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.