Nagrota attack as shameful as 26/11: P Chidambaram

Former Home Minister P Chidambaram has said the recent Nagrota attack is as �shameful� as the 2008 Mumbai carnage and said that surgical strikes can�t end cross-border terrorism.

Nagrota attack as shameful as 26/11: P Chidambaram

Former Home Minister P Chidambaram has said the recent Nagrota attack is as “shameful” as the 2008 Mumbai carnage and said that surgical strikes can’t end cross-border terrorism.

Chidambaram said that lack of unified command in the ministry of home affairs in the Modi government may be affecting the working of the security system.

“We used to have a 10 am meeting of all the chiefs of the security agencies in the home ministry every single day, which the

NSA was also asked to attend. That practice has stopped since we left. There seems to be no coherence or coordination," Chidambaram said on Saturday after the launch of book by former NSA Shiv Shankar Menon, titled “Choices:Inside the making of India’s foreign policy’

He claimed that there was “no coherence” at the level of Ministry of Home Affairs and attributed it to discontinuation of a “good practice”.


“I think the practice of having a Home Minister, the home secretary, the special secretary, the DIB, the director RAW and NSA meet every day was a good practice. The practice has stopped. That is why there is no coherence, no coordination, no unified command at the level of home affairs,” Chidambaram told media agencies.

He insisted the need of having a diplomatic level conversation with Pakistan and said that the present government started at one extreme and has now swung to another extreme. The only answer is to engage Pakistan through trade, cultural exchanges or people to people exchanges, Chidambaram said.


“First, the ownership should have been left to the army like we have in the past. Second, we should not make statements like ‘Pakistan called us yesterday and begged us to stop’ or make statements like ‘I will gouge their eyes’. These statements make us a laughing stock,” he said.