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Is India a banana republic?

India is a nuclear power and a country of more than a billion people.  It has a strong army, navy and air force.  Yet its past and present shows it to be a soft state. 

In 1989 Rubia Sayeed, daughter of the then Home Minister of India Mufti Mohammed Sayeed,   was kidnapped.  Five terrorists were released to secure her release.  Terrorism in Kashmir got a boost. 

Later the country followed an inconsistent policy with regard to kidnappings.  In some cases nobody was released.  When Doraisamy was kidnapped there was release of terrorist(s) to secure his release. 

In 1999 Indian Airlines aerpolane was hijacked.  The aeroplane was in Amritsar at least for 25 minutes.  It was allowed to take off.  It went to Kandahar.  Three terrorists were released.  One of them later attacked Jammu & Kashmir Legislature building which killed 41 people. 

Terrorist acts are frequent in India.  Very few times people who are involved in crimes are caught.  Fewer times they are punished. 

Naxal movement is spreading its wings.  It is a challenge to the nation.  Nothing substantial is done to contain it. 

What is the use of having nuclear weapons if a few terrorists can hold the country to ransom? 

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