India plans to counter ISIS effect in Kashmir Print
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Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

[From Trans Asia News] NEW DELHI: A fluttering flag of the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIS) at a rally held by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (M) in Srinagar, has set off alarm bells in New Delhi, where concerns have been mounting about the spread of extremist ideology from west Asia like a virulent strain of drug resistant virus all the way to Kashmir. After anti-Shia slogans were also apparently reported at the rally, the home ministry is actively considering setting up a committee to prevent radicalisation of youth in Jammu and Kashmir.


The Hindustan Times reports that the Indian security establishment had already been worried by reports of educated Indians joining Sunni jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Four youth from Kalyan in Maharashtra, one each from Karnataka and Gujarat, and a couple from Kerala and Tamil Nadu are said to have joined the jihadist forces along with unknown numbers of Indian NRIs settled in west Asia.

At a meeting chaired by Home secretary Anil Goswami and attended by top Intelligence Bureau officials including former officer Ashok Prasad and current official- K Rajendra Kumar, as well as police chiefs of Jammu and Kashmir, it was decided that the committee be set up under senior joint secretary (Kashmir) RK Shrivastava. One of its tasks is to promote south Asian Islam to counter conservative religious winds from Iraq and Syria.

“The proposal is awaiting clearance from the highest levels, although the only way to prevent Islamic radicalisation is to ensure justice to minorities without any harassment,” said a senior home ministry official.

The declaration of a caliphate by ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraq has had its effects in India, including sectarian tension between Sunni and Shia communities in Lucknow. It has also given an impetus to banned groups like the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and terrorist group Indian Mujahideen (IM), which have advocated the restoration of the caliphate or khalifat in the past.

While the security agencies have sensitised the religious community leaders in India about the rise of radicalisation and the dangers of joining Syrian jihad, it has also sought help from countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran to help curb the rise of global sectarianism.  “We have to prevent radicalised Indians from going to Syria and Iraq, as trained urban guerrillas can create havoc on their return to their country of birth,” said a senior official.

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