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The Big Picture – Al Qaeda Vs IS: Can it pose a threat to India?

  • For years the Al-qaeda has operated in many parts of the world with its biggest strike in America among others in the last decade.
  • Meanwhile the breakaway group of Al-qaeda -the Islamic state- has been indulging in deadly activities in Iraq and Syria. It has challenged its parent organization.
  • The recently released video by al-qaeda has shown that it is planning to launch attacks on India and some of its neighbours.
  • In India terrorism has been mainly dominated by lashkar e taiba and its various avatars.
  • IS has started attracting some Indian youth.
  • Real threat is the money which is attracting the youth.
  • India has to have its own investigation system dedicated to investigate Islamic State’s roots in India.
  • What IS has done in the recent past is said to be the creation of mobile anarchy.
  • The terrorist organizations have been splitting up due to differences in ideologies.
  • The IS does not seem to be a western creation.
  • New modules are sprouting up to recruit new people.
  • Communal disturbances and alienation in India have been attracting Terrorist organization to recruit people from India.
  • The funding sources for Terrorist organizations are also keeping an eye on the marginalized sections of India.
  • Marginalization and lack of inclusiveness in economic and political processes are the reasons for indulging and participating in such activities.
  • Studies conducted by some security agencies have shown that radicalization in India is on the rise.
  • Minority representation in the Indian Parliament is very less.
  • There are home grown terror activities in India and these internal issues need to be tackled immediately. And this can prevent external forces from coming to India.
  • Because of unemployment, poverty and ideologies, the youth is being attracted.
  • The funding to the terrorist organization should be cut.
  • Along with the measures to counter terrorism, several other things have to be looked upon to ensure that Indians don’t get attracted to these terrorist outfits.