On October 27th, 2016, the Ivan Allen College Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP) and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) jointly hosted Nagesh Singh, the consul general of India stationed in Atlanta, Georgia.
Singh discussed India’s strategy for combating the global threat of terrorism and how his country is cooperating with nations around the world in this endeavor.
Singh began his talk by framing India’s unique challenges dealing with asymmetric warfare and terrorism and brought attention to the incredible diversity present India. He remarked that within such a “mosaic of society”, “fault lines” can cause tensions that lead to violence. In fact, India’s first exposure to terrorism came shortly after World War II, and in the years since has taken different forms such as left-wing extremists, ethno-political conflicts, and Islamist terrorism.
He was quick to point out that the rate of extremism is miniscule among the nearly 180 million Muslim citizens living in India, stating that acts of terrorism often have multiple causes. In India, the profile of a terrorist is difficult to define, and it is impossible to single out one stereotype that is predisposed towards violent extremism.
Singh stressed that it is important not to demonize any one community or faith, and he feels that this attitude, as well as partnerships with other countries, will help counter this worldwide threat. He concluded by expressing his desire for continued cooperation with nations like the United States in combating extremism.