organized by the Centre for Research into Rural and
Industrial Development, the Kurginyan Centre of Moscow and
ML Sondhi Memorial Committee
was formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India on
November 9th, and also addressed by the Chief Ministers and
Governors of Punjab and Haryana.
lively interactions between Russian, Israeli, Pakistani,
Nepalese and Indian delegates, reflecting their divergent
encounters with terror and the lack of a comprehensive and
universal definition of terrorism. Although the guests were
comfortable with the working definition of terrorism at the
use of violence against innocent civilians for political or
other ends, the Indian legal representative pointed out that
the UN had many suggested definitions none of which were yet
regarded as definitive. Hence it was not possible to evolve
a legal response to the phenomenon, which remained open to
was also offered of the ‘global’ war on terror: it was
pointed out that the causes of terrorism are always local.
The Sri Lankan Tamils, the Palestinians, the Nepalese
Maoists and the IRA are responding to problems born out of
local particularities and in that sense terrorism is not a
global phenomenon. But it was counter-argued that
operationally all terrorist groups are now interconnected if
not mutually supportive, and that global or international
cooperation was necessary to cope with these challenges.
However with the complexity of the interconnected world,
various paradoxical situations arise such as the USA’s
alliances with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan – the one the
financier and possibly central director of many Islamic
terrorist groups, and the other the training ground for
terrorists who fan into all quarters of the globe.
seminar ended with a resolution to continue the discussion
on the regional and global manifestations of terrorism by
the concerned institutions, by agreeing to meet at periodic
intervals on a regular basis.