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Saif Ali Khan: Intermarriage is not jihad, it is India

By Saif Ali Khan
I am the son of a sportsman, I grew up in England, Bhopal, Pataudi, Delhi and Mumbai, and I am more Indian than any Hindu or Muslim I know because I am both. I wrote this piece not to comment on the masses or the problems of communalism in India and its villages, but because this is an issue that concerns my friends and their families. READ MORE

A Short History of the Kiss in India
By Atish Patel
On a busy street in the southern state of Kerala, a protest spurred by alleged harassment from hardline Hindus will see couples gather to do something Indians very rarely do in public: kiss. READ MORE

Count-Down To Indian Army Landing In Kashmir
 By Abdul Majid Zargar
Whatever might have been Hari Singh’s earlier inclination regarding future dispensation of Kashmir, there is now abundant & credible evidence to suggest that following Gandhi’s personal visit to Kashmir and Poonch agrarian uprising on oppressive Tax system , he decided by the end of August 1947 to join India and was waiting only for an auspicious occasion to do so. READ MORE

Relevance of Sir Syed’s Philosophy For Indian Muslims Today
By Dr. Faiza Abbasi
Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan is to be remembered by the people of India as a person who wanted education to be away from political dogma and by the world wide Alig community as someone who never cared about religious, nationalist or cast based differences when it came to improving the quality of education. READ MORE

Denial Won’t Wish Away “Indian” Racism Against North Easterners
By Samar
This lack of redress to everyday racism is what sustains the discriminations against the North Easterners, citizens of India lest one forgets, and paves way for once in a while serious attacks that reaches the media. Till the state ensures that the community feels confident enough to report everyday violations and perpetrators get prosecuted the vicious cycle of violence will not stop. Racism is a serious crime not something to wish away by going in denial. Hope that begins with the justice to T Michael Lamjathang Haokip and his friends attacked in Bangalore.
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But We Are Friends… Racism Against Africans In India
By Ayodeji Aiyesimoju
The common Indian perspective of Nigerians and Africans at large formed by the media has been quite sensational making the black race look so terrible and causing a sense of justification to the good people of Incredible India to mete out any form of hostility against these black skinned people. The Nigerian High Commission in India puts the number of its nationals residing in India at about fifty thousand. It is unimaginable that such a number of people wake up to the fear of hostilities the day may have in store for them. READ MORE

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NSA sees large network behind Bardhaman blast: On the eve of his visit to Burdwan Blast site in West Bengal, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval said that there appeared to be a large network of the banned group (JMB) that the investigators were working to unravel, reports The Hindu on October 26. He said that both Indian and Bangladeshi Governments were working in close coordination in the fight against terrorism. "Both the countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations and we have been working together," he added. Ajit Doval is expected to visit the blast site in Burdwan and meet Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee on October 27. The Hindu, October 26, 2014.

National Investigation Agency report reveals details of Maoist planning of the May 25, 2013 Darbha valley attack on Congress Convoy in Chhattisgarh: A three-month long conspiracy culminated into the meticulously planned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) attack, which was rehearsed over six days, on the convoy of senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh on May 25 in 2013, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has concluded after conducting a probe for nearly 16 months. The report was submitted in a court in Bilaspur on September 23 and said the Maoists celebrated with a "macabre dance of death" on the spot after killing Karma. Economic Times, October 24, 2014.

India is capable enough to deal with al Qaeda and ISIS threat, says NSA Ajit Doval: National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval on October 21 said that there is no threat from either al Qaeda or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of a magnitude which the country cannot deal with as security agencies were keeping a "very close watch". Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in New Delhi Doval said that "There is nothing as big or small terrorism. It is not on the basis of geography, but on the basis of groups, it is on the basis of capabilities and tactics. Any group, about whom we have information that has the capability and intention to strike against would be our biggest targets." Sahara Samay, October 22, 2014.

JMB trains Assamese men to carry out terror attacks, says Assam DGP Khagen Sarma: Director General of Police (DGP), Assam, Khagen Sarma on October 21 said that Assamese youths who were arrested in connection with the Burdwan blast (West Bengal) have undergone a training under the Islamic terror network Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to carry out terror attacks. He said that "We have received information against some youths who have been visiting Bangladesh for getting the training under the Islamic terror networks such as the JMB to carry out terror attacks." Morung Express, October 22, 2014.

NIA team probing the Burdwan blast case faces threat from subversive elements, says report: Specific intelligence reports reaching the Centre suggest that the National Investigation Agency (NIA)'s team probing the Burdwan blast case is facing a serious threat from subversive elements. According to the sources, even though the NIA team has been provided adequate security cover by para-military and local Police, the high threat perception shows that the Burdwan terror module had probably managed to establish a good network within the state (West Bengal) and subversive elements may want to prevent security agencies from busting the entire module. Deccan Chronicle, October 22, 2014.

Al Qaeda plans to attack on oil shipments of India and Western countries: After its near successful hijack bid of PNS Zulfiqar- a missile-equipped warship of Pakistan at Karachi last month, the global terrorist outfit al Qaeda, in the latest issue of its online propaganda magazine 'Resurgence', has revealed terror plot for attack on oil shipments passing through Strait of Hormuz and other key choke points in Turkish straits. Most of the oil shipments passing through the Straits of Hormuz are bound for Japan, India and China. New Indian Express, October 21, 2014.

Burdwan module planned to make West Bengal a terror hub, says NIA Report: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is investigating the Burdwan blast case, in a preliminary report submitted to the Central Government said that there was a conspiracy by the Burdwan terror module to convert West Bengal into a major terror hub over the next few months to carryout subversive activities in different parts of the country. The NIA along with Central intelligence agencies is investigating the matter which is suspected to have international ramifications also. Asian Age, October 18, 2014.

Central Government to use "national power" against Maoists: The Central Government will use any element of its "national power" against the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) under a new policy to deal with the extremists and not hold peace talks with them till they renounce violence and express faith in democracy. This strategy has been envisaged in the policy formulated by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government to combat Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) and circulated to all the nine Maoist-affected States. Zee India, October 17, 2014.

NSG director warns of 'multi-city, multiple' attack on India by al Qaeda and ISIS: National Security Guard (NSG) director general J N Choudhury on October 16 warned of the possibility of global jihadi outfits al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) joining hands to launch "multi-city, multiple attacks" in India. Speaking to the news reporters on the occasion of NSG's 30th Raising Day in Manesar near Gurgaon (Haryana), Choudhury said, "Now that they (al Qaeda) have declared an intention to attack India, they might combine with outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), ISIS and Indian Mujahideen (IM)."Times of India, October 17, 2014.

Indian Railways to recruit 17,000 Constables to counter CPI-Maoist threat, says Union Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda: The Union Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on October 16 said fresh recruitment would be made in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to deal with the attacks by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist). "The railway department is planning to recruit 17,000 constables, including 4,000 women, as safety and security is its topmost priority," Gowda said in reply to a query that Maoists have been targeting railway properties. Zee India, October 17, 2014.

Waving of ISIS flag in Kashmir valley worries, says Army: The most senior military officer in Kashmir valley on October 15 warned that the waving of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flags in Kashmir was a matter of grave concern and the security establishment needed to take note of it at the highest level. The warning came a day after Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister (CM) Omar Abdullah dismissed the incident as "an act of some idiots". General officer commanding the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, said ISIS had the ability to attract a large number of volunteers and it was a cause of worry. Times of India, October 17, 2014.

Chats between IM members reveal the emergence of a new terror module under the leadership of 'Bengali': A series of Internet chats between key members of Indian Mujahideen (IM) based in India and Pakistan provided leads as early as July 2013 to the emergence of new terror modules with links to West Bengal, Assam and Bangladesh, and a branch leader identified only as "Bengali". The transcripts of some of these chats, unearthed last year by National Investigation Agency (NIA) reveal that the ground had been laid in 2013 to launch terror operations under the leadership of "Bengali". Indian Express, October 16, 2014.

Assam faces bigger threat from jihadi elements, says CM Tarun Gogoi: Assam Chief Minister (CM) Tarun Gogoi on October 15 said that his state is more vulnerable to threats from the jihadi elements than Jammu& Kashmir (J&K). Gogoi said "They (jihadi elements) have for long been trying to set up bases here and I had once told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Assam is more dangerous than Kashmir when it comes to the threat from them." "Fundamentalist elements and extremists are all dangerous. Not just the fundamentalist elements, we also have threats from the ULFA (United Liberation Front of Assam) and the NDFB (National Democratic Front of Bodoland)," he added. New Indian Express, October 16, 2014.

Al Qaeda planning to attack India this month (October 2014), say officials: Top officials with access to intelligence inputs have warned that al Qaeda has apparently joined hands with Indian terror outfits like the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) to plan a series of bombings in the country during the festival season. The two groups were found to have joined forces when investigators discovered their roles in the recent Burdwan (West Bengal) and Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh) blasts. Deccan Hearald, October 14, 2014.

Hardly any Indian Muslim indulges in terrorism, says President Pranab Mukherjee: Asserting that the problem of terrorism in India was imported, President Pranab Mukherjee on October 13 said that indigenous terrorist activity was "extremely negligible" with hardly any involvement of the 150 million Muslims of the country. "Of course there may be one or two out of hundred fifty million but all of these are imported. These are coming from outside. Indigenous terrorist activity in India is extremely negligible and whenever such signs are visible we take appropriate steps," he said in an interview in Oslo ahead of his two-day visit to Norway. Times of India, October 14, 2014.

Maoist-hit regions report less violence, says MHA report: According to the latest data available with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) violence in Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-affected States is continuing its downward trend of the last five years. "This year, till September 30, we have got reports of 834 incidents and 241 deaths. Last year for the same period, 288 deaths were reported," said an MHA official. Under the new anti-Maoist strategy, the government is focusing on development with an initiative to create developmental hubs in the worst affected areas.. Hindustan Times, October 13, 2014.

Indian Navy sounds alert on terror from sea: The Indian Navy has placed warships on high alert for terrorist attacks on the high seas following last month's near successful hijacking of a Pakistani missile frigate in Karachi. The preparations come amidst new revelations that al Qaeda's Indian subcontinent wing (Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent [AQIS]) had attempted to hijack the Pakistani missile frigate PNS Aslat to attack Indian warships. The sources said that naval commanders had been asked to watch for unusual movements by Pakistani warships operating in the Indian Ocean, and also to guard against strikes involving fishing boats rigged with explosives. Indian Express, October 10, 2014.

Hackers from India, Pakistan in full-blown online war: A full-blown hacking and defacement war has erupted in the cyberspace as on October 9 over a dozen Indian and Pakistani websites were defaced by hackers from either side. The website of the Press Club of India (PCI) in the capital was hacked and defaced, with the hackers' message on the website's home page claiming Pakistani origin. A hacker group calling itself "Indian Hackers Online Squad" hacked and defaced the website of the Pakistan's main opposition party, Pakistan People's Party (PPP), www.ppp.org.pk on October 8, with one "Bl@k Dr@gon" claiming credit. Times of India, October 10, 2014.

Al Qaeda to use SIMI to target India, says IB: Intelligence agencies have warned the Centre that there is credible information to suggest that al Qaeda has already initiated a move to rope in the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) to spread its network in the country. According to a classified note sent by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to key agencies and some Union ministries, there is credible information that the al Qaeda was trying to establish contact with top leaders of SIMI. Deccan Chronicle, October 9, 2014.

2,000 militants waiting to infiltrate, says Army: More than 2,000 terrorists are waiting across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to infiltrate into the Indian Territory, according to Army estimates. There are more than 2,000 terrorists hiding on the other side and are getting trained in the 20 terrorist camps there, Army sources said in New Delhi on October 7. The Army troops and other border guarding forces are keeping an eye on the situation and maintaining extra vigil to thwart any attempts by the terrorists to sneak into the Indian side, they said. Daily Excelsior, October 8, 2014.

2,000 militants waiting to infiltrate, says Army: More than 2,000 terrorists are waiting across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to infiltrate into the Indian Territory, according to Army estimates. There are more than 2,000 terrorists hiding on the other side and are getting trained in the 20 terrorist camps there, Army sources said in New Delhi on October 7. The Army troops and other border guarding forces are keeping an eye on the situation and maintaining extra vigil to thwart any attempts by the terrorists to sneak into the Indian side, they said. Daily Excelsior, October 8, 2014.

Pakistan plans terror attack on Delhi, warns Central intelligence agencies: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) and other Central intelligence agencies have warned that Pakistan has prepared terror plots to target India's hinterland in the festive season, and a large consignment of arms and ammunition has been sent to the Delhi- National Capital Region (NCR) area. The IB added that the terror module meant to handle this cache is also headed here from Karachi, Pakistan. Deccan Chronicle, October 7, 2014.

Al Qaeda launches terror module to recruit jihadis: Sources in the central intelligence agency said that al Qaeda, which recently announced an Indian wing Qaedat-al-Jihad, to carry out terrorist activities, has launched a module to recruit jihadis. The analysis of chatters between terrorists based in Pakistan reveals that an al Qaeda terrorist has been given the responsibility of Uttar Pradesh and he is said to be operating independently. This shocking revelation has strengthened the agencies' assessment that after crackdown on the Indian Mujahideen (IM), Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and al Qaeda are looking beyond the IM to run terror operation. Indian Express, October 7, 2014.

Two militants killed in Bardhaman in West Bengal while making bombs: Two militants were killed and another sustained injuries when a bomb exploded accicdetly while the militants were engaged in bomb making at a house in the Khagragah area of Bardhaman District on October 2. The deceased militants were identified as Shakil Ahmed and Sovon Mondal. The injured militant has been identified as Hasan Saheb. Shakil's wife Gulsona Bibi alias Rajia Bibi (24) and another woman, Alima alias Amina Bibi were arrested after the blast. Another suspect, Hasm Mollah, was arrested from Purbasthali in Bardhaman on October 5. The outfit involved in the incident has not been identified yet. Times of India, October 6, 2014.

AuT pledges allegiance to IS: Ansar-ut-Tawheed (AuT), an ultra-religious offshoot of banned Indian Mujahideen (IM), has pledged allegiance to the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) and its self-styled caliph Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi threatening major attacks in India. In a video released through its official media outlet, AuT's ideologue and chief Abdul Rehman Nadvi Al-Hindi announced the group's decision of getting under the IS umbrella. Nadvi, in the video, alleged United States (US), India, Saudi Arabia, Australia, France, Canada and a few other countries were forming an axis of evil. Vowing to create Islamic State in India, Nadvi said: "The Ummah (community) could not afford to lose this battle, as it will mean subjugation forever." Nadvi is believed to be leading the pack of old IM leaders, mostly from Azamgarh District of Uttar Pradesh, who had moved to Pakistan after the Batla House encounter in Delhi. AuT is in its nascent stage and has evolved under Tehreek-e-Taliban, Pakistan, focusing primarily on waging jihad in India. It is the fourth group in Southeast Asia after Abu Sayyaf group of Philippines, Jamaah Islamiyyah of Indonesia and Al-Tawheed Batallion of Afghanistan-Pakistan region, to have given allegiance to the IS. Hindustan Times, October 5, 2014.

Maoists plan new war front in Sahyadri region: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), at an international conference - International Conference in Solidarity with the people's war in India - in Milan in Italy held on September 27 and 28, is reported to have said that it is planning opening up a new war front in the Sahyadri (Western Ghats) border region of Karnataka-Kerala-Tamil Nadu. Intelligence agencies attribute the 15-page message from the CPI-Maoist to efforts at garnering support in European countries in spite of New Delhi's caution. The Hindu, October 1, 2014.

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