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Radicalisation And The Indian Muslim

On 17 July, as Friday prayers ended on the cusp of Eid, Nowhatta in J&K witnessed a dramatic shift in temperament. As a separatist protest broke out, Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba and IS flags were raised and the agitation quickly became violent. The police later dismissed the display of terrorist symbols as the attention-seeking methods of "13-14-year-old boys". However, the fact that early teens are identifying with the IS should raise alarm, not indifference, since it tests the government's theory that Indian Muslims are and will remain largely immune to violent fundamentalism.