25 January 2010: It is perhaps too early to find fault with the tasking of the new national security advisor (NSA), Shiv Shankar Menon, but some issues deserve attention. The good part is that a few suggestions, quite incidentally advanced by this writer, and after the most objective analysis of the situation, have been accepted. Intelligence related to counter-terrorism will go directly to the internal security establishment lead by the Union home minister, P.Chidambaram. At the same time, Manmohan Singh, from all accounts, will receive the complete intelligence details, and it will consequently be upto the PM to decide what actions to take on them, and who to delegate responsibilities for this.