Ex-NSA chief warns of jihadi wave in India

Sep 23, 2014 at 11:59pm IST

London: A new version of jihad is attracting “small but steady stream” of Indians to join Islamic State movement in Syria, Former National Security Advisor (NSA) MK Narayanan warned on Tuesday.

“New version jihad is proving to be highly attractive for its strength is spiritual purity. More and more youngsters find this very attractive,” the former director of Intelligence Bureau said at a lecture.

“As a result of online propaganda, I would say the jihadi wave is achieving new heights today. In India, what we are witnessing today is a small but steady stream of recruits from different states trying to join the ranks of ISIS in Syria,” he added.

Ex-NSA chief warns of jihadi wave in India

Narayanan also highlighted cyber terrorism as another major security imperative before India.

The security expert, who recently stepped down as West Bengal governor, was speaking on the ‘Security Challenges and Strategic Imperatives for India’ at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). Continue reading

LTTE should be subjected to international laws

Today’s wars are not between States. IHL(International Human Law) and associated treaties are meant for conventional wars and with terrorism not defined there is a big question mark as to how terrorists are to be charged for their crimes (war crimes and crimes against humanity).


The Ceylinco Building on fire following the LTTE attack on the Central Bank in 1996. File photo

The resolutions and investigation against Sri Lanka inspite of international laws in place has no scope for terrorists and given LTTE is an international proscribed terrorist organisation the question is how will an international investigation charge LTTE for its crimes? We are not satisfied to have a panel declare LTTE guilty on paper with the lame excuse that its leader is no more.

With recent concerns of LTTE raising its head in India, Australia and other parts it warrants for all the nations that continue to maintain the ban on the LTTE to apply universal jurisdiction against all individuals, organisations, fronts, campaigners ,fund raisers and even sympathisers (even foreign passport holders) to be investigated and charged for crimes that took place across three decades by the LTTE upon innocent civilians in civilian territory and to civilian installations.

Terror

Today’s ‘wars’ have been outsourced to groups of people armed to carry out terror. That outsourced terror has spread across the globe and accounts for 63 countries which are victims of 560 conflicts all involving militias, guerillas and separatist groups.

Americas: Five countries and 25 conflicts between drug cartels, militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups.

Middle East: Eight countries and 180 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups.

Europe: Nine countries and 71 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups.

Asia: 15 countries and 128 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups.

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India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Stirrings of Change

17 June 2014

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India has not reviewed its nuclear doctrine for over a decade. With the election of Narendra Modi firmly in mind, P R Chari outlines why a doctrinal revisit is now due and what issues and circumstances New Delhi needs to consider in the process.

By P.R. Chari for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

This article was originally published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on 14 June 2014. Republished with permission.

In the beginning of April 2014, at a conference initiated by the Indian government, Manmohan Singh casually urged the creation of a global convention to forswear the first use of nuclear weapons. Why the Indian prime minister chose to make this major policy declaration in the last hours of his term in office is a mystery.

To unravel this mystery, it is important to note the context. Singh was addressing a conference at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA) titled “A Nuclear Weapon-Free World: From Conception to Reality.” The IDSA is supported by the Indian Ministry of Defense and has been a favored venue for India’s leadership to make important policy declarations on national security. The Indian bureaucracies that deal with foreign policy and security issues often use this forum to articulate their preferences on arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament issues. It would be natural if these bureaucracies wished to commend the virtues of continuity in policy to the new Indian government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took office in May 2014. Continue reading

Ansar-ut Tawhid and the Transnational Jihadist Threat to India

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English: The buildings at the main courtyard, Red Fort, New Delhi, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 12

June 13, 2014 03:21 PM Age: 8 days By: Animesh Roul

Transnational Islamist terrorist groups have recently made sporadic attempts to lure India’s Muslim population towards global jihad, frequently urging them to fight the democratically elected secular government. India-specific incitements have issued from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri and al-Qaeda ideologue Maulana Asim Umar through audio-visual messages that directly target Indian Muslims. A similar anti-India campaign was unleashed by a hitherto unknown group calling itself Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind (AuT – Supporters of Monotheism in the Land of India) through its media arm, al-Isabah Media. Its messages highlight the issue of government atrocities against Muslims in India and encourage Indian Muslims to join the ongoing Afghan or Syrian jihads and to carry out attacks inside India.

The AuT has issued at least four videotapes since October 2013, the most recent of them surfaced on May 17, when the group called for attacks against Indian targets worldwide. The ten-minute video featuring AuT leader Maulana Abdur Rahman al-Hindi urges other prominent jihadi leaders such as the Taliban’s Mullah Omar, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Nasir Abd al-Wuhayshi of al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula, al-Shabaab’s Abdi Godane and Abd al-Malik Droukdel of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to come forward to attack Indian Government interests and its economic centers in India and elsewhere as a means of “protecting the Muslims of India.” [1] Continue reading

Spotlight on Iran (Week of January February 8-15, 2012)

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Highlights of the week

  • “New Zionist plotline against Iran”: Iranian reactions to terrorist attacks on Israeli missions
  • Reformist opposition leaders have now been under arrest for one year; sporadic confrontations between opposition supporters and security forces
  • 30 million Iranians without e-mail: authorities block access to leading websites
  • Despite government efforts, dollar’s exchange rate goes up again; prices of food and housing continue to increase
  • Pictures of the week: procession marking 33rd anniversary of Islamic revolution in Tehran

“New Zionist plotline against Iran”: Iranian reactions
to terrorist attacks on Israeli missions

This week Iranian officials emphatically denied Israel’s claims that Iran was involved in the two terrorist attacks on Israeli missions in India and Georgia, and accused Israel of masterminding the terrorist attacks to incite world public opinion against Iran.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast categorically denied any Iranian responsibility in connection with the attacks, saying that they were planned by the Zionists to cause damage to Iran and compromise its relations with India and Georgia.

Javad Jahangirzadeh, a member of the Majles Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, said that the bomb attacks at the two Israeli missions reflect the world’s revulsion towards the Zionists, and were carried out either by Israel itself or by a group that despises Israel. Addressing PM Netanyahu’s claims about Iranian involvement in the terrorist attacks, the Majles member said that Israel is concerned about Iran and is trying to influence the future nuclear talks between Iran and the West. He added that the Zionists, having failed in their attempts to incite the world against Iran, are willing to spill their own blood to redirect the hatred the world has for Israel at Iran.

Avaz Heydar-pour, also a member of the Majles Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, defined the Israeli PM’s claims about Iran being involved in the attacks as drivel designed to lay the groundwork for more terrorist attacks by Israel or a military attack on Iran.

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‘Indian Army preparing for limited conflict with China’

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Thursday, February 09, 2012 Press Trust Of India

Noting that India is increasingly getting concerned about China‘s posture on its border, a top US intelligence official on Wednesday said that the Indian Army is strengthening itself for a “limited conflict” with China.
“Despite public statements intended to downplay tensions between India and China, we judge that India is increasingly concerned about China’s posture along their disputed border and Beijing’s perceived aggressive posture in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific region,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in his prepared testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

“The Indian Army believes a major Sino-Indian conflict is not imminent, but the Indian military is strengthening its forces in preparation to fight a limited conflict along the disputed border, and is working to balance Chinese power projection in the Indian Ocean,” he said.

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Analysis: India’s military reformation may be too little too late

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Buglers from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force arrive to pay their respects at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial on Gandhi’s death anniversary at Rajghat in New Delhi January 30, 2012

By Frank Jack Daniel

NEW DELHI — India’s 1.3 million-strong armed forces, hobbled by outdated equipment and slow decision-making, are undergoing an overhaul as defence priorities shift to China from traditional rival Pakistan.

And like a refit of the imposing but dilapidated defense ministry on Delhi’s grand South Block, it’s a plodding process.

Defense chiefs are hurrying to modernize ageing weaponry as China reinforces a 3,500-km shared but disputed border through the Himalayas.

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