Opinion: D. C. Nath (President, Patriot’s Forum) – Fundamentalist Surge In Bangladesh—its Impact On India’s Security

DC Nath SmallPresident of Patriots Forum, D.C. Nath was superannuated in January, 1995, as the Special Director, Intelligence Bureau, D.C. Nath (IPS-1960) was associated with the International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM), headquartered in New Delhi, for over 14 years, first as the Executive President & CEO and then as the President & Director General, between February, 1997 and March, 2011. The author of a highly acclaimed book, Intelligence Imperatives for India, Mr. Nath earned high plaudits from all around for two of his very significant presentations on: “Revisiting the Future of India” (2005, London) and “Lessons from India for the War On Terrorism” (2007, USA). He is the only one in the field, combining the experiences of a police officer with specialization in intelligence and strategic analysis and an industrial security expert par excellence. More Bio on D. C. Nath…

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May 18, 2015

Dear Friends,


Subject: Fundamentalist Surge In Bangladesh—its Impact On India’s Security


Here with a copy (attached) of the lead editorial on the subject from “The Statesman” of May 17, 2015. We thought of sharing this with you because of the subject’s serious implications on our national security, especially when read with what has been happening to the West of India.


Some important points from this piece are:


This time around, the Al Qaida – and not the home-grown Jamaat – has claimed responsibility, raising suspicions that assailants may have come over from Afghanistan or Pakistan. Irrespective of the point of origin, there is little doubt that India and more accurately Bengal is the preferred corridor. There is an eerie similarity in the disturbingly familiar modus operandi. The bloggers have been exterminated with machetes in a faint echo of ISIS killings in Iraq and Syria. And the Al Qaida militants who hacked Das to death for having crafted a website to promote secularism, have blurred the distinction between themselves and ISIS. And the fundamentalist design has succinctly been summed up by Rafida Bonya Ahmed, the grievously injured wife of Avijit Roy, who was killed by the Jamaat in February – “This is a global act of terror,” she is reported to have told Reuters in an interview from the USA.


So, the wife of the first of the three bloggers hacked so far, says, “This is a global act of terror.”


The Bangladesh government now appears to be fearful of rocking the fundamentalist apple cart and its impact on the Bangladesh Nationalist Party given its express sympathies for the Islamists.


So, the editorial rightly concludes:


It is a political-religious cocktail that Hasina will have to countenance. The outlook is awesome as the Prime Minister is yet to initiate even a feeble attempt to confront the extremist challenge, let alone ban the Jamaat. Under a pussyfooting establishment, Bangladesh might soon be in the vortex of a religious war – clothed as a conflict between fundamentalists and secularists. The latter have been let down by the Awami League for all its trumpeted faith in secularism.


Friends, you must have meanwhile read about the recent act of massacre in Pakistan, ISIS gunning down 40 or more Shias in bus in Karachi on May 14, for which the ISIS has claimed the responsibility. That is ISIS’s first footprint in Pakistan and carries deeper meaning for those responsible for India’s security.


For laymen like us, it is now clear that we are caught in a pincer—Al Qaeda, almost unbridled, in the East (had earlier, in response to al Baghdadi’s unilateral declaration of ISIS Caliphate, declared their own Caliphate for West Bengal) and now in cahoot with the Jamaat, and the deadly brutal ISIS in the West. We could hardly sleep peacefully, knowing about the inability or lack of determination of the authorities in either of the two countries to face the challenges on their lands.


Thinking ahead, the possibility of the neighbour in the West, facilitating the march forward of the ISIS to India cannot also be ruled out. And, if they can be diverted to Kashmir, that will be the icing on the cake, to put it in lighter vein.

We are sure the authorities concerned in Delhi are thinking and strategising on the threat.



Your sevak,

D.C. Nath

(Former Spl. Director, IB)

(President, Patriots’ Forum)


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Leading T.V. Channels in Delhi and to Editors of English dailies. For favour of action as thought fit.


Yours sincerely,


D.C. Nath

(Former Spl. Director, IB)

(President, Patriots’ Forum)

Source: Patriot Forum

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