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Mathura to host International conference on ‘Radical Islam’ on Wednesday


Mathura: The city will be a host to the three-day conference on world security, terrorism, and radical Islam that starts here on Wednesday- November 18.

Delegates from India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Canada are scheduled to take part in this ‘International Conference on Radical Islam’ that is being sponsored Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and will be held at RCA Girls (PG) College, Mathura.

The conference proceedings will be divided into various themes that aim to analyze the root causes that drive Islamic radicalization, the responses to be adopted to counter this radicalization, the role played by Islamic ideology in extremism, the extent of radicalization among Indian Muslims, and India’s response to various terror attacks.

The conference assumes great significance in the light of recent terror attacks in Paris that was carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) and the growing influence of ISIS in countries like India as well.

ISIS, which claims to be an Islamic Caliphate that intends to establish Islamic rule everywhere, has become the center of global terror activities. It is drawing fighters and supporters from Muslims who are present not only in the Middle East, but also from those who are far away in Europe or India.

This growing support for the activities of the Islamic State, as well as the presence of activists of banned organizations like Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in India is a clear indication of the rapid radicalization of the Indian Muslim community.

Hence, it becomes very vital that the ground causes behind this radicalization is examined and proper responses are evolved to counter them. It is in this context that the scheduled conference attains great importance. The recommendations that are made during this conference may serve as a guideline or as a framework on which detailed responses can then be developed by India as well as other countries that have been affected by Islamic terrorism.

The dignitaries who are likely to participate include: Justice Rajendra Sachar- who headed the committee that submitted the Sachar report, Tarek Fatah- noted Canadian author, Dr Zafrul Islam (Deoband), Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi of All India Imam Organization, Farooq Abdullah- former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Prakash Singh- former DG, Border Security Force, and Zafar Sareshwala- Chancellor Maulana Azad National Urdu University among others.

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Hinduism Acts As a Boundary for the Spread of Radical Islam in India: Chinese Media

The article called attention to the solid impact of Hinduism in India

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Sep 03, 2014: Muslims in India generally stayed unaffected from the radicalization of Muslim gatherings in different parts of the world in light of the strong impact of Hinduism in the nation, which has established a mark of itself by going past a religion to end up plainly as a lifestyle and a social establishment, said the state-run Chinese media on Wednesday.

Adulating Hinduism for helping India setting up an ever lasting attachment towards the religion among different sects, an article in Global Times, titled – “Hinduism tied to India’s geopolitical standing” said that Hinduism made India a boundary for the spread of radical Islam on the global geopolitical scene.

The article asserted that-

Why does it seem that Muslims in India have remained largely apart from the radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world? Indian Muslims seldom have extreme organizations compared with groups in many other Asian countries. In the southern part of the Philippines, extremists backed by Islamic State have turned their occupied cities into horrible places. In southern Thailand, terror attacks staged by Muslim extremists take place almost every week.

The article called attention to the solid impact of Hinduism, the dominant religion of India while answering the question: Why does it seem that Muslims in India have remained largely apart from the radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world? 

“Like many other religions, Hinduism has its extreme side, but for the most part, its more moderate side has the strongest influence. Perhaps it is this more moderate influence that has helped establish India’s lasting cohesion and is one of the reasons that the country has not separated”

Indians take pride in the Mughal Dynasty, the time of history which was built up by Muslims, not even by the Hindus, however, there was a strong Hindu influence in that time also.

“In the long history of India, Hinduism has gone far beyond a religion to become a lifestyle and social institution. Both its extreme and tolerant sides have constituted the foundation for its relationship with Muslims and this dual character is going to exist for a long time,” it said.

The consequence of this relationship has made India a hindrance for the spread of radical Islam on the global geopolitical scene.

Also Read: How Hinduism is Interpreted by Western Indologists-David Frawley. Wendy Doniger. Koenraad Elst

The article brought up that the absence of Islamic fanatics in India has established its role in Asia and it has been thought about by the US, Japan, Russia and European nations as well.

“In the future, India is sure to continue to stand out in geopolitical significance when it comes to increasing religious and ethnic conflicts around the world. Where China is concerned, this significance should not be ignored”, the article concluded.

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