Centre, States and NCTC
CM has taken a bold stand. All must support him
ANALYSIS BY RAFIQUE BHATT
As the debate over the National Counter Terrorism Centre ( NCTC) is heating up, it is clear that besides non Congress run states, some Congress alliance run states are also against the proposed NCTC. In the recently concluded CM’s conference this clash has become more evident and while Bihar’s Nitish Kumar has termed it as violation of principle of federalism, Narendra Modi of Gujrat has moved a step further by saying that the Central Government was behaving like Viceroy of Yore. More serious observation has been made by none other than our own Chief Minister Omer Abdullah who has termed it as akin to AFSPA.
India has been facing armed insurgencies since its independence. From Nagaland to Assam and from Punjab to Kashmir armed conflicts have continued with high to low intensities in the last 60 years. But it was after 26/11 Mumbai attacks that central Govt thought to set up a Counter Terrorism Centre so that it can meet the challenges of terrorism more effectively. During the Mumbai attacks it was revealed that lack of co-ordination between various security & intelligence agencies was a key factor and thus there was need for a central anti terror force . Though Mr Chidambaram, the architect of NCTC has said that it will be an important pillar of the future security architecture, but there are no takers for his argument.
India has very effectively fought the armed insurgencies in many states like Manipur, Nagaland, Assam , Punjab & more recently in Jammu & Kashmir. Question arises what is the need now to form NCTC while the world has turned all around against terrorism or armed insurgencies. Even where the will of common people has been suppressed and the people who fight for genuine causes have been compelled to shun violence and start peaceful political movements. So the terror threat perception has not only decreased but India’s position on terrorism has been globally acknowledged. It has got clear support from powerful nations including USA. India has fought some of the bloodiest insurgencies & terror networks with its present security & intelligence networks and while the terror threat is decreasing, the formation of NCTC has raised many eyebrows among states. While some see it as a deliberate attempt to weaken state authority while some others accused the central Government of creating trust deficit.
At present India is facing Moist insurgency which is not new as it has remained a problem since last many decades. Though it has increased in some states in recent times but it is not a beyond control situation. Punjab has turned peaceful and Kashmir is steadily returning to normalcy. However India may be concerned with US troop withdrawal from Afganistan in 2014 . An unstable Pakistan with growing fundamentalism and leaving Karzai at the mercy of Talibans, the Indian concern is some what genuine. But the Moist problem is more political & various political parties and social organisations have repeatedly asked the central Govt to solve this problem politically. The Afghan insurgency issue has been well tackled by Indian security forces in Kashmir and with changing situation in Kashmir , it hardly remains any issue for the security apparatus in Kashmir. In fact the local police has fought and eliminated Afghan insurgents in Kashmir and local police has emerged as a deterrent to such elements. Thus the apprehensions of various Chief Ministers seem to be gaining ground and even the assurances of the Prime Minister has failed to break any ice.
The proposed powers of the agency include Search and arrest in any State without informing the local police. It will create serious issues within states and at times may create law & order problems which may go at times out of control for local administration. Thus Mr Omer Abdullah has very rightly said that this provision is as harsh as AFSPA. As the State Govt has been pushing hard for revocation of AFSPA from certain areas, the formation of NCTC in its present form will create a more serious problem for J&K in particular because of political sensitivities of the State. Besides this it will also make the case of AFSPA revocation irrelevant as the New agency will come out with more stringent powers. So despite running a coalition with Congress, the CM has taken a logical stand on this issue and all political parties must support him on this crucial issue. Two regional parties BJP & PDP also need to support the state CM’s position on this crucial issue.
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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