Terrorism: Threat to humanity
Dar Shahid Hussain
Terrorism is a term that refers to any radical activity. As a group, terrorists take their actions to frighten the people and disorder the society, in whole. Terrorism can also be described as a political faction that deals with terror, fear and violence as a means to achieve its goal. It is one of the leading and most devastating global problems and it is a complex phenomenon that existed before it became an international issue. It starts with a series of irrational thoughts and beliefs that cause profound emotions, such as resentment, hatred, retribution, and so on. This results in terrorists acts such as attacks or bombing.
The damage done by terrorism activities is so significant that the people in charge of protecting the state have to become more diligent when dealing with it. With regard to India, it has immensely affected as well. The reasons for terrorism in India may vary vastly from religious cause and other things like poverty, unemployment and under development etc. People in India are facing a lot from last many years on account of terrorism, which has been also quoted by the Prime Minister in his monthly Mann ki Baat radio show that thousands of our innocent people have lost their lives, and it has now turned into a global threat.
Some years before when India raised its voice against it and its severe consequences, the world was not ready to take it seriously. But now as it is knocking at their doors, every nation in the world, which believe in humanity, governments with faith in democracy are considering it as one of the biggest challenges to the world peace.
To quote Prime Minister again who vehemently called it as a threat to humanity across the globe. Terrorism has challenged humanity and it is hell bent upon destroying humanitarian forces.
It is a persistent global threat that knows no border, nationality or religion, and is a challenge that the international community must tackle together. Nations need to come together to fight this menace once for all to establish and maintain peace and harmony across the world, so that the basic human rights can be made possible for the general masses. They need to work on counter-terrorism, on improving awareness of the threat, developing capabilities to prepare and respond, and enhancing engagement with partner countries and other international actors.
The Road Ahead
Terrorism does not only kill people but it kills and destroys the dreams and aspirations they hold. It raises the concern of a nation towards the fundamentals and essentialities which are pre requisite for a welfare state. Therefore, every state must focus on education so that youngsters came to know about the worse impact of terrorist activities. It should also concern about the eradication of poverty so that people will not be easily manipulated on materialistic gains.
Over the past ten years we have seen states trying a variety of approaches to reduce the chance of terrorists having their way. Off course, alliances and cooperation of nations will help in this regard but breaking down institutional barriers and building trust between competing agencies as well as across borders takes time. Therefore, working with bilateral and multilateral agencies that can share their expertise with countries in need of technical assistance, offer support in terms of educational programmes, aim to build tolerance in communities and harmonize the relations of the people across borders.
I am optimistic about what we can accomplish together as nation and people of the world over the next some years. Working collectively can significantly reduce the number of attacks and victims and hopefully one day eliminate the global threat once for all.
(The author is a research scholar and can be reached at email@example.com)