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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’.

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.

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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.

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India to Launch Electronic Intelligence Satellite Soon

In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO

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TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is shown in this conceptual illustration obtained by Reuters on March 28, 2018. NASA sent TESS into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. VOA

India on April 1 will launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) along with 28 third party satellites and also demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits with a new variant of PSLV rocket, ISRO said on Saturday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new variant of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will first put the 436 kg Emisat into a 749 km orbit.

After that, the rocket will be brought down to put into orbit the 28 satellites at an altitude of 504 km.

This will be followed by bringing the rocket down further to 485 km when the fourth stage/engine will turn into a payload platform carrying three experimental payloads: (a) Automatic Identification System (AIS) from ISRO for Maritime satellite applications capturing messages transmitted from ships (b) Automatic Packet Repeating System (APRS) from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), India – to assist amateur radio operators in tracking and monitoring position data and (c) Advanced Retarding Potential Analyser for Ionospheric Studies (ARIS) from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) – for the structural and compositional studies of ionosphere, the space agency said.

The whole flight sequence will take about 180 minutes from the rocket’s lift off slated at 9.30 a.m. on April 1.

The 28 international customer satellites (24 from US, 2 from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland)- will weigh about 220 kg.

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“It is a special mission for us. We will be using a PSLV rocket with four strap-on motors. Further, for the first time we will be trying to orbit the rocket at three different altitudes,” ISRO Chairman K. Sivan had earlier told IANS.

The PSLV is a four-stage engine expendable rocket with alternating solid and liquid fuel.

In its normal configuration, the rocket will have six strap-on motors hugging the rocket’s first stage.

On January 24, the ISRO flew a PSLV with two strap-on motors while in March, it had four strap-on motors.

The Indian space agency also has two more PSLV variants, viz Core Alone (without any strap-on motors) and the larger PSLV-XL.

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The ISRO selects the kind of rocket to be used based on the weight of satellites it carries.

The ISRO will also be launching two more defence satellites sometime in July or August with its new rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).

In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO. (IANS)