How many of us have heard of the “National Technical Research Organization”? Ideally none. Well for starters it is the commission that the Kargil committee had thought was an “absolute necessity” to stop cyber crime and track emails sent out by terrorist organizations.
According to this oneÂ newspaper article, all the old horses of theÂ DRDO, IPSÂ (and the sorts) are heading it. Well even in this area India seems to have chosen the grey haired paunchy uncle to the sauve and tech savvy young turk. With the recent spate of bombs blowing up Indian besiness and technical hubs, the NTRO has been caught day dreaming at its job.
Think of the audacity of the Indian Mujahideen to have sent an email just 5 minutes before detonating 17 bombs in Ahmedabad.Â Forget aboutÂ Ahmedabad, Bangalore was also caughtÂ on the wrong foot when it came to intercepting the terrorist email ( there goes the effort of all those IT engineers down the drain !!).
After the disaster at Ahmedabad and Bangalore, Kolkata was caught in a tizzy when on the 29th of July an email, sent supposedly by the Indian Mujahideen,Â wasÂ received by a television channel saying that it had planted bombsÂ in major areas of the city and would blow to splinters the High Court, Writer’s Building, suburb of Saltlake (coincidentally that’s where I live !!!) and Park Street.
And this was to happen at the stroke of 10:00 pm. It even mentioned theÂ car and its licence number that would be used. Within minutes of this information the city was in aÂ state of panick. And by 9:30 pm the streets of Kolkata were deserted. It seemed likeÂ Pompeii after the Vesuvius erupted.
All the babus of the KPS (Kolkata Police Services)Â were woken up from their slumber and seen on the streets (very rare sight !!) frisking all and sundry.Â So after everyoneÂ was sitting at home and nervously anticipating the loud bang…..NOTHING HAPPENED.
The breaking news was that a prankster had sent out the panick email that had gripped the city in terror. Another instance when the NTRO was caught snoozing when expected to work. Now theÂ entire management of the NTRO is playing the blame game (as usual) and dissidents are talking of it as being a majorÂ failure.
It has an annual budget of Rs. 700 crores and this is what it churns out?? I tried finding out more about the NTRO and its policies and who all are heading it. But in vain.Â All I got was the full form ofÂ the acronym.
When will India wake up to the need of educating its officials about cyber law and itsÂ nitty-gritties? IT Act, 2000, has so may loopholes and is so sketchy that its a shame. We still seem to be ignorant when it comes to the internet and crimes perpetuated through it. God help us in the future. Amen!!