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Pakistani Jihad-ISIS Spreads Terror Tentacles in a Dozen Indian States

Abstract Information available from open source media regarding pro-ISIS elements in India indicates that jihadist…

Abstract

Information available from open source media regarding pro-ISIS elements in India indicates that jihadist activities are being observed by intelligence agencies in a dozen Indian states.

This article will review the current jihadist threat to India from the Islamic State, or ISIS, as well as from Pakistan, which seems to be reviving militancy in Punjab.

Three days before the 27 July terror attacks in Gurdaspur district, a media report noted on 24 July that Punjab “is reportedly witnessing revival of Khalistan Movement”, basically a terror network backed by Pakistan.

This article will also argue that the Indian government and the judiciary need to put curbs on social media networks and the Urdu press to curtail pro-jihadist rationalisations.

While the French Revolution gave us the slogans of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, the post-9/11 reality of global jihad means that India must add a fourth component to the cause of human freedom: Security.

Indian Intelligence Reports

On 21 July, journalist Aman Sharma of The Economic Times reported that the Home Ministry would soon hold “a meeting with states to discuss the growing influence of ISIS in the country.”

Sometime in July, the Home Ministry prepared a note that aims to evolve a national Plan of Action against the “phenomenon of ISIS.” Sharma added: “intelligence agencies have raised concerns over indications of ISIS influence in at least a dozen states, including the sensitive state of Jammu & Kashmir.”

These concerns were flagged off by intelligence agencies, Sharma noted in his report, especially for “Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh among a dozen states in this regard.”

According to the report, the July note observes:

“As per available intelligence inputs, very few number of Indian youth(s) have joined ISIS after travelling to Iraq and Syria. Further, intelligence/security agencies have foiled the plan of some youth(s) to travel to Iraq/Syria who are under counselling and monitoring at present. A certain number of ISIS sympathisers are also under surveillance by security agencies.”

As per the report, Home Secretary L.C. Goyal, working to evolve a national strategy on counter-radicalisation, expressed concern in an earlier note dated June 20 that “radicalisation of youth is increasingly becoming an issue of ‘serious concern’ in the government in the context of the ISIS.”

As the support of ISIS has grown worldwide over the past year, India is known to have some alert minds at the wheels such as National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. As per a media report, Doval who took a two-day trip to Kashmir on July 21-22 has called “a high-level security meeting of 10 states to discuss the ‘silent’ threat.”

The report also noted that former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Syed Asif Ibrahim, who is known for counter-radicalisation expertise, has been engaged by the government for a role in Kashmir. On July 24, another media report noted that “top-level representatives of 10 states including Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, which is reportedly witnessing revival of Khalistan Movement, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and the North-East Indian states, will be present” at the upcoming meeting of states on the influence of ISIS.

Indian Muslim Youth Joining Al Qaeda and ISIS

Speaking at a counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said on March 19: “Influence of the Islamic State on the Indian youth(s) is negligible as just a handful of Indian youth(s) have joined the ISIS and some have also returned after being persuaded by their families.”

At a public event in Assam last year, Rajnath Singh had said: “in such a large country, only 18 Muslim youths have been attracted to the ISIS.” Over the course of the past 12 months, Indian media reports about the number of Indian Muslims joining ISIS and Al-Qaeda or expressing support for them have put varying figures: four, five, six, 11, 13, 15, 25, 80, 100 and 300. This month, reports indicated that 11 Indians may have travelled to Syria and Iraq, joining the ISIS.

Indian NSA Head Ajit Doval

Indian NSA Head Ajit Doval

India is a large country of 1.23 billion people, which means that it will be always difficult for intelligence agencies to be present everywhere. While the actual figures of Indian Muslims joining ISIS may not be known, it seems that the number of Indian Muslims attracted to the jihadist call of ISIS could be between a few scores up to 300.

Indian Muslims who joined the ISIS followed several paths: four individuals flew directly from Mumbai to Iraq; one Kashmiri youth based in Australia went directly to Syria via Turkey; some youths from Tamil Nadu based in Singapore travelled to Syria; Indian youths from the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries joined ISIS.

Areeb Majeed, one of the four Mumbai youths, disclosed after return that he counted 13 Indians at a terror training camp in Syria. Youths of Indian origin from the UK and South Africa are suspected to be based in Syria. Also, some of a dozen Indian Muslims who went to the Pakistan-Afghanistan region appear to have travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State.

Rising Support for ISIS in Jammu & Kashmir

Of special importance is Jammu & Kashmir, which borders Pakistan.

Lt.-Gen. Subrata Saha of the Indian Army noted recently that during 2014: “There were five instances when we saw the flags (of ISIS) on display at different places, on four occasions in Srinagar and one occasion at Shopian.”

A string of media reports in June-July this year indicated that there is increasing support for ISIS among Kashmiri youths. On June 12, ISIS flags were hoisted during a protest following the weekly Friday prayers at a mosque in Srinagar as well as at another mosque in Kupwara district. On June 19, an ISIS flag was waved by a masked youth in a rally organised by separatists in Anantnag district. On June 26, ISIS flag was waved during a protest in Srinagar.

The act of waving ISIS flags is mostly of political nature and is continuing. On July 17 and 18, ISIS and Pakistani flags were waved during a protest in Srinagar against the house arrest of secessionist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. On July 24, the ISIS flag was shown in Srinagar.

In the past, Kashmiri youths waved Pakistani flags as a form of anti-India protest. But the Pakistani flag is being increasingly replaced by the ISIS flag in these protests which mostly occur after the weekly Friday prayers, and do not mean that these youths are essentially members of the ISIS. However, an Indian media report dated July 22 indicates that “32 youths were reported to have joined the ranks of militants” in Jammu & Kashmir this year, not necessarily with the ISIS.

Kashmiri militants pose in a recent video

Kashmiri militants pose in a recent video

Recently, a group of 11 Kashmiri youths who joined the Pakistan-backed terror group Hizbul Mujahideen this year released a video of themselves dressed in military fatigues and carrying guns. The video was shot somewhere in a forest in Kashmir. The ages of the militants range from 19 to 29; and ten of them have been identified by the local security officials.

As per a media report, the number of foreign terrorists in Kashmir is over 50.

Journalist Bashaarat Masood wrote in a July 26 report: “33 young men… have joined the ranks of militancy in the first six months of the year in the [Kashmir] Valley, taking the total number of its active militants to 142. Of the 142, 54 are foreigners, mostly from Pakistan, and 88 are local youths.”

Speaking on the Kargil Vijay Diwas – which marks India’s victory in Kargil on July 26, 1999 in the largest Pakistani state-supported jihadist war against India in recent times – Lt.-General D. S. Hooda, the chief of Indian Army’s Northern Command, told reporters that the ISIS was “creeping towards this side” in India from Pakistan. Hooda said:

“There are no large footprints of ISIS in Jammu & Kashmir. Yes, there are incidents of flag waving that we have seen. Is it a matter of concern, yes it is. Because ISIS is such an organisation with such radical sort of ideology and views that we should make sure that it doesn’t even get a hold.”

Lt.-General Hooda also noted that in recent years, the number of Kashmiri youths joining militancy was about five, six or seven per year, but this has now shot up. He further stated:

“There are reports that last year [in 2014], according to our intelligence figures, about 60 local recruits, mostly from south Kashmir, and this year, about 30-35 is the figure that we have [of youths who joined militancy]. The number is not that large that it will transform the security situation in Jammu & Kashmir.” “But obviously, it is a matter of concern when young people have now slowly again started picking up the gun because two-three years back, the numbers were single digit – five, six or seven – that was the kind of recruitment taking place”

There are other estimates indicating that about 100 terrorists were able to infiltrate per year into Jammu & Kashmir from Pakistan in recent years.

Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf

The ISIS threat to India is complicated because there is always a risk that the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), known for creating and nurturing terrorist groups to fight against Afghanistan and India, could rope in some of the ISIS-affiliated jihadists in Pakistan-Afghanistan region.

India has always been alert to the state-supported jihadist organisations. At the March 19 conference, Rajnath Singh accurately diagnosed:

“The source of most terrorist activity in India lies across our borders. It is unfortunate that even after paying such a heavy cost for itself, Pakistan and its associates find it difficult to understand that there are no ‘good terrorists and bad terrorists’.”

The reference to “good terrorists” is generally not comprehensible to unsuspecting audiences in the Western countries, who come to misleadingly think that these are some “good” Taliban that Pakistan uses. However, for Indian audiences, it is clear that “good” are those terrorists which Pakistan uses to advance jihad against Afghanistan and India.

The fact that India has always been alert to the Pakistani state-backed jihadist threat does not automatically follow that New Delhi has also been meeting the challenge. The default Indian position has been to reach out for peace; its best example was Pakistani army ruler General Pervez Musharraf who masterminded the jihadist incursion into Kargil in 1999 and on whose watch the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks were planned. He was hosted in Delhi and Agra as if he was the envoy of peace. Musharraf is regularly feted by Indian journalists who lap him up for exclusive interviews as if he was a saint despite the overwhelming evidence against him for launching the Kargil war, arguably the biggest jihadist attack against India in recent memory.

Put Curbs on Urdu Press and Social Media Networks

While India has military preponderance to deal with the Pakistani state, the work of counter-radicalisation in India should involve the following: both the government and the Indian judiciary should stay alert to the use of social media by jihadist groups, as well as propagation of jihad and rationalisations of Muslim grievances by Urdu and other media outlets, both offline and online, accessed by Indian Muslim youths.

In his landmark speech in Birmingham on July 20, British Prime Minister David Cameron noted:

“as we counter this ideology [of Islamic extremism], a key part of our strategy must be to tackle both parts of the creed – the non-violent and violent.”

India must remain aware of the challenge of ISIS in the domain of non-violence as various Islamist groups seek to get a foothold in Indian Muslim societies through non-violent means.

During the post-9/11 years, it has been observed that the Left-liberal groups defended the terrorists’ rights to free speech. The Washington DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), to which this writer is affiliated, has highlighted through a series of research papers how jihadist groups are using social media such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Tumblr to propagate jihad, offer video tutorials in assembling bombs and recruit terrorists.

In the early days when ISIS was yet to make a mark, attempts by MEMRI to have the jihadist content on the internet removed was countered by officials from social media networks that it would be violation of free speech and was not humanly possible to do so.

In a January 30 essay published in Forbes magazine, Yigal Carmon and Steven Stalinsky of MEMRI argued the following:

“One can hardly imagine the development of the global jihad movement without the Internet. An entire generation of Muslim youth(s) has been and continues to be radicalized online by violent images and incitements to murder.”

They noted:

“These [social media] companies should be questioned in a transparent framework, and must commit to tackling the problem of eradicating violent jihadi content from their platforms. It is time for the government to catch up to terrorist use of the Internet and create and enforce new laws to address this problem.”

A purely technological argument has also been offered: since most social media networks already use algorithms to prevent child abuse content from appearing on their websites, they must similarly prevent the publication of jihadist content through algorithms and proactive monitoring.

David Cameron’s call for a counter-radicalisation strategy also means that the Indian government must put curbs on media outlets, which promote Islamic extremism through non-violent means by offering justifications on the grounds of Muslim grievance issues.

This is especially important for India where a section of the Urdu press is engaged in rationalising the jihadist arguments against democratic governments as well as against liberal and reformist voices among Muslims.

Urdu Times

Urdu Times

 

Two examples from India’s Urdu press here are highly relevant. First, Roznama Urdu Times, a Mumbai-based Urdu-language daily newspaper, published a leading article by Muhammad Najeeb Qasmi Sanbhali in its issue dated December 26, arguing that Muslims being converted to Hinduism are justified to be killed. The article quoted Hazrat Ayesha, the wife of Prophet Muhammad, as saying that the prophet had said: “if a person leaves his religion (of Islam), then murder him.”

The article, written in the context of  the ghar wapsi (re-conversion) debate emanating from Hindu groups’ attempts at reconversion of Muslims and Christians, quoted verses of the Qur’an, hadiths (sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad), as well as sayings and practices of the Righteous Caliphs (the first four caliphs of Islam: Abu Bakr, Umar ibn Khattab, Usman ibn Affan, and Ali ibn Abi Talib) to justify the killing of apostates, i.e. Muslims who leave Islam.

It should be mentioned that the killing of apostates is a major argument forwarded by jihadist organisations across the world, including Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS. The Urdu daily stated:

“In this verse [152 of Koran’s chapter Al-Araf], Allah has clearly ordered that an apostate be killed… In fact, the first interpreter of the Koran, Prophet Muhammad, has clearly ordered the killing of a person becoming apostate.”

The second example is that of Haftroza Nai Duniya, a mass-circulation Urdu weekly newspaper published and edited by former parliamentarian Shahid Siddiqui. The newspaper’s issue dated May 25-31, 2015 was devoted to the issue of “terrorism and Islam.”

Through a series of articles, whose authors were not identified, the Urdu weekly narrated a series of grievances, both historical from the era of Prophet Muhammad to the contemporary times, to indirectly inculcate in the minds of Muslim youths the same arguments that jihadist organisations are forwarding.

For example, the Haftroza Nai Duniya argued that jihad is essentially defensive in nature and all wars involving Muslims have always been due to aggression on the part of non-Muslims right from the days of Prophet Muhammad till the present times. By not naming the authors of the articles, Haftroza Nai Duniya sought to escape individual responsibility for the views expressed in them, but in such a situation it will be right to infer that those views are of the newspaper’s editor Shahid Siddiqui.

Shahid Siddiqui

Shahid Siddiqui

The newspaper published conspiracy theories such as these: American soldiers chopped off Osama bin Laden’s body into pieces and threw them on the mountains of Afghanistan as they were returning from the 2011 operation in Abbottabad; the “so-called Islamic terrorism has been born from the womb of American imperialism” and there is an “organised conspiracy from Hollywood to television serials” to facilitate American foreign policy in the Middle East.

It also posed a question and answered: “The Islamic State’s massacres: After all, who is mutilating the character of Islam?” – “There is only one answer: America.”

It should be mentioned that Islamic clerics routinely disparage Jews to advance grievances against the non-Muslim world.

Shahid Siddiqui’s Haftroza Nai Duniya justified the massacre of nearly 900 Jews of Banu Quraiza on Prophet Muhammad’s orders. It should be noted that the Banu Quraiza Jews had surrendered, offering to leave behind their wealth. If an Indian journalist deems it fit to justify the massacre of nearly a thousand surrendered persons, one is left wondering how he is different from ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi who too beheads numerous surrendered Shias, Christians and gays in Syria and Iraq today.

Continuing Threat of Pakistan

As long as Pakistan continues to exist, India will continue to face a threat to its security. This is purely due to the ideological nature of the Pakistani state, currently being strengthened with American money and arms.

The July 27 terror attacks in Gurdaspur occurred even as the Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is engaged in recruiting youths from refugee camps of Burmese Muslims in Indonesia.

Indian youths should remain aware of the jihadist threat that is seeping into our society. However, they should also remain alert that jihadists seek to cause fear among masses. Jihadists will succeed if the people start acting with paranoia, thereby hurting the social cohesion of India and damaging relations between various communities.

While the security forces, intelligence agencies and police departments work to check the phenomenon of jihadism, counter-extremism will succeed only when Indians join hands and work to strengthen the country’s cohesion. On Twitter and other social media platforms, one sees Indian youths getting worried about the jihadist threat to India.

To the youths of India who are in the tempestuous age of teens to twenties: yours is an age when you should have fun, go to college and study, do fall in love but do not convert in order to marry, and work hard to succeed in life.

This will ensure that the Republic of India is secure for the next half a century and more.

Former BBC journalist Tufail Ahmad is the executive director of the Open Source Institute, New Delhi. Ahmad is the author of “Jihadist Threat to India – The Case for Islamic Reformation by an Indian Muslim.” He tweets @tufailelif
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  • SuchindranathAiyer

    India has been in Islam’s cross hairs for almost a thousand years. And has been ruled for the benefit of Islam for the last 67.

  • ZKhan

    Few days back 20 soldiers killed and many injured by Hindu Maoist attack but no words about it…But what given importance is ISIS even this thug don’t Know that Isis are dancing on the tune of their master and they are attacking and Killing only those People by the order of their masters…..Even this idiot writer have not mention about the advance weaponry of Isis from Americans and treatment of Injured ISIS fighter in Israeli hospitals..

    • Stinger

      Why is that Islam is never to blamed? ISIS openly declares their Islamic background, they recite islamic verses, they are supported by several mullahs throughout the Islamic world. But STILL ISIS has nothing to do with Islam according to your delusional mind. It’s either the Jews or Amerika behind everything in the middle east.
      If the west kills terrorists….they are against Islam.
      If they don’t kill terrorists…..they are still against Islam.

      Your aaka…Al Baghdadi has openly declared himself as the caliphate of Islamic world and thousands of young muslims from developed world are flocking to join him. Why don’t you also join them?

      • ZKhan

        What west do and not do that does not matter..Matter is that
        So How many Hindus, Buddhist and Sikhs have been Killed till date by ISIS..

        • Stinger

          Matter is not how many have been killed but how many can be killed.
          ISIS luckily enough for us is very far away from us with lots of buffer states in between. For now we are safe but ISIS has been executing shias and other non-muslims in their controlled areas. If ISIS is able to reach India than who says they won’t kill Hindus,Buddhists or SIkhs because they are pagans who needs to be killed according to blood thirsty jihadis.

          • ZKhan

            Still my Question here How many Hindus have been killed by ISIS till date?

          • Stinger

            Forget about ISIS…how many Hindus have been killed by similar Islamic movements like Let, SIMI, JuD.
            Isn’t it truth how the author has exposed that Muslims in goddam Republic of India are being brainwashed to support hideous conspiracy theories involving fake victimization of muslims. If Muslims are given a free hand than they will unleash their hidden religious violence over others. We should really be scared of it and we should take steps to control it.

    • Radha Rajan

      Hindu Maoist? That’s an oxymoron. There are only Christian Maoists – in Nepal, in Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Odisha.

      • ZKhan

        Hindu Maoist are 20 Crore of the India Population live 532 district in 9 Indian states…If they are not Hindus then only 25 Crore of the India Population are Hindus..

        • Stinger

          “Hindu Maoist are 20 Crore of the India Population live 532 district in 9 Indian states”

          You presume that all people living in such areas are Maosists which is not the truth. Yes, practically speaking the Maoists are not Hindus as they have more faith in their aaka..Mao and Stalin.
          They believe in a new religion called Communism which believes in violent overthrow of status quo and establishing a new world order(just like Khalifah).
          Maosim in it’s characteristics very much resemble modern day Islamic movements like ISIS. So it’s not surprising that Maoists have been poached by ISI to organize them into leading a combined war against India.

          • ZKhan

            Think about your own Country First not about ISIS..Till date no Hindus have been killed by any Isis…..If Maoist are not Hindus then How many Hindus Population are in India?

          • BHARATI

            Well we did one mistake before (Maoists) but does that mean we need to wait for another one, the ISIS. It would be foolish not to worry about ISIS. ISIS is only a syndrome but the virus you know is the book.

          • ZKhan

            One American Fool you that ISIS will attack India but you People blindly believe that they will attack …But you have not asked them from where they will attack through Pakistan..If it is possible it means that they are aware of everything what is happening in Iraq their movement and flow of weapons….They are bombings Isis in Iraq from last 1 year but still there is no achievement…Saddam Hussein army was collapsed within a week in 2003 invasion why not ISIS? Ask this Question to them first…Remember Maoist Hindus have killed more Soldiers than any other terrorist attack in India..

          • Stinger

            Bharati has already said it.
            ISIS is a real threat and just because they aren’t in India right now massacring non-muslims DOEST NOT mean that they are not a threat. Because a lot of Indian muslims have already expressed their desire to join ISIS. If push comes to shove what stops such kind of people starting civil war in India?

            And as per your question about the number of Hindus….well they are far less than reported by census because some of these groups are clearly anti-hindu and hindu only by birth. A lot of muslims in India especially illegal immigrants from Bangladesh are simply not reported in the census.

  • Dr. MS

    Unlike the US that got too reactive and tended towards “post-trauma” response (after the event, or after the horse had left the barn)…India is going for prevention. A good thing! Many Indian parents are very good at checking up on their sons and daughters without too much control or domination…hence few young Indians are confused, conflicted, lonely or lost enough to be persuaded by ISIS propaganda.

    This is more about prevention. A good thing.

  • Dr. MS

    Unlike the US that got too reactive and tended towards “post-trauma” response (after the event, or after the horse had left the barn)…India is going for prevention. A good thing! Many Muslim parents are very good at checking up on their sons and daughters without too much control or domination…hence few young Indians are confused, conflicted, lonely or lost enough to be persuaded by ISIS propaganda.

    This is more about prevention. A good thing.

  • Dr. MS

    Unlike the US that got too reactive and tended towards “post-trauma” response (after the event, or after the house had left the barn)…India is going for prevention. A good thing! Many Muslim parents are very good at checking up on their sons and daughters without too much control or domination…hence few young Indians are confused, conflicted, lonely or lost enough to be persuaded by ISIS propaganda.

    This is more about prevention. A good thing.

  • Kurchatov

    the biggest problem with the Urdu press , is that few non Muslims can read it. Even most muslims I know , can’t read the Arabic script.

  • K.Harapriya

    Didn’t realize that Shahid Siddiqui had such a double face. He says one thing in the English media and another in his newspaper. I have always suspected that many so called Muslim secular intellectuals were hypocrites; this just proves that once again. The source of Islamic aggression is embedded in their scriptures themselves and unless we address the ideology and religious beliefs, we are always going to be talking in circles. The prevailing wisdom is that there are some bad Muslims but Islam is perfect. Well, that is really not true and as long as Hindus and others are unwilling to critically examine Islam, we are just deluding ourselves.

  • Radha Rajan

    Khalistanis are supported not just by Pakistan but also by America, Britain and countries of Europe. Like Sri Lankan refugees in India who provide the cover for LTTE, and Bangladeshii infiltrators providing cover for jihadis, Sikhs migrating to these countries provide cover for Khalistanis operating from these countries. It is no secret that America is home to khalistanis.

    • Saturnsson

      Radha Rajanji the only way to secure our nation is to follow the path of Savarkar.I love your writings and speeches and salute you for your works related to welfare of animals I wish there were more Savarkarite scholars like you.Savarkarji said that because India did not send its army to foreign lands for the purpose of expansion we had to to bear the brunt of foreign Invasions.He does mention an exception Lalit Aditya Muktapida the Hindu king of Kashmir who tried to conquer foreign lands.Our expansion in South East Asia was without the use of Military force but the only way to keep the borders of our Hindu Bhoomi secured is Military expansion and continuity of the idea of Vijigishu especially to Afganisthan and parts of West Asia.But I guess the Secular India has to always worry first about the reaction of their Muhammadi Hindus to such an action.

      • Radha Rajan

        Thank you. How many even read Kautilya, how many know about the Vijigishu?

      • Stinger

        Sir,
        To an extent you are right but if we can’t control the wayward muslims living in India than how can we re-convert Muslims elsewhere. First we have to handle the menace in India called Islam.

        • Saturnsson

          I respect your views but we must always have a long term vision and that somehow seems to be missing its sad to see the state of Affairs at times a Nation where not only Kautilya but Kanika the shrewdest was born and we can’t seem to reproduce anyone of that calibre any more.Kanika used his wisdom for selfish acts but Krishna used it for Dharma.I believe there was a Kautilya reborn in Nashik but as usuals we Hindus ignored him his name was Vinayak Damodar Savarkar noone understood the visionary and look how many Savarkarites are left or hold position of authority virtually none why because he had a bad habit just like Chanakya to call a spade a spade.You said about Islam in India does the “Secular” Modi Govt have a concrete plan and can it ever have one?see at times you need to choose sides but I am sorry to say that we dont even want to do that.Debating Islam & Christianity in public domanin as in Main stream Media is complete nono so our masses still remain ignorant about the Market Expansionist attitude to these foreign ideologies.RSS says India already is a Hindu Rashtra calling Christians as Christi Hindus and Muslims and Muhammadi Hindus,many other scholars say that no point calling India a Hindu Rashtra some say we should call India as Bharat,Aryavartha or even Dharma Rashtra the irony is that what ever you call this nation of Sanatan Sanskriti we would still be Kaffirs,Infidels,pagans,idolators,worshippers of false gods for the Abrahamics and by not declaring it a Hindu Rashtra have the attacks by Breaking India forces reduced.This is where the dilemma lies we are afraid of the backlash just like the fear of Direct Action by Jinnah this will continue unless we have a long term vision.
          This is what Swami Vivekananda said
          “And then every man going out of the Hindu pale is not only a man less, but an enemy the more.”

  • krishnamoorthy

    Unbiased reportage useful advice to youths