Pdf of the Lecture : 3 April 2019-The Hindu Full News Paper Analysis By VeeR

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Question 250 words

The concept of ‘remote control terror’, viz, violence conceived and guided by controllers thousands of miles away, is no longer mere fiction. Comment

हजारों मील दूर नियंत्रक द्वारा निर्देशित concept रिमोट कंट्रोल टेरर ’, हिंसा, हिंसा की अवधारणा और अब केवल कल्पना नहीं है। टिप्पणी 


The many and different faces of terror

Ø    It is premature to read the Islamic State’s defeat as the start of a more peaceful phase

Ø    Terrorism is a well­recognised form of asymmetric(असममित) warfare, and has been around for centuries.

Ø    Some terror strikes tend to resonate more than others.

  1.   The munich olympics massacre in 1972,

2.   The 9/11 terror attack on the twin towers in new york in 2001, and

3.   The november 26, 2008 terror attack on multiple targets in mumbai are, for instance, more deeply etched in the memories of people than many other terror events.

Ø  It is important, however, not to take an episodic view of terrorism, since history is relevant to a proper understanding of the threat posed by terrorism.

Ø  Since the 1980s – Radical Islamist extremism has been the dominant terror narrative, post the 1980s

ØNew organisations, such as

1.Al­qaeda and its acolytes,

2.As also the islamic state (IS),

3.Regional variants such as abu sayyaf in the philippines,

4.The pakistan­sponsored lashkar­e­taiba (let) and

5.Jaish­e­mohammed ( jem) in south asia, and the

6.Boko haram in africa were no less deadly.

ØMore recently, especially in the West, a new narrative has been unfolding.

ØSporting different labels, extreme right­wing elements are proving to be no less violent and dangerous than jihadi terrorist groups

ØThey appear, at present, less organised than many outfits, and the violence they perpetrate seems more random.

ØMany IS networks are still operating- Many of their dispersed supporters are ready to revive their activities once the pressure relaxes.

ØThere are unconfirmed reports already that the IS has directed several of its recruits to return to their country of origin and strengthen the nucleus of IS groups there.

ØThe estimate is that anything up to 20% of those who were part of the IS bandwagon in Syria and Iraq have returned to their homelands.

ØAs the IS declines in Syria and Iraq, other IS entities such as the Islamic State of Khorasan (which includes parts of India) will be the beneficiaries.

ØThe Caliphate is an idea which is still relevant-The Internet remains its main vehicle for radicalising Muslim youth.

ØDevelopments in technology, information and doctrine will in all likelihood alter the character of 21st century terrorism

ØIn the Pulwama attack, the suicide bomber is reported to have used a ‘virtual SIM’ to contact his JeM handlers in Pakistan.

ØIt is difficult at this point to determine which of the disruptive technologies will turn out to be the most dangerous.

ØGuided by controllers thousands of miles away, is no longer mere fiction.

ØCounter­terrorism experts will need to lay stress on multi­domain operations and information technologies, uncertain future that is already upon us. 


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