The NCTC imbroglio

With the growing opposition to the setting up of the NCTC (National Counter Terror Centre) by the day from Chief Ministers of states where they enjoy the support of the people, unlike leaders descending from the heavens to become chief minister, the Government of India has proposed to have a dialogue with them. The treasury now says that it is a joint responsibility of the centre and the states. They never thought so before notifying the setting up of the NCTC. Now that they are certain of the success of the opposition, they have opened the channels of communication. Only two days ago, their loud mouth spokes persons were saying that it was not necessary to consult the states as it was only an executive exercise. Even this logic was flawed as it encroached on the executive authority of the states. Then, a bizarre interpretation was advanced that India is not a “federation” but a “union”. Highly misleading argument. The Union List, State List and the Concurrent List  in the constitution and elaborate scheme of centre state relations establishes beyond any doubt that it is a federation . The tendency on the part of the UPA government to justify the unjustifiable is dangerous for democracy in the country. The NCTC is a ploy to enchant the voters in the next General Election in 2014. In its tenure of 10 years, this government did nothing to counter terrorism effectively. Will it really succeed in countering terror? Terrorism really?

After full 8 years of enjoying fruits of governing without a mandate, this Government has suddenly woken up to fight terror! Strange! Just 2 years and 2 months away from the next General Election, which will prove costly to this coalition that has established historic standards of corruption unsurpassed in the history of India or the world ! A government that has miserably failed to display any will to implement the orders of the highest court in the country against terrorists, is still planning to set up an agency to deal with it ! Somebody to blame or take shelter behind is required to face the voters’ wrath in the next elections. Moreover, what is terror? This Government is guilty of using such an offending language that the most liberal minds have decided to caution them. Since they fear no reprisals in the country or abroad, they  and their courtiers have shown the temerity to hurt everyone in the country. They have staked all that they are left with in the name of legacy in the UP elections, which they genuinely fear they are going to lose. They have already threatened the people of the state with President’s Rule in the state if their party fails to get to make the next Chief Minister at least. That is their real face, irrespective of the rhetoric they use. Only chhal, prapanch & swang and nothing more. The terrorism of one minister is not the terrorism of another. The terrorist of the government is not that of the prominent leaders of the party, who have profusely cried in private company of a chosen few of the ministers or insulted the heroic martyrdom of the brave policeman who fought the terrorists at the Batla encounter. And yet they have the guts to put up a show of fighting terrorism through NCTC? Are some Chief Ministers on their radar? Do they want to exercise the same powers that were exercised when Indira Gandhi was unseated by the Allahabad High Court? They are reading the writing on the wall. The assertiveness of the Chief Ministers has unnerved them. They can deal with them under the subterfuge of NCTC and counter terrorism.If they can “neutralise”, politically or otherwise, a few CMs like Mamata, Jayalalita, Narendra Modi or Nitish Kumar, the next government is theirs. Whichever minister waves that magic wand becomes the next PM. Decidedly, MMS is on his way out. There are doubts about the incumbent Home Minister qualifying in the power struggle. That leaves the one who has been handling most government matters for many months. In case, they change places, where will all the promises being made by Chidambaram go? The nation will never allow that man to become the next Home Minister, with the Damocles sword of the NCTC in his hands to slay anybody on the spur of the moment. The public simply does not have a good word for the man, if you try to gather public opinion from public transport, public places, markets, institutions or internet. The government would succeed in confidence building if it implements the court orders in all pending cases first and stops being vicious towards the citizens by word of mouth. Instead of respecting fear of the sword or bullets of the terrorists, it should fear the backlash of the peaceful, who may lose their patience any day if provoked beyond tolerance. That should be feared. The government has failed in 45 years to dissuade the youth from joining the naxals. Why should it seek to create the revolutionaries of the freedom struggle kind? Attempts to tame the Election Commission of India only strengthen the fears of dangerous political designs on the people, like those of the 1975 era, in 2014. The dots are getting connected. Will the EC shame the fine culture of civil services by allowing them to do whatever they want, like the earlier occupants of the Nirvachan Sadan or show the moral courage to uphold the rule of law and the constitution of India. It should not suffer contempt from the ministers when they are bullying or flippant.

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