Group Discussion on Terrorism

The definition of terrorism in the Oxford dictionary is the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

In the wake of increase in inhuman activities around the world, a true fight against terrorism has to be dedicated towards the end of these anti-social elements instead of blame game.

Group Discussion on Terrorism is often a part of selection process for various exams. Here are some facts, quotes and arguments to help you in steering the GD in the right direction. Also provided is a list of possible GD Topics on Terrorism.

Some facts on Terrorism:

  • Most terrorism related violence is concentrated in only five countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria. They together account for 78 percent of all terrorism related deaths.
  • Contrary to what the media shows, in the West, so called lone wolf attacks, are responsible for 70 percent of all deaths since 2006. It is proven that in 4 out 5 cases, it had to do with right wing extremists, nationalists, anti-governmental elements or supremacist. Islamic fundamentalism is not the prime convict.
  • Western countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia and European nations account for only 2.6 percent of deaths in 21st-century terror attacks. If we exclude the deaths from 9/11, the figure is just 0.5 percent.
  • From 1989 to 2014, 93 percent of all terrorist attacks occurred in countries with high levels of state sponsored terror.

Group discussion topics on Terrorism, you can expect to see:

1. What is the main drive for terrorism - Religion or Politics?
2. Islamophobia - Justified or not?
3. Media accusations are responsible for hate culture.
4. Terrorists - Political minions or Misled youths?
5. Media must be responsible before pointing fingers.
6. Immigrants and refugees are harmful for host nations.
7. Terrorism - Rise of inhumanity or Vengeance?
8. How should the nations deal with global terrorism?
9. Is terrorism a price we are paying for democracy?
10. Should Muslims be leading the battle against terrorism?
11. Should Malala Yousafzai return to her native land and fight for the rights of girls?
12. Declaring anyone a terrorist is creating a culture of hate, just as dangerous as terrorism.
13. Lone wolf terrorism in the West should be addressed by the Media.
14. Keyboard warriors accusing each other freely on social media should be stopped.
15. Teacher reports six-year-old with down syndrome as a terrorist - Hate crime or Fear?

Some quotes that can be used in the Group Discussions on Terrorism:

"What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we've never met."
- David Levithan

"Whoever kills an innocent life, it is as if he has killed all of humanity."
- Surat Al-Ma'idah 5:32

Terrorism has its roots in Politics:

1. Expansion: For ruling, for claiming land, for spreading their power and province over a region and its people - that's what it has always been about.

2. Invasion: Invade a land and call it fight against hidden terrorists. Kill people in the name of religion and fight for their rights to live. It pretty much explains politics.

3. Studies show: Most terror activities in the West are centred on political issues and not ideological idiocy.

4. Blame game: Blow the rails and put the blame on the ruling party has been the golden rule since forever.

No, it is religion understood wrong:

1. Supremacy: Trying to prove their supremacy over everyone else is what drives them to kill and behead.

2. Intolerance: Not accepting pluralism, putting to silence all views that are against their own are all major philosophies that drives these animals.

3. Or lack of religion: These are people who have never read the holy books just heard the leaders speak all sorts of misleading interpretations driving them to kill for the so called holy cause.

4. Giving a cause: And what better than religion to make a bunch of uneducated vulnerable to do as they direct them.


The fight against terrorism is only possible when we stop defining terrorism by what our politicians and media show it to be. We have to understand that if there are people oppressing, there are people of the same religion fighting a silent war against them every day as they are labelled a prospective terrorist.

We hope that you find this GD guide on Terrorism helpful in preparing for your entrance exams, placement tests and other selection processes.