The following replies have been sent by me in response to queries from an Indian journalist:
1- What are likely repercussions of Ayodhya judgement on internal security issues of India?
The younger elements in organisations such as the SIMI and the Indian Mujahideen will see the judgement as another instance of injustice against the Muslims. Their anger and motivation could increase. I do apprehend more acts of terrorism by them.There will be no communal riots like one saw after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, but incidents of reprisal terrorism could increase.
2- Do you think the security arrangement will be able to take care of it?
Normally, yes, but it will be difficult to prevent sporadic acts of terrorism when anger increases in the community.
3- Do you think some package for Muslim community to give them better opportunities would help diffuse anguish?
Economic measures like more jobs etc won't help when the increased anger is due to perceptions of wrongs against the Muslim community.The Govt. should seek the co-operation of the elder members of the community to soften the anger of the younger elements. ( 1-10-10)