Press Esc to close

'Drones alone cannot deal with terrorism'

Zulfikar Majid, Aligarh, Nov 10, 2012, DHNS:: 1:04 IST
There is a need to revisit narratives and discourses of terrorism to effectively deal with the menace as drone attacks alone can’t address the issue, suggested Commodore (retd) C Uday Bhaskar, one of the country’s leading experts and outspoken critics on security and strategic affairs.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day seminar on “Terrorism in South Asia: Issues and Challenges,” organised by the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) here, Bhaskar said: “Though military can contain terrorism for some time, we need an equivalent of a multi-disciplinary approach also. More effective way is to go back to the roots and revisit narratives and discourses of terrorism.”On the Kashmir issue, the former commodore said “socio-political process has to hit that level where issues will be solved in a peaceful manner,” adding that due to external dimensions of the Kashmir issue, the Army can’t be called back from the Valley at this juncture.“No Army wants to remain stationed in civilian areas for long. It is a compulsion for the Army to remain in Kashmir,” he said.

Vice-Chancellor, AMU, Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah spoke about the root causes of terrorism and its remedies. “Terrorism doesn’t develop in a vacuum and it doesn’t erupt suddenly. Despair, alienation and illiteracy are the root causes of it and they have to be addressed,” he said. “Answer to all issues of the Muslims in the country is education.”

On reservation for the Muslims, he said: “It is a short term solution, though it is welcome.” However, he cautioned that reservation always has a backlash. “Reservation can generate backlash from the majority community and we don’t want that.”“The Muslims have suffered the most at the hands of terrorists,” Shah added.

Go to Top

More from this section
Photo Gallery
An electricity board worker installs a new line for the upcoming Magh Mela festival at Sangam...

An electricity board worker installs a new line for the upcoming Magh Mela festival at Sangam...

An Indian paramilitary soldier marches past the MI-8 helicopter during its phasing out ceremony...

An Indian paramilitary soldier marches past the MI-8 helicopter during its phasing out ceremony...

Transgenders society members during a protest against 'TG Bill 2016' at Parliament Street...

Transgenders society members during a protest against 'TG Bill 2016' at Parliament Street...

Protestors burn posters of U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest, organised by...

Protestors burn posters of U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest, organised by...

A man walks past the Coronation Pillar at a park in north-west Delhi that marks the iconic...

A man walks past the Coronation Pillar at a park in north-west Delhi that marks the iconic...

A laptop bag made out of cement by Indian artist Somesh Singh exhibited at the Craft Beton...

A laptop bag made out of cement by Indian artist Somesh Singh exhibited at the Craft Beton...

A view of snow covered mountains of Kashmir valley which caused due to recent heavy snowfall...

A view of snow covered mountains of Kashmir valley which caused due to recent heavy snowfall...

Snow covered mountains of Pir Panjal range seen in the backdrop of Chamera Lake in Chamba on Sunday.

Snow covered mountains of Pir Panjal range seen in the backdrop of Chamera Lake in Chamba on Sunday.

A view of the Gomateshwara statue of Shravanabelagola in Karnataka. A scaffolding and visitors...

A view of the Gomateshwara statue of Shravanabelagola in Karnataka. A scaffolding and visitors...

A view of the illuminated Takhat Shri Harmandir Saheb Gurdwara to mark of 350th Prakash Parv...

A view of the illuminated Takhat Shri Harmandir Saheb Gurdwara to mark of 350th Prakash Parv...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.