To overcome terrorism is the greatest challenge that the world is facing today by Bishwa Nath Singh.
The biggest issue that the world is facing right now for its poverty and backwardness is terrorism every country be it Asian, African or European. Hardly there is any day when no bomb blast in one or the other part of the world is reported in medias! Since last over two decades, the world has been witnessing widespread violence and terrorism at both national and international levels. Many a times, the efforts taken up by the Governments and international organizations such as the United Nations and other apex bodies and humanitarian organizations have not brought sufficient and needed results. In the Third World countries, violence has become the order of the day. Terrorism and especially terrorism by indiscipline army has become a menace for the civil society. Millions of people have lost their lives, homes, and properties due to cross border terrorism. In parts of Asia, terrorism has spoilt the very nature of human beings and society. Terrorism came in the international scene after September 11, 2001 bombings of the World Trade Centre twin towers and the Pentagon. Since it was the first time such an attack was experienced in the United States, the entire country shook up to the core including the then President George W. Bush. The entire nation felt humiliated by the failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, claimed to be the best in the business, to prevent such a tragedy. We are happy that Al Qaeda founder and its leader Osama bin Laden was killed by by US forces in Abbotabad city of Pakistan where he was hiding in a well-built mason with his family close to Pakistan Military Academy. A similar incident took place back home in India when terrorists targeted the Parliament on December 13,2001. It was for the first time that such a serious attack was mounted on the very symbol of the Republic of India. However, this provided the government a more powerful argument to come up with more stringent and streamlined anti-terror laws in the country. The 2008 Mumbai attacks often referred to as November 26, 2008 were more than ten coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai, India's largest commercial city, by Islamic terrorists who had invaded from Pakistani seawaters. The terrorists who carried out the reconnaissance before the attacks later stated that the attacks were conducted with the support of Pakistan's secret service, the ISI. The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation had begun on November 26, 2008 and lasted until November 29,2008 killing one hundred sixty four people and wounding at least three hundred eight. Eight of the attacks occurred in South Mumbai: at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Café,Cama Hospital (A prominent Women and Children's Hospital).Nariman House, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier's College, There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai's port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle. By the early morning of November 28,2008, all sites except for the Taj hotel had been secured by Mumbai Police and security forces. An action by India's National Security Guards on November 29,2008 named as Operation Black Tornado resulted in the death of the last remaining attackers at the Taj hotel, ending all fighting in the attacks.Today, both the world at large and India in particular, face daunting challenges in the task of protecting human rights of common people regardless of the country they belong to. No country in world can be said to be free from the deadly scourge of terrorism. With the grim spectrum of terrorism continuing to target innocent and defenseless people, the task has been ever challenging for the institutions around the world. These are turbulent times in many parts of world. It has become apparent that in many ways, the world has become complicated, to say the least. The destinies and the interests of the nations and their citizens have become interlinked to such an extent that, invariably, the action of one has adversely affected the other, leading to strife and suffering. In all such tragic situations, it has been mostly the common people, men, women and children whose rights have been violated. In fact people from all walks of life, irrespective of their caste, creed, color or religion have been equally affected by violation of their Human Rights. While in the USA the brunt of anti-terrorism steps was borne by the foreigners, mainly the foreigners from Asian countries, in India it fell on the common citizen. It had happened in the past in India also when the TADA was in operation. It was widely applied on trade union workers, political activists, and defenders of Human Rights. The fallout of the United States campaign against terrorism was destruction of Afghanistan and conversion of Pakistan into one of the bases for mounting attacks on Afghanistan, compelling the country to completely reverse its policy vis-à-vis Taliban Afghanistan. On the other hand in India, the government received widespread support in favor of the then existing laws as ‘anti-terror laws’ and curtail to the efforts to browbeat and suppress the media, both national as well as international. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR)condemns terrorism unequivocally and recognizes the duty of States to protect those living within their jurisdictions from terrorism. The OHCHR has placed a priority on protection of human rights, notably the right to life, and the question of protecting human rights in the context of counter-terrorism measures. It has been emphasized that human rights norms must be rigorously respected by all, including in states of emergency. In one of the international conferences to discuss on countering terrorism, the then Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan had said:” Our responses to terrorism, as well as our efforts to thwart it and prevent it, should uphold the human rights that terrorists aim to destroy. Respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law are essential tools in the effort to combat terrorism – not privileges to be sacrificed at a time of tension.” On September 28,2001, the Security Council had adopted Resolution 1373 under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, obligating States to implement more effective counter-terrorism measures at the national level and to increase international cooperation in the struggle against terrorism. The resolution created the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) to monitor action on this issue and to receive reports from States on measures taken.Coming back to the national level, India has had its fair share of terror attacks and it seems we, as a nation, have learnt to live with it. Serial blasts in local trains in Mumbai and crowded market places in Delhi shook the nation in the past But, emergence of terror in cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad, known as the IT and high tech hubs, has come as an eye opener. The newer generation of terrorists is home grown, intelligent, well educated and sophisticated. Knowing that India is an emerging global economy, it has been intelligent of them to target the financial centers and centers of economic significance and it is not an act of amateurs. For instance, bombing the local trains in Mumbai which are called as the lifeline of the city and crowded commercial market places in Delhi have shown that the terrorists do their home work well and know where the maximum damage could be uncured. It has been unfortunate for a country like India, where the principle of ‘Non-violence’ emerged, to witness emergence of five kinds of terrorism or terrorism on five fronts in the last two decades. The most important and strategically significant terrorism is of course the cross border infiltration in the Jammu and Kashmir state from Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir or directly from Pakistan. Another front where fortunately we have been able to be successful was in Punjab in the 1980’s. But, still India is being tried to be crippled on the remaining three fronts which include the problems in the North-East involving insurgency primarily in Assam and Manipur states and the threat to the territorial integrity in Arunachal Pradesh from China. The latest to join these terrorism activities is the rise of Naxalites and Maoists in the very heart of the country having their influence in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. However, we can say that the LTTE conflict in Sri Lanka was resolved amicably by mutual dialogues after affecting much casuality. The Government of India has spent over Rupees fifty thousand cores on relief and rehabilitation and Para-military forces, which do not include the military and the army, since independence. Still, the no. of civilians killed in the terror attacks has been far more than the total number of deaths of the security personnel in the four conventional wars we have fought, including the Kargil War. It is not the cost that hurts, but the lack of funds to be spent on rural development and problems involving electricity, education, sanity and infrastructure.Our political thinkers, academics, and the media have to girdle them to examine rationally all the steps being taken to see how far they impinge on the Human Rights of the people. How far in the name of challenging terrorism from across the borders we are fanning communalism at home. How far are we creating an environment of intolerance by exhorting the people against one religion or the other and calling upon the people to be vigilant against one minority or the other is a question that merits serious consideration. The socio-economic and cultural emancipation of the people at the grass root level achieved through well-planned developmental planning process through democratic norms and principles would remove the local support base of the terrorists and it is a proven fact that terrorists cannot function without a local base and also without a misguided support from the locals. There is a need to establish mechanisms for strengthening collaborations among governments and competent national authorities and to promote exchange of information, particularly on the possible exploitation of modern technology for terrorist purposes. Attention also needs to be paid to concluding bilateral and multilateral agreements in combating and preventing terrorist acts with particular emphasis on the issue of extradition. One could now see and perceive that terrorism extends over a wide canvas encompassing religion, socio-economic power politics and many such other subject areas. The internal dynamics and external linkages of terrorism have made it a formidable challenge not only to national security but also to world peace. It has, over the years, acquired several dimensions and has become a highly complex phenomenon. There could be fundamental terrorism—an explosive combination of fundamentalism creed and terrorist violence—that is sweeping across several countries. Arco-terrorism represents yet another sinister dimension of terrorism. There are documented instances of terrorists and insurgent groups taking into trafficking into outlawed drugs to finance their operations.Cyber crime is another area where the terrorists have stamped their presence. Several groups have their own websites through which they launch their propaganda. They also try to cripple the economies of the countries by hacking the accounts and security systems of central banks and illegally transferring money outwards. Then there could be two more types of terrorism: eco-terrorism and developmental terrorism and one should not forget the silent terrorism of illiteracy, poverty and hunger. It is worth mentioning the latter forms of terrorisms as at the micro level, it is these forms of silent terrorism which have a direct affect on the population and a direct link with infringement of human rights of millions of people not only in India, but worldwide the worst hit being the continent of Africa which once used to be famously called the ‘Dark Continent’. We have to strive hard to overcome illiteracy and improve our basic civil amnesties of living. We have to understand that every act of terrorism infringes on the human rights of the people. We also have to accept that laws restrict rights of the people, necessarily or unnecessarily. But we have to be clear that we have to define terrorism in the context of our country and have to devise temporary limitations on the rights of the people. International pressures may land us in situations which may push us into the lap of self appointed henchman of the world who need our markets and resources and are therefore keen to point out identity of interests in fighting International terrorism. Let us rise above self and bring mass awareness about disadvantages and misgivings of terrorism as whole amongst people at large to save the country in particular and the world as whole from disaster that will lead to backwardness and poverty amongst people by nefarious activities of terrorists who are the greatest menace of the world!
By Bishwa Nath Singh.
( Pictures of Mumbai blast of Nov.26,2008. and Blast of World Trade Centre at New Yoork on September 11,200
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Kaushal Bansal Terrorism is the main cause of destruction lives .The pieceful people of 200 countries of the world are not like Terrorism by heart ,mind,thoughts. We all peaceful people are tried by heart,by duty,by thought and must srive for avoidingTerrorism ...,So another "LADEN" do not come in existance .
Amar Singh Rana :
Hallo my dear Bishwa Nath Singh jee Jai Deva, Don't worry, His Highness Highest Command Malike Kul-aalam has been maintaining the due balance between all things. He is a great artist of destroyer and saver,.........amar singh rana paramsant paramguru the reality 3.5.2011.