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Public awareness

There is at least anecdotal evidence that terrorist activity is on the rise in Kerala. The recent arms hauls in Kochi and incidents in some other areas have added to the perception. What should the State, and its people, do to brace against terrorism? Our readers respond:

Public awareness

The Government should form a separate wing to control terrorist activities. The common people fear these anti-social elements and are afraid to divulge their secrets even if they are aware of it. Awareness classes and media coverage about the problems associated with terrorism are necessary. Without public support, nothing is possible in the State, for or against terrorism.

Neelandon Kuruvattoor


Tighten laws

The main reason for rise in terrorist activity is the absence of patriotism among politicians and the people who elect them with the intention of achieving personal gains. Unless the people love the country and protect its hard-earned freedom, it cannot prosper, whatever resources and technical know-how are available.

We hear news of seizure of arms and ammunition from almost every State in the country. Some people are demanding secession of their territory from the Indian Union with the whole-hearted help and support of foreign terrorist groups. They are funding and giving training for arms struggle against our country. Our soft laws against dreaded criminals and the attitude of the political parties who protect them with ulterior motives are making the country an unsafe place.

Strict surveillance is needed to thwart such subversive activities.

The solution lies in making stringent laws and enforcing it. The country's freedom has to be protected by every citizen.

K.C.S. Kidave


Step up vigil

Terrorist activities are on the rise in the State. All political parties and the people should be vigilant against it. Programmes can be conducted to create awareness of terrorism and its goals. Though different communities run educational institutions, the authorities concerned should ensure that secular education is given to the students. The visual and print media should highlight the pros and cons of terrorism. Political leaders should think and act against the ills in society. Intellectual honesty and unity should be emphasised rather than vote bank politics.

Local self-Governments can play a vital role. Sufficient volunteers should be deployed to boost security.

P. Jayadevan


Be on alert

Terrorist activity in any form needs to be checked. Not only the Government machinery, but the public also needs to be vigilant at all times. Any unusual activity should be promptly reported. This is in the context of the recent influx of people from other States. Every citizen has the right to move freely throughout the country, the right to reside and settle anywhere and the freedom to practise any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business.

They are welcome. However, it will be well if a verification process is initiated and a database of such persons created.

This will enable the authorities concerned to keep a watch on anti-social elements so as to initiate pre-emptive steps against them. The people who let out their premises should compulsorily notify the details of their new tenants to the nearest police station. The neighbours should also make it a point to report to the police station as and when new arrivals come to stay.

M.M. Pillai


Politicians to blame

The perception of rise in terrorist activity in the State has had no effect on political parties. For them, the safety of the nation seems to be trivial when compared to the vote bank. They continue to follow the appeasement policy to keep the vote bank intact and remain in power. This has turned the State into a haven for terrorists.

It is imperative to keep a close vigil on the coastal belts of the State where the people are more susceptible to disruptive forces. No outsiders with ulterior motives should be permitted in the coastal areas.

K.A. Solaman


Root it out

It is indeed disturbing that Kerala has become a breeding ground for terrorist activity. We cannot remain complacent any longer. The State should take all steps to root out the evil.

We must learn from the experience of other States.

Things do not happen all of a sudden. What we can do is keep our eyes and ears open and alert the agencies concerned, failing which the repercussions will not be confined to physical violence alone. Sooner or later, it will have an effect on almost every front.

Honey Sabu


The Hindu-NIE team


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