Sameer Patil, Fellow, National Security, Ethnic Conflict and Terrorism, Gateway House, comments on the implications of David Headley's deposition.
An opportunity to deliver lectures at the Maharashtra Police Academy gave an insight into the practical challenges faced by the police in fighting terrorism. It was also an important reminder of the significance of having a well-trained police machinery as the foundation of national security
Last May, U.S. citizen David Headley confessed to being a spy for the Lashkar-e-Taiba. What no one has tackled yet is whether there are other Headleys out there whose actions threaten India, or any other country. Even with thousands of intelligence agencies scouting for terrorist activities, are we really safer?
Mumbai is no stranger to terrorist attacks and has taken many bomb blasts in its stride. But what happened on November 26, 2008, has changed the city – and the country – in many fundamental ways.