According to the Moradabad forest department, But there was no attempt to feed or even drag her.

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Islam has been in India for many many centuries That is the difference with the Muslim population in Europe Muslims here identify themselves with India I am sure there are a lot of issues and debates but physically and fundamentally they identify with problems inside India and not necessarily concern themselves with whatever happens in Syria Their first concern is not with the fight going on between (Bashar) Assad and other rebels and the IS All that is very far from their world According to me it is really a question of roots Shubhajit Roy: Do you think Europe missed the signs Could it have reacted earlier to the sense of alienation that was growing in some of those communities Different countries in Europe are in their own way tackling problems within their societies There have been many debates over the years on multiculturalism and assimilation It is a reality that there is a proportion of population which is not open to accepting people from different cultural backgrounds I don’t think anyone realised how horrible these IS people were going to be Nobody could have imagined that young educated people in the West would behead people I don’t think there is an easy solution here The first priority is to see that all these terrorist attacks can be stopped so as to protect the general population Stimulating integration is going to be further away because we can see that the general public is then going to follow the rightist populist path even more The authorities have to first tackle law and order and at the same time develop a discourse towards alienated young people Sagnik Chowdhury: Recently some Indian men were stopped on their way to Iraq and Syria and sent back by different countries Given the Belgian experience how should these ‘fighters’ be dealt with Should there be a tough approach of criminalisation or a more liberal approach of rehab and reintegration In Belgium some measures have been taken to penalise people who have travelled with the objective of engaging in terrorism Obviously when they come back the priority should be to keep a good eye on them and follow them maybe also engage in some kind of discussion with them But the first approach especially with all that is happening of late and because of the number of people who have been going is really a strict approach Shubhajit Roy: Has there been any experience-sharing with India on this Are there any plans on how to deal with such people This issue will probably come up in future bilateral contacts Some of these things are part of high-security information exchanges that are not really done at the level of diplomatic contacts Monojit Majumdar: You spoke about the problems of assimilation in Europe Is there something specific about Belgium that the Belgian government or people are talking about considering that several of these recent attacks – Charlie Hebdo attack (January 2015) the Paris attacks — have been traced back to Brussels One or two of these attacks have been traced back to this place called Molenbeek But most big European cities have their own Molenbeeks A lot of it also has to do with Belgium’s location – it’s a place through which everybody crosses into Europe There is also this issue of open borders in the Schengen Area We are actually pleading for stronger control of external borders Also France and Belgium are not just geographically close but in the southern part of Belgium and also Brussels people speak French just like they do in France It’s kind of an open space and so obviously there’s going to be a lot of interaction between the two Praveen Swami: You have the possibility of Britain exiting from the European Union Then when the migrants started coming in countries started talking of tougher border controls Is the idea of Europe under threat Belgium is one of the six founding fathers of what we call ‘European Integration’ Europe is a lot like India maybe less complicated (laughs) The biggest challenge for the EU concept is I think the issue of refugees because that has a direct impact on public opinion On several of these issues you have to evolve a consensus among the 28 member-countries something that is not always easy It’s a work in progress But I am fundamentally optimistic about European integration because there’s no other alternative Shubhajit Roy: Much is being said about how the business climate in India is improving What is your opinion I do notice an increased interest from Belgian companies coming to India So the overall message is positive Of course the issue about the speed of implementation remains but that has not really translated for the moment into scepticism Amitabh Sinha: How do you see the Paris climate deal There is a feeling that the deal is much better than what people were expecting out of the talks There was also talk of how the French presidency worked really well for a deal Well the fact that there is a deal is great Considering that the last Conference of Parties basically ended in a failure this deal exceeded everybody’s expectations Like you said the French government did a great job they applied some good diplomacy and managed to get people together Also the evolution of public opinion in countries such as India helped everyone reach an agreement Shubhajit Roy: What do you think is the biggest hurdle in arriving at an India-EU Free Trade Agreement which has been in the works for about seven-eight years The main challenge was to get these parties back together; these negotiations hadn’t been taking place for the last two years In January they are going to come together for stock-taking I am happy because it is important for these FTAs to be concluded It’s important for the economic relations between India and the EU Amrith Lal: The rise of Islamist groups in West Asia has also a lot to do with the way Western nations have intervened in that region Does that inform the conversation in the European civil society Also the response to the Paris attacks has been the bombing of Syria a pattern we saw in Afghanistan and Iraq Do you think this is the right strategy All I can tell you is that it was the French government that carried out the bombings after the Paris attack so I am not going to comment on that There is a certain amount of public debate as to whether it’s a good tactic or not But it’s also a fact that the IS controls territories meaning they have a real economy running So I think the logic of the tactic is to try to see to it that they cannot use for example the oil sales the petrol income etc to fund their terrorist activities As far as the overall Western policies towards West Asia are concerned it’s a bit too general because we have different players in the West who have different approaches and different policies As far as Belgium is concerned we have always been in favour of peace between Israel and Palestine and as for Syria Belgium has always been very critical of the Bashar al-Assad regime In Iraq Belgium has participated in the NATO context in some of the bombings but there was a mandate for that from the UN Maneesh Chhibber: What is your impression of the current government In the time that you have been here you might have seen a lot of debates on intolerance etc Well I see a lot of things happening of course I have come to India many times before As I mentioned earlier I do see an evolution in terms of the maturity of the debate and the intensity of it so I find it very difficult to draw any conclusions out of that except for the fact that the Indian democracy is very alive and doing well So in that sense I find that things have evolved in a very positive way Yamini Lohia: The Greek crisis appears to have been managed for now Have the structural causes that led to it been addressed or are we waiting for the next time Greece defaults before we enter the conversation again I understand that things are being followed up closely and are under control That is as far as I would venture to reply to this question because I don’t really know the details I just know that for the moment we are out of crisis mode which doesn’t mean that everything is rosy Shubhajit Roy: Since you have been here twice before and now for a year and a half is there a story about India that has stayed with you the most that gives the sense of something that you learnt about this country The longer I am here the less I know In a way the India story is part of my life I have been to other countries spent time and left and then it has become my past But India because my family continues to live here… The ancestral village of my wife is 60 km to the north of Gorakhpur It’s in Maharajganj district which is the last district on the border with Nepal and on the border with Bihar It’s quite a green and beautiful area But at the same time it has also a lot of challenges developmental challenges The population pressure is quite high I compare it to the first time I went there in 1988 I think I feel the development there… it’s not urbanisation but ‘rurbanisation’ Probably the public authorities have to pay some attention to the infrastructure there – it’s certainly less pristine and less clean from when I saw it the first time Lucknow where my in-laws live has improved a lot over the years Transcribed by Tanima Banerjee and Prashant Dixit For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News in a continent which is not typically an immigration continent, Government wants the warnings to take up 85 per cent of a packet. is slated to hear the industry’s petition on the size of pictorial warnings on packets of tobacco products. 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