ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Beyond the Ban on SIMI

Countering Fundamentalism

Given its fundamentalist rhetoric, it would be surprising if SIMI's attacks on other faiths and its strident championing of the dream of an Islamist Khilafat would not have further exacerbated communal tensions in those parts of the country where it is active. But if the government is serious about countering organisations like SIMI it would do well to turn its attention to redressing the growing alienation and insecurity of Muslims in the country which provide fertile ground for these organisations to take root and for their propaganda to fall on receptive ears.

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