New Delhi, Mar 23: In a recent statement, the Defence Minister said that every small incident of terror should be treated as war.
The experts feel that the minister was right when he issued such a statement and every incident of terror big or small needs to be treated as war.
The reason why incidents big or small need to be treated as terror is because, they are not aimed at one time destruction, but it is a continued effort on part of terrorist organisations to keep a country engaged in battle.
Going beyond bombs:
Terrorist groups have various ways of attacking a country. In the case of India the war by terrorist groups has been multifold. There are fidayeen strikes in the form of a Parliament attack, 26/11 strike or the Pathankot strike. There are incidents such as Mumbai train bombings in which fidayeens or suicide bombers are not used.
However terrorist groups also go beyond the bomb blasts and fidayeen attacks. There is an economic and cyber war too. In fact if one were to rate the most dangerous forms of terror that India faces it is economic terrorism. An economic war is basically through the circulation of fake currency.
India has done all it can and continues to do so, but the menace is spread too deep. Millions of rupees have been flooded into the Indian market over the past decade and these fake currency in circulation has damaged to the economy to a certain extent. In fact the RBI had to once issue a circular stating that a particular series of notes would be withdrawn as there were too many fakes.
Then comes the cyber terror attacks. These are found to be in various forms. While hacking into systems to collect sensitive data is one part of the problem, the other involves shutting down crucial government websites. The other menace on the cyber space is the propaganda material which the terrorist groups post. Material with an intention of instigating and recruiting have made its way into the internet in a big way off late.
While these appear to be smaller incidents, it is still necessary that they are treated as war. These have slower effect, but causes major damage in the long run. While these are the existing capabilities of the terrorist groups which target India, there are reports that also suggest that some groups are even capable of carrying out a biological war.