Technologically exported global terrorism has acquired various facets. The new brand of terrorism flourishing through well customized modules, now carries ‘legitimacy perceptions’ that lay emphasis on the non linear stratifications across the socio-cultural emanating from such an environment have a ripple effect. The consequential doctrines of violence need to be defeated before they are accredited.
The counter response mechanism, thus needs to be configured quite dynamically and in a manner that it does not amount to terrorism by itself.
Systematic dynamics response through an open collaborative format could give better results particularly where community is also made a respectable partner. Human Terrain Mapping and Civic Action Programmes could provide better windows for operational interventions.
While there is no silver bullet to neutralize the terror demon, the book purports to suggest certain micro modules for security forces in managing low intensity conflicts. It is underlined that a victory against the terrorist is different from a victory against terrorism. Hence, one has to think far beyond the security and policing domains. While there cannot be any fixed doctrine for asymmetric warfare, the modules propagated through this book have their genesis in the truth they have faced on the ground amidst various myths and stark realities.
Author: Dr AP Maheshwari IPS