A catastrophe of the magnitude of the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 26, 2008 demands a quick revamp of the Indian intelligence apparatus.
After the last terrorists are flushed out from the Oberoi and Taj hotels in Mumbai, one of the first tasks before India’s Ministry of Home is to revamp the domestic and external intelligence agencies – the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) respectively.
Time and again, India’s intelligence agencies have proved woefully inadequate to anticipate and prepare for the nightmares that terrorists have unleashed at frequent intervals with impunity.
As we have written on other occasions, lack ofÂ strong intelligence has always been the achilles heel of India’s law enforcement.
One of the first to be kicked out must be P.C.Haldar, Director of India’s Intelligence Bureau.
A 1970 batch Indian Police Service officer of the Bihar cadre, Haldar has been at the helm of India’s domestic intelligence agency for nearly two years now. He was a Special Director at the IB before that.
In the last 22 months, India has witnessed repeated attacks on its soil as terrorists pick and choose various sites at will.
Under Haldar’s watch, Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, AhmedabadÂ and other Indian cities have been the sites of horrendous terrorist attacks with Indian security forces invariably being in reactive mode.
This incompetent officer Haldar is scheduled to retire on January 1, 2009.
But to let this incapable man stay at the helm of India’s domestic intelligence apparatus even till then would not only be unwise but also demonstrate gross disrespect to the several hundred people who have lost their lives and the thousands who have been injured in attacks over the last two years.
A more competent officer is need at the helm of India’s Intelligence Bureau.