I had once read a story where they put frogs into boiling water and they immediately jump out but they put them into warm water and slowly increase the temperature and the frogs stay inside and wait to be slowly cooked, without realizing that they are being killed. I am wondering if radicalism comes to states in such a manner.
To look at an example, Jyoti Thottam talks about the Indian state of Kerala in his article in Time magazine on the August 1-8 issue. One of the most developed states of India of the time is turning into a state shaded by radicalism, as Thottam puts it.
Kerala was a state of prosperity. Even with 20% Muslim, 60% Hindu and 20% Christian they did not have low grade warfare. It used to be a state of first rate world health standards and near universal literacy. But as IBN Battuta predicted, its joy was followed by distress. Entering the 21st century Kerala has been the home for many radical and extremist ideologies as well as their applications. As Thottam puts it: “The extremists of course are a tiny minority, but their ideology has taken root, fed on growing disaffection of those left out of Kerala’s economic and social miracle” .
There are also organizations that enforce extremism. These groups have a reputation of helping lost young men break free of their desire for worldly pleasures. But investigators have labeled these groups as jihadi recruiters. Thottam also classifies the activist individuals in the article as textbook cases of how extremists prey on migrant workers in the Gulf.“ Once they’ve helped you out they have got you into their clutches” states Home Secretary G.K. Pillai.
It would be interesting to find an example which refutes the hypothesis above, whereby radicalism comes suddenly and with no pre-warning.