India faces several threats to its national security in this increasingly globalised environment and the radicalisation of the Indian youth is the greatest threat to our security. This was the view put forward by Mr. Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister of India while speaking to a group of reporters in Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel during his visit there on 6th November 2014.
This was the first visit of an Indian Home Minister to Israel, since June 2000, marking an upsurge in bilateral co-operation. It also signified a major shift in India’s foreign policy away from Palestine towards Israel - a country which has always taken an uncompromising attitude towards all acts of terror. Mr. Singh’s visit came close on the heels of Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi’s meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September.
The statement of Mr. Rajnath Singh came in the back drop of the agreement related to Homeland Security, which covered co-operation in countering terrorism.
Replying to a question about the spread of the Islamic State Militants in India, Mr. Singh expressed his confidence that these militants won’t be able to make a ‘big impact’ in the country.Although the newly minted terror outfit, the IS, has not been able to make any major inroads in our country, the government is keeping a close watch on all the emerging threats and taking the necessary steps to address these dangers
Mr. Singh re-iterated that radicalisation of our youth has proven to be a cause of grave concern for the Indian Government , though there was no immediate threat from the Islamic State militants. Mr. Singh also did not rule out the possibility of the international terrorist organisation like the al Qaida setting up branches in our country to wage jihaad in the subcontinent .This statement was made in the backdrop of al Qaida leader Aymaan al zhaveri's announcement in September that the