Has the war on terror succeeded?

Has the war on terror succeeded?
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First Published: Mon, Sep 15 2008. 09 54 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Sep 15 2008. 09 54 PM IST
Not by a long shot. Terrorists continue to strike at will and the entire country has become a soft target for these merchants of hate. Lame duck reactions, a few arrests here and there and lofty pronouncements have served no purpose whatsoever. The war on terror will succeed only when the last terrorist has been wiped off from the face of the earth. Where our country is concerned, our security machinery is in shambles and we have developed a tendency to be wiser after the occurrence of a terrorist event. The result is that virtually every Indian is trapped in a dangerous maze. Terrorism cannot be handled with kid gloves or tackled in a ham-handed manner. A bullet for a bullet is perhaps the only answer.
— C.V. Aravind
Ferreting out terrorists”, Mint, 15 September, raises the right concerns on the menace of terrorism. What is appalling is that even after several such incidents at regular intervals, not much has been achieved by way of investigation to control such occurrences.
The issue is simple: that of willingness to tackle the problem head-on. The legal framework needs to be revised suitably and all parts of the enforcement machinery must come together in a collaborative approach and create a game plan. If the government can’t do that and secure its people, it has no business to be in power.
The measures to control the menace and the use of technology are issues of detail that any willing enterprise can do. The question the powers that be must ask themselves is how many such occurrences would it take to firm up a successful action plan combining all enforcement and intelligence agencies. Further, if the government is serious, it must address the nation as to what it proposes to do and in what time frame, including any legislative and administrative changes.
— Gautam Verma
This is regarding Premchand Palety’s article, “Unethical practices at our business schools”, Mint, 20 July. The well-researched article is an eye-opener on the status of management education in India.
I would like to highlight one area: manipulation of B-school rankings published in various business media. I am really not sure how honestly these rankings are reported, as very often I find the quality of students (future managers) they produce to be poor. These graduates lack basic business acumen. Many such students also exhibit a lack of integrity which, in my opinion, is a reflection on the school’s teaching.
I am a graduate of the Institute of Management Sciences, Lucknow university. I can say with confidence the faculty we had was well-qualified in technical subjects such as finance.
Yet, the irony is the institute never gets its due in the media because, being a government-run institution, it cannot afford to treat the so-called researchers (the media publishing B-school ranks) well.
Most of these B-school ranks are greatly biased and institutes get ranks based on how good they are at fudging information and paying back to the media house publishing the rankings. I hope the top 10 ranks, at least, are genuine.
—Vinay Sinha
I read the article “Ten years of Google”, Mint, 11 September. I don’t quite agree with the view that the “Time Off” policy of Google is the only reason why Google has been able to innovate consistently. In fact, I have heard that Google is having major problems because of this policy. Google employees develop their ideas in this time and then start their own ventures, something that has led to a whole league of start-ups mushrooming in Silicon Valley. I think this subject of “why Google has been able to innovate” needs much more research and is likely to have other aspects to it.
—Shruti Mittal
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First Published: Mon, Sep 15 2008. 09 54 PM IST