If politicians have even a bit of respect for the brave policemen killed in the battle against the terrorists in Mumbai, the usual political bickering that follows such episodes should be avoided. This is an attack on India, not the time to settle political scores.
Political parties on one side of the political divide had cried hoarse that the shootout at Delhi’s Jamia Nagar was fake, even as a decorated officer—Mohan Chand Sharma—was killed. The Samajwadi Party and others of its ilk were being typically irresponsible.
Then the other side got into the act. The Bharatiya Janata Party quickly abandoned its usual “tough-on-terror” stance after the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) said fringe Hindutva groups had carried out the Malegaon bombings. The Shiv Sena, too, made a huge hue and cry.
ATS chief Hemant Karkare has been killed in the war on terror. In contrast, not one of the politicians who strut around claiming Mumbai for themselves has had the guts to leave their security rings. We do not expect a Rudy Giuliani act from them. But they would do well to shut up and let the police and the army do their job.