SUCK OUT TERROR POISON
By Manoj Joshi
DIFFERENT nations have reacted differently to terrorist attacks. The
The July 7, 2005 bombings killed over 80 people in
The Four P’s strategy has involved
Recently, I had the opportunity to study aspects of the first strand of the Four P’s strategy — preventing the emergence of violent radicalism on the part of the Muslim youth in the
According to Rhydian Philips, of the counter-terrorism department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the idea behind the strategy is to deal with grievances which can make people vulnerable to recruitment. These could relate to justice, employment and education. The central government has provided £90 million for three years for NGOs to promote youth activity, reform curriculum, build local police capability and fund moderate Islamic preachers to talk to communities in
According to the Executive Director Mr Irshad Baqui, the Foundation is aimed at promoting a better understanding of Islam. Its work comprises publications and research through the MIHE focusing on issues relating to Islamic economics, interfaith issues and support services to new converts.
The British authorities are interested in the specialist short-courses the foundation offers in chaplaincy — a concept unknown outside Christianity, but considered important to service Muslim military and prison populations.
He said that in recent weeks, his department has worked with various groups to ensure that feelings over Mumbai or
Among the current city projects under the rubric “Preventing Violent Extremism” is the suggestive “Reclaiming Islam” concept aimed at reducing the risk of mosques being infiltrated by violent extremists by funding special activities. Another two projects target madrasas to provide a common curriculum that will include learning of the Quran, Islamic studies and citizenship.
They will also support madrasas to meet their legal requirements and provide a safe learning environment for children.
Five youth inclusion programmes seek to create a set of “success clubs” designed to get young people to develop knowledge skills and attitudes that will promote personal success. The clubs promote the forging of links between alienated youngsters and their elders in a “journey of the soul” and study circles to help young people to develop a better understanding of Islam. The person in-charge of these activities is Detective Chief Inspector Paul Marriot who works through the Birmingham City Council.
Not everything is working smoothly in implementing the Prevent policy. According to Gareth Price, Head of the Asia Program at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, there are worries that radicals could use the programmes to promote their interests.
Michael Whine, Director of the Defence and Group Relations Division of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, says that anyway it is too early to say whether the strategy works or not.
He, too, worries that money provided for de-radicalisation could end up being used for the very opposite purpose. As it is, I was struck by the fact that the Chairman of the Islamic Foundation was Professor Khurshid Ahmad, a leading light of the Jamaat-e-
What is important, however, is that the
There are obvious parallels between the evolving British experience and
Unfortunately that did not happen. Communal violence increasingly drove the Indian Muslim community into ghettoes and their economic status began to decline relative to other segments of the population.
The result today is not dissimilar to what obtained in
But that is where the parallel stops. While there is political consensus in UK that something needs to be done to deradicalise the Muslim youth, if necessary by spending money on special schemes, in India, such steps are stymied by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Sangh Parivar who believe that any effort to ameliorate, or even address, the condition of the Indian Muslims smacks of “appeasement.” The Congress and other political parties are not without fault either. Over the years they have cynically used the insecurity of the Muslim community to harvest votes.
The consequences of this situation are obvious and dangerous. In the slum ghettoes of Indian cities we are witnessing the emergence of a Muslim underclass which has little or no connect with the country’s mainstream or the traditional moderate clergy.
Such a class is ideally suited for recruitment by the jihadi elements who already stalk our society. The Indian Mujahideen is the first, but by no means the last, manifestation of this danger. firstname.lastname@example.org. Courtesy: Mailtoday.in