‘West using radical Islam card' - Russian and Indian Think Tanks

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  1. ejazr

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    ‘West using radical Islam card'

    This has been highlighted in a recent publication, ‘Radical Islam', the result of a collaborative venture by Indian and Russian scholars.

    The West is using radical Islam as a tool in geopolitical games for dominance, Indian and Russian scholars have said in a unique collaborative project presented in Moscow this week.

    The project, “Radical Islam”, a 480-page collection of papers prepared by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi, and the Experimental Creative Centre (ECC), Moscow, was unveiled at a press conference in Moscow.

    Edited by Sergei Kurginyan, ECC president, and Vikram Sood, vice-president, ORF, Centre for International Studies, it offers a fresh perspective on radicalisation of Islam, placing it in a wider geopolitical and philosophical framework. It examines the roots, the contexts and manifestations of radicalism in Islam, as well as activities of Islamists in South Asia, Central Asia, Iran, the Middle East, Europe and the former Soviet Union.

    Presenting their joint study, Indian and Russian scholars noted the West's role in playing the card of radical Islam.
    ‘A factor since Partition'

    “The West has been using religion and religious violence to promote separatism since the partition of India,” said Ambassador M. Rasgotra, President, ORF, Centre for International Relations. “The British were the first to do it in India, then the Americans learnt the trick. They incited jihad in Afghanistan, stirred separatism to break-up the Soviet Union and tried to tear Chechnya from post-Soviet Russia.”

    Dr. Kurginyan said that Russia still faced the danger of the West trying to re-enact the “Afghan scenario,” when radical Islam was used to provoke instability. He recalled that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had cultivated and financed Islamic radicals in Afghanistan to drag the Soviet Union militarily into civil strife in that country in 1979.

    One of the Russian contributions in the book analyses the U.S.' “deepening alliance with Islamism” along the vast southern “arc of instability” stretching from Northern Africa to the Chinese border. This strategy included the overthrow of the Shah of Iran, the arming of the Afghan Mujahideen, the support of Muslim radicals in former Yugoslavia, cultivation of “moderate” Islamists in the Middle East, and finally, “the new alliance with Pakistan” to reintegrate the Taliban into the political mainstream in Afghanistan. The scholars noted the special importance of the Indian and Russian perspectives on Islam as it differed greatly from the Western perspective. “The West tends to look at Islam in black-and-white, while Indian and Russian researchers look at it in [a] multiplicity of identities, discourses and ideas,” Mr. Sanjoy Joshi, ORF said.

    “Islam has been [a] part of life both in India and Russia for centuries, whereas the West in those same centuries was the oppressor of Islam,” Mr. Rasgotra said, adding that India and Russia had much to gain from sharing their experiences in handling the problem of radical Islam.

    “The nature of the problem is the same, even as its manifestations may be different. Your experience is relevant to us and our experience is relevant to you,” he stressed.

    Dr. Kurginyan hailed the project on as a “revival of scholarly cooperation” between the two countries. “I've never seen such a meeting of minds between researchers from different countries as in this Indo-Russian project.”

    “Radical Islam” has been brought out in Russian and its English edition is to be published in India. The editors said the ORF and ECC, planned to undertake further studies of Islam and other issues of mutual interest.
     
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  3. bhramos

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    hi boss provide link please.....
    thats always true. even in India since partition.
     
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    The research paper however fails to highlight the problem that radical Islam has been proving for both India and Russia, something that is conveniently forgotten in here. West might have been an oppressor but that gives radical Islam no right to be a problem for non-Muslims of either India or Russia. So how moved should we be now when West is cleaning house for us? I think not one bit and this is the best opportunity to get back with vengeance against a form of radicalism that has cost thousands of lives in the sub-continent as well as Russian Caucasus.

    Russia has been smart in tackling jihadism in which the Bear has crushed the fight out of Chechnya, something which our government has failed to replicate. We need to stop doing lip service and start focusing on serious training sessions in counter terror from FSB and GRU who have successfully crushed jihadism from Caucasus and reduced it to the levels of pickpockets.
     
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    ^^^Wow you completely missed the point.

    The basic premise is that radical Islam is NOT as a big a problem as its made out to be. And that the only reason it did become as big as it did was because that western countries have USED it as a pretext for sepratism and fighting communist countries and in particular USSR. Readup on the history of the Chechenya conflict which is almost 100+ years old. It had no Islamic colour until the late 80s only when it was supported to start sepratist movement in the name of Islam. Same goes with Yugoslaivia and Afghanistan.

    You have to make a difference between secular nationlist struggles who happen to be muslims vs movements that use ISlam as ajustification for sepratism. Two completely different things
     
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    The West has used the Islam card also as a way of self preservation, the view in the west is it is better to use radical islam against others than have radical islam target the west like 9/11 and the London subway bombing.
     

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