In the aftermath of the Delhi blasts, a consensus seems to have developed over the latest incidents of terrorism. The basic elements of this consensus are as follows: these blasts were the work of home-grown terrorists. This is a symptom of the radicalisation of the Indian Muslim who is now turning to violence. Perhaps this is a consequence of the failures of Indian secularism. At any rate, it could grow and plunge India into chaos. Therefore, we need to react by introducing Pota-type anti-terror laws and by sacking the Home Minister.
On Friday, terrorists set off bombs at law courts in several cities in Uttar Pradesh. As the news of the blasts trickled in, the response of most news organisations was to mobilise all resources and to plan for extensive coverage. TV channels flashed ‘Breaking News’ bulletins on their tickers and rushed correspondents and camera crews to the sites of the explosions. Researchers worked the phones lining up experts on security issues for the discussion programmes that would be telecast live that evening.