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New Delhi Games: All quiet?

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1 October 2010 14:43

India desperately needed some good news. Thankfully, the initial public response to a court verdict yesterday that had vast potential to inflame inter-religious tensions has been calm. It is to be hoped that the birthday tomorrow of Mahatma Gandhi will give further heart to India's multitudinous voices of moderation. 

The 100,000 security personnel deployed in New Delhi will be grateful, although they can hardly afford to be complacent. As I assess in this new Lowy Institute Perspective, published on the eve of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the possibility of jihadists attempting attacks aimed at terrorising India's capital and humiliating the Indian state remains real.

That said, when talking about a nation the size of India, it pays to keep things in perspective. Indian forces are generally good at protecting mass events, such as elections, parades and religious festivals. They have, after all, been waging war on terror far longer than has the West. And security preparations in New Delhi have been considerably better than the much-derided Games logistics. Still, the next fortnight will be even more torrid than usual for those charged with protecting the world's largest democracy and its guests.

Photo by Flickr user Peter Davis, used under a Creative Commons license.

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