Religious education can counter terror: Asif Ibrahim, Former IB Chief

The Hindu News Paper, December 08, 2018 Strong religious education acts as a bulwark against radicalisation, and most of the Islamic State members had little knowledge of Islam, Asif Ibrahim, former envoy of the Prime Minister on countering terrorism and extremism, said on Friday.Mr. Ibrahim, former Director of the Intelligence Bureau, was appointed by Narendra Modi as a special envoy in 2015.At a conference organised by Policy Perspectives Foundation on India-UAE cooperation against radicalisation and terrorism, Mr. Ibrahim said 108 out of 180 million Indian Muslims joined the IS in…

Revival of ‘Traditional Islam’ Crucial to Counter Radicalisation and Terrorism

Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses Dated: November 23, 2016 Describing political motivation as a key to radicalisation and Islam as a vehicle to legitimise radical philosophies, Hon’ble Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Shri NN Vohra today called for a need for strong intra-regional, regional and global policies to counter the menace of terrorism.Shri Vohra was delivering the keynote address at the international seminar on ‘Addressing the Challenges of International Terrorism and Radicalisation’ at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) on November 23, 2016.Reflecting on how the true…

Combating Radicalisation during Ramzan: Mumbai Police outreach to Muslims

By Srinath Rao, Indian ExpressDated: May 27, 2019 THIS Ramzan, senior police officers in Mumbai have been reaching out to the Muslim community with one goal: Publicise the “negligible participation of Indian Muslims in international terrorist theatres”. Several IPS officers told The Indian Express that they have been meeting Muslim community leaders at Iftaar parties over the last two weeks. “We have been reassuring community leaders of safety in spite of events in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The feedback we have received is that there will be no reactions,…

Communal harmony and peaceful co-existence

Communal harmony and peaceful co-existence Holy Quran and Prophet exhort Muslims for peaceful co-existence with followers of other religions and sacrifice for motherland besides shunning violence  Holy Quran has specifically prescribed the ways of living for Muslims living in non-Muslim areas besides elaborating on their behavior while dealing and interacting with non-Muslims in the society. Taking example of the life of Prophet Yusuf, as mentioned in Quran, the first moral obligation of Muslims living in a society which provides them security, trust, freedom and a favourable way of life, is…

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.  …

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…

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…