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Why Tamil Nadu is cradle for the Islamic State in India

OneIndia com By  Vicky Nanjappa Published:July 14 2019, 10:07 [IST]    New Delhi, July 14:  The National Investigation Agency has busted another module in Tamil Nadu, which was propagating on behalf of the Islamic State. The NIA searched the the office and house of What-e-Islam Tamil Nadu leader, Syed Mohammad Bukhari. It may be recalled that in raids conducted last month, the agency had arrested six persons. Representational Image During the raids, the NIA had seized incriminating documents and learnt that they were propagating on behalf of the Islamic State. Further, it was also found that these persons were propagating the ISIS ideology on the social media and were also aiming at recruiting youth in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. NIA busts ISIS backed Ansarulla in Tamil Nadu that tried to set up Islamic rule The accused persons, while being within and beyond India, had conspired and conducted consequent preparations to wage war against the Government of India by forming the terror


Muhammad Amir Rana July 14, 2019 A long the major highways across the country, madressahs, mosques and other big and small structures of various religious denominations are a common sight. From Karachi to Torkham, Islamabad to Gilgit and Peshawar to Kotri, the spread of religious institutions is a visible indication of the religious ethos in the country. But the ?architectural symmetry of madressahs, mosques and religious centres? also points to the presence of religious forces that are at work to create a kind of national cohesion. The main beneficiary of religious institutionalisation is a major segment of the lower income groups. In Punjab, this phenomenon has already significantly transformed social structures, and a similar transformation is also underway in Sindh. Now, not unlike the rest of the country, such structures are increasingly sprouting up along the major highways and inter-district roads in Balochistan. But, the case of Balochistan is a more complex one in many resp

‘Caste as Social Capital’ review: The reality of caste inequalities

REVIEWS ‘Caste as Social Capital’ review: The reality of caste inequalities K. Subramanian 25 MAY 2019 16:49 IST UPDATED: 18 MAY 2019 16:55 IST The Hindu, India      It’s simplistic to revisit the social system and find virtues in the way it works After Independence, eradication of caste became an important area of social policy. It was the fond hope that industrialisation and urbanisation would reduce its hold and pave the way for a more egalitarian and just society. But that didn’t happen. Reputed sociologists like Prof. M.N. Srinivas and Andre Beteille have studied the peculiar nature of caste and its tenacity to persist. Now, rising Hindutva ideology is giving new life to it. There are think-tanks and authors who revisit the caste system and find virtues in it. This book is an attempt to lend support on the basis of later-day theory of social capital. Complex situation The author bases his main argument on the premise that caste is not unique to the Hindu system and exi

What is the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO)? Mehmet Melik Kose , Senior Software Engineer at Cisco (2017-present) Updated May 24, 2017 Fethullah Terror Organisation is the name of a terrorist group which is probably the most sophisticated and large scale one among terrorist groups around the world. They have turkish origins, but they have followers and sympathizers from other nations as well. Some (actually most) of their followers don’t even realize that the group is a terrorist organization. This may sound ridiculous, but let me explain. The group has two separate structures, they are like two sides of a coin. One of these two structures is quite like an NGO, as a matter of fact, more like a web of NGOs that spread around the globe. Their members, or volunteers, are regular people, most of them are religious, believers of Islam, but even that is not a necessity, one may just be influenced from an NGO just because of the cause it

Marvel & mystery

Zarrar Khuhro July 08, 2019 Marvel & mystery I N a rare piece of good news, last week we learnt that France will be returning some 445 relics of the Indus Valley civilisation that were smuggled out of Pakistan over the years and were meant to end up in museums, galleries and private collectors in the West. The network came to light in 2006, when French authorities intercepted a parcel containing terracotta pots claimed to be about 100 years old. On examination, they turned out to be thousands of years older — burial objects likely stolen from Balochistan. The investigation led to a gallery which yielded even older stolen artifacts as old as 6,000 years — belonging to the Mehrgarh civilisation which was a precursor, or perhaps a part of, the larger Indus Valley civilisation . The other piece of good news is that this gives me the opportunity to write about the fascinating Indus Valley civilisation itself. Now, when we usually think of this wonder of the ancient world we think o