Kudos to Arun for his excellent posts on the Mumbai terror attacks. (Parts I, II and III here)

The Lok Sabha today passed the bills calling for the setting up of the National Investigative Agency (NIA) and the Amendment to the UAPA calling for tougher laws to tackle terrorism. Ironic how it took a 26/11 to get all this down. The downside to this, can be summed up by lines from Aldai Stevenson’s famous speech, “The Nature of Patriotism” given in 1952;

“The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often sinister threats to the Bill of Rights, to the freedom of mind, are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-communism.”

Aldai Stevenson then stated that the show of patriotism under that cloak is a phony. Then it was communism and today it is terrorism. The recent laws are witness to this.