A Safer India - Since 2014, new norms of security saved lives and prevented attacks
- The recent verdict by a special court in the 2008 Ahmedabad bomb blasts case has brought back memories of the dark era.
Statistics before 2014
- Between 2005-2008: 663 Indians were killed in terror attacks.
- 2008: 308 Indians were murdered by terrorists.
- Since 2014 till now: just 4
- Since 2016: zero.
Political ideologies - Changing Dynamics
- UPA government(2004): repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
- The message went to the terrorists was unmistakable - India is open to attack now.
- Train commuters in Mumbai, shoppers in Delhi, devotees in Kashi and students in Bengaluru - everyone was a target, no one was safe.
- 2008: Indian Mujahideen (IM) attacked cities like Jaipur and Bengaluru while the UPA government contented itself with doing “kadi ninda” for public consumption.
- 2008: the IM targeted Ahmedabad,
- It was the leads provided by the Gujarat police investigation that eventually led to the Batla House encounter and liquidation of dreaded terrorists and the arrest of many more.
- Some of those arrested were among the 49 convicted by the Ahmedabad special court and awarded the death sentence.
- 2013: Akhilesh Yadav became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, first acts was seeking to withdraw cases against terrorists who were later convicted.
- During this phase, as many as 14 cases against terrorists were sought to be withdrawn by the Akhilesh Yadav government.
Dynamics Since Present Government
- Anti-terror laws like Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act have been strengthened.
- NIA has been given more authorities & the investigating agencies have been modernized.
- Terror financing has been squeezed through the creation of the Terror Funding and Fake Currency Cell in the NIA.
- Insurgencies in the Northeast were ended with the signing of historic accords.
- Incidents of Naxalism: reduced by 70% in 2020 as compared to 2009.
- Fatalities (civilians and security forces): reduced by 80% in 2020 as compared to 2010.
- Armed forces were given a free hand to deal with Pakistan through strikes.
- Terrorism and terror financing was consistently brought onto the agenda of the G20 through PM Modi’s interventions.
- Pakistan has been on the FATF gray list since 2018.
- With the Progressive policies in safety and security(A new norm under the Modi government) any threat to the nation is treated as a threat to every Indian.
- The Modi government has modernised investigative agencies, cracked down on terror and terror financing.
- Because of this, India has emerged as a nation that has attracted $80 billion in FDI even during the pandemic.
- India created 42 unicorns in just one year and is the fastest-growing major economy in the world post the pandemic.