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COUNTERTERRORISM PERSPECTIVES

March 20, 2015

An ominous jihadist wave is fast reaching Indian shores as the Islamic State (formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Al Qaeda’s new regional branch Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent’s (AQIS), evil influence dominate the Islamist discourse in the country.

February 7, 2015

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is reportedly planning to use the age old tactics of mass disruption by poisoning Multan, Karachi and Rawalpindi water supplies with chemicals. According to Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, the Taliban presently cornered in their own strongholds, planning to use ‘cyanide’ and other poisonous chemical substances to the water supply lines in these cities.

RESEARCH PAPERS

The dual use research in life sciences has raised serious concerns for bio-safety and bio-security today as there exists possibilities of misuse of knowledge, information, products and technologies to promote bio-terrorism or bio-warfare activities. Misuse may pose consequential threat to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, material or national security.

NLWs: Steps India Should Consider:

  • A collective strategic vision, organizational coordination, synergy, and able political leadership will be vital for India’s futuristic NLWs deployment.
  • R&D is vital in order to develop technology that is in national interest.
  • Standardization and documentation of equipment validity is eminent to make sure they are safe.
  • Recording and documentation of events are important so that nature of the event and effect can be analyzed and used for research.
  • The legal framework needs to be developed to determine whether a new system is lawful and to ensure the legality of the use of NLWs at the time of deployment.