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Terrorist Proxies Working to Destabilize Russia & India in Eurasia

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President Vladimir Putin meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi - Sputnik India, 1920, 09.07.2024
For years, India and Russia have faced the worst of terrorism, with proxy terrorist actors often blamed for their attempts to destabilize the two nations. On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his pain over terrorism incidents with President Vladimir Putin.
India and Russia will expand and strengthen their cooperation on terrorism, while proxy terrorist actors working in tandem to weaken and destabilize the two strategic partners, a geopolitical pundit has said.
The recent geopolitical scenario has made counter-terrorism cooperation between India and Russia immensely important and that is why ties between the two nations are going to strengthen in this domain, according to Abhinav Pandya, a founder and CEO of the Usanas Foundation, foreign policy and national security think tank.

"Both India and Russia are facing challenges from radical Islamism. For example, the attack on a theatre in the Crocus region of Moscow was carried out by the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP)*," he noted.

In March this year, one of the bloodiest terrorist strikes in the history of Russia left over 140 dead, when gunmen opened fire inside the Crocus Concert Hall in the region of Moscow.

Links between Terrorists Attacking India and Russia

Pandya highlighted that Islamic extremism, jihadi terrorism has been India's critical security challenge for the last 4-5 decades, and ISKP poses a grave threat to the state's security – both at the internal and external levels.
The think tanker reckoned that ISKP has ties with Lashkar-e-Taiba*, as one of the former commanders of the jihadist organisation was a Pakistan-based militant group's cadre.
He mentioned that in recent years, several radicalized youths from Kerala, Maharashtra, Hyderabad, and Uttar Pradesh joined ISKP in Afghanistan.
More than 25 ISKP modules and several recruiters have been busted and arrested by the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the country's hinterland.
Pandya stated that another major threat to India is Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS*).

"Increasing radicalization and communal polarisation also give fertile ground to terrorist groups like the ISKP and AQIS in India," the author of 'Radicalisation in India: An Exploration' and 'Terror Financing in Kashmir' pointed out.

Besides, the spread and strengthening of ISKP in Central Asia and the South Caucasus is a prime security and safety concern for India as these areas form its neighborhood, he stressed.
Moreover, the named terror groups can threaten several connectivity projects like the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) of which India and Russia are key stakeholders.

Global Powers Supporting Jihadists as Proxies to Weaken Their Rivals

In addition to that, India and Russia both agree that one cannot have double standards on terrorism, which was underlined during the SCO Summit in Astana last week. There are no good or bad terrorists as some countries believe, Pandya highlighted.

"Some global powers have raised jihadists in the past and even now they continue to support them as their proxies to weaken their rivals. Such a short-sighted approach to diplomacy is bound to fail. In the long run, these proxy terrorist actors become Frankenstein's monsters and a threat to entire humanity," the strategic affairs analyst observed.

He added taht there are attempts to support ISKP in Central Asia and South Caucasus by powerful state actors who see Russia as a geopolitical rival. Thus, they are aiming to destabilize the Russian neighborhood and weaken the country, Pandya summed up.

Modi Pained With Terror Incidents in Russia

Notably, his remarks follow Indian Prime Minister's condemn of terrorism-related incidents during his talks with Russian President in Moscow.

"In the last 40-50 years, India has been facing horrible and disgusting terrorism," PM Modi told Putin. Therefore, when terror incidents occurred in Moscow, when terror incidents occurred in Dagestan, I can imagine how deep its pain would be. I strongly condemn all kinds of terrorism."

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 9, 2024.  - Sputnik India, 1920, 09.07.2024
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