U.S. Asked to Declare India a Terrorist State

President Barack Obama. Photo courtesy: White House
President Barack Obama. Photo courtesy: White House

The timing of this White House petition coincides with the assertions from India that Pakistan is promoting terrorism in India.

By Rakesh Raman

A new petition has urged the U.S. administration to declare India a terrorist state because, according to the petition, India is involved in spreading terrorism in Pakistan.

Available on the White House website, the petition claims that India is involved in spreading terrorism and is engaged in bloody proxy wars against its adjoining countries particularly Pakistan. The petition has also given certain instances to substantiate its claims.

According to the White House rules, if a petition collects 100,000 signatures online in 30 days, the petitioner will get an official update from the White House within 60 days.

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The petition has already collected 97,517 signatures (as on October 13) and needs just 2,483 more signatures by October 28, 2016 to get a response from the White House about declaring India a terrorist state.

The timing of this White House petition coincides with the assertions from India that Pakistan is promoting terrorism in India.

However, India is also considered a major hub of terrorist activities. Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, quotes SATP (South Asian Terror Portal) to say that 180 terrorist groups have operated within India over the past 20 years.

Many of them are co-listed as transnational terror networks operating in or from neighboring South Asian countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. Of these, according to Wikipedia, 38 are on the current list of terrorist organisations banned by India.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and social scientist. You also can visit the REAL VOTER – Politics in India Information Center that he manages.

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