” turned to pay tributes and recalled the supreme sacrifice by the security personnel in foiling the attempt of the terrorists. The very next day, there were reports that the family of the martyrs are still struggling to get what was promised to them by our government. The kin of the victims accused the government of not fulfilling the promise of giving them compensation.

Vimla Devi, wife of ASI Nanak Chand, who was killed in the 2001 terrorist attack has said, “We don’t want all these tributes to be paid. I don’t have anything. Nobody listens to us.”

Sardar Singh (62), whose son Om Prakash, a Head Constable died in the attack, said, “We have been pleading with the government officials for so many years. At functions the ministers make tall promises but they forget after that.”

Jaiwati Singh, who lost her husband, Constable Vijendra Singh, is still fighting for her rights. “These days my sister is running from pillar to post to get the promised petrol pump but the officials say they have always had martyrs in the country and they can’t go about giving each one a petrol pump,” her brother Bhram Prakash said. (These are excerpts from a leading daily)

On December 16, we will celebrate Victory Day to commemorate the victory of the 1971 war. But did you know that there are still 54 Indian soldiers incarcerated in Pakistani prisons post the Indo-Pak war of 1971? It is an irony that even after the comprehensive victory, India could not negotiate freedom for her soldiers who were trapped by the enemy in the heat of war. Till this day there families are fighting against all odds but all their requests and pleas have fallen on dear ears. They are even more helpless considering this is an external matter. Today they remain forgotten, mere names in the files lost in the labyrinth of the South Block. It is a collective failure of the entire nation. Forget these incidents, a few days there was a television news where it was shown how one of the parents of the Akshardham temple attack martyrs from the NSG were denied the promise of a petrol pump allocation.

There is no denying the fact that martyrs of wars and those who sacrificed their lives in proxy wars are not being given their due respect. The government over the years has just paid tributes and then isolated the kin of martyrs. As a citizen, we bid goodbye to martyrs saying that we will always remember them but within six weeks everything is forgotten. Families of those brave souls feel alienated after some time. Is this the way our society functions?

The story will be repeated even after this terror strike. Our history is testimony of this. The valour of our martyrs soak in the wetness of our euphoric patriotism and dies soon as everything turns normal.

I bet that hardly anyone of us will remember Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar, Ashok Kamte, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Havildar Gajendra Singh and dozen of other martyrs “who failed to hit the headlines” for some unknown reasons. These names will also be lost in the pages of history.

As a nation, we have always displayed only callous indifference towards these soldiers who have fought to preserve the country’s freedom and integrity. Remember, History shows that only those nations survive who honour their soldiers. And this honour should be part of the mind set. If we forget our soldiers in times of peace then it is a betrayal. There are lurking dangers but we sleep peacefully, because we know that the brave soldier is awake. Do we really understand the value of our independence or are we taking it for granted? Are we as a society doing anything to give back something to the families of those brave soldiers who have died for our future apart from raising a memorial and showing anger towards the politicians?

Can India ever be safe for tourists?

It could not have been a more shameful ‘World tourism day’ for the Indians, that a German tourist was kidnapped from outside a plush five star hotel in the heart of Chandigarh and was raped and molested by six unidentified people.
Lakhs of tourists visit several parts of India every year. The Indian government may not have left any stone unturned in its endeavor to attract foreign tourists by advertising all over the US and UK, but the harsh truth is that the Indians themselves do not feel safe let alone foreign tourists. This is not the first time than an incident of molestation has occurred with a foreign tourist.
The German victim had come to India on September the 23rd and with another German friend for the marriage of her friend. She had gone to the Taj Hotel with her friend and her husband for a cup of coffee. She came out of the Hotel for a smoke and this is when six unidentified youngsters in a Scorpio pulled her into the car. The victim further alleged that she was taken to different places and molested and raped by these individuals. The license number of the car given by the victim unfortunately turned out to be that of an autorickshaw. The police is investigating the case whereas German officials from the German embassy have made their way to Chandigarh to help in the investigations and to be of any help that they can to the German victim.
The shocking incident that took place in one of the safest and the most urban cities of India has come as an eye opener for every one. Indian tourism industry has been witnessing tremendous growth which is largely due to the foreign tourists who visit the country every year. If the bomb blasts in the cities o Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi were not enough such cases could further deter foreign tourists from making frequent trips to India.
Another reason why the police investigation authorities need to take this case seriously is because this is not the first time that a foreign tourist has been molested or raped in India. In the month of February, young fifteen year old Scarlet Keeling who had been holidaying in Goa was found to be brutally raped and murdered. Her body was recovered after a few days. The case had shocked the entire nation, even as Scarlet Keeling’s mother made her way to India. In the month of May, in the land of the Taj Mahal Agra, two young Korean tourists were molested by their rickshaw driver. The Taj Mahal is visited by more than ten lakh foreign tourists every year and this number is only expected to grow.
The Indian government will have to be stricter in dealing with such cases as the reputation of the country is at stake. India was always considered to be a safe haven for foreign tourists and was known for its hospitable culture. But such incidents of molestation and sexual abuse in the past few months will go on to tarnish the reputation that India had of being one of the most preferred tourist destinations of the World.

How Long Will Soldiers Die and for Whom?

YET ANOTHER brave man laid down his life while performing his duty. Delhi police’s most decorated inspector Mohan Chand Sharma’s sense of duty can never be forgotten by a true patriot. When the entire nation is sceptical of the response by the state machinery to terrorists, it’s the presence of such brave officers which provides a glimmer of hope. May his soul rest in peace and may his valiant act not go in vain.

But my only point is how long should brave and patriotic officers lay down their lives for the blunders committed by an incompetent government and coward politicians? The death of innocent people doesn’t matter to them; they are busy playing their own politics. The Central government has shown no inclination to counter terrorism and there is a complete absence of leadership. Moreover, allies of the government, like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Laloo Prasad Yadav have gone on record as saying that the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is being targeted in the country. So they are trying to convey that our investigation agency and our intelligence is a total failure and they are right. Should not action be taken against these two leaders for openly supporting the revocation of ban on SIMI? Are these politicians not as culpable as the ones who commit the dastardly acts of terror?

Terrorists will win, if an unspoken religious subtext defines and divides our political class. The main opposition party is leaving no stone unturned in harping on the reintroduction of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and in criticising the Centre; but it has no time to focus on the problem and find a solution. At times I feel why the terror attack failed on December 13, 2001. I don’t want assurances and condolences anymore.

At the present moment the state looks weak, helpless and paralysed. Politicians are only concentrating on their vote banks and delivering parochial speeches to strengthen their position before the general elections. They just can’t act strongly in an hour of crisis. Shivraj Patil was more interested in dressing himself up when he was inspecting the blast sites. He is the wrong man for the job. The Prime Minister hasn’t addressed the nation for years on television now and is shying away from his responsibility and credibility by not convening the monsoon session of parliament. This is the new face of the world’s largest democracy. The nation, as a matter of serious planning and vision, has simply vanished from the agenda of those who are the known faces of our leadership and represent the decision-making apparatus of the country.

Our ministers are busy playing their cards right to improve their chances at the next elections; but none of them has ever shown any interest in pushing for reforms in the police force or giving more power to our security agencies or bringing in stringent laws or modernising our security apparatus. The information and broadcasting minister P.R Dasmunshi said that there was no need for special powers for the police to deal with jihadi terrorism. He even ridiculed the concern raised by the public over the recurring jihadi terrorist strikes across the country. The English daily ’Hindu’ quoted him as saying, “Can anyone predict a terrorist strike? No government can prevent it.” So, going by his words, the innocent civilians of this country have no option but to keep dying at the hands of the terrorists. Do I need to say anything more?

I just want all of us to come forward and demand action from the government. A nation’s collective will is the biggest weapon against fissiparous tendencies. America and China have shown that. There should be a policy of ‘no compromise’ on internal security.

We all must prepare ourselves to eliminate this weed; we must get ready to face the wrath of these malevolent elements with the confidence of a victor. People’s power has shown the way before and this is the right time for all concerned citizens to come forward and gel as a force to reckon with. We have to decide how many more lives will force us to rise in revolt under one banner, namely the tricolour. If you cannot, then I don’t want another inspector like Mohan Chand Sharma to lay down his life for the welfare of the callous citizens of the country. This is very true because only five per cent of Indians participated in the freedom struggle; the rest were too lazy and sadly it could be so this time too.

Come on!!

Pakistan PM survives assassination bid

Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani escaped an assassination bid in Rawalpindi as bullets were fired on the motorcade of the Pakistan prime minister. The Pakistan prime minister was on the way to Islamabad but escaped unhurt from the incident.

In the next two days Pakistan is set to elect its new president after former President Pervez Musharraf had stepped down from the post. The assassination bid came when the Prime minister was going from Lahore to Islamabad. The motorcade for the prime minister was passing in Rawalpindi when the incident occurred. Rawalpindi is about 18 miles(30 kilometres) from the capital of Pakistan. The Prime ministers press secretary Zahid Bashir was reported to have said that two bullets had struck the his vehicle on the driver’s side, but no casualties were recorded.

Pakistan continues to struggle to cope with terrorism and militancy. After the stepping down of Musharraf, it was expected that Pakistan would come back to normalcy. But this assassination bid makes it clear that whenever Pakistan tries to revive itself and move towards development, there are forces who are there to oppose it.

Just last December, Pakistan had suffered one of its biggest tragedies ever when the former Prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27th. The case of who had killed Mrs. Bhutto is yet unsolved even after Scotland Yard had conducted its probe. Though there was speculation that it was Al Qaeda which was behind the assassination but this could not be confirmed by either the Pakistan government or the other agencies who were in charge of the investigations. The Pakistan peoples party had gone on to win the elections in February and it would be fare to say that had Benazir Bhutto been alive she would have definitely been the prime minister of Pakistan today. Assassination attempts on politicians and the leaders of Pakistan are increasingly becoming common with the people of Pakistan having to cope with terrorists and militants. Even before the assassination of Mrs. Bhutto, a blast in her rally in Karachi in October had killed more than 120 of her supporters.

The assassination bid will definitely make the job o fthe security agencies in Pakistan a lot tougher as they have to maintain the safety and the security of the Pakistan politicians and leaders. No group has claimed the responsibility of carrying out the assassination attempt but it was definitely aimed at creating chaos and disruption amongst the people of Pakistan every time Pakistan is looking at upcoming elections. Earlier in another incident, foreign commandos from Afghanistan backed by helicopter gunships carried out a attack killing 20 innocent people. The attack was strongly condemned by the Pakistan government. Prime minister Gillani may have survived this assassination bid but the security officers will have to be more vigilant in the future in order to prevent such further heinous attacks as Pakistan is on the move towards peace and development.

Exclusive: SIMI chief’s shocking revelations

From a moderate start to a dreaded terror outfit, the Students Islamic Movement of India has come a long way.

Though the theories attached to the shift in stance by SIMI are relatively old, Safdar Nagori, the most prominent face of the banned outfit, said in his confession statement before the Madhya Pradesh police that SIMI had decided to intensify operations in India in 2001 after it had been banned by the then National Democratic Alliance government.

Nagori in his confession statement admitted that he and his men had undertaken a massive recruitment drive .

In the process, they recruited several youth to the outfit following which training was imparted to each of them. He said that the idea was to transform SIMI into a militant outfit.

The confession is very much on the lines of the interview given by Nagori prior to the outfit’s ban.

In the interview, he said it is not when an individual is harmed, but when an entire community finds itself collectively persecuted that the cry for jihad is given.

If nothing works then one is forced to revolt, take to arms.

Nagori said that he was an extremist and not a fundamentalist and his actions were never on the basis of religion.

“I was pained and angered by the atrocities against Muslims worldwide and the turning point was the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the Gujarat riots only made matters worse,” he said.

Giving details about the training programme, Nagori said that nearly 25,000 SIMI activists met in Mumbai in 2001 and this was the first time that the call for jihad was given.

The meeting also hailed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden as a true warrior. Prior to Nagori’s arrest, there were 400 active SIMI members known as the Ansars and 20,000 Ikhwans who were ordinary members.

The training programme for SIMI began in Jammu and Kashmir. They trained along with the Hizbul Mujahideen. Following this, the selected cadres were assigned to major terror operations in the country.

Further, he also gave information regarding a training camp in Choral, Madhya Pradesh. He confessed that the training camp in Choral was unique and was used to train different classes of militants for different kinds of operations.

Nagori also spoke at length about the manner in which the SIMI split into two groups, thanks to differences of opinion. He said during his interrogation that the main reason for the split was due to ideological differences between his faction and the Misba-ul-Islam faction.

While the Islam faction wanted the SIMI to have a more moderate approach, Nagori pressed for a more aggressive view. Nagori made the same claim during his narco-analysis which was conducted in Bengaluru recently.

He said that SIMI did give it a try to sort out the differences and they met at Ujjain. Nagori found that he had a majority of the members supporting him. This is when he decided to breakaway and carry forward the outfit with his ideology.

Nagori also spoke about his idea of recruiting more educated youth into the outfit. He said that persons from an IT background were preferred and in this regard a technical cell was also started. He said the idea of recruiting persons from an IT background was because these persons could remain low key and they were excellent planners.

Nagori also mentioned about the Shaheen Force, an all-woman wing of SIMI. He explained during his confession and narco-analysis that women could convince their children easily to take the SIMI route and hence he had decided to float this wing.

He felt that women could help boost the membership of SIMI.

Source: REDIFF

Six year old’s family devastated in Ahmedabad Blasts

Every time there is a Blast, hundreds of innocents are left dead. Whenever there is an act of terror, it is the common man that faces the brunt. Here’s a story of a six year old in Ahmedabad whose family has been devastated in the blasts tragedy.
At the blast outside the Civil hospital in Ahmedabad, two brothers Yash and Rohan were gravely injured. Yash is a six year old who is too young to understand the terror that has hit his family. On Saturday evening, Yash’s father Dushyant Vyas had planned to teach him how to ride a bicycle. Yash had been bought a bicycle a day before by his father who was a X ray technician at the hospital. Yash now lies in the ward of the civil hospital having multiple injuries on his body. Next to his bed lies his elder brother Rohan who is in a much graver situation then him. Doctors presume that he might not see light at the end of his misery. Every now and then when Yash yelps in pain, the entire hospital wants to question as to what this young boy is doing there. He should have been riding the bicycle as was planned. But the terrorists had other plans. Dushyant vyas’ body has just been brought home from the mortuary. The news of his father’s death has not been told to Yash yet. His mother does not have the strength to convey this to him. Meanwhile in the hospital doctors and medical staff attend to this young boy who is in excruciating pain. Yash has lost his father and his brother is in critical situation. His is one of the several families that have been devastated in the serial blasts that rocked Ahmedabad city. It seems a terrorist group is behind this blast but surely no human can take this responsibility of brutally killing innocent people.
Every time there are blasts in India, it is covered by the major newspapers and media channels. After a few days the news dies away. India has been on the terrorist’s radar for a long time with serial bomb blasts having rocked all the major cities in India. After Iraq and perhaps Afganisthan, India is the most terror prone zone in the world. These blasts are nothing but a cowardly act of terror from a group of insane fundamentalists. The perpetrators of these blasts will have answers to give on judgment day.
To say that India is a soft target would not be over exaggerating. The Indian police have done nothing to catch the criminals who have hands in these blasts. Imagine if a terrorist attach would hit US, it would rather go on war with every nation that had terrorists in order to protect the security of its people. But in India blasts have become a common thing now and the intelligence authorities can do nothing about them.
We need to get over the tragedy that struck Bangalore and Ahmedabad. Try telling this to young Yash, who would not understand why he was on the receiving end of this dastardly act. His hopes of learning how to ride a bicycle were devastated and he cannot even mourn his fathers death for he is not aware of it. Every time there is a blast, we move on with our day to day lives after a few days keeping the horrifying sequence of events behind us. But the police and the intelligence authorities should not forget and forgive, catch the perpetrators and deal with them in the harshest manner possible.