The growing influence of the Islamic State on some youths in India
is a matter of concern. On August 29, two men from Kerala were deported to India from UAE
, whose social media accounts indicated that they were “radicalised and sympathetic” to the Islamic State. Concerned, a Kerala-based progressive Muslim outfit launched a campaign seven months ago to prevent the youth from joining the IS and other terror outfits such as Al-Qaeda. They are getting a positive response, too. PTI reports
that the group, Kerala Nadvathul Muhjahideen
, is holding meetings and awareness programmes focused on anti-terror and communal issues.
KNM Youth wing State President Abdul Majeed Swalahi said:
“Our campaign is against the fundamental, communal and terror ideologies spreading among youths.”
Since all terror groups use the name of Prophet Mohammed to justify their barbaric actions, the outfit is now enlightening the youth on how the teachings of the Koran speak of humanism.
The Islamic State is known for its extensive use of social media for its recruitment purposes. KNM is, therefore, also spreading social media awareness among the youth especially since most of them are influenced through posts and reactions on it. Social media has, of late, become an ideological battleground and Swalahi alleged that both majority and minority fundamentalist groups were trying to indulge in communal polarisation through it.