A SUGGESTED DRAFT OF DEFINITION OF “TERRORISM”

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SAN JOSE:  Describing terrorism and global warming as the two biggest threats to the world, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today questioned why the UN had not yet arrived at a clear definition of terrorism.

“If it has taken the UN 15 years to define terrorism, how many years will they take to fight it?” PM Modi said, addressing a large gathering of the Indian diaspora at the SAP Centre in San Jose.

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(Defining “terrorism” can be double-edged for those seeking to define it. Maybe that’s why it’s taking so long.

Suggested drafts of definition of “terrorism” may help and hasten UN to define it. Here’s a suggested draft of definition of “terrorism”.

Comments would be most welcome.)

THE SUGGESTED DRAFT OF DEFINITION OF “TERRORISM”

“An act of terrorism is an act that aims at causing harm or injury to target comprising either of human life, property or resources and is related to any one or more of the following;

(a).   Belief on part of the entity associated with the act that the target belongs to or is associated with or related to, as the case may be, any particular religion or groupings within any particular religion and the purported selection accordingly of such target on such belief,

(b).   Belief on part of the entity associated with the act that the target belongs to or manifests or is associated with or related to, as the case may be, any particular profession of faith, philosophy, viewpoint or belief and the purported selection accordingly of such target on such belief,

(c).    Belief on part of the entity associated with the act that the target belongs to or is associated with or related to, as the case may be, any particular nation or groupings within a nation or any physical territory broadly demarcated or recognisable otherwise and the purported selection accordingly of such target on such belief,

(d).   Belief on part of the entity associated with the act that the target belongs to or is associated with or related to, as the case may be, any particular race or subdivisions thereto and the purported selection accordingly of such target on such belief;

Save and provided that any act shall not be an act of terrorism if such act is in the course of ensuring due safety to either human life, property or resources and is not disproportionate to the needs of ensuring such safety;

Save and provided further that any act shall not be an act of terrorism if such act is in the course of enforcing any law as duly applicable and is carried out by duly constituted authority or functionary and is not disproportionate to the needs of enforcing such law.”

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