An Indian Civilizational Perspective

India's Death Toll in the "War of Terror"

The numbers of the dead is just too much… consistently through the last two decades.. first it was Khalistan .. then Kashmir.. and the Kashmir thing looks never ending.

The figure is startling. Since 1994, over 50,000 have died in terrorist-related violence in India. According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), 23,955 terrorists, 19,662 civilians and 7,320 security force personnel have been killed in such incidents between 1994 and June, 2005.

At present, Iraq scores higher on the daily violence scale. But then, Iraq may be considered to be in a different category: it’s a country at war.

Unlike recent victims of terror like the US and UK, countries such as Israel and Sri Lanka have a long history of fighting such violence. So has India, which has borne the brunt of the scourge since the late ’80s.

As security analyst C Uday Bhaskar points out, “India has one of the highest numbers of terrorism related incident, both quantitatively as well as on the temporal spectrum.”

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