Friday, 24 October 2008

Now Hindu 'terrorists': Is Sadhvi Pragya mastermind of Malegaon blasts?

Though linking religion with terrorism doesn't sound well, the question that faces the country today is whether so-called Hindu terrorism has finally arrived in India, as a response to Muslim terrorism?

That's something which is also haunting Indian policy makers, intelligence agencies and the nation itself. We, the police and the media remained in a state of denial about the role of fringe RSS organisations despite Orissa killings and attacks in Karnataka.

Though the role of RSS, Bajrang Dal and its affiliate organisations were found involved in blasts in Nanded, Tenkasi and Thane apart from some other cases like attacks on mosque in Parbhani and Jalna, but we always kept our eyes closed.

After the death of Bajrang Dal workers while making bombs in Kanpur, the issue was again raised. But now the Anti-Terrorist Squad's arrest of Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) workers from Indore for the bomb blasts in Modasa town in Gujarat and Malegaon before Id, have confirmed that there is a possible Hindu terrorism in this country.

Pragya Devi alias Pragya Singh Thakur alias Pragya Bharti, who was living in Gujarat, is a firebrand Sadhvi in Ritambhara mould and her arrest, suggests that there is a role of such organisations in terrorism. Hate leads to terrorism and this country has enough of it.

Riots, genocides and terrorism are all manifestations of this hate. Though it is sad to classify terrorism on the basis of religion and castes, this is inevitable now. Sangh is known to flirt with terror. The RSS has an ability to form offshoots and fringe groups which it can easily disown after any thing goes wrong.

Since 1993, Bajrang Dal cadre has been involved in bomb baking. They were arrested in Madhya Pradesh in 1993. Now there are cases from as far as Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

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