ISIS threat in India is real. Before it gets here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi must vow, like the US President Donald Trump, to eliminate it from the face of the Earth. And there are several reasons for this.
On Tuesday, it took around 10 hours to take down a single ISIS terrorist in Thakurganj area of Lucknow. According to Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) Inspector General Aseem Arun, the terrorist identified as Saifullah was a member of ISIS Khorasan module.
Arun said 8 pistols, 650 rounds of ammo,50 fired rounds, explosives materials, gold, cash, passports and SIM cards were recovered. While Saifullah was reportedly linked to an explosion on a train in Madhya Pradesh, which injured nine people on Tuesday morning, the MP police have apprehended six members of ISIS. This explains why India must act swiftly to stop the spread of ISIS and its ideology in India before it poisons the minds of vulnerable youth in India.
Here are some more reasons:
1. Under Modi, India aspires to become a developed country. It can’t become one in isolation. It is time for India to join hands with global forces fighting against terrorism. For terror is the only obstacle that can halt the forward march of humanity and development.
2. Driven by an ideology of Salafi Jihadism’, ISIS is a multi-headed monster which appeals to aspiring terrorists in many ways — depending on the face to which the aspirant is exposed to. For some, it may be sheer lust for violence or women, for some it may be a holy cause in the service of the God.
3. ISIS aspires to establish an Islamic caliphate in the world. The way the savage group has spread its ideology and operations in the last few years should be a matter of grave concern for the entire civilised world.
4. ISIS is now present in Afghanistan. The group has carried out a series of attacks in Pakistan recently. Not only this, several ISIS operatives have been nabbed in India also.
5. India’s diversity and lack of political and intellectual unity as well as widespread poverty provide a fertile ground for terror recruitment. While India needs to address these issues separately, it must chalk out an immediate strategy to deal with ISIS.
6. In the next few years, it is possible that operatives of all terror groups across the world would unite under the same ISIS umbrella to realise their goal. If this happens, the civilised world would be in for a real big problem.
While taking oath as the President of the United States, Donald Trump had vowed to eliminate ISIS from the face of the Earth. Will Modi also take such an oath? He must, this is the need of the hour.