Circa 2008, India was in a state of shock when it witnessed Mumbai being held at gun point by terrorists for three days. In the aftermath, there was no doubt in anyone's mind that this attack was the first of many — the only unanswered question was, when would the next attack come, and where would it strike?
That dreaded attack has not materialized, if you discount the German Bakery, Pune blast of earlier this year. And this in turn has led the government of India to repeatedly suggest that India is safe.
At an Intelligence Bureau Endowment Lecture recently, Home Minister P Chidambaram asserted how India had remained incident free for nearly 14 months. "Honestly, it is because of dame luck that there has been no terror attack," the minister replied.
What is interesting is not the response, wherein the man responsible for the country's safety pinned his bets on "luck", but the framing of the question itself: Why are we safe, Chidambaram was asked — a question thatRead More »from How Safe Is India?