Published On:11 September 2011
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

EDITORIAL: India at Risk

By Abdul Rashid Agwan

One more bomb blast. The lady luck is yet not blissful on India. The destiny of Indian people has hardly changed for quite some time. Blasts after blasts, charred bodies, injured innocents, media hype, harried police, failing security system and the befitting political rhetoric have almost become in-things in the country. Once again, we are bound to observe the same unconvincing media prompting, investigative rituals, inter-agency blame-game, frustrated cops, crying kith and kin, polemics and a host of blabs around. There is a strong possibility that the obtained situation might be the product of the seized mentality and inapt strategy at the top. It is a time to seriously flash a number of possibilities behind the heinous crime and let the investigation agencies explore all these and other possibilities in chasing the truth behind such events.

The first possibility is that the bomb blast would have been carried out by a terrorist module interested in the clemency of Afzal Guru as hinted in the HuJi email following the blast; contradicted by another claim of ‘Indian Mujahidin’. However, these emails could have been grafted for misleading the course of investigation as well. It is a common practice of most criminals to plant clues that could distract investigation on wrong lines and make some innocent ones suspicious in the eyes of people. Just think for a while whether the blast will exert any meaningful pressure for the suspension of the capital punishment to Afzal Guru in the Parliament attack case or it will rather make it more difficult. It is hard to believe that any terrorist module will help the cause of clemency by killing innocent people the way it happened. The plant could also be from other side of the public discourse who would like that the chances for clemency of Afzal Guru, and for that matter that of Devinder Singh Bhullar and Rajiv Gandhi assassinators as well, be obliterated, if there are any. The very use of the name of Afzal Guru in the email is bound to generate a popular bias against the clemency drives all over the world. So, there is a possibility that the agents working for the reverse cause could be involved in the committed crime.

There is reason for common men to believe that the blast may be an attempt to divert public debate on corruption. Its timing is important. The so-called dry run of May this year, almost at the same spot, was prior to Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare’s call for agitation against corruption and there is a possibility that the present explosion might be planned by someone interested to subvert the national debate. The corruption issue has made a number of individuals and groups unhappy within and outside the country. The blast will be a lead story in media for weeks together and public discourse on corruption would fall relegated into insignificant coverage, at least for the time being. This is also important here to note that the said discourse has entered before its culmination on 28 August into a phase of emerging apprehensions of the SC/ST/OBC and minority groups about its ‘hidden agenda’. Thus, the suppression of national debate on corruption at this stage would benefit both those who were afraid of its consequences and those who were scared of its opposition from the weaker sections of the country. Any interest group can hire services of criminals to divert national attention from the debate.

While taking an objective and dispassionate view of the timing of the event into consideration it may also come to one’s mind that it has some bearing on the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s Bangladesh visit as well. It is a known fact that HuJi is understood to have its base in Bangladesh. And, any blast in the name of HuJi is bound to influence the fallout of the visit. There are forces that would not allow good relations of the country with its neighbors. It has happened several times in the past that timing of such blasts coincided with some diplomatic initiatives aiming at the sub-continental peace or with the visits of international dignitaries to the country. So it can be assumed that some interest groups are at work who would like to affect international policy of the country by creating chaos and confusion around any meaningful initiative of the country; in the present instance the Dhaka visit of the Indian prime minister.

When there is a talk on terrorism in the country it is almost unidirectional. When there is a blast, investigating team’s first guess is predictable. If the investigation has more lines to follow a section in media and political system browbeats it to a blind tunnel. Lack of stringent laws, appeasement, system failure and the like usually surface as strong rejoinders of discussants to the policymakers. Although in the post-Karkare time it has become difficult for the investigation to get rid of the complexity of the conspiracies by dumping a few innocent ones behind the bar and people at large expect more imaginative and objective role of the investigative team for a professional enquiry into the matter.

In the post-Karkare India it is possible to think beyond ‘Muslim’ terrorism only. A number of ‘Hindu’ outfits have been found working to safeguard ‘Hindu’ interests and to force the history of the country to take a particular course. Several observers have named international players active in the country in some of the past events and such roles cannot be ignored in the current incidences too. India is steadily emerging as a big economy and complementary and contradictory market forces are at work not only to take hold of the Indian economy but also that of the Indian politics. It is a known fact that such an event could be systematically used for disrupting local peace and harmony and for exerting pressure for some vested interest.

Besides, the silent allies of political establishment may also use such events to give a conceived message through such events. The statement of the opposition leader of Rajya Sabha Sushma Swaraj is on record in which she blamed the Congress a few years back for planting bombs in Gujarat for disturbing the situation over there. It may be true or not, but it points towards the possibility of some political game played on behalf of any political party coinciding with a particular situation through extreme measures including a bomb blast.

Presumably, India is at risk from within and outside. Some gory gangs and extremist elements of all hues and colors are active at different levels of the power structure or in society at large. We wish the investigation to succeed in exposing the real culprits and conspirators of the bomb blast at the precincts of the Delhi High Court and of other unsolved cases too. However, it is a fact that the mystery of the last six such cases in the country or the last fifteen but one case of Delhi is yet to be unfolded. If the plea of human rights organizations as regards some other ‘solved cases’ and a few court judgments on blast cases are taken into consideration, it would become almost evident that for several years the riddle of terrorism remains practically unrequited. The country needs to take terrorism with some of its deeper aspects rather than going by the face value only. Perhaps, only then we will be able to get rid of from the menace and save innocent lives sacrificed on the proclaimed or hidden agendas of terrorist groups.

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1 comments for "EDITORIAL: India at Risk"

  1. A perfect analysis. India is really at risk from within and outside.

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