India loses maximum lives to terror except Iraq

India loses maximum lives to terror except Iraq

Times of India Sept 7, 2007

The US and UK may like tobelieve that they are leading the war on terror globally, but the country thathas had to face the worst of terrorist attacks on its own soil, barring war-tornIraq, is India.In fact, Indiahas since 2004 lost more lives to terrorist incidents than all of North America,South America, Central America, Europe and Eurasia put together. All of thesevast swathes of the globe lost a total of 3,280 lives in terrorist incidentsbetween January 2004 and March this year. India alone lost 3,674 lives over thesame period of three years and threemonths.

‘In yesterday”s editionof TOI, in our front page lead report on the Hyderabad blasts, we had said thatterror groups have left India with perhaps the highest number of civilianvictims of terror (apart from war-torn countries likeIraq). 

Later, on Sunday, whenwe looked in detail at the worldwide numbers, we found India not only had thehighest number of deaths after Iraq, but also the highest number ofterror-related incidents and injured among all countries (again, barring Iraq)— more than all the war zones around the globe. India has been hit byterrorists at will and with chilling regularity — Mumbai, Delhi,Bangalore, Hyderabad, Malegaon, Varanasi, J&K — the list isendless.

It”s only on one count— hostages taken by terror groups — that India”s at No 3, to Iraq”sNo 2. Guess which country was No 1? Nepal, that too by a huge margin, thanks tolarge-scale kidnappings byMaoists.

Indeed, if one had topick a terrorist hotspot on the globe it would have to be South Asia. Outside ofIraq, 20,781 people were killed in terrorist violence between January 2004 andMarch 2007, according to data available from the Worldwide Incidents TrackingSystem (WITS) of the US National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC). Almost half ofthem, 9,283 to be precise, were killed in SouthAsia.

Besides India,Afghanistan has seen 2,405 lives being lost while more than 1,000 each have beenkilled in Pakistan and Nepal. Sri Lanka has had 866 terrorism-related deaths andBangladesh 158. Bhutan and the Maldives are the only South Asian nations not tohave lost lives to terror in thisperiod