The blast at the Delhi high court on Wednesday was not the first such incident in the national capital nor will it be the last. The only continuity was some old mistakes on the part of the government, one it refuses to learn from.
Basic measures, such as closed-circuit TV (CCTV) camera surveillance, were missing. In the recent Mumbai blasts, CCTVs were either not working or their coverage was not available at crucial places. In this age, it is inexplicable why this simple step is difficult to undertake. The only answer: apathy and sloth.
The bigger problem is that of appreciating terrorism and what is needed to check it. For one, it requires a change in mindset: one cannot react to single events in an isolated, incident-by-incident fashion when the problem is continuous. Changing that needs giving up some holy cows —politicization of terror being the first one.