With various proscriptions and inquiries into Islamist groups recently introduced, it seems the Indian government has thoroughly woken up to the threat posed by Islamist movements active across South Asia. Security services, politicians and media have recently paid particularly close attention to the danger of Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan and Kashmir, and their branches and proxies’ links to terrorist plots against Indian troops and civilians.
But Islamism is never a parochial affair. Every Islamist group, no matter how locally focused, makes use of international networks of support, and relies on infrastructure closely intertwined with civil society. Today, Western Islamist charities, funded by Western governments and linked to international Islamist movements such as Jamaat-e-Islami, operate throughout India with impunity.