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Terrorism Explained released

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The book “Terrorism Explained: A Graphic account” was released here at Marathi Patrakar Sangh on 19 August 2013 by Nandita Das. It is book by Ram Puniyani, Shard Sharma. Sharad Sharma outlined the content of the book. It is a comic presentation of the theme of terrorism in current times. The Al Qaeda was formed by USA to control the oil wells in West Asia. They propped up Al Qaeda by using Salafi version of Islam, in the specially set up madrasas in Pakistan, with the help of US money funnelled by CIA through ISI. Young Afghan Muslim boys were indoctrinated by distorting the meaning of words Jihad and Kafir. After the Al Qaeda helped defeat the Russian army in Afghanistan, these elements of Al Qaeda become very destructive in Pakistan and beyond.  Similarly Hindutva groups, led by Swami Aseemanand organised many acts of terror, e.g., Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad, Malegaon, Ajmer blasts etc. Both the words Islamic terrorism and Hindu Terrorism are essentially wrong.

Irfan Engineer pointed out that the word “Islamic terrorism” has been misused to arrest innocent Muslim youth. We need to look at social phenomenon and understand social values to dispel the myths. Actor Nandita Das appreciated the effort with hope that comics will act as a good method of propagation of the truth, it will go a long way to help dispel the wrong notions about the social common sense.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2013 on page no. 21

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