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How Pakistan Tried to Gain from Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Hindu Terror’ Theory

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria

In a disclosure made by then Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, the Lashkar e Taiba (LeT) had made plans to ensure that 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab would have died as Bengaluru resident Samir Dinesh Chaudhari with a ‘red thread tied around his wrist’. As per news reports, Maria has indicated in his upcoming book that the militant group intended to project the terrorist attack as a case of ‘Hindu terrorism’. Further, the dead terrorists carried fake ID cards of Arunodaya College in Hyderabad, with a similar card planned for Kasab as well.

Attempts to Tap into Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Hindu Terror’ Charges?

Looking at the prevailing political environment at the time, one wonders if the LeT was keen on tapping into the efforts being put in by Rahul Gandhi and other leaders of the Congrress in peddling a fake ‘Hindu terror’ theory for petty political gains. Rahul Gandhi had once told the United States Ambassador to India that the real threat to India was ‘Hindu Terror’, a fictitious moniker created by the UPA government of the time, with P Chidambaram, Shivraj Patil and Sushil Kumar Shinde at the helm. The term was an attempt to distract attention from the inability of the government to protect Indians from daily terror acts. The UPA leaders left no stone unturned, be it the Samjhauta Express blast or the Mecca Masjid blast, to make them look like the work of ‘terrorists of Hindu outfits’. The cost paid for it was tragically high, as the UPA government kept harping on the theory instead of focusing on boosting up security. The UPA government even hid facts, which would have had major consequences, political and national, that are coming out to this day.

Congress Leaders, Section of Media Tried to Protray 26/11 as ‘Hindu Terror’

Rahul Gandhi was not alone; other people within the Congress had no qualms in associating himself with the theory of ‘Hindu terror’ playing a role in 26/11. Soon after the attack, Digvijay Singh had in fact publicly launched a book written by editor of Urdu paper Roznama Rashtriya Sahara Aziz Burney that made the bizarre claim of 26/11 being a conspiracy of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). In the even in Mumbai too, he had constantly harped on the dangers posed by ‘majority terrorism’ in the presence of Mumbai Congress leader Kripashankar Singh and Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi.

He was not in isolation. Mr. A R Antulay, who had been former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Minority Affairs Minister in the UPA government had raised questions. Media reports showed how he had said “There is more to it than meets the eye,” outside the Lok Sabha on December 18, 2008, about the death of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare. This was also carried by large sections of the Urdu press in India, who placed the blame for the attack on a diabolical Zionist-RSS nexus. But for the arrest of David Headley and Abu Jundal, the theories would have never come to arrest.

In fact, it was this Hindu terror theory pushed by Rahul Gandhi and others that the LeT wanted to tap on. Interrogation of Abu Jundal had revealed that as part of a twin-pronged ploy of the LeT, just enough ‘evidence’ would be planted by the terrorists in the process so that the conspiracy theories among a section of media, opinion makers and political leaders that Hindu militants were behind the carnage could gain traction.

UPA Used Terrorists as Political Ploy

As if Hindu terror theory was not enough, the UPA government used other high-profile cases to make political gains. In the Ishrat Jahan case, former Under-Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry R V S Mani had alleged that he was ordered to sign the second affidavit whereby the UPA government had claimed that Ishrat Jahan and three other people who had died in an encounter were not terrorists. Having refused to sign, he was tortured. “The SIT chief (Satish Verma) burnt me with cigarette stubs. I was chased by CBI officer,” he had told a news channel.

In fact, in a public talk, Mani had gone further and claimed how Kamal Nath, then a senior UPA minister had come to meet him during a torture session to coerce him to sign the affidavit. According to Mani, Kamal Nath had chided him by saying “People are ready to drink Rahul Gandhi’s urine and can’t you do this small favour?”

As if this was not enough, the callousness on the subject continues. Sam Pitroda, who advises Rahul Gandhi on a host of subjects, had dismissed concerns on terrorist attacks, questioning the need of the media to react to trivial matters.

One can only wonder how much damage the UPA and Rahul Gandhi inflicted upon India, and thank their fortunes that the Modi government has a strong stance on combating terror and maintaining internal security at all costs.