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India Foundation director calls for countering terrorism ideologically
Stating that terrorism is the biggest threat to the global peace, New Delhi-based think tank India Foundation director Alok Bansal said that it need to be countered ideologically more than with weapons.
Speaking at a seminar on "Terrorism Today-Aspects, Challenges and Responses", organized Social Cause, he stressed the need to convince the youth who have been romantically addicting to IS and other terror out-fits. 


He strongly disputed with the contention that terrorism is a `mindless act' and said it has been used with firm conviction with a definite ideological basis. Though India has been facing terrorism since many decades, he said the world is only caught aware of this threat in recent times. 


Stating that many countries like Pakistan have been having weapons of mass destruction, he said that would lead to great danger as such nations are using terrorism as a state policy. Referring to three major terror threats that prevailed like left-wing terrorism, religious terrorism and nationalistic terrorism, he said to counter such threats first we need to understand their ideological basis.


Referring to jihadi terrorism, he said presently it has been emerging as a major danger in the form of Islamic State (IS), besides Al Quida, Bansal said Islam is not a monalethic religion as it is been viewed and there are many point of views among its scholars and preachers. 


Stating that now large number of youth all over the world, mostly from affuliant sections are being attracted towards IS with determined efforts, Bansal said felt the need to go into Islamic teachings to counter them. "We need to discourage youth from joining IS only by convincing them their ideological path has no basis in Islam", he added. 


Maharashtra State Minorities Commission Chairman Asmir Saheb participating as chief guest asserted that Islam or Mohammad Prophet had never advocated violence and terrorism has no sanction of religious preachings. He made it clear that no terrorist can become a true Muslim and no Muslim can become a terrorist, he said Islam always preaches humanity, peace and harmony. 


Accusing that some groups have been using religion as a cover up for their evil activities, he said that they should be exposed thoroughly. Former union home secretary K Padmanabhaiah presiding over the programme said that to counter terrorism is not the lone task of the government, but the society and people as a whole should be involved. 


He deplored that the Indian government policies have many weaknesses while dealing the problem of terrorism. "We don't have a strong law to deal with terrorism", he said. Referring that presently National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is the only body dealing with terrorism at national level, he said that out of 122 cases it is dealing, only 25 cases related to terror acts and only one case was resolved during till now. He said there are cases related to 2006, for which even trail is also not started.
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