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The New Indian Express Accuses Islamic Organisations of ‘Radicalising’ Muslim Youths

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The New Indian Express’ Rakesh K Singh, who in his April 9, 2017 article termed legally operating NGOs as “sleeper cells”, working against the BJP govt, has now accused mainstream Islamic organisations for ‘radicalisation’ of Muslim youths.

Without furnishing any evidence to support his outrageous claims, Singh has named organisations such as Niche of Truth (Kerala), Peace Educational Foundation (Kerala), Jamiat ul Muflihaat (Hyderabad), Discover Islam Education Trust (Bengaluru), Tauheed Educational Trust (Bihar), Islamic Research and Dawah Centre (Mumbai), and Islamic information Centre (Mumbai), accusing them of providing, “direct access to indoctrination materials”, to Muslim youths, who he claims are turning towards the ISIS ideology.

Singh claims that the affiliates of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) are still operational, and then without any sequence connects their activities to Popular Front of India, Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Tamil Nadu Tauheed Jamat, Kerala Nadwathul Mujahideen factions, and Salafi groups, all the time quoting an alleged “intelligence dossier”, without mentioning either its author/s or the agencies behind it.

But Singh doesn’t stops there. Quoting again from the anonymous “dossier”, and perhaps in an evident display of his ideological leanings, he says that the, “Growth of Wahabism-Salafism undermines Indian Islam which is based on Sufi-Barelvi practices that so far have been the most-effective counter to radicalization.”

The question that arises from this is, What is the basis of all these numbers that Singh has quoted? What is this “Indian Islam”? Who is its founder? Which book of revelation does it propagate? Who are its followers? Who is Singh or The New Indian Express to decide, what Muslims in India should follow, or not follow? And most importantly, The New Indian Express, without providing any evidence to support their outrageous claims are criminalising legally operating Islamic organisations, is this what responsible journalism is?

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News organisation: The New Indian Express

Article link: Caliphate radicalisation rising in India

Date: April 09, 2017

Author: Rakesh K Singh

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