Not war, Not Peace?

Today’s cross-border groups view territory expediently, as a base from which they can organize their campaigns and plot their attacks. The new breed of Islamic terror groups are ‘explicitly global’—in the sense that they have broadly anti-Western views rather than locally defined objectives, and their members hail from different states rather than from a distinct community with distinct interests.

Where the armed groups of old sought to build or remake nation states, today’s cross-border terrorists feed off the demise of state authority. Where national liberation movements sought to redraw state boundaries, cross-border groups think nothing of moving from one failed state to another. Where the earlier violent groups focused their energies on achieving limited local aims, even as they carried out international operations, today’s terror groups talk about ‘spreading jihad’ around the globe.

  1. India has been the victim of the use of cross-border terrorism by the neighboring State and its intelligence agencies since 1956 to achieve their strategic objectives, which are three in number. First, to create a religious divide between the Hindus, who are in a majority, and the Muslims, who are in a substantial minority. Second, to keep the Indian State destabilized and preoccupied with internal security tasks in order to hamper the economic development of the country. And third, to annex the State of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), which is an integral part of India.
  2. When India and Pakistan became independent in 1947, the Muslims constituted about 11 per cent of India’s population. Today, they constitute about 14 per cent. In 1947, in the territory, which is now known as Pakistan, the Hindus constituted a little over 10 per cent of the population. Today, they constitute about two per cent. The rest of them were either massacred or driven out of the country or forcibly converted to Islam.
  3. Today, India has the second largest Muslim community in the world with about 140 million plus, after Indonesia. India has more Sunnis and more Shias than Pakistan. They are guaranteed equal rights under the Constitution of India, which was inspired by the Constitution of the United States of America.

Through the process of weakening state authority and internationalizing conflicts, Western intervention has given rise to a new kind of terrorist—terrorists who, as Pentagon officials put it, ‘respect no borders, no boundaries and no state institutions’, who feed off the absence of state authority and move across territories in the execution of their ‘global’ campaigns.These social continuities across territorial frontiers have given rise to demands for redrawing national and international boundaries. However, due to the involvement of external forces, the scope for the resolution of conflicts at internal level is greatly reduced.

Countries surrounding India have been actively exploiting the volatile situation in the north-east and Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the disturbed law and order situation in various other parts of the country. Through political backing, economic assistance, military training and arms supplies, these countries have contributed varyingly to destabilize the internal security situation in India.India’s borders are not ‘secure’ in the sense they are vast and difficult at any one time to watch over, given the terrain in the north and northwest as well as in the north-east. The borders are porous, and easy to infiltrate. Illegal immigration is a major problem in the east.

Economic deprivation and low development levels among many regions occupied by some communities have been grounds for disturbances.Poverty is endemic in the region, and many groups are demanding independence, citing neglect and discrimination on the part of the Indian government as grounds for separation.

In conclusion, we must first address basic and core issues to minimize appeal of such acts then only total eradication of terrorism is possible along with international cooperation.

14 thoughts on “Cross Border Terrorism”

  1. People don’t see it as an immediate concern because they live miles away from borders. Their lives hardly get disturbed and scattered due to cross border terrorism. Those who are affected have already been laden with loneliness, depression, and stigma. People who can do something to help are too busy in trivial things to care about bigger issues.
    Just take this example, you have 20 likes on your relationships and love posts while you hardly have five likes on your post regarding national security. Everything starts and ends with us, people. These people don’t really help. Although, I am glad you are gradually spreading the word. Thanks for stimulating my brain. Your blog is definitely worth my time. Can I share some of your posts?

    1. Absolutely, Proximity is one of the factors that influence individual’s cognitive ability. We hardly pay any heed if our lives don’t get scattered due to any incident. And, I am sure people might read this post sooner or later.  It just comes down to our mindsets, which is jam-packed with Men-Women-Relationships themes. Rest of the subjects seem uninteresting to our Brain. Thank you extremely very much for the appreciation. You are sweet. And, yes, do share and spread the word. Thank you. 

  2. True. Poverty is also one of the key factor that push people to do such atrocities.. I also believe, Another key factor is that there are few groups who plant the seed of hate into the mind of the young and get profited.

    1. I agree. These groups have also introduced this new idea, where “72 virgins are waiting for trainees in heaven” to lure brainless youth. I can’t help but feel raged as well as laugh about the same. Thank you for reading.

        1. They are definitely going to be killed by women if their mothers or wives ever got their hands on them. Then, they will be waving at us while going to hell. And, well said. 🙂

          1. No. I don’t believe in it. May be.. It was meant to be like.. after death we might travel to another dimension. Humans added their part of creativity into it. Like diamond palace. Pit of fire. Virgins.. And all other bullshit. :’)

          2. And I think we experience Hell as well as Heaven on Earth. People who live fulfilled lives experience heaven. Meanwhile, people who lack basic survival necessities find themselves living in hell. This concept of Hell and Heaven was basically propounded by control freaks. They did not want people to do anything they did not approve of. We hardly know the aftermath of death. And who even cares? I think we are all fine at our own places as long as we are not hurting and harming someone. Be good and Kind. That’s all there is to life. You say?

          3. Yup. Agree with you.. You have said it all what is in my mind. :’) If not for these division/stupidity.. Human as a civilisation would have flourished and prospered to level where poverty wouldn’t be a word in dictionary.

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