It is a painstakingly detailed, comprehensive and insightful book on Pakistan’s arch terrorist organisation, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. It compiles the history of the organisation, its precise positioning and virulent mal intents as it stands today, beginning from the story of its founder leader, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
What makes the book a unique read for the global savants on terrorism is that a mass of data, hitherto little known, has been masterfully marshalled to convincingly demonstrate that this state-based terror group poses as great a threat to the world as the stateless entity, al Qaeda.
The uncomfortably persuasive denouement of this work is that the ambitious sweep of LeTs targets of domination through terrorism include, besides India, the South East Asian countries in the Indian Ocean, across the Pacific to the US and ultimately, Pakistan itself.
For the hope of an enduring stability in a region flush with nuclear weapons to be nurtured to reality, terrorist groups like LeT need to be dismantled and decimated.
The Caliphates Soldiers is a must read for all those who want the world to be free of violence and terror.
Wilson John is a senior fellow with the Observer Research Foundation, a well-known public policy think tank in New Delhi. His areas of research include Pakistan, Indias neighbourhood and terrorism, having also presented several papers on the subjects at national and international conferences.
He has authored/edited eleven books including Pakistan: The Struggle Within; and Navigating the Near: Non-Traditional Security Threats to India in 2020.