The confrontation in the sub-Indian continent between al-Qaida, the Taliban, and their allies on the one hand, and the three democracies they target – Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India on the other hand – must be re-evaluated in terms of international cooperation against the Jihadi threat.
A regional system should be established to integrate the struggle against all Jihadi forces in the subcontinent. There needs to be a separation between the ethnic and territorial questions from the fight against terrorism. Once that distinction is made, the possibilities of internationalization of counterterrorism will be high.
Jihadists based in any country of the subcontinent must not be given legitimacy by any government on the ground of a local ethnic issue. Jihadi forces must be confronted collectively, while diplomacy and international mediations assist in solving the local problems.
The West can help all players in the subcontinent coming under internationalization of the struggle against Jihadi terror. But India has enough international credibility to help the West and other democracies in building an international basis for this counter Jihadi platform.
There are initiatives India can take within the Third World and international organizations which can weaken the Jihadist propaganda against India’s partners worldwide.
India can help build this international platform because of its unique history in the nonaligned world so that the West and other democracies can in return help India fight against its Jihadi threats locally. India must play a strategic and international role in the said campaign worldwide.
Some of that role must be on a military and security level, but India can also play a significant role in diplomatic and political realms to consolidate the international campaign.
Posted on 6, marts, 2010 by Anna Lyttiger