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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#11: 28 JUNE 2017 Islamic State in Central Asia: Threat as an alibi to repression?   – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract The Islamic State (IS) has been able to attract into its fold a substantial number of people from the Central Asian States (CAS). A number of IS-inspired attacks by […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#10: 22 MAY 2017 Intelligence and Counter-intelligence in India’s Maoist theatres  – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract A single big extremist attack can reverse the narrative of optimism regarding India winning the war on left-wing extremism (LWE). Such an attack can lead to a barrage of charges and counter charges on […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#09: 12 APRIL 2017 Bangladesh’s Unique War on the Islamic State  – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Bangladesh has launched a unique war on home grown militants with clear ideological linkages with the Islamic State, even while dismissing speculations regarding the IS presence in the country. Raids on militant dens, killings […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#12: 30 MARCH 2017 Future trajectory of Left-wing extremism in India     – Bibhu Prasad Routray   – Abstract Declining ability among the left-wing extremists (LWE)  to orchestrate attacks and the state’s purported capacity to find support among the traditional recruitment base of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) are the […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#08: 28 FEBRUARY 2017 Inspire, Enlist, and Execute: The Islamic State’s Strategy in Southeast Asia – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Close to 800 persons from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines are among the foreign fighter network of the Islamic State (IS). The estimate is far larger than the number of Southeast […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#11: 15 FEBRUARY 2017 Hindu migrants from Bangladesh: Assam’s souhaitable guests    – Bibhu Prasad Routray   – Abstract Assam’s demography could be changing again with a new trend of influx of Hindu migrants from Bangladesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party, in charge of the state government and New Delhi, insist that Assam […]

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Email Tweet – MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#06: 03 OCTOBER 2016 India: Lessons from ‘surgical strikes’ in Myanmar – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract It is not a commentary on the ability of the Indian army to carry out surgical strikes. Such strikes do not come with an element of success woven into them. And yet before […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#19: 08 AUGUST 2016 Assam’s NDFB: A battered militancy that refuses to die   Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract What enables a weak militant outfit with less than 50 cadres to be the most lethal in Assam? Is it due to complacent security forces or the enabling conditions that make even numerically […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#18: 04 AUGUST 2016 An icon retires: Whither anti-AFSPA agitation?  Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Irom Sharmila’s decision to end her 16 year old fast demanding scrapping of the controversial AFSPA does raise several uncomfortable questions regarding the organisation of civil rights movements in conflict ridden states.  – “The quality of a […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#17: 04 JULY 2016 Whats in a name? Unscrambling the Dhaka terror strike  Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Whether global or local jihad consumed the lives of the Bangladeshis and foreigners on 1 July 2016 is irrelevant. An effective counter-terrorism response is about the state’s demonstrated inclination to provide a honest assessment of […]

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