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The Congress asserted that no leader in BJP can match the stature of Vajpayee, "Having found a new icon in Modi, under the cover of AFSPA, For all the latest Opinion News, which had staged serious provocations including a nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch in February. according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).s refusal will lead to his continuation. Reach him at http://s. During the televised hearing.

" "We’re trying to establish ourselves as the money laundering capital .. be allowed to take part in the 8-10 June high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS. their exclusion from the high-level meeting will only impede global progress in combatting the HIV/AIDS pandemic and achieving the goal of an AIDS-free generation, "No", the Chief Minister said, The main railway and all metro stations were evacuated and sealed off and all trains halted. Search helicopters swarmed the skies over the city and the dense forests that surround it Autobahn turnpikes and entry exit points to the city were closed Cabinets went into a huddle in national capital Berlin and the Bavarian state capital Munich and an emergency declared in the city A hospital closest to the site of the attack mobilised all off-duty doctors and paramedics on emergency duty By 2 am it was all over The solitary attacker had killed 10 others and himself dozens of those injured were in hospital After the city was ‘sanitised’ as thoroughly as the rescue ops Munich returned to daily life again Now recall that wrenching scene on 26/11 in Mumbai when Assistant Sub-inspector Tukaram Omble leading his ill-equipped team killed one terrorist after which the fearless hero clutched at Ajmal Kasab’s gun taking his bullets at close range and collapsing only when his men overpowered the criminal On that day as on any other police officers had worn regulation bullet-proof vests But the one donned by Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare couldn’t save him Others like Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte lost their lives similarly Lowly beat constables who were the first to receive panicked SOS-es rushed carrying the only weapon they are sanctioned – a bamboo lathi There was a tragic lack –not of bravery but of the best protective gear and combat equipment to those who tackled the terror headlong and first Then it took nine hours for the NSG to get to Mumbai from their northern base because of a convoluted and dangerously superfluous ‘chain of command’ which in cases of terror strikes ought to rest primarily with those on the ground: local and state police not with a clueless mantri in his faraway Lutyens bungalow The first argument that tardy politicians would present to avoid radical investment in the police or give them absolute control in emergencies (an absolute horror for our control-freak netas) is that nothing that works in tiny Europe will work in huge India India’s size and population are always easy arguments But both are givens that cannot be changed Of course Munich is much smaller than Mumbai or Delhi both in terms of area as well as population Delhi /NCR – which according to the latest Demographia index has overtaken Mumbai to become India’s largest city – has 25 million residents and an area of more than 46000 sq kilometers Munich is 3107 sq kilometers and has a population of 15 million Even if one were to take the Greater Munich Metropolitan Area into account a head count would still total 58 million But density is a crucial factor Of Germany’s total population of 80 million 51 million live in cities with superb infrastructure In 136 billion-man India 42 million live in congested overcrowded perpetually gridlocked metropolises (and many more million in Tier II cities and towns) that have — other than in posh parts —degenerated into urban disasters Germany has 296 policemen for every 100000 people And India A mere 123 We do have special commando units some trained by Germany’s GSG after 26/11 But the equipment available to those who either accidentally encounter or first rush to the scene of mass murder the local police is neither designed to supersede the increasingly sophisticated weaponry used by terrorists nor does it protect the lives of the police Our regular beat cops are primarily equipped with a bamboo lathi – ‘upgraded ’ only recently in seventy years to polymer Guns are available but restricted to the thana and require the usual tedious rigmarole of seeking permission from Lutyens Delhi for use in the case of terrorist attacks The horrific bloodshed of 26/11 did bring more sophisticated weaponry But many serving Mumbai policemen who were on duty on that dark day say that the equipment is lying unused because they have not been trained to operate it Analysts call the new trend of identifying indoctrinating and training ‘lone wolves’ like the murderer at the wheel in Nice the "third jehad” If earlier terror groups sent in their own members to wreak terror elsewhere local recruits with no criminal record are the preferred option today Given that our youth population is India’s demographic triumph over China and the energetic governmental thrust on e-literacy it is a no-brainer that the disillusioned and marginalised among them and irrespective of religion are highly susceptible to online indoctrination in crime Take a look at a crowded market anywhere in India On any given day Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar is milling with crowds with countless un-policed feeder lanes bringing fresh surges of shoppers A few scattered ‘X-Ray detectors’ stand like dismantled door frames in a surrealistic painting at random spots in the middle of a street Since nobody seems obliged to walk through most mill their way around them The same scene plays out in lower courts and many other public places not as ‘important’ as VIP Lutyens Delhi or Malabar Hill Mumbai If a lone-wolf strikes ordinary poor and middle-class Indians would our police even with the best equipment be able to launch a counterstrike as effectively as their counterparts in Munich did last week There is another important factor which make our cities tinderboxes The Germans are an orderly law-abiding cool-headed people Do you see anyone in Delhi Mumbai Chennai or Bangalore immediately evacuating metro stations cinema halls and getting indoors merely upon reading a police tweet How many of us would avoid our inherent love for ‘lingering to watch the action’ film it against the appeals by the police broadcast the film immediately on all available Internet channels and set off rumours and panic Now think of the thousands of homeless who have no ‘indoors’ Would the police be able to quickly bypass stultifying red-tape to open up giant stadiums at the drop of a hat –like they do at a VIP phone call – as shelters and depute security there Do you see anyone in our metropolises not complain loudly or erupt in road rage when public transport is shut down flights cancelled and highways blocked indefinitely A total of Rs 3000 crore were set aside in the 2014-2015 budget to modernise our police But a sum 80 times that amount was allocated to the modernisation of the armed forces No complaints since the latter are in equally urgent need of upgraded equipment But taking into account the bloody times this world is seeing against ordinary civilians in cities and between a war on the border and a ‘lone wolf’ targetting a crowded market: which one is likelier If we don’t want another 26/11 or worse modernisation and reform of the police must be executed NOW They must be freed from political pressure and serving as personal security and domestic staff for our pampered politicians At the end of the day and when the posthumous medals have been handed out by self-serving netas let’s not forget that a constable is also a citizen But since he faces the bullets before anyone else in a fancier uniform he must be given more than adequate protection (The author is a senior foreign correspondent and longstanding ex-South Asia bureau chief of Der Spiegel) Munich’s police had already fanned out into a gigantic dragnet. which dominate the sector and account for 88 percent of the bad loans, loans earlier restructured were falling into the NPL category. 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