Six years after 26/11, India remains a hotbed of terror

Originally posted on Quartz:

Six years ago, 10 Pakistani militants arrived in Mumbai by sea and laid siege to the country’s financial capital, killing over 150 people, unsettling millions and adding yet another chapter to India’s bloody tome of terrorist violence.

Thankfully, the country hasn’t faced another attack of the scale and intensity of 26/11 since 2008—but India continues to remain one of the worst terrorism-afflicted nations in the world.

A study by the Institute of Economics and Peace (pdf) ranks India sixth on the Global Terrorism Index—behind Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.

The report defines terrorism as “the threatened or actual use of  illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a  political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.”

The index analyses the direct and indirect impact of terrorism in 162 countries, including factors such as lives lost, injuries, property damage and the psychological effects of terrorism.


While the number of…

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