Indiaâ€™s crisis of leadership Sudhansu R Das Developments in the sub-continent in the recent past do not augur well for India. Our western neighbour Pakistan has successfully converted terrorism into an economically productive resource. In exchange of intelligence, it obtains huge aid in terms of dollars and weapons from the US. China has been building highways and railway tracks in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and along the Line of Control and Line of Actual Control. It is constructing a dam across Brahmaputra that will severely restrict water flow into India and Bangladesh and will affect the populations of the entire North-East. It has built a naval base in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka facing Indian territory. It has also sent millions of Han Chinese migrants to Tibet. Bangladeshi nationals continue to walk into Indian territory and settle down comfortably. In a 42-page report to then President KR Narayanan complete with all statistical details, former Governor of Assam Lt Gen SK Sinha showed how the illegal influx of Bangladeshi migrants is a threat to national security. Indiaâ€™s lethargy vis-Ã -vis Nepal has seen the Himalayan kingdom slip into Maoist anarchy. Though they are not in absolute control over the Government of Nepal they have been forcing Kathmandu to adopt policies that are not in Indiaâ€™s interest. India has witnessed 15 terrorist attacks in the last three years. The last terrorist attack on our financial capital left 187 dead and 289 injured. Among the dead, there were 22 foreigners. Add to this situation Chinaâ€™s latest overtures to Myanmar and one realises that the country is being pushed on the back foot by its neighbours. Indiaâ€™s failure to tackle its problems points to its lack of quality human resource to adequately respond to national crises. Hypocritical stands on various issues by the mainstream parties have caused people to distance themselves from politics, leading to regional satraps occupying positions in the Cabinet. It is time for the Establishment to cast aside doubts and adopt strong measures.