To check Islamic State, focus is on counter-radicalisation

By Vijaita Singh, The Hindu Dated: September 01, 2016     First it was Badla (revenge), after Batla House encounter it was Farz (duty) and now it is Deen (religion) — this is the opening line of a secret document prepared by the Telangana police to explain the influence of the dreaded militant outfit, the Islamic State (IS) in India.   Though Indian intelligence agencies were little late to wake up to the dangers posed by the IS, already six of 23 who joined the fight in Iraq and Syria…

How to counter radicalisation

By Vinay Kaura, Deccan Herald Dated: November 17, 2017     The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to start two new divisions to exclusively deal with emerging challenges of radicalisation and cybercrime. One of the dedicated wings, named ‘counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation’ (CTCR) division, will   be mandated to focus on the online reach of global terrorist groups such as the IS and devising strategies to counter their propaganda. This well-intentioned step, which has been long overdue, could mark a significant step towards improving India’s iinternal security and counterterrorism capabilities.  …

From Global to Micro Jihad: Three Trends of Grassroots Terrorism

By Kumar Ramkrishna RSIS, Singapore Dated : May 07,2013 Three strategic trends- operational, ideological and technological-underlie the continued metastasis of the extremist ideology of Al Qaedaism. It will evolve further away from the original emphasis on centralised global jihad to a more decentralised micro jihad, which will take the form of grassroots-level small cell and lone wolf terrorism. Commentary METASTASIS, in the medical world, is the process by which a cancerous tumor spreads through the bloodstream to distant parts of the body from the original site of occurrence. In similar…

How is counter-radicalisation different from de-radicalisation?

Posted on November 10, 2016 Journal of Defence Studies,  10 (2), April-June 2016, pp. 39-76.     Surendra Raje Sawant asked: How is counter-radicalisation different from de-radicalisation?   Adil Rasheed replies: The confusion between the terms ‘counter-radicalisation’ and ‘de-radicalisation’ was quite common even in counter-terrorism literature in the last decade. However in recent times, these terms are no longer used interchangeably, but refer to clearly enunciated and distinguishable sets of measures employed to reverse the process of radicalisation in different stages of its life cycle with characteristic behaviour, tactics, techniques and…

Every student is a soldier in the fight against religious extremism

By Jose Hong The Straits Times, Singapore Dated:August 18, 2018 Even though Singapore has different religions, different races and different languages, its people respect each other while making sure there is common space for everyone.  Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said this to about 300 Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students at a forum on the dangers of extremism on Saturday (Aug 11).  He noted 20 people have been arrested since 2015, while there were 11 arrests from 2007 to 2014.“Of this 20, 18 were radicalised online, so…

Muslims in Agra hold meeting to discuss counter-radicalisation strategies

By Siraj Qureshi, India Today Dated: January 13, 2018   In the backdrop of the recent terrorist attacks in Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the radicalization of a bright young AMU scholar Mannan Wani, a meeting of Muslim scholars and other local intellectuals was held in Agra recently in which these radical activities were strongly condemned. The participants demanded that radicalisation be curbed by all countries of the world, including the Islamic countries and the clerics, who hold a sway over the community and have the credentials to quote the Holy…

Islam favours pluralistic, democratic government

By Siraj Qureshi, India Today Dated: August 18, 2018 In view of the threat to peace in the world from the growing fanaticism in the young Muslim population all across the globe aimed at ‘cleansing’ the world of non-believers, Islamic scholars and thinkers came together in Agra to discuss this issue. Chairing the meeting, Bhartiya Muslim Vikas Parishad chairman Sami Aghai said that the Prophet had ratified Pluralism and not Al-Salaf, the ‘Puritan’ Islam as propagated by Islamists. He said that extremists actually try to ‘purify’ the lands of Allah…

The role of education is paramount in de-radicalisation

The Week Dated August 05, 2018 By Namrata Biji Ahuja As cornered Islamic State fighters flee conflict zones of Syria, and Mosul in Iraq, leaving a trail of death and destruction, Maqsoud Kruse, executive director of Saudi Arabia-based Hedayah Centre, a global centre for countering violent extremism, says the world community must address the question of how to deal with the men, women and children of Daesh coming from conflict zones. What are some of the issues that must be kept in mind when we talk of de radicalisation? When…

The distortion of Islam that drives terrorism

The Washington Post,   Dated: August 01, 2018 By Robert G. Rabil     Jihad is an ominous word to most Americans, conjuring up images of terrorism. But the word “jihad” in Arabic merely means “to strive” or to make a “determined effort.” The association with terrorism represents a distortion of the true Koranic meaning of the term. According to an oft-repeated hadith (sayings of the prophet Muhammad), jihad is supposed to encompass both a struggle against one’s sinful proclivities, known also as “greater jihad,” and a struggle against injustice, known also…

The Taliban Has Used Islam as a Weapon of War. This Is How Afghanistan Can Use It for Peace

The Time, By Tariq Ali Bakhiet  Dated: July 16, 2018 At last week’s NATO Summit, world leaders discussed the country in which the alliance has had its longest-running military operation: Afghanistan. In Brussels, the country was seen as a global security challenge; Britain announced it would double its troops there. But away from the cameras, 4,000 miles away, in Mecca, a town that unites Muslims across the world, something unprecedented was happening in Afghanistan’s four decades of near-constant war. One hundred religious scholars, or ulema, from across political parties, sects…