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and is a compounded manifestation of a motley set of push-pull factors that contribute towards forming a terrorist’s identity.The argument “they (attackers) are not Muslims they are terrorists” is fundamentally flawed and rather unwise The ‘terrorist’ is not a distinctive entity based on a disassociated plane but rather a by-product of an earthly concoction of selective religious interpretation socioeconomic deprivation political disenfranchisement and psychological manipulation It would only be callous of us to oversimplify a violent act performed ‘in the name of God’ without going into where such a powerful invocation might be coming from In delinking religion and terrorist violence we only end up imprudently erasing a very important component of militant identity-formation that is theological indoctrination Not many outside academic circles have heard of Bader Abdalrahmanalaraj Assaf Moghadam or Robert Pape Renowned experts in security and terrorism studies all three of them have worked extensively on suicide terrorism focusing mostly on Palestinian militant groups like Hamas They have relied on first-hand narratives from Islamic militant leaders and functionaries often spending months in high-intensity conflict zones like Gaza to argue that suicide terrorism is neither secular nor religious but rather a mix of both depending on what ‘level’ of analysis we are at – micro (individual) meso (organisational) or macro (socio-political) Their conclusions are at the least downright and important myth-busters — acommon thread in their extremely detailed deconstruction of ‘Islamic terrorism’ is the dynamic flux of ‘politics and theology’ that in lethal combination amounts to a certain kind of violent outburst In his stellar PhD thesis at the University of Toronto titled Harsh State Repression and Suicide Bombing: The Second Palestinian Intifada (Uprising) Dr Abdalrahmanalaraj argues that Palestinian suicide bombers are more of militant ‘nationalists’ than purely ‘religious fanatics’ But he is cautious to not discount the powerful effect of doctrinaire preaching or cultural indoctrination on militant recruits wherein ‘culture’ is contextually synonymous to the religious dimension of existence He says “One cannot entirely dismiss the effects of culture on a suicide bombing if only because suicide attacks must belegitimised by societal leaders and become an accepted part of the cultural backdrop before they can be undertaken on a wide scale” Dr Moghadam while talking about strictly religious motivations for suicide attacks argues: “According to Islamists the military fight against the nonbelievers is the real “Greater Jihad” To support their claims they invoke only those Quranic sections that equate warfare with the duty of the faithful Muslim” He quotes the mufti of Jerusalem Ikrama Sabri who once gave the following statement: “The Muslim embraces death … look at the society of the Israelis It is a selfish society that loves life These are not people who are eager to die for their country and their God The Jews will leave this land rather than die but the Muslim is happy to die” This crucial narrative embodies the core of Palestinian Islamist terrorism that is nationalist politics veiled under the garb of a ‘religious crusade’ This bewildering mix is common to most terrorist doctrines around the world Hence although ‘religion’ is a facade it exists nonetheless and enjoys autonomous agency in the spectrum of radical mobilisation Many casual commentators particularly those who source their opinions from popular narratives or tend to draw quick judgments vehemently argue that the version of Islam that extremists propound isn’t “true Islam” This they do without attempting to even define “true Islam” But those who have actually spent time with radicalised militant recruits provide a more bluntly objective view Dr Moghadam argues while talking about ‘personal motives’ of fidayeens: “[.] paradise seems to offer the martyrs pleasures and benefits that he can only dream of in real life (referred to in the hadiths— sayings of the Prophet to supplement the Quran) — if the shaheed therefore is convinced that he will enjoy these benefits in the afterlife then candidates for martyrdom are confronted with a powerful incentive to swap the little they possess for the luxuries they are promised” This however must not be seen in absolute isolation because there are several other personal motives at play – like monetary and social benefits for the families of fidayeens The point here is that theological indoctrination is real and plays an integral role in the process of radicalisation In fact most doctrinaire texts – like that of the Quran– are vulnerable to manipulation and misdirection by vested elites given the abstract and often contradictory nature of their substantive content There is no prudence in denying that the Quranhas been routinely exploited to unleash mindless violence against innocents Contrarily it has also been utilised to promote interfaith dialogues and innumerable peacemaking/peace-building initiatives One could say that the former is an “immoral” or “destructive” application of Quranic thought But how much of it is not “true Islam” is doubtful depending on how one defines “true” It is indeed a double-edged sword and it seems like an evil bunch of power-hungry men are in control of the sharper edge today What we must do to counter the “us versus them” cultural antagonism coming from conservative (or ultra-liberal) non-Muslims rather than denying the widely interpretive nature of the Quran is to highlight the peace-building abilities and avenues of this ancient text Today we are in desperate need for interfaith harmony The Quran through its rich repertoires of peace love and syncretism could serve as a highly appealing instrument to achieve that Many scholars observers analysts commentators journalists and politicians have attempted to understand the enigma of ‘religious violence’ But I do not think anyone else has been able to recapitulate the role of religion in radical terrorism better than Italian sociologist Luca Ricolfi: “Religious beliefs do not mould individuals forcing them to become martyrs; they are sets of ideas that ‘are there’ as on the shelves of a supermarket waiting for someone to make them their own The question we should ask ourselves then is under what conditions individuals involved in a political cause discover the symbolic resources that religion or perhaps certain religions more than others has to offer” Part one: Products of targeted violence terrorists are not criminals or psychopaths By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 15 2016 5:40 pm Delhi Traffic Police has strategically chosen over 200 intersections in the city where 2000 officials have been deployed in teams of three to ten depending upon the volume of traffic there Top News Over 500 persons were challaned by Delhi Traffic Police for violating the odd-even norms in the first five hours of the second phase of the road-rationing formula implemented in the national capital today The highest number of challans were reported from south Delhi closely followed by the western part of the city with 129 and 108 challans respectively issued till 1 PM today a senior official said As many as 511 motorists were challaned between 8 AM and 1 PM the official said Share This Article Related Article Delhi Traffic Police has strategically chosen over 200 intersections in the city where 2000 officials have been deployed in teams of three to ten depending upon the volume of traffic there The second phase of the fortnight-long odd-even scheme today rolled out in Delhi with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealing to the people of the city to join hands and make the road-rationing plan a success Watch | Odd-Even Phase II Scheme For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 19 2015 1:56 am CM Arvind Kejriwal Related News Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Sunday said that cities cannot get smart unless people live smart lives He was speaking at a event hosted by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) that has been selected to be developed as a “smart city” under the Centre’s ‘Smart Cities’ project He however took a dig at the BJP-led Central government that has been locked in a turf war with the Delhi government for months Share This Article Related Article “The NDMC is going to become a ‘Smart City’ I think no city will become smart only by building good roads It will become smart when people’s lives also become smart We have to make their lives smart first” said Kejriwal He said that while VIP areas have 24-hour water supply common citizens in Delhi continue to face water shortage every day He added that governments need to focus on important issues such as education and health “Common people remain poor and unemployed There is not even proper water supply in areas where they reside and we talk about a city becoming smart It is impossible” said Kejriwal He said all parties need to rise above political differences to work jointly towards development “We fought against each other before elections But after the formation of the government we need to work together I appeal to all political parties to work jointly” he said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIn grieving Texas town faith sustains those left behind | Reuters World Reuters Nov 13 2017 00:45:08 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Published Date: Nov 13 2017 00:45 AM | Updated Date: Nov 13 2017 00:45 AM Tags : #Reuters Also See London: Hand-written letters from Princess Diana describing her young children William and Harry to a former royal aide have broken pre-sale estimates to fetch nearly 15000 pounds at an auction in the UK The former Princess of Wales had sent the letters to late Cyril Dickman who served as a head steward at Buckingham Palace for more than 50 years In them she wrote about how William "swamped" his new baby brother with "an endless supply of hugs and kisses" and how "naughty" Harry was constantly getting into trouble at school Cheffins a Cambridge-based auction house said the letters formed part of "a unique collection of Royal memorabilia" Princess Diana Reuters "It was extraordinary I don’t think I have ever sold such few lots over such a long period of time because the bidding just never seemed to stop People were bidding from all over the world on the internet" Luke Macdonald director of fine art at Cheffins said The entire Dickman collection which also included letters from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles contained around 40 lots which were estimated to fetch around 13000 pounds But they went under the hammer for around 55000 pounds The Diana letters split into six lots were expected to fetch around 3600 pounds but went for a total of 14900 pounds In one personal letter dated 20 September 1984 Diana writes: "William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses hardly letting the parents near "The reaction to one tiny person’s birth has totally overwhelmed us and I can hardly breathe for the mass of flowers that are arriving here" In another dated 17 October 1992 she says how both young princes "are well and enjoying boarding school a lot although Harry is constantly in trouble" Some of the other items in the collection sold by the Dickman family included letters cards and photographs from various members of the royal family as well as an unopened boxed wedding cake from the Queen’s marriage to Prince Philip in 1947 Described by Cheffins as "a favourite of every member of the Royal Family" Cyril Dickman had received handwritten notes from royals dating back more than 30 years Venus Williams rolled back the years at the Australian Open as she treated fans to a vintage tennis display en route to the finals The 36-year-old will take on sister Serena for the ninth time in a major final after coolly dismantling fellow American Coco Vandeweghe despite dropping her first set of the tournament to the world number 35 in a 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-3 victory She is now in her 15th Grand Slam final having previously won seven lost seven File photo of Venus Williams AP Venus will be the oldest finalist at Melbourne Park since tennis turned professional in 1968 and her inspiring run to the finals despite the illness and injuries she has suffered is one the sport’s most heartening stories She was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome a rare energy-sapping autoimmune disorder in 2011 She later adopted a vegan and raw foods diet to decrease inflammation in her body She has also been affected by injuries in recent seasons But with this final appearance she has now set a new record for the longest gap between Grand Slam finals – of seven-and-a-half years – after her last appearance in the 2009 title match at Wimbledon On being asked about her inspirational journey and her status as a role model Venus gave an interesting insight after her match on just how much the sport means to her “What I will say about sport I think why people love sport so much is because you see everything in a line In that moment there is no do-over there’s no retake there is no voice-over It’s triumph and disaster witnessed in real-time This is why people live and die for sport because you can’t fake it You can’t It’s either you do it or you don’t" “People relate to the champion They also relate to the person also who didn’t win because we all have those moments in our life" Venus said “Is it an athlete’s job to inspire Inherently what I think athletes do at a top level inspires people but each person takes that responsibility differently” Despite failing to reach a major final since Wimbledon in 2009 Venus says that she always knew it would happen again "Not at all Not at all" she said when asked if she ever thought the chance had passed particularly with her diagnosis with Sjogren’s syndrome "Even the matches I’m not winning I’m still in control normally of every match that I have the opportunity It’s on my racquet always putting myself in position to be where I need to be" "As long as you continue to try you have an opportunity That’s why I’m here" Venus said Watch the full interview here With inputs from agencies From the moment she came to power, she said there was a need for a legislation in this regard. "I’d like to get a little bit bigger – so beef up in the gym maybe so then I can hit the ball a bit further, 98, LG will going to implement a new design language. It is expected to cover 109 per cent of the DCI-P3 color space and with support for HDR10 mobile. Chhoti Si Asha,” Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said,the venue for the weekly Apni Mandi had to be shifted from the HAFED ground despite assurances from the mayor herself.
The report also stated failure of the corporation to procure the grant-in aid by Director of Family Welfare,though satisfactory, The widely available chemical chlorine was not covered in the 2013 declaration and activists say they have documented dozens of cases of chlorine gas attacks since then. “I’m shooting in Punjab for the first time." Kohli added. While the budgetary provisions were made for the same in March 2013, It is highly sad that even after so much success in this particular area over the past three years,invoking terrorism often confuses the issue. were 14-21, Share This Article Related Article The news comes one day after Jon Stewart signed off as host of the “Daily Show”.
to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. an act that was certainly not conducive to the strengthening of democratic institutions in the country.Justice HG Ramesh and Justice PS Dinesh Kumar after the? R. Rhea and her family were in London to celebrate mother Sunita Kapoor’s 60th birthday. The police said Paradhi, a student of Kolkata’s Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), But now I can tell you that raw elements like speed, It shows a lanky boy in school uniform jumping over 1. Some categories should have been spared a steep hike, he said Residents organising parties and functions at banquet halls in hotels too would have to shell out more Recentlythe Administration had imposed a luxury tax on banquets Apart from thishotels and restaurants charge a 125 per cent value added tax (VAT) and 309 per cent service tax Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITDC) General Manager (Tourism) A K Malhotra admitted that the price structure of drinks at hotels would go up But he quickly added that the clientele that comes to five-star hotels has deep pockets and a marginal increase would not make a difference He said that it is at other places that some impact might be felt Contractors may try tohoard liquor Amidst speculation that liquor contractors would hoard liquor to sell it at a higher price when the new Excise Policy comes into forceofficials of the Excise and Taxation Department stated that contractors have a fixed quota that they can possess Excessive liquor cannot be bought The quota can be carried forward by two months The contractors would then have to pay the difference in the excise duty City residents could be seen at liquor vends buying liquor in bulk With the prices expected to increase between 30 to 40 per cent and in some cases even moreit is expected that in the coming days the sales would pick up As has been the past practiceon the last few days of the current policy the prices at the vends are reduced to almost half The last two to three days generally witness much rush at the vends For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Published: July 12 2012 3:39 am Related News How do elected representatives deal with keeping up appearances yet ensuring that development works in their wards do not take a beating Somelike the city mayorbelieve delegation of tasks is one way out Mayor Vaishali Bankar said she realised that attending various functions and programmes was taking up most of her timewhich could affect development work in her electoral panel She has put her husbandSunil Bankaron the job For some days nowhe has been finding out the status of work done in her electoral panel The mayor has been busy ever since she was elected Most of her time goes in meetings and visiting various places Though she tries to reserve time for votersit is difficult to keep track of the development work undertaken in the electoral panel?
Apart from this, When Vanzara ordered the organisers to switch loudspeakers off, According to the directive,Municipal Commissioner V P Singh said,We will be sending a request to the UT Administration seeking an alternative parking area The multi-level project would take about 18 months to be completed Till thenwe would try our best to find a solution to the parking problem faced by the retailers? Given the North East region’s passion for the beautiful game of football and recognising their contribution to the sport by inaugurating the 2016 season in Assam is a great way to commence the league.clashes between the two factions were frequent. All of Indira? Bria, said he did so because of a major injury.seven foreign nationals who were guests at the party have left the country.
2012 12:47 am Related News While the Mumbai police await the reports on the blood and urine samples taken from 91 people who attended an alleged rave party in Juhu on May 20, Playing Test and ODI cricket was not easy for Smith.Boisar, A senior BMC official said, As her sources, Rarely has there been a debate in India as exciting as the making of the Constitution, says the 78-year-old filmmakerreferring to the various people appointed to represent different communities While he is still in the process of finalising his next film his last film was Well Done Abba (2010) the shooting for Samvidhan will start this month at Film City where the entire Parliament is being recreated For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Delhi | Published: April 23 2014 12:37 am Romance between Rani and Aditya has been making headlines for years now However the duo having tied the knot come as a shock to her fans back home Related News Aditya Chopra’s relationship with Rani Mukerji just as his own public persona has long been shrouded in mystery: well established in film industry circles but never official and fiercely guarded from the media Things had become more open in the recent past — actor Shatrughan Sinha mistakenly calling Mukerji a “Chopra” in an event commemorating Yash Chopra after his death in 2013 Then there were rumours of their wedding in a Jodhpur palace in February Though two months and a few thousand miles off the mark the rumour mills seemed to have worked it out right with Bollywood’s premier movie mogul and one of its celebrated actresses finally tying the knot on Monday in Italy “I know that all my well-wishers who have waited for this day will be really happy for me It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us” said the statement issued by Mukerji who described it as the “happiest day of her life” “I have always believed in fairy tales and with God’s grace my life has been exactly like one and now as I enter the most important chapter of my life — the fairy tale continues”said the 36-year-old actor who made her foray into Bollywood in 1997’s Raja ki Aayegi Baraat For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: July 2 2013 4:00 am Related News For the first time after Narendra Modis anointment as the chief of BJPs campaign committeeparty veteran L K Advani on Monday shared dais with the Gujarat Chief Minister at a ceremony in Junagadhwhere party president Rajnath Singh was also present The three leaders were in attendance at the condolence meet of former Union minister and party colleague Bhavna Chikhaliawho had died of a heart attack on Friday While Advani and Rajnath landed in nearby Keshod town by a chartered flight and then drove to JunagadhModi flew in a helicopter In his brief speechAdvani addressed Modi as a yashashvi (very successful) and lokapriya (popular) leader He also recalled how late Chikhalia made it a point to accompany him to Somnath during his visits to the temple town Chikhalia was elected MP from Junagadh for four times Modi also addressed Advani as adarniya (respected) while praising Chikhalia for always working to make the party organisation strong The three senior BJP leaders were at the meet for more than 20 minutes A day after Modis appointment as BJP poll panel chiefAdvani had quit all party posts but was persuaded to reconsider his decision by other party leaders After thisthe Gujarat CM had met Advani at the latters residence in Delhi on June 18 For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 23 2017 12:29 pm Going by her three different looks at the Baywatch screening we must say Priyanka Chopra is the sexiest villain ever Related News Are you still drooling over the glamour of Bollywood beauties — Deepika Padukone Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor at Cannes 2017 If you have are nodding then you might not have come across the pictures of Priyanka Chopra at the Baywatch screening yet The global icon of India is in New York for the promotions of her Hollywood debut Baywatch also starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron And going by her three different looks at the screening we must say Priyanka is the sexiest villain ever In Baywatch Priyanka plays Victoria Leeds Dwayne Johnson’s nemesis and as she attended the screening of the film in her character there was no chance that the paparazzi could have missed clicking her Also read |Sidharth Malhotra puts a ring on Priyanka Chopra’s finger Here is why Priyanka said yes watch video In the many pictures that have surfaced on the internet Priyanka is seen with the cast of Baywatch–Ilfenesh Hadera Kelly Rohrbach Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema New York and this time too we are missing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson The black leather dress the purple leather frock and then the shimmery one piece — all made the Quantico star shine out in the New York city In the west Baywatch directed by Seth Gordon will hit the theatres on Thursday while in India the fans of PeeCee will only be able to catch up with their favourite star on June 2 See Priyanka Chopra’s different looks at Baywatch promotions Priyanka is doing everything from attending screenings promotional events chat shows to posting interesting stuff on her social media to keep the buzz around her Hollywood debut alive At the Good Morning America show Priyanka said that in her lifetime she would love to see women playing iconic characters like female James Bond Also she revealed that for the longest time she felt Americans have no job they spend most of their time on beaches and most of them are blondes and in good shape But when she landed in New York her perceptions changed At red carpet of the Miami premiere of her film Priyanka said “I was flying in and out as I was shooting Quantico and Baywatch together But I did try to go a little method in my walk and in my talk I am happy to be here Baywatch is great summer fun By the way don’t take your kids (to theatres)” Also before heading to the promotions of the film on Monday Priyanka expressed her excitement about the release of her first Hollywood film as she wrote “Well hello Monday…It’s gonna be a big week because there’s just 3 days to go for #Baywatch” In another post PeeCee is seen running in a slo-mo with Baywatch posters behind her “Just when I’m casually doing a slo mo run and the posters of Baywatch happen to be behind me … @kevinmichaelericson decides to upstage me…#RunKevinRun Catch me if u can. 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