June 7, 2019

The Future of Security: The Lanka Blasts

  • Pratap Heblikar Director, Asia Dialogue Society, Singapore, and Former Special Secretary, Government of India

    Pratap Heblikar
    Director, Asia Dialogue Society, Singapore, and Former Special Secretary, Government of India

Though the suicide bombers from the Easter Sunday Attacks in Sri Lanka were of Sri Lankan origin, the scale of operation and sophistication of the attacks suggests foreign assistance. 

Pratap Heblikar, Former Special Secretary, Government of India unwraps the national security implications for India at the 57th SynergiaForum.

Context

There is not sufficient information made public regarding the raison d’etre behind the Sri Lankan terror attack. It may be premature to speculate the exact nature and objective of such an attack. Despite ISIS claiming responsibility for the attack, the Sri Lankan investigation has not found evidence of ISIS’s conclusive involvement. Freedom of the internet, which is central to the democratic ideals of free speech and expression, may have motivated violence across the ideological spectrum. 

While the relationship between Sinhalese and the minority Muslims traders is tense, could this disquent have created a platform for international actors to unleash their agenda? The nature of bombs used and very high destructive capability clearly shows that they have been built by some of the best experts. 

 

Focus areas of discussion

  • What are the possible motives behind the attacks?
  • Were the blasts an act of retaliation to the Christchurch mosque attacks?
  • Could the deficit of trust among the different communities in the country have set the trigger for these attacks?
  • Why was Sri Lanka targeted?
  • How were the attacks carried out?
  • How do we tackle terrorism and insurgency?

 

Experts

Pratap Heblikar
Pratap Heblikar
Director, Asia Dialogue Society, Singapore, and Former Special Secretary, Government of India

<p>Pratap Heblikar is the Director of the Asia Dialogue Society, a Singapore based think tank focusing on international affairs (with an emphasis on Asia), non security issues and next generation challenges. Mr. Heblikar is also a former Special Secretary for the Government of India and has also been an adjunct faculty at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore as well as a visiting professor at the Manipal University, Manipal.</p>