Moscow terror attack full of ramifications for South Asia and India in particular

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 23, 2024 IST

 Moscow

Arun Joshi

The Moscow terror attack  Friday killing 60 people  and wounding  scores of others is not  an isolated incident confined to Russia , it has its global ramifications , in particular in South Asia where the perpetrators of the heinous crime  are based . The Islamic State -Khorasan , which claimed the responsibility for the atrocities in the Music Concert Hall in Moscow is based in Afghanistan , rivalling the ruling Taliban .

As the initial reports from Moscow have suggested that the men in combat dresses stormed into the hall  spraying bullets , killing  unsuspecting music lovers of all ages , including children , it  becomes clear that the terrorists had all this in their mind when they executed their act of terror. This is a dangerous thing , though it is known that terrorists rarely think of women and children .

There are world-wide ramifications, and the reasons are not far to seek . First  because it is the deadliest terror attack in the world in 2024 , which seeks to convey that terrorists have the audacity to strike anywhere with deadly effect . The  rest of the world cannot remain  unconcerned  as such attacks demonstrate the potential of terror groups to mount terror assaults at places of their choices . They have conveyed the message of their immense reach and resources and the people they targeted .

Moscow is the capital city of Russia , and it has its own position in the world map . Russia  is regarded as one of the most powerful countries in the world, and it has its own counter-terrorism mechanism that it had built to counter terrorism emanating from a rebel province of Chechnya .

Secondly, the ISIS-K is based in Afghanistan , which lies at the crossroads of South and Central Asia.  This group had orchestrated a  horrible terror attack at Kabul airport in  August 2021. More than 100 were killed in that attack . It is also responsible for a huge terror attack  in Iran in which more than 100 people became victims of the assault . that depicts the reach and capacity of this group in  Afghanistan and beyond its borders .

The  Moscow attack have spurred major concerns for India too. As this group has  claimed that it wanted to “ kill  Christians,” underlining its ultra- radical ideology of inflicting as many losses on the non-Muslims and also on the moderate Muslims . this ideology, drawn from  the Islamic  State which created havoc in Syria, Lebanon and other countries in Mid-East. In early 2000s . The ISIS_K is committed to the ideology of violence targeting the non-Muslims, whom it denounces as infidels .

For all the terror groups , whether operating on the ground or behind the curtains of silence , the Moscow terror attack is a morale-booster . It is  reflection of a tendency  to draw strength ,from the acts of terror . And the fact of the  matter  is that from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, there are several Islamic radical groups , some of them with  arms , looking for consolidating their base. The terror attacks instill fear among the people , and that  fear is weaponized by terrorists . This has  been experience of Kashmir where for the past 34 years security forces have been battling terrorists and their ideology. While the physical elimination of terrorists poses a challenge, but the bigger challenge is to neutralize their ideology > The security forces achieved in curbing the physical violence and acts of terror , the ideology has not been fully neutralized . These e attacks inspire these ultra-radicals and can  cause harm to the national security. That is where government of India should relook at its counter-terrorism strategies.

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