Islamic State Returnees: India’s Counter radicalization vs Deradicalization Approach

By Bibhu Prasad Routray Dated: June 2019 Abstract Punitive measures have been integral to the Indian approach towards people who have joined the Islamic State. The security establishment, however, adopts a much softer approach towards potential sympathizers and even towards those who have been prevented from leaving for Iraq and Syria. Counter-radicalization dominates government action. In view of the recent developments including the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, should this policy be broadened in scope to embrace the benefits of de-radicalization? Should there be a scope for the de-radicalized…

Jordan King listening, PM Narendra Modi says fight is against terror, not any religion

By Shubhajit Roy, The Indian Express  Dated: March 02, 2018 Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein — who is the 41st generation descendant of Prophet Muhammad — said that “today’s global war against terror is a fight by moderates of all communities against extremists whose faith is hate and violence”.THE FIGHT against terrorism, extremism and radicalisation is not against any particular religion, but is against “the mindset which misleads our youth to inflict atrocities against the innocent”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.Addressing a conference on ‘Islamic Heritage: Promoting…

26/11 aftermath: ATS deradicalises 86 people

The Indian Express Dated: November 26, 2017 The deradicalisation is done to bring back to normal life persons who had strayed in the name of ‘jihad’, a senior official of the ATS said. He said all these people, including eight women, had come in contact with their handlers via social networking sites and were radicalised online.The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has deradicalised 86 people in the last two years as a part of its efforts to wean away misguided youth from the path of extremism in the aftermath of the…

Prevent Radicalisation of Muslim Youth In India

By Kumar Verma South Asia Monitor Dated: August 21, 2015     Sometime back when the director general of National Security Guard (NSG) cautioned about the looming danger of terrorist activities in India by Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda, the policy planners took the warning lightly. However, if terrorist outfits including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e- Mohammed, Harkat-Ul-Ansar, Indian Mujahideen join hands on behest of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) or IS and plan terrorist attacks in India the situation will become precarious. These groups have several active and…

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…