The Proposal of Former Chief Justice

KG Balakrishnan wants a separate police cadre to be created in every state to deal with terror attacks. According to him, terrorism and extremism “have been the newer forms of disruptive forces which have to be handled by the police. These terrorist forces worked across many States, with links outside India. They also effectively used the latest technologies. To curb terrorism, the police forces would have to create a new cadre trained in low-intensity warfare.” (The Hindu). K.G Balakrishnan had been the Chief Justice of Supreme Court and now he is the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission. He advanced the proposal for formation of a separate police cadre for terrorists, during the distribution ceremony of International Jurists Award 2013 and the National Law Day Award in New Delhi on November 30. On this occasion he also shared his ideas on ‘International Terrorism'. He made the statement on ‘separate police cadre’, in the same speech. Obviously, judges, lawyers, police officers and functionaries of law and order machinery must have attended the event in large numbers.

The process has been on for many years
The discussion on the subject of ‘International terrorism’ by a top jurist was not the first of its kind. Meetings of jurists, legal luminaries and heads of security agencies have been held earlier as well to discuss the subject. International conferences are also held. This process has been going on for several years. The most important thing is that, in these meetings, the definition of terrorism, its meaning and concept, its forms and varieties, are not usually discussed because the meaning of terrorism is already understood in the minds of convenors and participants of these conferences. And this meaning is the same which America has made the world understand after the so-called '9/11’ and the first and most vigilant among those who have understood this meaning according to the American Dictionary is the ruling class of this country. Extremism or religious extremism is the extremism of the adherents of a particular religion. To them, demolition of places of worship in the broad daylight with the whole world as witness, to terrorize a community by making (provocative) statements and issuing open threats in meetings and rallies, and genocide of a community by (engineering) riots, is not terrorism.
Had the leadership been awakened
Terrorism is indeed a major problem in this country. However, it must be seen how much it is real and how much fake. But even the need for discussion on this aspect is not felt in these conferences. This is the need in fact of the community which is the target of the entire exercise. But unfortunately, the leadership of this community does not realize it; rather it would not have any knowledge of what is being said on the subject of terrorism and international terrorism. Had there been any realisation and knowledge thereof, it would have (1) constituted a specialized group of scholars for further understanding of its goals; (2) prepared individuals to participate in talks and  discussions; (3) declared that the Muslim community is completely with the government and its security agencies’ efforts to counter terrorist threats, because this community is most affected by it; (4) demanded that the meaning of terrorism and its forms should also be discussed; (5) demanded that all incidents of terrorism in recent years must be re-investigated; and every upcoming incident should be inquired honestly and Muslim representatives be engaged in the process of inquiry, in some form or the other, and (6) the media should not be allowed to go out of control in this regard.

13/12/2013 khabar-O-Nazar by Parwaaz Rahmani, sehrozaDAWAT, translated by:Miss Khalida Hussain

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