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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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Saudi Arabia and India Explore New Avenues Together

We are working towards transforming our economy, governance and society to achieve the dreams envisaged by our leadership for our great nation

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Saudi Arabia continues its illustrious journey of progress under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Pixabay

This September 23 marks the 89th anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud. The glorious history of our nation was made by the sacrifices of our founder King and his successors who transformed our great country into a regional leader and global economic power.

Saudi Arabia continues its illustrious journey of progress under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

We are working towards transforming our economy, governance and society to achieve the dreams envisaged by our leadership for our great nation. Under the ambitious Vision 2030, we are now looking at a post-oil age of world-class technological research, startup development, entrepreneurial vigour and vast investment opportunities.

Our leadership has placed the Saudi citizens and their aspirations at the heart of Vision 2030. The entire development narrative of the Kingdom rests on three pillars — to build a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation.

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This September 23 marks the 89th anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud. Pixabay

The Kingdom’s economic and social reforms are beginning to bear fruit and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects our non-oil real growth to rise by 2.9 per cent in 2019. The current IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook has ranked Saudi Arabia in the 26th position, making the Kingdom the seventh most competitive country among our G20 peers. The World Bank too has ranked the Kingdom as the fourth largest reformer within G20.

We aim to be among the top 10 capital markets in the world by 2030. We are also focusing on logistics. Our aim is to attract 1.6 trillion riyals in private investments over the next decade through National Industrial Development and Logistics Program.

Multiple giga-projects including Neom, Qiddiya, Red Sea Tourism Project etc. are all set to change the touristic map of Saudi Arabia. Special mention goes to Green Riyadh, one of the world’s largest urban greening projects. With the planting of 7.5 million trees, the green cover in the Saudi capital will increase from 1.5 per cent to 9.1 per cent of the total area.

The per capita green space availability will thus increase to nearly thrice of World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation. The project will help reduce average ambient temperature by 2 degrees Celsius and use more than one million cubic metres of treated sewage effluent daily for irrigation.

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King Salman Park Project is yet another grand project slated to become the world’s biggest city park — complete with a National Theatre, an Opera House and an 18-hole royal golf course.

As part of the Vision, the Kingdom is aiming at localising strategic technologies and enabling Saudi young people to work with advanced state-of-the-art technologies.

With a $12 billion IT market and a $10 billion emerging technology market, the Kingdom is today one of the world’s most attractive economies. Our strong digital infrastructure has increased the mobile internet speed four times, surpassing the global average; increased fiber network coverage by 50 per cent to more than one million additional houses and provided 100 per cent internet access.

The newly strengthened communication infrastructure has also enabled the health sector to aspire to contribute about $500 million to the GDP by 2030. Our e-government initiative is building government institutions that are effective, transparent and accountable — we are issuing commercial licences within 24 hours, renewing passports in five minutes and issuing digital authorisation in less than 10 minutes.

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The glorious history of our nation was made by the sacrifices of our founder King and his successors who transformed our great country into a regional leader and global economic power. Pixabay

We are also aiming at full automation of Haj related processes to make the journey more comfortable. The Maqam online portal is issuing electronic visas within minutes of completing the forms. New technologies have been implemented at the Jeddah and Madinah airports to facilitate the pilgrims. Makkah Road Initiative is also enabling the pilgrims to enter the Kingdom via dedicated lanes in record time.

In partnership with the private sector, we are also developing cloud technologies to unify all pilgrim-related data so that real-time insights can be used to improve crowd management, transport and logistics. We are also tapping into mobile applications and the IoT to promote digitally administered services for the pilgrims.

Developing a robust infrastructure for public and commercial transport is quintessential to realising our dreams for our nation. The Kingdom is investing heavily on building modern transportation networks to strengthen its position as a distinct logistics platform between the three continents — Asia, Europe and Africa.

The new Riyadh Metro will be able to carry 1.16 million passengers daily, while the Riyadh Bus Network will be able to carry about 900,000 passengers every day to feed the Metro trains. They are part of the ambitious Riyadh Public Transit Network Project (RPTN).

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Saudi Railway Company (SAR) and Huawei will work together to jointly design and innovate in the field of smart railways, including the application of a next-generation railway wireless network, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cloud services and 5G across SAR’s railway network. In this context, the Haramain High-Speed Railway has become fully operational with the capacity of transporting 60 million people annually between Makkah and Madinah.

Saudi Arabia is leading the global campaign against terrorism, terror financing and extremism. We recently became the first Arab country to gain membership of the elite Financial Action Task Force that works against terror financing. Our leadership’s endeavour to promote peace and stability in the region has been persistent.

Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a historic peace agreement in September 2018 in Jeddah in the presence of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, ending over two decades of conflict. The UN Secretary-General lauded the Kingdom and its leadership’s role in contributing towards bringing the two parties together and facilitating the peace agreement.

Our values guide us in our humanitarian endeavour. The Kingdom’s development and humanitarian assistance amounted to 3.7 per cent of the Saudi GDP, surpassing the UN proposed rate of 0.7 per cetn of GDP. The Kingdom has been instrumental in extending financial aid estimated at $116 billion to 95 developing countries.

As providing adequate funding to implement Sustainable Development Goals is one of the most important challenges facing the world, as hosts of G20 Summit in November 2020, we are determined to ensure sustainability through an agenda focused on climate change, food security, access to energy and water, and investment in human capital.

We look forward to India’s continued partnership. Saudi Arabia has valued India as a close friend and valuable strategic partner. Our dynamic cultural, economic and political partnership is based on mutual respect and shared interests.

There are nearly 3 million Indians who live and work in Saudi Arabia and their contribution in the development of the Kingdom has been significant. Our newly announced residency permit scheme for qualified international expatriates will further attract global entrepreneurs, innovators and investors from India and across the world.

The visit of HRH Crown Prince Mohamm