New Delhi: In a bid to expand its reach in India and to recruit more followers in the country, the Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent has begun to publish online material in three vernacular languages, namely Tamil, Bengali and Hindi, with key speeches and articles by jihadists being translated in these three languages, the Indian Express reported.
This is seen as perhaps the first organised campaign by a terrorist organisation to recruit members for its group from India through the Internet.
As per the report, the translations seemed to be aimed at influencing the educated sections of the society, with materials ranging from excerpts from magazines such as al-Risalah and Inspire to ideological writings and views of the top jihadis.
The articles appear to address professionals such as doctors, engineers, IAS and IPS officers, the Indian Express reported.
In one of the articles published in one of the issues of the Tamil magazine al-Risalah, the doctors are implored to render their services at battlefields of Aleppo and the likes.
“I ask you, Doctor: are your services not better spent in patching the leg of that child who lost his limb in a barrel bomb in Aleppo rather than prescribing medication for an Islamophobe with you in your country,” the article questions, as per the Indian Express report.
In yet another article in the Tamil magazine, an elderly man who chose to fight for the Al Qaeda, even though he had just one eye gives his testimony to inspire the future recruits.
“If I am incapable of fighting, at least I will increase the number of the army and would guard your luggage,” the Tamil article quotes the man.
The materials include speeches and messages from Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, as well as from his UP-born, trained subcontinent deputy Sami-ul-Haq, who was trained in Karachi. Apart from that, the Bengali-language material produced by Al –Qaeda consists of subtitled videos, which narrate the stories of the jihadis fighting wars in Syria and Somalia, the daily reported.
Al-Qaeda’s decision to expand its reach through these vernacular languages is indicative of the growing dependence of such militant groups on recruitments from the southern, western and eastern regions of the country. A similar pattern had emerged during the resurgence of the Indian Mujahideen in 2005 that had also targeted similar territories, as per the Indian Express.
In fact, the deadly terror group ISIS had a similar modus operandi, with 55 of 82 prosecutions involving the Islamic State tracing their roots to Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal, according to the data revealed by National Investigation Agency.
The Al-Qaeda, with its latest move through online outreach, seems to target a similar ‘talent pool’to bolster its popularity and credibility in the Indian subcontinent.