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26/11 and aftermath

Hemant Karkare

Hemant Karkare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On 26/11/2008 terrorists struck in Bombay. There were shootings at VT, Madam Cama Hospital, Leopold Café and later at Nariman House, Taj Mahal and Trident/Oberoi. Besides Indians citizens of UK, USA and Israel were targets. One terrorist was killed that night, another captured. Policemen belonging to ATS were killed that night.

Next day trains were running but offices were closed. There was no need to shut down the city. Cordoning off the areas where terrorists were holed up would have been enough.

Eight terrorists continued to play havoc at Nariman House, Taj Mahal and Trident/Oberoi. The operations against them continued till the morning of 29/11/2008. The attack lasted about 60 hours.

Heads began to roll. Shivraj Patil, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Raosaheb Patil had to resign. P. Chidamabaram became Home Minister at the Centre.

Pakistan has asked for evidence that its citizens are involved in terrorism against India. Even if the evidence is presented the terrorists will not be given to India. They will be tried in Pakistan.

Abdul Rahman Antulay on 17/12/2008 in Lok Sabha questioned about the death of ATS policemen Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte. Was it terrorism or terrorism plus something was the question? Congress dissociated itself from him. Hemant Karkare was investingating Malegaon blasts case and had received death threats.

Steps are being taken to combat terrorism. Setting up National Investigating Agency and amending Unlawful Activities Prevention Act is not enough. Terrorists have to be hit wherever they are. India should send missiles or unmanned aerial vehicles to destroy terrorist bases.

India should not have double standards regarding terrorism. India should not pressurize Sri Lanka to go soft on LTTE. LTTE should not get support from Indian territory.

Thoughts on 10/11/2007

It is for the couples to decide when to have their first child. Couples generally prefer to have their first child within first year of marriage. Satara Zilla Parishad’s scheme asking couples to delay their first child for two to three years and offering Rs.5,000/- and Rs.7,500/- for staying childless for two and three years after marriage should be scrapped.

Appointing Anil Kumble captain for Pakistan series was a right decision. We have to take each series as it comes.

USA had different standards for Burma and Pakistan. In both countries there is suppression of democracy. There are sanctions against Burma. No sanctions against Pakistan.

Release of films is not national news. News channels should not give prominence to them.

Price of oil has gone up. Government should allow the rupee to appreciate. There should be no subsidies.

As per reports, Mukesh Ambani’s house will cost Rs.4000 crores. He gave a jet costing Rs.274 crores as birthday gift to his wife. How much Income Tax he has paid? He should have paid Rs.1,830 crores Income Tax. If not, something is wrong with our tax laws or enforcement.

One cannot be NRI for tax purposes and resident Indian for election purposes. Vijay Mallya’s status needs to be made clear.

All cardinals must have the right to vote in a conclave. At present the number of cardinals above eighty are not allowed to vote in a conclave. The number of those who can vote is restricted to 120. The total number of cardinals is around 200. No new cardinals should be appointed till the number comes down to 120 and then all cardinals must be allowed to vote in a conclave. The proportion of European cardinals in general and Italian cardinals in particular is large.

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