Terrorism in South Asia
Paper presented at seminar on Terrorism in Retrospect and Perspective organised by London Institute of South Asia, London, July 13, 2011.
South Asia has seen inter-state wars and intra-state violent movements during most of its post-colonial history, but its experience with terrorism by non-state actors is relatively recent as compared to other regions such as the Middle East. In the last decade or so, South Asia has, indeed, emerged as the centre-stage of international terrorism, with horrendous implications for countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan, which are its principal victims. Even India, as South Asia’s largest state, is not immune from the terrorist fallout. In fact, the emergence of terrorism as the most dominating form of conflict-generating activity in South Asia has put in jeopardy the whole regional quest for peace and progress. This paper first lays down the historical context for this demonic occurrence in the region and then explains its complex current manifestations. The prospects of South Asia beyond the present phase of terrorism, is the study’s concluding subject. Full Text