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December 6, 2008
Dr. Manmohan Singh
Honble Prime Minister of India
Room No. 152
South Block,
New Delhi 110 001

Respected Dr. Manmohan Singhji,

I am writing this letter to you with a heavy heart.

The recent terrorists attack on Mumbai -- the commercial capital of India -- holding hostage numerous Indians and foreigners, resulting in over 200 deaths, besides causing a huge property loss, has shaken the confidence of the business community. Coming as it did on the heels of global financial meltdown, it has exposed the chinks in our security system and weakened our democratic fabric. November 26, 2008 V the worst terrorist attack post 9/11 V will go down as one of the blackest days, in the history of Mumbai and India.

A series of terrorist attacks with impunity on several major cities in the past six months has given rise to a feeling that Indian administration is ill-prepared and ill-equipped to not only prevent such attacks, but also to fight them squarely and effectively.

The terrorists attack that happened in Mumbai on November 26 was the final blow to the tolerance limit of Indian populace. It was pathetic to see that four terrorists held the entire country to ransom and several hundred members of NSG and other security agencies had to struggle for 60 hours to bring the situation under control.

The Mumbai attack also clearly shows the total failure of our intelligence system, lack of coordination among Government agencies as well as lack of political leadership. At a meeting, organized by the Indian Merchants Chamber, of various chambers of commerce and trade and industry associations, it came out clearly that people of India are not going to take it any more.
We are sure, you have seen the message enough is enough.

While we condemn the ghastly act and deplore our failure, Indian Merchants Chamber would like to take a positive approach instead of just criticizing and condemning.

With this view, we are putting forward following constructive suggestions for your expeditious action.

It may be noted that these suggestions are made after interaction with leading security experts and business leaders of our fraternal Chambers in Western India and people from all strata of society.

I
The Central Government should set up a "Internal Security Ministry", headed by a Minister (who is not a professional politician, but a retired Army officer / a Security professional). This Minister shall hold independent charge and will be answerable only to the Prime Minister.

This new independent Ministry should immediately set up a National Security/ Commando Force of ( about 40000 to 50000 Jawans, to start with ) with its units located in different States and coastal cities (and intelligence/ commando networks at all places where people congregate in thousands.)

Also this Ministry will work in cooperation with the existing National Disaster Management machinery and its regional units.

In addition, a "National Security Research Institute" should be established in the private sector (under the PPP model) for exclusively doing research on security issues, studying the security dimensions of new and evolving technologies and to make recommendations for proactive and preemptive measures. IMC is ready to coordinate the private sector's active participation in this initiative.

II
We also strongly recommend that each State government should set up an Internal Security Ministry (which would be independent of the Home Ministry), exclusively to look after the security and other vital aspects of mega cities like Mumbai.

We also recommend to both the Central and various State Governments to the much-delayed, but extremely urgent, reforms in the police force - both in respect of systemic improvement, education & training, application of modern skills of IT & Telecom, and supply & use of modern weapons.

We understand that the Report on Police Force Reforms, submitted by our bureaucrat Dharmavir, is pending with the Government of India for several decades. Also the Report of Mr. B. Raman on security measures to be taken is lying with the Government for several years. Had these reports been implemented, the frequent terrorist attacks on India would not have occurred.

III To stop the large-scale misuse of the police / other security forces by their being deployed in the entourage / motorcade of VVIPs in an ugly display of power, starving the other important sectors of their services. It is necessary to look again at this aspect and moderate VIP security needs.

IV We also want to convey the strong feelings of people against the slow judicial and administrative procedures causing delay in delivery of justice, thereby defeating the purpose. Unless the government ensures a quick punishment and reward' process, people's frustration is going to make them cynical and compel them to resort to desperate methods.

Dear Prime Minister, our Chamber vows to stand by you and to offer its full cooperation to you and to the government in implementing all of these and any other meaningful steps to prevent recurrence of terrorist attacks and to improve the security environment in the country.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,


M N Chaini

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