Politicians squeamish in response to terror: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Nov 24 (Inditop.com) Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari Tuesday said that the response of Indian politicians to terror attacks has been very “squeamish” and a change needs to be brought in their mindset on security issues.

Tewari was speaking at a seminar organised by the National Maritime Foundation on ‘India’s coastal and internal security post 26/11: Review of strategic challenges and preparedness’ here.

“The Indian state has not been able to come up to this repeated intervention from across the border to our sovereignty… The politicians have been squeamish in their response,” Tewari said in the seminar that was attended by serving and retired defence and home ministry officials.

“There has to be a change in the mindset vis-a-vis security,” he added.

Vice Admiral (retired) Vijay Shankar, in his presentation, expressed concern at the smuggling of nuclear technology in some countries.

“According to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), there have been close to 1,500 cases of illicit trafficking of nuclear material. Of them 25 are related to material that can be used for making bombs,” said Shankar, who retired as commander in chief of the Eastern Naval Command this September.