Following the Mumbai incidents, media has been full of views and comments on what should be done to deal with terrorism, but there is hardly any focus on how the community and individuals should be trained to prevent terror attacks and how they should be trained to protect themselves if such attacks take place. The focus seems to be on the role the Government should be playing.
While efforts must continue to see that terror attacks do not take place at all our generation and our next generations appear to be destined to live with the menace. Possibilities of terrorists using chemical and nuclear weapons are being talked about. The scenario looks quite scary. There are also apprehensions that in search of soft targets, terrorists may not spare schools.
Is it not, therefore, necessary that our schools launch a programme to train our children in skills which will enable them to detect possible terror attacks in time and protect themselves and others if a terror attack takes place ? We have read stray reports of a couple of schools launching such a programme, but others quickly need to emulate them. There is hardly any time to waste.
Our schools teach young children complex problems of science and Mathematics. They impart lessons in distant history of our country and the rest of the world. They encourage children to learn French and Russian languages. They train children hard in dance, music and sports. Let them also teach our children not to make distinctions among human beings on the basis of caste, religion, region, language and nationality, etc. Above all, let them prepare our children physically and mentally to deal with what they may face today or tomorrow.