India for coherent action to counter use of Internet for radicalization

Responses to terrorism must be similar across geographies and cultures

Responses to terrorism must be similar across geographies and cultures and differential standards must not be accepted, India has said, seeking global action to tackle the evolving threat of Internet being used by terrorists for radicalisation and terror financing. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar made the remarks during a high-level meeting at the UN on ‘Preventing Terrorist Use of Internet’ hosted by the UK and Italy on Wednesday. “Internet backbone, critical Internet resources and data centres should be dispersed and redundant to mitigate impact of major terror attacks, Jaishankar said, according to transcripts released by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations on Friday. “Responses to terrorism must be similar across geographies and cultures. This is an issue where differential standards must not be accepted, he said.

“Where the Internet is concerned, we all recognise how effective a tool it is for terrorism. Its utility for radicalisation, indoctrination, recruitment and financing is by now well-proven. In such a situation, we cannot be passive. This forum is an effort to more actively attack this problem and we applaud that,” he said.

The top Indian diplomat said that India is cognizant of the threat posed by terrorists using Internet.

“Our pluralism and democratic values make us particularly sensitive to its dangers. We may have held out better than many others, yet the rapid growth of internet users — now close to 500 million and growing — underlines the scale of the challenge,” the top Indian diplomat said.

In his remarks, Jaishankar said the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is an encouraging development because combating terrorist usage of Internet has stakeholders beyond the government.

“It calls for new policies but more important, new mindsets. And what we see is a positive change,” he said.

The meeting agreed that terrorists using Internet is a global issue that needs innovative, international solutions.

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