Report – Public Talk on “Rising Extremism in India”


The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organized a Public Talk on March 9, 2018 by Mr. Murtaza Shibli, a British-Kashmiri journalist, author, and communications expert, on “Rising Extremism in India”.

Welcoming the Speaker and the audience, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman ISSI framed the rising extremism in India as part of the disturbing trend of rising extremism worldwide, including in the United States and Europe, noting that exclusionist attitude had gripped several countries in recent years. Despite India’s much heralded diversity and democratic values, he reminded the audience that this phenomenon of extremism and exclusion had in fact existed in India in various forms already, and is also inherent in the caste-ridden society. It is now, however, that the sub-surface extremism which existed in the time of the avowedly secular Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, has now come out in the open.

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