Special Talk on Radicalization, De-Radicalization and Counter Radicalization
11 January 2021
Radicalization, De-Radicalization, and Counter Radicalization. Mr. Sareshwala said about how radicalization leads to terrorism and it is not limited to any religion or a religious belief, it exists in secularism and both the right and the left. The real issue is when people convert different views to the animosity that results in polarisation. There is no room for alternate views. Rather, we need to create an atmosphere of discussion and debate. He further stressed to think of the age-old axiom “we agree to disagree”.
He then talked about how narrative is dominated by only Islamic terror “We’ve only focused on Islamic terror but the activities in Sri-Lanka can be considered as Hindu terror or the formation of Israel in 1947-48 – there were Jewish terrorists. Capitol Hill – these are homegrown domestic terrorists”. He concluded the session by saying that radicalization can be stopped by the societal force and the parents, teachers, scholars, and society as a whole must keep a view on where people get information and who is providing the knowledge.