Rediff.com 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.”
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.
Realising the damage that might be caused by his “disastrous” speech as described by Rediff, Mr 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 Samjhauta Express.
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.
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.
While evidence of the involvement of some Hindu rogue elements in the Malegaon blasts seems to be strong, evidence of their involvement in the Samjhauta 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.
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 Mr 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.
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 levelling allegations against them. This partisan exploitation of the investigation for political purposes is likely to continue till the 2014 elections. Mr Shinde’s statement is part of this partisan exercise.
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 Samjhauta Express explosion on the ground that many Pakistanis travelling back to Pakistan by this train were killed in this explosion.
Mr 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.
Mr 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.
The past allegations regarding the involvement of some rogue Hindu extremists in the Samjhauta Express explosion are being exploited by the Interior Ministry of the Government of Pakistan. Mr 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 Mr 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.
Mr 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.
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
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
What we can expect from this guy belonging to supreme race of south, like the former CBI chief who invetigated after math of godhra incident in Gujarat who gave a clean chit to Modi the butcher. This is always there stand to sweep everything under carpet, for the first time in post partition of Indias history, top bureaucart who is home secretary admitting the involvement of saffron brigades in more than ten teror cases, where as this guy states the involvement fo ex-RSS outfits in just one case. He knows very well how the right wing saffron outfits penetrated in top intelligence agencies of India and is their hall mark to paint and stereo type the muslim minorities . Wether it is ex additional cabinet secretary or retired chief of CBI who headed the SIT to ivestigate post Ahmedabad riots and in specific Jaffry ex-MP burrnt alive at Ahmedabad. Their intention and agenda is to sweep everything under carpet, and none of them wants any thing to surface and see the light of the day.
>> ANWAAR & most Indian Muslims does not want India to progress rapidly...
Idiotic comment, but typical of you.
ANWAAR & most Indian Muslims does not want India to progress rapidly leaving the PROMISED LAND OF INDIAN MUSLIMS- PAKISTAN far behind as it will highlight failure of ISLAM as both India & Pakistan became independent together in 1947. So in Parliament Election 2014 too they will vote to ensure that LOOT SCAM UPA-II continues as LOOT SCAM UPA-III. ----- Indian growth was 8-10% under NDA has been brought down to 5.8% by UPA's worked hard. Rupee went down from 45 to a Dollar to 55 a Dollar, a depriciation of 22% directly pushing up cost of fuel. AND now DIESEL PRICE for PUBLIC TRANSPORT like Railways & State Road Transport Buses used by AAM ADMI has been increased by 25% to market rate while subsidised DIESEL is provided to RICH SUV USERS. -------- ANWAAR will obviously support Congress led UPA Govt as it is dragging India down to social unrest at par with Pakistan.
"If India has to develop into a 21st Century superpower, right wing forces practicing terrorism will have to be thrown out; the attempt by Hindutva forces to suspend the Indian constitution and destroy India cannot be tolerated.
The fact that RSS has indulged in violence in the past, was brought to light first during investigations in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. On August 18, 1948, in a letter addressed to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Sardar Patel wrote: "As regards the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha, the case relating to Gandhiji's murder is sub-judice and I should not like to say anything about the participation of the two organisations, but our reports do confirm that as a result of the activities of these two bodies, particularly the former, an atmosphere was created in the country in which such a ghastly tragedy became possible. There is no doubt in my mind the extreme section of the Hindu Mahasbha was involved in this conspiracy. The activities of the RSS constituted a clear threat to the existence of the government and the state."
Patel had this to say to Golwalkar, the then RSS Chief, in a letter: "The speeches of the Sangh leaders are poisonous. It is as a result of this venom that Mahatma Gandhi has been assassinated. The followers of the Sangh have celebrated Gandhiji's assassination by distributing sweets."
Revelations by Rajeshwar Dayal, UP’s First home secretary: "I must record an episode of a very grave nature. When communal tension was still at fever pitch, the Deputy Inspector General of Police Western Range B.B.L. Jaitley arrived at my house in secrecy. He was accompanied by two of his officers who brought with them two large steel trunks securely locked. When the trunks were opened, they revealed incontrovertible evidence of a dastardly conspiracy to create a communal holocaust throughout the western districts of the province...the trunks were crammed with blueprints of great accuracy and professionalism of every town and village of that vast area prominently marking out the Muslim localities and habitations. There were also detailed instructions regarding access to the various locations, and other matters which amply revealed their sinister purport”.
Apparently, BBL Jaitley had recovered the trunks from a raid on a RSS office. An alarmed Rajeshwar Dayal took the trunks straight to Govind Ballabh Pant, the then chief minister of present-day Uttar Pradesh. Soon, “timely raids conducted on the premises of the RSS brought the massive conspiracy to light. The whole plot had been concerted under the direction and supervision of the Supremo of the organisation himself”. Who was this Supremo? Dayal minces no words: “Both Jaitley and myself pressed for the immediate arrest of the prime accused Shri Golwalkar, who was still in the area”. On page 94 of his book, Dayal makes the necessary connection between the activities of Golwalkar led RSS and Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.
Isn’t it natural for such an organization to unleash another round of hate and terror? Read the charge-sheet of Saadhvi Pragya and Raj Kumar Purohit. It clearly states the objective behind conducting blasts in Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta Express was long-term: to suspend India’s constitution and declare a fascist Hindu Rashtra in the near future.
Check out this Mumbai Mirror link: it showcases a telephonic conversation Raj Kumar Purohit conducted with an accomplice in which Purohit says that he has contacted Israel and Nepal’s King Gyanendra for his anti-India activities, aimed at destroying the Indian constitution.
RSS opposed the republican and democratic character of the Indian constitution..... in the 1940s, Golwalkar objected to the constitution written by Babasaheb Ambedkar, a Dalit, on the incredible ground that it did not include the strictures of the blatantly anti-women, anti-Dalit, anti-OBC Manusmriti." (Amaresh Misra - TOI)
Mr Shinde, I doubt if Sonia had Hafeez Mohd Sayeed in mind when she said '"we need to look for new alliances for 2014".
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