Hyderabad : “Terrorism is no more a simple act of violence, but information and cyber security are major challenges to be met with to deal 21st century terrorism”, said Shakti Sinha, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), New Delhi. Speaking at a seminar on “21st Century Terrorism—Challenges for India”, organised by India Foundation and Social Cause in Hyderabad on June 4, 2017, Shri Sinha said that terrorism is contextual and “it is our battle”.
He said we have to realise that nobody will join us in this battle against terrorism and we have to work out our own strategies. He cautioned that the terror groups have been extensively using social media for radicalisation, recruitment, raise money, gathering intelligence and to create panic.
He cautioned that India is passing through a dangerous phase as we do not follow cyber security systems. He said that the 21st century challenges are not as simple as of inter-state wars, where India always proved to be
successful. The present violence is more situational and more criminal, he added.
Strongly disputing various definitions of terrorism, Shri Sinha said that terrorism is not based on idealism, but is a tactic to achieve political goals. He said that most of terror groups in the world originated from the West against Communism, but now they have become unmanageable for themselves.
India is moving towards much greater problem since China is strongly supporting Pakistan to keep India unstable, Shri Sinha said. He further said that we should not expect a ‘global war’ to tackle this problem. We need to work regionally by cultivating strategic relations with our neighbours, by sharing intelligence and resources. He recalled that how Bangladesh’s Shaikh Hassina regime helps us to clean insurgent movements in Assam. He pointed out the need to `name and shame’ how Pakistan is promoting terror activities in this region. Strongly dismissing Pakistan’s intentions to tackle terror groups, he recalled that NIA had seized over 4 million dollars from separatists groups within a day of raids, Pakistan could seize a mere 3 million dollars during a year of raids by spending over 15 million dollars.
India Foundation Director Maj Gen (Dr) Dhruv C Katoch deplored that India failed to concentrate on conflict resolution measures though our forces are capable of tackling terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir, insurgent groups in North-East and Left Wing violence in various parts of the country. He said that certain political and administrative vested interests are misusing present conflicts for their own interests.
He also said that India failed in developing counter narrative to retort such forces. Though India had been the victim of terrorism since 50s and making moves at United Nations on the urgent need to fight unitedly the world refused to acknowledge. Only after few western cities started facing violent attacks, they started crying about terrorism, he added. He pointed out that the US and west are selective while dealing with terrorism. They are concerned more with a couple of deaths in their cities, rather than hundreds of deaths in Asia and Africa countries.
He said Kashmir was known for peaceful co-existence of people till 80s. But after that radicalisation was started, which was not realised by us for a long time. According to him, India can meet these challenges only by cultivating spirit of nationalism and making democracy work. Former Advisor to J&K Governor Lt. Gen Mohammad Ahmad Zaki said that Indian army is the best one in the world and is capable of facing any challenge on all fronts.
Former DGP K Aravinda Rao while presiding over the seminar, said that terrorism is having roots from non-negotiable religious doctrines. On this occasion, a book titled Global Terrorism: Challenges and Policy Options, which is the outcome of Counter Terrorism Conference 2016 organised by India Foundation at Jaipur, was released in Hyderabad. Senior Journalist Raka Sudhakara Rao introduced the book. Social Cause President Somaraju Suseela was also present on the occassion.
Women’s role is Central to
Strengthen the Society
New Delhi: Delhi State Unit of the Rashtra Sevika Samiti organised a 15 day entry level camp at GLT Saraswati Bal Mandir, Nehru Nagar, Delhi. About 144 shiksharthis were beneficiaries of the camp. The camp started from May 27, and came to an end on June 11. The concluding ceremony was held in the GLT School campus. It was presided over by Dr Krishna Taneja, social worker. Smt. Prem Setia, social worker was the Chief Guest. Uttar Kshetra Karyavahika Chandrakanta was the main speaker. Sadhvi Rama Bharati, Smt. Sunita Bhatia Prant Karyavahika, Smt Vijaya Sharma Prant Pracharika and Akhil Bharatiya Sharirik Shikshan Pramukh of the RSS Shri Jagdish Prasad was also present on the occassion.
Addressing the gathering of trainees and their families, Smt Chandrakanta said that our effort is to make the trainees multi-talented. A woman educates two homes. Macaulay changed the Indian education system and we are still continuing with the same. To strengthen and integrate the society women must be made more cultured. She also emphasised that nobody listens to the weak and to make a society free from fear, the women must become strong. She also lauded Israel for organising and creating a niche
A route march, called ‘Path Sanchalan’ was also held on June 8, in nearby localities and was much admired by the people. The march was conducted under guidance of Sadhvi Rama Bharati.
June 11, was the concluding day of a fortnight long camp. The participants stayed in the camp throughout the duration and were trained in various activities. This was an induction level camp for young women who will undergo further training in future. The young women, mostly in their early twenties, demonstrated their proficiency in yoga, judo, karate, fighting with knives and swords. The participants in ‘Ganavesh’, also organised an impressive parade cum march past. Slogans of Bharatmata Ki Jai filled the air.
Five watch words are necessary to make life successful and meaningful – J Nandakumar
Ajmer (Rajasthan): “Alertness, efforts, ideological commitment, optimism, and divine unrest, the five watch words, are necessary to make life not only successful but meaningful”, the message was delivered to higher education teachers of Rajasthan by Shri J Nandakumar, Akhil Bharatiya Convener of Prajna Pravah. He was adressing at the Vichar Varg of Rajasthan University and College Teacher’s Association (Rashtriya) held at MDS University, Ajmer, from June 9 to 11.
Various plenary and parallel sessions were organised on topics like Dharma and semitic religions, communism – theory and practice, violence by CPM members in Kerala, nationalism, freedom of speech, intolerance etc. Other resource persons and speakers were Prof. Bhagwati Prakash Vice Chancellor and Kshetra Sanghchalak; Shri Hanuman Singh Kshetra Karyavaha; Dr Gyarsi Lal Jat; Prof. JP Singhal; Shri Mahendra Kapur Organisation Secretary-Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh.
A play entitled—““Idam Rashtrayay” based on the life of Shri Guruji, the second Sarsanghchalak,” written by Shri Umesh Chaurasia was also staged on the occasion.