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Internet ubiquity and cybersecurity are two sides of the same coin. The rising number of internet users in India—which crossed 400 million this year—has been accompanied by growing cyber crimes, resulting in a 19-fold increase over the last 10 years, according to a report by IndiaSpend. Against this backdrop, the imperative for cybersecurity has never been more than now.

 
 

The Islam-o-fascists, who originated in Arabia, not only outrightly reject any talk of diversity in the world but also within Islam. Islam originated in Arabia with its holy book in Arabic but spread to different parts of the world because as a religion it adapted itself to different environments and geographical realities. 

 

Coming in such quick succession, the Orlando (June 12), Dhaka (July 1-2) and Nice (July 14) terror attacks should confound even the most knowledgeable and further solidify the widely prevalent distrust of law enforcement’s ability to prevent further carnage. While the offenders in Orlando and Nice are said to have had psychiatric problems, there is no such report on the five involved in the Dhaka carnage. 

 

The recent wave of violence and arrest of large number of IS sympathisers  in the subcontinent show that Muslim youth across all strata of society and level of education are getting drawn to the dangerous path of jihad and Islamic terrorism. 

 
 

The jihadist attack in Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery, a posh café and restaurant next to a tranquil lake frequented mostly by expats looking for French croissants and Manhattan-style brunches, where at least 28 people were butchered on July 1-2, left intelligence experts and many others stupefied, flummoxed over the cruelty shown by a small group of youngsters armed with semi-automatic weapons and improvised grenades. Former CIA officer-turned-academic Paul R. Pillar has observed that terrorists everywhere almost always target non-combatants: “people who cannot defend themselves with violence in return”.

 
 

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is once again in the eye of the storm following the recent Supreme Court ruling by Justice Madan Lokur and Justice UU Lalit on alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur. The ruling though may lead to an unintended situation the honourable justices may never have imagined.

 
 

As the strategically important Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives continues its descent into political anarchy with democratic institutions facing an unabated onslaught under the authoritarian regime of President Abdulla Yameen, India can no longer afford to be a mere spectator.

 
 

Words are the new weapons, satellites the new artillery… Ceasar had his officers, Napoleon had his armies. I have my divisions: TV, news, magazines,” were the telling words of Elliot Carver, a media baron and arch villain in the movie ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, to James Bond.

 
 

The ‘green crescent’ on the map of Asia, which begins directly from under the Black Sea and till recently ended in the Kashmir valley, poses the single greatest threat to the Indian deep state.

 
 

India is unlikely destination, but intel agencies must keep guard

 


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