India has witnessed many dastardly terrorist attacks, but the UPA government played the secular card and never took a tough stance against terrorism. But those days are gone, PM Modi led central government, since its first day, has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against terrorism and terrorists. In its latest crackdown against terrorism, the central government has declared Hafiz Saeed’s son, a “designated terrorist”.
Hafiz Saeed’s son is a ‘designated terrorist No. 32’
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist has the blood of many Indians on his hands. He is a culprit for carrying out terrorist attacks on Indian soil that had claimed many innocent lives. He has been on the radar of Indian agencies as he was the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks. Two days ago, Hafiz Saeed was sentenced to 33-year jail term by Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Department for his involvement in terror funding.
In a recent move, the Union Home Ministry has declared Hafiz Saeed’s son ‘Hafiz Talha’ as a “designated terrorist” no. 32 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. With this, Hafiz Talha joins his father in the long list of designated terrorists as entrant number 32.
Hafiz Talha, was second in command of the terrorist outfit Laskar-e-Taiba and headed the cleric wing of the organization. He has been designated as a terrorist by Union Home Ministry due to his involvement in recruitment, fund collection, planning and executing attacks by the LeT in India and Indian interests in Afghanistan. The Ministry also notified that Talfa has been visiting camps of terror outfits across Pakistan and has been propagating ‘jihad against India, Israel and the US’.
This is not the only incidence as the BJP government at the centre has been proactively cracking down on the Let and its associates and sympathizers within the nation.
How India became a breeding ground for terrorism under UPA
Before 2014, many states like Uttar Pradesh other than the North East, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, had become the hotbed of terror activities. Indian cities were falling to cowardly terror attacks and innocents were losing their lives. All the other previous governments displayed a soft stance against terrorism and terrorists in the fear of losing their vote banks. Political patronage and vote bank politics provided the terrorist outfits with fertile land to grow and flourish in India.
UPA era can be referred to as an era of anarchy. City after city, state after state was attacked by the terrorists. Several new outfits grew and carried out several attacks on multiple cities. India even saw serial bomb blasts. And all that the Congress government had to offer was condemnation. Congress leader Manish Tewari recently in his book claimed that the then Congress-led UPA government had gone soft in the name of restraint.
According to data provided by the South Asia Terrorism Portal, as of 2013, 205 of the country’s 608 districts were affected by terrorist activity.
No room for terror in PM Modi’s ‘New India’
PM Modi sat on the throne when India was under siege. Every major city from Jaipur to Varanasi has borne the brunt of terrorist attacks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has played an instrumental role in uprooting terrorism from the Indian mainland.
The data provided by South Asia Terrorism Portal has suggested a stark reduction in terror attacks happening in India after PM Modi took control of the country in 2014.
PM Modi has devised a new formula for tackling terrorism through diplomacy. He adopted several measures to counter terrorism in India like giving free hand to armed forces, international diplomacy, calling out nuclear bluff of Pakistan and pushing terrorism as a topic of discussion on international platforms. PM Modi assured political backing to the forces and ensured to hold their back in the times of need.
From fencing the borders to providing more teeth to existing laws, PM Modi has left no stone unturned in breaking their backs. The Modi government has also cracked down on terror financing like never before.
PM Modi time and again has emphasized that there is no good or bad terror and has brought the attention of the global community for the need of eradication of terrorism and how it requires collaborated efforts.