New Delhi, Sept 8: The ISIS which has become a threat to half the world today has affected India as well. Although the number of Indians in the ISIS is extremely small, India still would not want to take any chances.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh who has chaired several meetings to discuss the ISIS threat is planning to bring more countries on board to counter this menace.
The Indian Home Minister has been told that the threat of the ISIS can be countered only if more countries are roped in and the problem is countered jointly. While the UAE has already assured India of all help, it is now the turn of Russia to offer assistance.
India would have ideally leaned towards the United States of America when it came to fighting online Jihad.
However India has not had the best of experiences in the past when it came to help from the US while combating either the Lashkar-e-Tayiba or the Jamaat-ud-Dawa. India has now decided to go to its long time ally, Russia.
Russia on its part would provide technical assistance and also help monitor the web. The Russians have probably one of the best cyber armies in the world and cooperation with Russia would go a long way in fighting this menace.
How India and Russia will fight the ISIS?
Both India and Russia will not share real time intelligence on the movement of youth towards the ISIS. There is a lot of chatter on the internet these days with youth seeking out details regarding the outfit. This needs to be monitored 24/7.
The Russian team as assured by Minister of Interior of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Kolokoltsev would pick up chatter and if there are concerns for India would share them immediately.
The web is vast and it is not possible for just one country to fight this battle all by itself. The recent detentions in the UAE showed that Indians abroad were attempting to either join the ISIS or propagate for them. Like the UAE pact, India is confident that the cooperation with the Russians will help neutralize this threat to a large extent.
Russia too is battling a similar problem. The pact with Russia will be a two way street. India too which has launched a very successful counter ISIS strategy in the form of Operation Chakravyuh will also provide information to the Russians.