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Paris attack: India has to watch out for ISIS returnees and Wahabi preachers


The Paris attacks are probably one of the most horrific terror strikes that the world has witnessed. India is no stranger to such a horrific attack and it could be said that the 26/11 and the Paris attack were copybook.

As investigations progress in Paris, there are questions being raised about the policy that France has adopted towards the Syrian returnees.

Paris attacks 2015

While on one hand there is a humanitarian angle to it, on the other there is always a lurking danger that trained terrorists could form part of the group which is seeking shelter away from Syria.

The question is what lessons does India have to learn from such an attack. India has deliberately stayed away from interfering in any ISIS related war.

India even said a very polite ‘No," to the United States when it was asked to join the war in Syria and Iraq against the ISIS.

While this has paid off to a large extent, India would still be very cautious as there have been several instances of radicals attempting to join the ISIS.

While Areeb Majeed, one of the youth from Kalyan returned from Iraq, is in custody, there are several others who have been radicalised on the web.

These persons were trapped by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), but no action was taken against them. Instead they were counselled and let off.

The watch on ISIS sympathisers needs to be closer:

Attacks such as the one which took place in Paris act as an inspiration to several radicals. Indian Intelligence Bureau officials will have to repeatedly revisit the cases that they have detected against those wanting to join the ISIS.

Those, who have been counselled and let off, continue to remain under watch and in a scenario such as this, there is no question of taking the eye of them for a very long time.

In states such as Maharashtra, Assam and also Jammu and Kashmir, the problem of the ISIS is lurking in a big way.

Surveys conducted at the behest of the Ministry for Home Affairs would show that the above mentioned states are most prone to the ISIS.

The problem in such an issue is that it is sufficient if a group of six to seven youth get together and decide to wreck mayhem. Hence the task ahead is extremely tough.

Moreover, India will also need to be extremely careful of youth trying to surrender or return after joining the ISIS.

Even if such persons are brought back to India, it would be extremely risky to let them go. Apart from watching them closely all the time, there is also a need to impose some amount of punishment on them as suggested by the National Investigating Agency (NIA).

This suggestion is still pending with the Home Ministry. The Home Ministry feels that punishments cannot be a deterrent.

However, now with attacks such as the one in Paris, there could be some more though put into the suggestion by the NIA.

Watch the radical Wahabis:

It is the master that is always more dangerous than the foot soldier. A foot soldier is the one who just obeys orders and lets himself be remote controlled by his master.

India in the past few years has seen a huge number of Wahabi preachers come and go.

The Wahabis have been attempting the take over of Mosques so that they can push their radical teachings. The Wahabis have the money and in many cases they have been able to buy over the administration in some Mosques.

Such incidents have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir, Maharasthra and Kerala. The effect of these Wahabis was so strong that only recently a group of 800 Muslim preachers issued a fatwa against these persons and the ISIS.

Intelligence Bureau officials say that letting the Wahabi preachers set foot in India is dangerous in today's scenario.

This entire issue needs to be re-looked as these persons are such powerful speakers that they can end up influencing a lot of youth.

In fact it is the Wahabi school of thought which the ISIS practises and given this context it becomes even more dangerous to let them into India.

States such as Kerala have had a large influence of the Wahabis and the IB is not happy that successive state governments are not doing enough to stop this problem.

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