February 07, 2008

The bogey of Terrorism returns…..

SOURCE: OFFSTUMPED

The Hindu reports:

The Bharatiya Janata Party has cancelled or postponed a number of rallies planned for the next several weeks, following a perception that terrorists could target Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani.

What was the cause ?

Credible intelligence information was personally conveyed to Mr. Advani by National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan on Monday evening.

The Pioneer went further to say the NSA had specific information on suicide squads.

So how did the nation react to this news ?

Some in the media took some cheap pot shots at the BJP decision to once again remind us how petty and partisan the mainstream media. The others pretty much glossed over this rather serious piece of intelligence.

In fact to best appreciate the lackadasicial attitude of the nation towards National Security consider this. On a day when the nation’s shadow Prime Minister was warned of a possible suicide squad and the principal Opposition has had to pull back on legitimate political activity under the threat of terrorism not a single mainstream newspaper carried an editorial on the UPA Government’s abject delinquency on pre-emptively fighting terrorism.

In fact it is amazing how glamour has replaced substantiative issues in the mainstream media. Sania Mirza’s decision to not play in India saw the Telegraph carry an editorial, the Indian Express had two op-ed pieces on Sania, the Hindu found space to talk about Hamas and the U.S. Presidential Primaries, the Times of India carried yet another editorial on Sania while the Hindustan Times while addressing Terrorism retrospectively in the context of the IC 814 hijacking sentences raised few questions about the Manmohan Singh Government’s Anti-Terrorism record.

Offstumped Bottomline: As the Manmohan Singh lead UPA Government continues to play lip service to Anti-Terrorism it is disturbing that the nation has lulled itself into a complacement stupor on the threat of terrorism. The mainstream media is guilty of great disservice to the nation by not holding the UPA Government to account for its dismal record in fighting terror. As the bogey of terrorism returns to haunt it is time the government stopped drawing false comfort and explained to the nation how it plans to pre-empt terror.

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