“Man is immortal, his salvation is thereafter, the State has no immortality; its salvation is now or never. States do not receive credit for doing what is right; they are only rewarded for being strong enough to do what is necessary” – Cardinal De Richelieu

India, hit by yet another terror attack in Mumbai, should take Richelieu’s words seriously and act now. I am not suggesting that we should go and bomb Pakistan. We have concrete evidence of the involvement of Pakistan-based terror organisations and the rogue Inter-Services Intelligence. This gives us to right to take actions necessary to safeguard our nation and our way of life.

We know the terror organisations (LeT, JeM) waging a war against our country, the people who are supporting them (Dawood and his gang) and their locations. The first thing our government has to do is to immediately revive the covert action unit of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), which was closed down by then Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral in 1997.

The government has to ensure that Pakistan pays a heavy price for supporting terrorism in India. The terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan has to be destroyed and targeted assassinations of figures like LeT chief, JeM chief and Dawood has to be carried out.

RAW has the capability to carry out covert operations inside Pakistan and it has proved that beyond doubt in the past. What is needed before that is to revamp the premier intelligence agency, which is in news for all the wrong reasons. Now, as the current RAW chief retires in January 2009, the Prime Minister has to ensure that a competent person is appointed to head the agency. As former senior RAW official B Raman puts it in his blog, “At this critical time in the nation’s history, RAW has no covert action specialists at the top of its pyramid. Get a suitable officer from the IB or the Army. If necessary, make him the head of the organization.”

The Indian establishment (Political and bureaucratic) now has to ensure that stern actions are taken against the perpetrators of the terror acts and their masters.

Another thing that the government should avoid is presenting their case before the United States of America every-time an attack takes place in India. If Pakistan is supporting terrorism in India, and we have the proof of its involvement, then why should we ask the US to intervene. We have to be strong enough to take action on our own. Diplomacy aside, there has to be a firm conviction that attacks on India will not go unpunished. That is what the US does. Did they give any proof before attacking al Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001? The entire world knows the story of the “faulty intelligence” which they relied on to attack Saddam Hussein in 2003. Did they wait to present any proof to anybody? NO. They just went in and bombed everything.

We have to keep in mind that the only one thing important to the US is their own national interests. They don’t care about India’s concern on terrorism. So, pleading before the US to pressurize Pakistan to take action will not yield any results.

The Mumbai terror attack has given us an opportunity to completely rethink the way we perceive national security. We have suffered enough at the hands of Pakistan and now is the time for action.

Let Pakistan know that if they continue to promote terrorism in India, they will be made to bleed even more. According to B Raman, “A divided Pakistan, a bleeding Pakistan, a Pakistan ever on the verge of collapse without actually collapsing – that should be our objective till it stops using terrorism against India.”

Along with the covert actions, the government also needs to ensure strengthening of our security apparatus.  This will include strengthening the police force throughout the country, ensuring coastal security, setting up specialized investigating agencies, and have a crisis infrastructure.

7 thoughts on “Action against terror: Revive RAW’s covert action unit”

  1. “We have concrete evidence of the involvement of Pakistan-based terror organisations and the rogue Inter-Services Intelligence. This gives us to right to take actions necessary to safeguard our nation and our way of life.”

    – Pray, tell, what is that ‘concrete evidence’ that you so fondly refer to?
    im very curious, will you please share that sir?

  2. Exactly when did the US-FBI team arrived on Indian soil (NewDelhi IGIA)?
    Did India request for their “help” or was it based on their own independent prior prediction/knowledge of the terrorist-attacks?
    Were there also such investigation teams from the Scotland Yard and Israel?
    What kind of info they “collected”, was that their independent work, or was the Indian team involved in such info collections?
    Did the Indian Team also maintained a parallel copy of all such pieces of data?
    Russian President Medvedev offered support and cooperation in Counter Terrorism work.
    Has India sought and obtained Russian “help” OR was it only from the US+UK+Israel?
    Is it not worthwhile for India to THINK further on these lines – in teaming up with Russia, maybe for intelligence gathering and covert actions as well?
    A more perturbing question is the following –
    If we see the results of the recent Assembly Elections in five states, the ruling combine won in three out of five.
    Does that mean that we can expect at least another terrorists attack in some prominent locale just before the upcoming General (Loka Sabha) Elections also?

  3. India should follow Israel’s example when Israel went for covert eliminations of perperators of Munich Olympics outrage.

    The terrorists behind Mumbai outrage must not go unpunished. Otherwise , such elements would ,fearlessly , target India again .They have declared war on India and India has a legitimate right and ” Licence To Kill ” them.If any diplomatic complications do arise India can always say ” Give Us Evidence”

    War with Pakistan would be counter productive .It would elevate terrorists to a level of ” National Heroes ‘ in Pakistan .Trrorists in Pakistan are not waiting in the open for Indians to attack them . Besides , they enjoy protection of Pakistan army and I.S.I. Further , an open war with Pakistan would bring joy back on the faces of Kashmiri separatists.

    While covert operations agaist ” non state ” enemies of India in Pakistan has some difficulties ,there is no such hinderance against crushing ruthlessly Indian network of gangsters like Dawood without any delay.

  4. As argued in our post (see our web link) the Covert Action Capability is most important to be restarted. Unfortunately raw seems to be floundering.

  5. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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