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Is West Bengal turning a blind eye to the ISIS activities in the state?

Dr Richard L. Benkin, an Economist verified first hand that India is no alien to ISIS’s presence and there exists an ISIS cell operating in Kolkata

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  • ISIS feel Bangladesh is a nation well affected by poverty in all its areas which results in good chances of obtaining potential recruits
  • Benkin, the Economist verified first hand that India is no alien to ISIS’s presence and there exists an ISIS cell operating in Kolkata
  • The population of Hindus due to the radical acts by the group in Bangladesh has reached an endangered species level

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), these words when stringed together can evoke terror in the bravest of hearts whether that heart belongs to a Christian, a Muslim or a Hindu. Each of us is now well aware of their growing power, the attacks in Paris, blasts at the Brussels airport and now the recent Orlando shootings are all being linked to ISIS with the tag ‘act of terrorism’.

Keeping their ever growing roots in mind it’ll be foolish to assume that ISIS has not set its shop anywhere except the middle east. As a matter of fact according to Dr Richard L. Benkin ‘ISIS is now well established in South Asia.’

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His findings prove that the tech-savvy terrorist group is not only a threat to the American nation but to the entire world. Bangladesh, a nation that shares borders with India, is unsurprisingly the best playground for the group to spread radicalization. The said statement being true for many reasons.

Muslim student spread ISIS ideology among youth in West Bengal – National Investigation Agency (NIA). Image source: www.terrorscoop.com
Muslim student spread ISIS ideology among youth in West Bengal – National Investigation Agency (NIA). Image source: www.terrorscoop.com

Bangladesh is a nation well affected by poverty in all its areas which results in good chances of obtaining potential recruits. Adding to that it’s a nation with the majority of its population belonging to the Muslim community hence overpowering the minority Hindu’s.

Many believe, there is an unholy nexus between the Bangladeshi policeman and political parties. All of the reasons together prove Bangladesh to be a safe haven for a terrorist organisation. An example of which could be seen in the eradication of many religious leaders, activists and also in the ethnic cleansing of the Hindus and other minorities.

Speaking of the statistics, the population of Hindus due to the radical acts by the group in Bangladesh has reached an endangered species level with the number plummeting down below ‘one in every eleven citizens’.

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Bangladesh was carved out of India as East Bangladesh in 1947 as part of Pakistan. Wkimedia Commons
Bangladesh sharing its border with India. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

According to the indiapost.com report, Dr Richard L. Benkin claims that his associates in Dhaka, Bangladesh identified a house that was the centre of carrying out all activities by ISIS but the government and other authorities in Bangladesh and in India turned a blind eye to the information. He also made a point by stating that all the arrests made for the murders of civilians are in a way a source of income for the Bangladeshi police.

Taking the 8000-20,000 Taka bribe for springing the prisoners and thereby protecting the personal interests of political leaders is only a better business decision than helping him try to break the myth of Bangladesh being a ‘moderate Muslim nation.’

Benkin, an Economist verified first hand that India is no alien to ISIS’s presence and there exists an ISIS cell operating in Kolkata. He says that those familiar with the state of West Bengal know that it followed an open borders policy that set the groundwork for the radical activity we see today in West Bengal. Narrating his experiences in the villages he visited he talks about a young mother who dealt with inactivity from the West Bengal police when her daughter was abducted by the radicals and a story of another young woman he met who refused Islamist demands that they leave their land.

Narrating his experiences in the villages he visited, Benkin talks about a young mother who dealt with inactivity from the West Bengal police when her daughter was abducted by the radicals and a story of another young woman he met who refused Islamist demands that they leave their land.

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India is ISIS’ next big target but there’s an ‘Ignorance is bliss’ kind of attitude towards everything documented by Dr Benkin and his associates. This is the sole reason ISIS is well established in South Asia and has created a strong presence in Kolkata, now making its way to more parts of India by eradicating its allies.

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  • Siv

    Dr. Belkins is right. Indians are living in blind ignorance about the nefarious designs of a cult. They have been brainwashed into this pit by 60 yrs of “secular” gibberish. Even the rants of the Owaisis have not alarmed the avowed secularists – who continue to lead others into the same pit. But I’m pretty sure – a couple of such unforgivable incidents and the “moderate” muslims would be forced to side with one or the other and the sleeping Hindus will wake up for once.

  • Aparna Gupta

    I believe that Bengal should take serious steps towards countering IS activities otherwise it will become more difficult gradually.

  • SuchindranathAiyer

    What are Rajnath Singh and his Boss upto? Is this not a manifest danger that goes beyond “law and order” demanding the invocation of Constitutional provisions of President’s rule to exterminate the threat? Or, are they planning a “Tolerant” Bharatha Rathna and Nobel attempt redux with Shayries, Iftaars, skull caps, Airliner Hi Jacks, and alien occupation of strategically crucial Indian Territory to appease Obama and Sonia Gandhi’s chelas? The only piece of this action that I heartily approve will be an attack on Parliament. IF it is successful.

  • Siv

    Dr. Belkins is right. Indians are living in blind ignorance about the nefarious designs of a cult. They have been brainwashed into this pit by 60 yrs of “secular” gibberish. Even the rants of the Owaisis have not alarmed the avowed secularists – who continue to lead others into the same pit. But I’m pretty sure – a couple of such unforgivable incidents and the “moderate” muslims would be forced to side with one or the other and the sleeping Hindus will wake up for once.

  • Aparna Gupta

    I believe that Bengal should take serious steps towards countering IS activities otherwise it will become more difficult gradually.

  • SuchindranathAiyer

    What are Rajnath Singh and his Boss upto? Is this not a manifest danger that goes beyond “law and order” demanding the invocation of Constitutional provisions of President’s rule to exterminate the threat? Or, are they planning a “Tolerant” Bharatha Rathna and Nobel attempt redux with Shayries, Iftaars, skull caps, Airliner Hi Jacks, and alien occupation of strategically crucial Indian Territory to appease Obama and Sonia Gandhi’s chelas? The only piece of this action that I heartily approve will be an attack on Parliament. IF it is successful.

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All You Need To Know About India’s Strategic Chabahar Port

The Chabahar Port is a seaport in Chabahar, which is on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran-Pakistan border.

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Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • The Chabahar Port is of great strategic importance for India
  • It is in Iran and is being built and operated by India
  • This port will increase India’s trade with Central Asia and Europe

The Chabahar Port is a seaport in Chabahar, which is on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran-Pakistan border. Chabahar is the trans-shipment and logistics hub for the Makran Coast and Baluchistan province of Iran.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The tension between India and Pakistan is nothing new. There are several instances where both the countries have tried to obstruct each other’s political or economic agendas. This obstruction, along with other strategic reasons, resulted in the India and Iran’s deal on the Chabahar Port, which is crucial because of several reasons.

Here are few things about it you may not have known before :

  • Under the Trilateral Transit and Transport Agreement of 2016, the Chabahar port is the gateway to the Transport Corridor between India, Iran and Afghanistan, which allows multi-modal goods’ and passengers’ transport.

Also Read: India and Iran sign agreement to develop Chabahar Port

  • The agreement also states that India will develop and operate two berths in the first phase of the port. The contract is for 10 years and extendable. This time period excludes the first two years as they will be used for construction.
Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
  • The Chabahar Port’s first phase, which was developed by India, and inaugurated by Iran on 4th December 2017, is of great strategic importance as it makes it easier for India to conduct trade with Central Asia and Europe.
  • Iran’s Chabahar port is also important for India’s trade because of Pakistan’s reluctance in allowing India to send goods to Iran and Afghanistan through its land territory.

Also Read: Gwadar Port: China Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant 

  • The development of Chabahar Port will increase the momentum of the International North-South Transport Corridor whose signatories include India, Afghanistan and Russia. Iran is the key gateway in this project. It will improve India’s trade with Central Asia as well as Europe.
    The Chabahar Port has also reduced Afghanistan’s dependence on the transit road, which went through Karachi. Now, trade can be conducted via Chabahar Port too. Islamabad has accused India of trying to use this development as a means to destabilise Pakistan.

    The Chabar Port is the said to be the counter to the Gwadar Port. Wikimedia Commons
    The Chabar Port is the said to be the counter to the Gwadar Port. Wikimedia Commons
  • The Chabahar Port also acts as a counter to the barely 100 km away, Gwadar port in Pakistan, which is developed by China. However, Iran has defended that Chabahar is not a rival to Gwadar and Pakistan is invited to join in its development.
  • In October 2017, India sent its first shipment of wheat to through Chabahar to Afghanistan, in order to test the viability of the route.
  • India will also construct a 900-km Chabahar-Zahedan-hajigak railway line that will connect Port of Chabahar to Hajigak in Afghanistan. It will also connect Mashad in the north, providing access to Turkmenistan as well as northern Afghanistan.This project is worth $1.6 billion.

    India will supply $400 million worth of steel rails to Tehrain. Wikimedia Commons
    India will supply $400 million worth of steel rails to Tehran. Wikimedia Commons
  • It is being said that India will supply $400 million of steel rails to Tehran. There are also possibilities of setting up a fertilizer plant through a joint venture with the Iranian government.