India Planning to Fight Terror with Technology

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the infamous LeT Islamist terrorist associated with 26/11 has been hanged till death on the wee hours of 21st November 2011 in Yerwada Jail of Pune, India. He was the lone terrorist caught alive and charged with orchestrating the carnage while all of his 11 other associates were killed in retaliatory fire of the National Security Guards as deployed by the Indian government to tackle the terrorists.

It has been quite some years now that the Mumbai mayhem took place. Some wounds have healed, others have not. Both netas and political strategists put down tons of theories to assure us of safety and security. The government exchequer charges us tax, VAT, excise duty, etc., religiously but only a small proportion of it actually get spend on fastening the security cordon around us. Such is the grim reality of our daily lives.

India is a vast country with an amalgamation of people belonging to different cast, creed, religion, and social structure. It is thereby very difficult to answer the security threats determining the length and breadth of the country and its variegated populace, that too with the traditional methods. Some new idea or action is in dire need. Understanding this, recently the central government has taken up a noble initiative in combating terrorism with technology.

Under this drive, the cabinet committee on security has proposed creation of National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) in India aiming to improve the country’s fight against Islamist terrorism through robust intelligence sharing. The system will take into loop all the current law enforcement agencies fighting terror within the geographical limits of the country and beyond that.

As per the proposal, NATGRID will have an easy access to about 21 categories of database. These include bank account details, railway and air travel lists, income tax details, credit card transactions, visa and immigration records, and others. Initially, access to the combined data will be given to 11 agencies, which include various central intelligence agencies and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) among others.

If the words of a home ministry official are to be believed, the process of setting up the infrastructure has already started and is going according to the plan. This phase constitutes purchasing network servers and other necessary components and installing the same in key locations as per the plan. It is estimated that by January 2013 the entire system can be made operational.

Once put in place, technology will play its part in easing out the necessary processes, and thereby will be of great assistance in robust data sharing among the agencies with an immediate effect. Now, we can expect that any such Mumbai-like attack can be dealt with strong hands and swiftly before it runs havoc in our respective lives and leave scars that perhaps all the waters of the holy Ganges will never be able to wash away.

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