A Middle Eastern secret war played out on Indian soil could derail our economy and ignite violent sectarian passions here. Hence, it needs our security and foreign policy establishments to shun the easy shibboleths of the times. Some influential internal security bosses and analysts, impatient with the nuances and complexities inherent in a security situation, seem to favour the use of the bludgeon. They are deaf to any plea for addressing the social, cultural or economic root causes of the alienation that might breed violent and terrorist activities. They suffer no qualms in the stereotyped profiling and indiscriminate rounding up of people as terror suspects under draconian laws till they prove their innocence, instead of looking at them as individuals and treating them as innocent until proved guilty. Such persecution, by further alienating populations, has not only extended the catchment for violent ideologies, it has also dulled our security reflexes, blinding it to other phenomena, such as Hindutva terror.