Monday, January 21, 2013


B.RAMAN has reported as follows: “In a statement that is expected to erupt a huge political row, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Sunday  (January 20,2013), "The RSS and BJP are running terrorist training camps to spread Hindu terrorism."He mentioned the Samjhauta Express and Malegaon blasts  to further enhance his point as he addressed Congress workers at the ongoing ( since concluded) Chintan Shivir in Jaipur . He said that BJP's " cultural nationalism" is actually a weapon to divide the country.”His speech was disastrous, to put it mildly.”

2. Apart from evoking protests from the BJP and the RSS, some of whose leaders have demanded his resignation for projecting the majority Hindu community of India as indulging in terrorism, even many of the Congress delegates to the Shivir were reported to have been embarrassed by his speech which lionized Mrs.Sonia Gandhi and demonized the BJP and the RSS.

3. Realising the damage that might be caused by his “disastrous” speech as described by Rediff, Shri Shinde has subsequently sought to retract from his statement by claiming that he was merely referring to media reports of the investigation made into some cases in the past. He was apparently referring to the media reports of the investigation into the Malegaon blasts that killed many Muslims and the explosion on board the Samjauta Express.

4. It is a fact that investigation into some pre-2008 terrorist incidents brought out that these were not committed by Muslim extremists and that at least some of them such as the Malegaon blasts were acts of reprisal against the Muslims by some Hindu extremists who had an association with the RSS in the past.

5. The investigation so far, based largely on the interrogation of some arrested Hindu suspects, who professed the Hindutva ideology, showed that neither the BJP nor the RSS had any knowledge of the planned acts of reprisal by these suspects. There has been no evidence at all that these organisations had any role in these incidents. These were purely rogue acts of reprisal by these individual Hindus with past association with these organisations.

6. While evidence of the involvement of some Hindu rogue elements in the Malegaon blasts seems to be strong, evidence of their involvement in the Samjauta Express explosion appears to be more circumstantial than direct. Moreover, immediately after it, US authorities had assessed that it was probably caused by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET).They have not come out with any subsequent assessment on it.

7. Investigation into these cases has since been taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) formed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in 2009 when Shri P.Chidambaram was the Home Minister. Despite all its resources, the NIA has not so far been able to come out with a comprehensive conclusion on the alleged involvement of some Hindu extremists in acts of reprisal against Muslims.

8. There has been no sense of urgency in the MHA in having the investigation completed and the suspects prosecuted. One has a strong suspicion that the NIA is sought to be used not for the investigation and prosecution, but for politically needling the BJP and the RSS by periodically leveling allegations against them. This partisan exploitation of the investigation for political purposes is likely to continue till the 2014 elections. Shri Shinde’s statement is part of this partisan exercise.

9. Short-sighted leaders of the Congress do not seem to realize that they have been playing into the hands of Pakistan and weakening our campaign against Pakistan for early action against the masterminds of the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai. Pakistan has been trying to link up its early prosecution of the accused in the 26/11 strikes in Mumbai with our early prosecution of the accused in the Samjauta Express explosion on the ground that many Pakistanis travelling back to Pakistan by this train were killed in this explosion.

10. Shri Shinde’s statement was totally unwarranted and even mischievous because there have been no further acts of reprisal against Muslims after the arrests of the Hindu extremists allegedly involved in the Malegaon blasts. The total stoppage of such acts of reprisal shows that the group involved was very small and its arrest has ended such incidents.

11. Shri Shinde, before his retraction, sought to project as if such conspiracies involving the BJP and the RSS were continuing without any shred of evidence. His objective was to demonise the BJP and the RSS for political advantage before the 2014 polls.

12.The past allegations regarding the involvement of some rogue Hindu extremists in the Samjauta Express explosion are being exploited by the Interior Ministry of the Government of Pakistan. Shri Shinde’s latest allegations are being exploited by Hafeez Mohd Sayeed, the Amir of the Jamatt-ud-Dawa, the political wing of the LET, for claiming not only that there is Hindu terrorism against Muslims in India which justifies the LET’s acts of reprisal to  protect the Indian Muslims, but also that Shri Shinde’s statement shows that so-called Hindu terrorists from India are probably responsible for the recent wave of terrorism in Pakistan itself. His allegations could cause a serious backlash against the members of the Hindu minority in Pakistan.

13. Shri Shinde’s statement carefully avoids any condemnation of the on-going activities and conspiracies of the Indian Mujahideen and its links with the LET. At the same time, it seeks to project sections of the Hindu community who do not support the Congress, as associated with terrorism. His deeply prejudiced and communal stewardship of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs needs to be condemned by all right-thinking persons.( 22-1-13)

( The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and Associate of the Chennai Centre For China Studies.

Twitter: @SORBONNE75)




Vihan said...

I would also add to this the statement of Rahul Gandhi to the former US ambassador Tim Roemer that ``Hindu terrorist groups were a bigger threat to the country than activities of groups like the LeT". It shows a mindset to seek political power at the cost of national security concerns.

A personal observation of mine :

A friend of mine from a north western European country visited India around 2010. I was told that, that person's home country's government had given a travel advisory to be careful of **both** Hindu and Muslim terrorism equally as they plague India. It seems that either western nations have also caught onto the Congress bogey on Hindu terrorism being more or equally dangerous than Muslim terrorism, or the Government of India via its agencies is communicating this type of information to other countries. Either way it shows petty Muslim vote bank politics and appeasement at any cost tactics. It is also one of those things which no government including one of the NDA will never reverse as it would qualify as ``endangering the minority community" consequently loss of votes and a backlash from friendly Muslim countries. Lets face it, we have lost ground to Pakistan and our other adversaries on this one. Unless Muslim leaders come together in large groups and categorically state the facts on the ground the status quo will not change.

True Indian said...

What Shindeji said is correct and accurate. RSS is a TERRORIST organisation and it is high time it is banned by GoI. The author of the blog has some misguided sense of obligation which has corrupted his ability to comprehend. First things first, RSS and BJP by NO stretch of imagination represent the majority community, Hindus, of India. If anything these organisations have leeched on Hindus for protection and to evade the rightful ramifications of their illegal, immoral and sinful activities.

Shindeji merely repeated what is a well known fact by many within the media, investigative agencies and common public. Gujarat and MP in particular are breeding grounds for sanghi/hindutva/hindu TERRORISTS!

My question to the author, should we live in denial or STOP addressing our internal problems only because it may be picked up some anti Indian forces across the border and spun to portray something in their favor?

On one hand we Indians lambast the Govt for not saving us from TERRORISTS and then when they are arresting and acting against TERRORISTS, some of us wrongly criticize and condemn them because of half baked knowledge, living in denial and a false/misguided sense of communal camaraderie.

Pakistani nationals too lived in denial of the Taliban and anti India extremists operating from within their broders, What is the state of Pakistan today? Do we want, India, to become something as horrendous as Pakistan by living in denial? It is time to wake up.

Mr Shinde's comments are COMMENDABLE! He should be rewarded for it!

Baskar K said...

It is very naive of an intelligence analyst to miss the fact that a lapdog like Shinde wouldn't have said such a thing unless there was blessing from the Italian President and the half italian VP. This is a campaign started and blessed by the supreme leadership of the congress and various lapdogs (e.g. SHinde, Chidambaram) and mad dogs (e.g. dig vijay singh, MS aiyar et al) just repeat it ad nauseum. They aren't interested in either concluding any of the investigations, because they bloody well know there isn't any evidence...

vk said...

This is in response to True Indian.

There are always some rogue elements who hijack the narrative.

What Mr. Shinde did is levelled the difference between Pak & India. Now they have the guts of placing Pak sponsored terror and terror in India at same level.

RSS has every right to have its own views, but it would be naive and utterly ignorant of you to think it supports terror.

A Home minister of the country need not mention the opposition party as sponsoring terror in his internal party meeting, if true its a matter for the Government not Congress party meeting. Im never voting for these Congress party thugs.

peter g. said...

Let us understand that the RSS (and the BJP) DO NOT , I repeat DO NOT represent the Hindus of India nor do the various Muslim Hardline groups and the "Muslim" terrorist groups represent Muslim of India.These are all self-styled groups claiming to represent the people of these religions.

Vihan said...

Vihan said...

Mr Shinde's gift which keeps on giving :

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