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Indian Muslims not swayed by extremism, says Rajnath Singh

The menace of terrorism is greatly amplified in today’s digital world, said Rajnath Singh.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: March 20, 2015 1:28 am
Rajnath Singh, Islamic State India Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said Indian Muslims are “patriots” who could not be “influenced” by fundamentalist ideologies. Addressing scholars, strategic thinkers, field experts and policy makers at the three-day International Counter-Terrorism Conference in Jaipur, Singh said according to intelligence agencies, “just a handful of Indian youth (have) joined the ISIS”. He added that some of them have also “returned after being persuaded by their families”.

“I am happy to note that the influence of Islamic State on the Indian youth is negligible. The failure of ISIS to attract Indian Muslims, who constitute the second largest Muslim population in the world, is due to their complete integration into the national mainstream. Indian Muslims are patriots and are not swayed by fundamentalist ideologies. Extremism is alien to their nature,” Singh told the gathering at the inaugural session of the conference, organised by BJP general secretary Ram Madhav’s India Foundation in association with Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur.

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He added: “India is home to all 72 firqas of Muslims and houses one of the oldest churches in the world. We have been practising the philosophy of peaceful coexistence for centuries”. Singh said the rising use of technology for destructive purposes has raised security concerns.

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“The computing power of your smartphone is greater than all the computing effort deployed to put a man on the moon in 1969. We have recently constituted an expert committee to look into all possible avenues of cybercrime and its linkages with the terrorist world,” Singh said.

Hitting out at Pakistan, Singh said “the source of most terrorist activity in India lies across our borders”. “It is unfortunate that even after paying such a heavy cost for itself, Pakistan and its associates find it difficult to understand that there are no good terrorists and bad terrorists,” he said and added that If the ISI and Pakistan army stop supporting terror outfits, the “security situation in South Asia will improve significantly”.

“I sincerely believe that Pakistan should seriously rethink its strategy of using terrorism as an instrument of proxy war and it would be in her own national interest,” the Home Minister said.