Imagine you are shopping in Paalika Bazaar, Delhi. Or you are travelling in a crowded suburban train in Mumbai. Or you are having dinner in a fancy, 5-star restaurant in Bangalore.
Suddenly there is a massive explosion. The air is filled with the screams of the dying as body parts lie strewn all around. There is complete mayhem and nobody has a clue about the perpetrators who are now either dead or have melted into the crowd. Within minutes, the news channels go into overdrive, tallying the body count and playing Sherlock Holmes. It is just another day in the annals of global terrorism.
Global terrorism is here to stay whether we like it or not. Almost every country has been the victim of a terrorist attack at some point in time. There have been terrorist groups throughout history. Terrorism usually targets innocent people who may have no axe to grind with the terrorists.
In England, there was the IRA. In Srilanka, the Tamil separatist group, the LTTE, has been active for many years. It was an LTTE suicide bomber who killed Rajiv Gandhi, the son of former Indian PM Indira Gandhi, and an ex-Prime Minister himself. There is terrorism in Africa and the Balkans as well.
Terrorism has been practiced by all kinds of political organizations. They include right- wing and left-wing political parties, nationalistic groups, religious groups, revolutionaries, and ruling governments. The Jacobins’ Reign of Terror during the French Revolution was an example of government-sponsored terrorism. In modern times, the reign of Idi Amin in Uganda could also be described as a reign of terror.
Militant Islam is one of the most dangerous breeding grounds for terror in this century. Groups like the Al Qaeda, the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban are known for their ghastly terror attacks on countries like the US, India, the UK, etc. The very name of Osama bin laden strikes fear in the hearts of Americans. The Al Qaeda is supposed to have masterminded the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
India is no stranger to terrorism either. The Kashmir problem has led Pakistani terrorists or jihadists as they call themselves to target India intermittently. The most recent incident…