New Delhi needs to initiate a national audit of police and intelligence preparedness, based on global best-practices.
- The killings this weekend at the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso’s Ouagadougou hold out important lessons to India about the threat of terror.
- One, the attacks show, the threat doesn’t come from any one organisation.
- Second,the use of conventional military force against terrorist groups doesn’t guarantee an end to terrorism.
- Third, the critical line of defence against terrorism is a well-trained and well-equipped domestic police force, capable of interdicting and responding to attacks, thus mitigating their impact.
- Most states and major cities now have élite special weapons and tactics units but their training and infrastructure are often ramshackle.
- Training of first responders — the constables is dismal.
- Deficiency in training of elite national forces, the National Security Guard was ruthlessly exposed in Pathankot,
- Finally, the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing remain understaffed and underfunded.