Terrorism can best be defined as the systematic use of terror in a variety of ways as a means of gaining desires by force.
In consequence, there is a growing sense of insecurity all around, and danger seems to lurk at almost every step in countries where there are specific causes for unrest – local, regional, or international.
Terrorism is not confined to any single state, country, or region. It has now become an international phenomenon.
If there is a conventional attack or invasion, governments concerned can meet it effectively.
But terrorism or Virus Attack sabotage from within are such nasty things that they do not admit of any satisfactory preventive measure.
People are viewing a cinema show in the hall and suddenly a bomb goes off leaving all the adult members of a whole family dead.
People are going on a holiday from one station to another with rosy dreams of good times ahead suddenly a drama is enacted in the mid-air.
If the worst does not happen in mid-air, the plane may soon land in an unfriendly country exposing the passengers aboard and their folks back home to untold misery.
In short, death is lurking at the most unlikely places, holding the whole communities, states, and nations to ransom.
Why do the terrorists strike, and what do they gain from their acts of cold cruelty? The answer is very simple.
The terrorists strike out of desperation and they gain nothing at all. On the other hand, they lose a lot.
They get a bad name not only for themselves but also for the group, community, organization to which they belong they act out of desperation.
It is an unfortunate fact that even in Independent India; atrocities continue to be inflicted on innocent people by the Police and other law enforcement agencies.
Quite a few young men participating in a routine political activity organized by a cross-section of organizations are killed in the various parts of the country in the so-called ‘encounters’.
It is very often argued on behalf of the terrorists that when the custodians of law begin to kill innocent persons in cold blood in fake encounters and redress against such atrocities is not available anywhere, what else can their relatives and friends do to quench the thirst of revenge?
Almost every sensible person in India, irrespective of his affiliations, condemns terrorism straightaway and honestly believes that it serves no purpose.
But at the same time, almost everybody believes that in the third world countries terrorist activity is in the nature of retaliation against State terrorism. In these countries, a nexus is easily established between the habitual criminals, smugglers, and upstart politicians.
Sometimes criminals themselves put on the garb of politicians and spoil the body politic of the nation.
These people unscrupulously use the state machinery f6r their personal gains and use brutal government force to settle their personal scores or simply to teach a lesson to their political rivals.
Under a totally corrupted system, the victims of such high-handed action cannot secure redress anywhere by any means. It is argued that such frustrated persons in utter desperation take to the gun.
The rule of late Idi Amin in Uganda is often quoted as a classic example of how power turns the heads of the political upstarts, and to what extent such people can go in the abuse of that power.
When the life of the victim of such blatant abuse of power becomes meaningless and he finds no difference between life and death, he resorts to terrorism in the false hope that in this way he can, at least, hope to meet a glorious end.
But they are mistaken and, therefore, here too they are beaten. A terrorist is no match for the might of the modem organized State machinery.
Therefore, terrorists generally meet a very sad end. Sometimes they have even to commit suicide.
The only way to stop this terrorism is that those in authority should understand their responsibility and see to it that all sections of the society are actually treated equal before law and enjoy equal protection of the taws of the land.
People who help the rulers to stay in power by extending to them their support in and outside the legislature should not be allowed to arrogate to themselves the sovereign power of the State for the furtherance of their personal interests.
If all citizens are really treated equally and are able to secure redress of their grievances through constitutional methods, nobody would like to risk his own life and the lives of his near and dear ones in the foolish adventure of terrorism.
The menace of terrorism, by no means unfamiliar to the preceding generations, has assumed grave proportion in recent years.
There can be no doubt that terrorism is the ugliest face of political dissent anywhere. However, laudable the cause for which the terrorists may be fighting, their way of fighting is most treacherous and cowardly.
The murder of innocent persons and the destruction of a public property cannot be condoned for any reason whatever.
Terrorism is a phenomenon that must be condemned universally and unequivocally.