It is less than 48 hours since the two blasts in the Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad on the evening of February 21, 2013, resulted in the death of 16 innocent civilians.
The police and the intelligence agencies are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation. They have not yet done a reconstruction of the act of terrorism. The collection and examination of the forensic evidence have not yet been completed .No arrests and interrogation have been made yet.
Instead of waiting till the investigation makes substantial progress, the police and the agencies, with the help of sensation-hungry media, have already started pointing the finger at the Muslim community, the Indian Mujahideen and Pakistan.
If there is terror, it has to be a Muslim. If he is a Muslim, he has to be from the IM. If it is the IM, it must have acted at the instance of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). That seems to be the thinking reflex of the police and the agencies.
In October last, according to the Delhi Police, a Muslim suspect belonging to the IM told them during his interrogation that the IM had recced the Dilsukhnagar area as a possible target. From this, one could have reasonable suspicion that the IM might have carried out the attack. To strengthen the suspicion, one must have additional evidence which has not been forthcoming till now. Despite this, the police and the agencies in their mind have already turned the suspicion into certainty. Almost the entire investigation is now focused on the IM, overlooking other possibilities.
One cannot think of a more unprofessional way of dealing with terrorism. Very often, our initial hasty conclusions remain unproved or uncorroborated. That is why the investigation of so many of our terrorism cases has reached a dead end. Many of the cases remain undetected or unprosecuted or unsuccessful even if prosecuted.
After every few months, we are taken by surprise by a new act of terrorism because we didn’t investigate professionally the previous acts of terrorism. Our track record has been one of hurtling from one hasty conclusion to another.
Instead of learning lessons from the past, we continue repeating the same mistakes. Imprecise intelligence, alerts not followed up by ground action to strengthen physical security, lack of beat patrolling by the police despite our talking about it for years, absence of professional reconstruction of an act of terrorism to determine how the terrorists managed to succeed, cover-up of the sins of commission and omission of our police and agencies--that has been our track record. Unless we get out of this unprofessional rut, terrorists will continue to strike with impunity and innocent civilians will continue to die.
B. Raman 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
[[There was no monolithic religion called Hinduism, but local cults and dieties.
Hindu was an adminstrative term used by the Muslim kings to describe non-Muslims]]
Someone wise once said:
"Sometimes it is better to remain silent and let people wonder if you are a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt."
Applies perfectly to you.
The word is not the thing, surely. Whatever you want to call it, Hinduism, Bhakti, Vedanta, Dharma, Sanatana Dharma, or simply worship of Vishnu, Siva, Rama et al, there was a religion distinct from others, though of course not monolithic. If you want to feel like a tough guy Moslem invader doling out names to religions for 'administrative purposes', have your fun.
'They settled in India and became mixed with the local population. They were Hindus and Buddhists both. '
There was no monolithic religion called Hinduism, but local cults and dieties.
Hindu was an adminstrative term used by the Muslim kings to describe non-Muslims
The Sakas were essentially Scythians, distinct from the Greeks. Yes, there was some migration of Scythians into India between 100 BCE and 100 ACE. They settled in India and became mixed with the local population. They were Hindus and Buddhists both. Why are we bringing this up?
Terrorism in India over religion is massively Islamic, there's also ultra-left terror from the Naxals. And global terror is overwhelmingly Islamic.
Just Joe King, excellent list of major and minor terrorism. My goodness, the day when we see Jains going around killing people because of 'grievances' or to establish a separate Jain state, to slaughter apostates or blasphemers, to set up a Jain 'caliphate' where ancient Jain laws are enforced, to cleanse a land of non-Jains and non-believers, well that's the day when the universe itself does a complete flip flop. Not before.
[[Apte, Godse, Gokhale, Savarkar, Tilak, Karve and Phadke were CHITPAVAN BRAHAMNS.]]
And how are you so sure your ancestors weren't Chitpavan Brahmins themselves?
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