3 Oct 2016 | GS3 | Despite radical organisations coming up all over the world, Indian youth have largely stayed away. What could be the reasons for this? Is the internet leading to a reversal of this trend?

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Despite radical organisations coming up all over the world, Indian youth have largely stayed away. What could be the reasons for this? Is the internet leading to a reversal of this trend?

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Despite India’s location being close to the South West Asia, radical organisations like ISIS and Al Qaeda are yet to gain a stronghold in India as :-
1. Collectivist society results in less anonymity and isolation
2. Democracy which provides freedom to voice opinions – therefore, there is no need to take extreme steps to be heard
3. Multi-cultural society leads to inbuilt tolerance and respect in our ethos
4. Checks and balances within the society – due to different ideologies and world views existing in India due to tremendous diversity – dogmatic views are quick to be targeted.

Internet is changing this trend as:-

1. Culture of individualism is leading to isolation from peers and family
2. Living a virtual life of anonymity where the deepest darkest desires may be fulfilled without anyone knowing
3. gradual dogmatisation possible by targeting frustrated youth with click baits that later lead to more and more radicalisation – clicking a link requires far less effort than visiting a place to try out something new
4. technology has made it possible to target people from a country without physical presence
5. Moreover, it is difficult to keep a check on the online activities by the security establishment

The presence of sleeper cells in a state like Kerala, shows how terror is right at our doorstep. Measures like beat policing, strengthening intelligence agencies, NATGRID, CERT-IN, de-radicalisation programs with the help of clerics are needed to effectively tackle this.

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