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The ‘jugaad’ government
The Indian Express, India Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tavleen Singh
The government of Dr Manmohan Singh is approaching the third year of its second term in office, and one thing which is clear is its turpor, and unhurried sense to major calamities and national crises. This spirit of ‘jugaad’ seems to have crept into issues of national security. Next month will be the third anniversary of 26/11 and in these three years the Government of India has failed to force Pakistan to do anything about the men responsible for that horrible crime, writes Tavleen Singh in The Indian Express.

As the government of Dr Manmohan Singh approaches the third year of its second term in office, there is one thing that can be said of it with certainty. Its distinctive attribute is torpor. Its response to major calamities and national crises has been unhurried at its speediest.

So, it was when the Commonwealth Games were on the verge of ignominious collapse that the Prime Minister showed interest in what was going wrong. It was when Naxalites started killing our policemen in huge numbers that Delhi paid attention. And, it was only when the Kashmir Valley had been under curfew for more than two months, that the Prime Minister realised that it was no longer a local problem and he needed to intervene. On the Ayodhya judgment, we are still not sure if the Congress president and the Prime Minister take the same view.

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What is worrying is that this spirit of ‘jugaad’ seems to have crept into issues of national security. Last week, two or three things happened that indicate this.

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Then came the admission by Pakistan’s former military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, that his government had trained jihadi terrorist groups to use against India in Kashmir. We have always known this but never before has there been such an open admission at such a high level. Without mincing words, Musharraf told Der Spiegel, “They (the jihadi groups) were indeed formed. The government turned a blind eye because they wanted India to discuss Kashmir.” Examine this in the light of an Interpol red corner alert last week against two serving Pakistani officers for their involvement in 26/11 and India’s situation looks grim.

Next month will be the third anniversary of 26/11 and in these three years the Government of India has failed to force Pakistan to do anything about the men responsible for that horrible crime.

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If Pakistani military intelligence planned the attack, it means that we should treat 26/11 as an act of war. But, have you noticed any urgency in the Government of India’s response? Any signs that we have strengthened our defences?

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China is busy building roads along our borders and we can only hope that these roads are not used against us one day because no matter how hard we try, we cannot build roads as fast as China can. On the road building front, the government’s inertia has reached almost criminal levels. Kamal Nath has been traveling around the world trying to inspire investors to come to India but from the Prime Minister’s side we have seen not the smallest hint of urgency.

The only time that Dr Manmohan Singh’s government shakes off its inertia is when Sonia Gandhi and her kitchen cabinet, the National Advisory Council, make some new demand. Unfortunately, Madame and her jholawallahs concentrate their efforts on charity. Their schemes will never end poverty in India but they will help our poorest citizens get a hundred days of work a year and perhaps one square meal a day. Since Sonia and her kitchen cabinet at least get things done, could they please take charge of national security as well? It could be our only chance of preventing another 26/11.

This article was published in the The Indian Express on Sunday, October 10, 2010. Please read the original article here.
Author : Ms Singh is a senior journalist and writes the Fifth Column in Indian Express.
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