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Terrorism and Revolution

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Throughout human history, there have been many threats to the security of nations. These threats have brought about large-scale losses of life, the destruction of property, widespread illness and injury, the displacement of large numbers of people and devastating economic loss. First of all, it should be mentioned that terrorism is a problem which some countries have been continuously facing for more than two-three decades but now has emerged as a global problem against which an internationally united battle has to be fought incessantly. Violent behavior in order to create an atmosphere of fear in the society or a part of it for political ends is generally termed as Terrorism. It is an organized and systematic use of violence to achieve an end. Many times words like terrorism, insurgency, civil war, revolution, guerilla war, intimidation and extremism are often used interchangeably. Though they differ in kind and meaning, one thing is fundamental to all - the word violence. Second of all, terrorists resort to various ways to accomplish these goals like planting crude home-made bombs, hand-grenades or other explosives in a shopping centre or a crowded place like a railway-stations, bus stands or even buses, trains or airplanes, kidnapping, assassination or hijacking. For example, terrorism in India is essentially a political creation. The cross-border militancy in Kashmir, the Naxalite violence in Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and the ULFA terrorism in Assam have all narrow political goals. The problem of identity created terrorism to rise in Nagaland and Mizoram, vengeance became the cause of terrorism in Manipur and Tripura while 'class-enemity' causes the Naxalite violence in different parts of Bengal, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. The blowing up of the Air India Boeing 'Kanishka' killed nearly 300 innocent people, the anti-Sikh riots after the assassination of Mrs.Indira Gandhi resulted in a massacre of more than 300 Sikhs in Delhi, the violence against...

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