They asked for no answers, made no threats

Gentlefolk, they went away

Now, the rustle of leaves speaks of fear

— Ashok Vajpeyi in 'They are here'

In whatever way it is defined, violence, politics, and civilian casualties constitute an integral part of every act of terrorism. To understand terrorism, it is essential to understand the historic processes that create conditions for the calculated use of violence by fanatical groups to deliver political messages and gain mileage. Mutiny, insurgencies, wars and uprisings have been with us in Southasia since the Aryan invasion and before, but terrorism is a distinctly post-colonial pathology. It needs to be treated, not fought.

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