The Hindu

‘Lean and mean’ IS poses danger to India

- JOSY JOSEPH

NEW DELHI: With its global appeal, low-cost, high-impact tactics and swelling ranks, the Islamic State is turning out be the deadliest terrorist organisati­on of modern times, outranking groups such as Al-Qaeda.

The Friday evening attacks in Paris, the earlier incidents in France, and the lone wolf attacks taking place in various countries, including Bangladesh, are warnings to India to be on alert to a wave of possible attacks in the coming days.

While Indian agencies are ruling out any immediate threat, it is clear a new version of the IS style of attacks, very low cost, but high impact, is a high possibilit­y in the country.

And it also means the political establishm­ent needs to wake up to the possibilit­y of local grievances finding global echo and refuge in IS propaganda. In the new political environmen­t dominated by divisive and regressive discussion­s, fringe elements are already flourishin­g.

The Paris attacks took less than a dozen armed men and some weapons and required much less planning than even the Mumbai attacks of 2008. The terrorists, in all probabilit­y, did not all come on a boat from a foreign country and no GPS was required to guide them through familiar neighbourh­oods.

 ?? — PHOTO: AFP ?? A police officer looks at the bullet holes on the windows of the Carillon on Rue Alibert in Paris.
— PHOTO: AFP A police officer looks at the bullet holes on the windows of the Carillon on Rue Alibert in Paris.

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