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Sir, at the outset let me thank you for this brilliant article on your perspectives regarding the modern day terrorism, which has marred our world. Terrorism has been around for far too long and has constantly evolved over the years. The various anti-terrorist lobbies in its capacity have also come a long way in its effort to crush such anti-social elements. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in 2015 published the top 15 spenders on military expenditure and the number is a staggering USD 1.25 trillion. All efforts put in place towards world peace have not managed to curb or eradicate the terrorist activities; in fact terrorism has only been on the rise. The humongous cost of modern day military is justified or not is an altogether different debate. Interestingly, the one thing that is constant in this evolution of both the terrorist and the anti-terrorist fronts is the use of technology. While the new age military has intelligence & law enforcement agencies, satellites, drones, laser guided missiles and a host of other equipment’s in its arsenal, the terrorists of today with easy access to the internet have their sophisticated network of cyber criminals and media savvy ways to spread their ideologies. For a terrorist, it is better to kill one person in front of a camera than to kill a hundred in a secret location. The terrorist of today needs an audience. Access to instant communication, mobility, and destructive technology mean that terrorism will continue to plague the world. Thus, the solution lies in using development as a tool to counter terrorism. The world has seen ample examples of such transformations, like the emergence of Germany and Japan as superpowers from the brink of adversity. In 1945 Japan’s industrial cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were destroyed by the use of atom bombs. After the holocaust, Japan abandoned violence and adopted a peaceful course on the lines of development. As a result, within forty years, Japan rapidly became a great economic power of the world.

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