13 April, 2021

Intelligence Quotient

Intelligence Quotient
India’s forte is crisis management. The response of the nation to the dastardly attack on Parliament on December 13 was a testimony to this. Those backing the terrorists should have realised that India is no pushover. The bravery of those who lost their lives was exceptional. Life is replete with ifs and buts. It is to state the obvious that had the terrorists succeeded in getting inside Parliament, then the tragedy would have been truly mind-boggling. Perhaps the time has come to create one security authority for Rashtrapati Bhavan, North and South Blocks and Parliament House. Available now is very sophisticated equipment which should be put to use in all these buildings.

Hundreds from various agencies are currently posted in this most important area. Perhaps the numbers could be reduced and the latest security gadgets installed. The watch and ward staff cannot obviously carry arms; they should at least be provided with bullet-proof jackets. The number of vehicles that can enter the Parliament complex must be curtailed. The VIP (reinterpreted as Very Insignificant Person)...

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