Cost Of Terror

Kiran Majumdar Shaw | Updated: Dec 1 2008, 04:35am hrs
I think this is our darkest hour. What it has shown up, is how unprepared we are to deal with a crisis. Whilst it can be argued that many places are prone to terrorist attacks, the question to be asked is, how quickly can we bring back normalcy Around the world, the United States, the UK, even Israel, the situation is stabalised in a far shorter time than we have taken. It has been almost three days, and there is still no concern. It shows a lot of chinks in the system. The army, anti terrorism force no one seems to even know what crisis management is. I dont know if they even have adequate drills, no modern technology, no training. It is a very poor reflection on us. I am really concerned about this as a citizen. We are not safe anywhere. The scariest thing is, these terrorists have broken every possible barrier and brazenly come into Bombay unnoticed. What is our intelligence doing Who is answerable The state governments dont even have enough funds to deal with such things, and the center fails to respond on time. Even the fire engines took hours to tackle the fire in the Taj. Nobody takes their jobs seriously. This is a total failure on the part of the entire security mechanism. We are so helpless and hopeless If this is how the city of Bombay deals with it. I dont know how it will be anywhere else. The big question I want to ask is, how can we be safe in this country That is what the government needs to answer. Business confidence will obviously be very badly shaken and will take a long time to be restored. It will take a complete unison on part of all stakeholders to bring us firmly back. But India still continues to be attractive as a business destination, although it will be a risk-prone country. The government has to demonstrate its ability to keep investments.

As told to Shreya Roy