India to intensify fight against terrorism

Posted: January 26, 2011 in Crime, Politics

“Terrorism poses the single most detrimental threat to the progress of humankind.”

Describing terrorism as one which “poses the single most detrimental threat to the progress of humankind”, President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil of India said New Delhi is best positioned to intensify efforts at clamping down on terrorism.

President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil addressing the Nation on the eve of the 62nd Republic Day. Credit: NetIndian.

“As India assumes its seat as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, it will intensify efforts to effect concerted and collected global action against terrorism,” she said in an address delivered through India’s Commissioner to Ghana, Mrs. Ruchi Ghanashyam to the Indian community yesterday on the eve of the country’s 62nd Republic Day.

President Patil believes that “Development and progress require an environment of stability and security,” hence the work of the country’s Police and internal security agencies is critical in this field because “India’s profile in global affairs is the focus of international attention today.”

According to her, there is a crucial need for combined action by all members of the international community to eradicate the threat of terrorism.

Ahead of India joining the UN Security Council on January 1, 2011, India declared her intention to make the fight against terrorism a priority area during its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the Council.

The Security Council currently has two key committees related to its fight against terrorism. On October 15, 1999, the UN Security Council via its resolution number 1267 had established the “al Qeada and Taliban Sanctions Committee” which is the form to slap sanctions on terrorist outfits and its leaders; that is implemented by its member States.

Political connoisseurs say the decision by President Patil was of no surprise since India had long demonstrated its stand against terrorism.

In May 2010, India and Turkmenistan agreed to cooperate with each other in dealing with the scourge of global terrorism and called for the early conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention on International Framework within the United Nations Framework.

With an enviable track record of being the largest democratic country in the world, India is no more isolated from the wrath of terrorists.

Cities and communities that have decades not witnessed any form of bombings are now targets of terrorists. Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Punjab and Kashmir have fallen prey to the activities of terrorists in recent years.

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