One dark night...
"Those who spread terror in the name of God, and religion, know nothing. Neither God nor religion."
India has not forgotten the attacks of 26/11 for sure. A tragedy in which people lost their close ones, many tourists got killed, and police officers died. It was the night of terror for India. Four men hailing en route from Pakistan somehow managed to invade Mumbai, and what happened next has already become part of the Indian history.
India has learned a lot of things from this crisis, and since then not any major attack has taken place in India. Everyone has learned something from these terror attack as a lesson, let's find out.
The terrorists were caught because of the bravery of Mumbai Police and Indian Army. Kasab, then 25-year-old terrorist, confessed in his official statement that he came to India from Pakistan using a boat. This report raised a lot of question on Indian sea water security. It was the first time in history when a group of terrorist invaded any nation by breaking ocean guards.
The defense ministry neglected waterfront protection despite knowing that Maharashtra's 'patchwork' seaside protector since the 1993 blasts was ineffective, and they paid for this mistake by facing 26/11 attacks. Security in coastal areas of India has now increased effectively.
It's not only about breaking the sea water security, but national security as well. Without any prior check, terrorists entered the commercial center of India, Mumbai and succeeded in their plans to spread terror. What Mumbai police was doing at that point in time? That's a big question.
How did they escape security check to enter Taj Hotel? It's not just that they survived security check, they were easily able to get away from the different crime scenes to walk around in Mumbai. It's not that Indian force didn't fight against them with bravery, but it's just a question of how they managed to pass through the security system.
Indian government learned a harsh lesson from this severe mistake, and they're now making some right decisions to develop Indian defense system and security forces that can help in preventing these kinds of terror attacks.
Indian Police is equipped with all kind of guns, rifles, and tools to fight terrorism. India has the largest police system in the whole world, but still, we've always failed in using them in the most efficient ways due to inefficiency and bugs in our law and order system.
According to law, Indian Police couldn't kill a group of men who've killed hundreds of people on their land and broke almost every law of this country, only because they hadn't received orders from their seniors.
And when they call their seniors to take some major actions, they ask them to hold on until they get orders from their super seniors.
It's a big lesson to learn, and this system is now evolving with time.
Tourism in India is crucial, it not only brings more value to the country, but it helps in growing economically. India has taken some giant steps to increase the number of tourists in the country by creating major national tourism policy, but security and crime remain major drawback that India had faced in the past, especially against females.
We cannot deny the fact that many tourists were killed and harmed during the attacks of 26/11. On a lighter note, these attacks in a way pointed out these inefficiencies in our system, and we've learned a big lesson from it.
Broadcasters learned this lately, but at least they did. They were covering the attacks of 26/11 in real-time. It helped Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan to get the live information about terrorist they had sent to India, and in a way, it served as a source of information to the terrorist also. They were on a phone call from Pakistan continuously.
All the media houses decided that no future crisis will be covered real-time, it'll be delayed on air at least half an hour. It'll not only stop the terrorist from getting the real-time information, but it'll also help the authorities to control the telecast and stop something that's best to left as a secret.
'Your failure is your best teacher, no one in this world can teach you better.'
Multiple intelligence agencies operate in India, and each one of them expertises in their area. Many versions of information are decoded every day, and then they're combined to reach a conclusion. As a result, it not only divides data into pieces, but these agencies used to lack in coordination, as it was seen during the massacre of 26/11.
Be it R&AW, IB, Mumbai CID, or Navy intelligence in this concern, the attacks of 26/11 unfolded their poor performance in keeping each other updated with the latest information.
Though India hasn't still changed their take on having a one big intelligence team, we hope that India has learned something from this mishap.