March 26, 2002, there was a furore in the joint session of Parliament when Prevention of Terrorism Bill was passed. There were comments that it was being 'bulldozed' with the aim of 'subverting the spirit of constitution'. The USA enacted a law providing for death penalty for terrorist act in 1996. Even Pakistan has taken measures ostensibly aimed at fighting terrorism. This book traces how India and the world woke up to the need for a law to prevent terrorism.