Extremism

Ramzan truce in J&K: A risk worth taking due to lack of alternative initiatives?

WordForPeace.com Three to four days into the “cessation of operations” (COO) initiative in Jammu and Kashmir, it is under severe criticism from almost all quarters. The main objections appear to be from the security community, which is livid that the momentum of operations, put in place by Operation All Out, has been broken. Many less-informed people are joining in too. …

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Soon at JNU, course on ‘Islamic terrorism’: JNUSU says it’s “propaganda of Islamophobia in the name of academic courses”

WordForPeace.com The Jawaharlal Nehru University is learnt to have given in-principle approval to the study of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ by a new centre on national security, in an Academic Council (AC) meeting held on Friday. Like in the recent past, the meeting was marred by a section of members alleging they were not permitted to speak. Sources said a proposal to …

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Ramazan ceasefire in Kashmir: Only Hizb’s reciprocity to New Delhi’s offer would offer a clue as to the longevity of the ceasefire

WordForPeace.com Public opinion largely favours the Centre’s move but it remains to be seen if the Hizbul Mujahideen, the biggest militant outfit that draws its cadre from local population, will respond in kind. In Kashmir, it is not the Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jaish-e-Mohammad, but Hizb whose reciprocity to New Delhi’s offer would offer a clue as to the longevity of the …

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Ramazan Ceasefire in J&K: The Conciliatory Practice and the Moral Obligation of Ulema in Kashmir

WordForPeace.com “I hope that our gesture will be fully appreciated… all violence in the state and infiltration across the Line of Control and the International Border will cease and peace will prevail.” Remember how Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during the month of Ramazan in August, 2000. The then prime minister of India had  averred: …

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A theological appraisal of the ISIS’s twisted interpretation of Islamic teachings: Fiqh al-Dima-The Jurisprudence of Blood

WordForPeace.com The jihadist manual behind the brutality that underpinned Islamic State has been revealed for the first time in new analysis of a 579-page text, written by the Isis ideologue Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir. The text attempts to legitimise the barbarous acts of the jihadist group, including the mutilation of corpses, the trade in human organs, beheading, the killing of children …

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Ramadan Ceasefire in Kashmir welcomed across political spectrum

WordForPeace.com Srinagar: Amidst a spurt in militant activities in the Kashmir valley, New Delhi on Wednesday rolled out a major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) as it announced a decision of non-initiation of combat operations against militants. This announcement has been made after government forces killed more than 65 militants in the first four months of this year. This decision by …

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Contrasting Zawahiri’s outlook with Zakir’s outcry: Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’s Islamic caliphate propaganda is bogus ‘online ideology’

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi In 1991, a jihadist research work titled “The Bitter Harvest: The Muslim Brotherhood in 60 Years” was authored by Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaida’s chief ideologue. It was a sharp confutation of the Egyptian Islamist outfit Ikhwan-ul-Muslimin’s resolution to participate in electoral process and shun the path of violence to achieve its political objectives. An extract of …

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Political approach to tackling terror in India is unfortunately partisan

WordForPeace.com Many people presume that tackling terrorism is primarily the job of the security forces. Here, the onus is placed on the intelligence agencies for gaining information to prevent terror attacks; should the terrorists get lucky, as invariably they sometimes will, then the onus is on the Army and the police to eliminate the threat as quickly as possible. But …

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With prayers for sanity in Kashmir – Book Review

WordForPeace.com Amidst the aggressive debates, terrible violence and atrocious human rights violations in Kashmir, some very serious scholars within the broader social sciences and humanities have been silently working for a more accurate and critical understanding of key issues to produce a more informed and serious dialogue towards resolving the crisis in Kashmir. Professor Chitralekha Zutshi of the College of …

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