(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 19, 2012
Defeat Pernicious Hindutva Terror Designs
YET another link to the terror web cast by the RSS and its affiliates has been established with the arrest of one Kamal Chauhan by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for his alleged involvement in the terrorist bomb blast on the Samjhauta Express that claimed the life of 68 passengers of the Delhi-Lahore train around midnight of February 18, 2007.
The arrest of this longstanding RSS activist from Madhya Pradesh is the second in this case. Earlier, in June 2010, one Lokesh Sharma, also from Madhya Pradesh, was arrested on charges of attending a meeting in which this terrorist attack was planned. Media reports suggest that investigative agencies are now framing fresh charges on his alleged participation in the actual bombing itself.
Crucial leads indicating the involvement of RSS and its affiliates in the Samjhauta bombing came after investigations that established that these outfits were linked with the terrorist attacks at Malegaon (September 8, 2008), Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad (May 18, 2007) and at the Dargah in Ajmer Sharif (October 11, 2007). These have established the RSS links in creating this web of Hindutva terror.
The CPI(M) had, in fact, drawn the attention of the central government, much earlier, at a meeting of the National Integration Council on October 13, 2008. “Police investigations in the past few years have noted the involvement of Bajrang Dal or other RSS tentacles in various bomb blasts across the country – in 2003, in Parbani, Jalna and in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra; in 2005, in Mau district of Uttar Pradesh; in 2006, in Nanded; in January 2008, at the RSS office in Tenkasi, Tirunelveli; in August 2008, in Kanpur etc etc. Internal security of our country can be strengthened only when all such cases are also probed impartially and with the same degree of intensity”.
Following this and the subsequent leads, the union home ministry’s report card for July 2010 announced that the NIA will probe the terrorist attacks on the Samjhauta Express. It is these investigations that have led to the current arrest. Investigations also revealed, according to media reports, that a core group of RSS leaders were involved in the manufacture of explosives and planned a series of Hindutva terrorist attacks that began in 2002.
The disillusionment that set in amongst sections of the RSS following the then reigning Vajpayee led central government’s alleged dilution of the core Hindutva agenda (by putting on the back burner issues like temple construction in Ayodhya, to appease NDA allies for the government’s survival) and the apparent refusal to replicate nationwide the 2002 communal genocide in Gujarat are believed to be the reason for the rise of militant Hindutva terror.
Surely, the RSS, as is its wont, will once again proclaim that such terrorist acts may be the result of actions by a few `deviant elements’ but will insist that the organisation as a whole is not to be blamed. Such claims are nothing original. This is precisely what was said about Nathuram Godse following the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Godse’s brother, however, is on record, in a media interview, to say that all brothers in the family were active members of the RSS.
However, the history of
the RSS and
its methodology of functioning belies such theories of a
between the `core’ and the `fringe’. The
issue of imparting militant training to the Hindus and using violence
political weapon by the RSS has a long history.
It was Savarkar (who advanced the two nation theory – Islamic
– full two years before Jinnah did) who gave the slogan “Hinduise
all politics and militarise Hindudom”. Inspired
by this, Dr B S Moonje, mentor of
RSS founder Dr Hegdewar, travelled to
The RSS often questions
`Hindu terrorism’ asking, “How can you club an entire community with
concept of terrorism?” Its former chief
once went further to state, “Coining such terms is the conspiracy to
Sangh. It is a political conspiracy to defeat and defame Hindutva
forces.” Very cleverly, the terms
`Hindu’ are used synonymously. What we
are speaking about is Hindutva terror, not Hindu terror.
Clearly, no religious community, as a whole,
can be held responsible for the terrorist activities of individuals
that religion. Same yardstick, however,
should apply to other religions as well.
However, not, according to the RSS.
The RSS routinely adopts resolutions seeking to, “curb Islamic
with an iron hand”. This is not merely
an expression of double standards. It
reflects the ideological roots of converting the modern secular
In these columns, we continue to maintain that terrorism has no religion. It is simply anti-national and, hence, the country should display zero tolerance. Further, terrorism of all varieties only feed and strengthen each other, seeking to destroy the very unity and integrity of our country.
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