Saturday, February 23, 2013



Lot of controversy has taken place in India regarding the establishment of “National Counter Terrorism Centre” (NCTC) due to protest by some states on the grounds of the violation of federal principles.But after the Hyderabad blasts there shouldn’t be any doubt that it is a necessity.Despite getting alerts from  centre and intelligence,the states hardly have the required infrastructure to prevent the same.NCTC will  play a major role in anaysing the threat ,sharing it and then integrating all instruments of national power to ensure unity of effort.As said by Shinde on the day of Hyderabad blast,the states were alerted regarding the same and many alerts have been issued to states like Maharastra and Bihar.The question is –Shall we wait for the tragedy to happen in many other states before reaching consensus on NCTC---not at all.In the interest of India,it should be imposed on states forcibly ,if they are not willing.Lives of the people and nation is important  rather than the selfish interest of some regional leaders who are giving more preference to their  power structure rather than Indian interests

NCTC will really be effective. NCTC will set up small offices across the state to gather the real-time information. It will be headed by an Intelligence bureau official and report to Home Ministry. NCTC officers can carry out raids without a prior permission of respective states. And the officers can arrest anyone over terrorism related cases. The state's other government authorities are bound to share details to the NCTC if required, no matter how confidential it is. Thus the anti-terror body will gather all real-time intelligence, exactly what IB is now lacking, and distribute information to other agencies, in order to have an effective system in place to tackle terrorism. Meanwhile, it has the right to take assistance of any special force in the country including National Security Guard (NSG)

As far as centre is concerned,it  is already placed in a dominant position with a ‘unitary spirit.’ Though the Constitution is supreme, Parliament has been empowered to pass ‘valid and just law’ on the State subjects (State List) under Articles 3 and 245 to 254. Thus, the objections of some States to the establishment of the NCTC do not hold water on the ground of ‘federalism’ and the Centre must overrule states as far as objections to NCTC is concerned as national interest is supreme.In promoting national interst we will be achieving International interests as terrorism is a global menace.


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