From the Editor-in-Chief: Action against terrorism must be decisive

Enayetullah Khan
Thursday, July 21st, 2016
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The killing of three Bauls in Jibannagar upazila of Chuadanga last week is much more than a reflection of the bad law and order situation in the country. It is a sign of how the secular foundations of the country have come under increasing assault. That is of course nothing new, given the tragic incidents of the last three years. In this period, people believing in liberal and secular ideas have borne the brunt of these attacks. The larger tragedy for all of us in this country is that we as a society or as a state have been unable to ensure security to citizens regarding their lives and property. Of course, there is also the reality of the sinister reach of Islamist extremism spreading out in recent years, which has now come to a point where these barbarians strike people anywhere with impunity.

 

One cannot gainsay the fact that individuals who have held life-long beliefs in liberal principles are today an endangered species. Many among them are afraid of what might happen to them or to others like them in the days ahead. That is an unhealthy state of things. If these elements trying to impose medievalism on the country can have a field day going around choosing their targets and despatching them, there are serious reasons to be worried about. Making matters worse are some unpalatable truths before us. That some of the killers involved in the recent Gulshan attack and the assault on Sholakia were students of elitist educational institutions in the nation’s capital are facts that leave every citizen concerned about the future. If even teachers get to be radicalized and then radicalize the young people they instruct in the classroom, the state of the country in the immediate future does not look good.

 

The solution to the crisis we are going through will not come from a partisan or motivated attitude to it. The authorities need to formulate a long-term policy to prevent young people from getting lured to militancy. At the same time, it is imperative for the police, the RAB and other security agencies to go for an overhaul and train themselves in modern modes of operation. The police and the RAB must have trained commandos who can take out terrorists and other criminals swiftly and with minimum or no loss of life. Terrorists will not heed the voice of reason, which is why they must be eliminated decisively and conclusively.

 

Let the moment not be lost. We owe it to our children to leave them a positive legacy they can build on.

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