Chidambaram’s Claptrap The nomenclature “Saffron Terrorism” is a ham-fisted ploy to malign Hindus

The cover story of the previous issue of Uday India focussed extensively on “Hindu Slavery”. This fact was further substantiated last week. Inaugurating the three-day conference of state police chiefs and Inspector-Generals of Police in New Delhi, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram stooped to a new low. Speaking at the conference, he, under the garb of pseudo-secularism or simply put, to appease minorities, coined a new nomenclature “Saffron Terrorism”. He premised his claim on the inference of the accused in the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, Samjhauta Express and Ajmer blasts—thus it was a complete leap in the dark. It is worth mentioning that these blasts were generally thought to be the work of Islamic terror outfits. The investigating agencies themselves mentioned this possibility in their earlier reports on the blasts. But later, wittingly or unwittingly, discarding their earlier claim, the investigating agencies held Hindu sadhu-sadhvi responsible for these blasts. When the investigating agencies thrust aside their first claim of involvement of Islamic terror outfits, it is quite feasible that their latter assertion implicating Hindu sadhu-sadhvi may eventually come to a cropper. Strengthening this fact, the country’s eminent security expert B Raman, who has been Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, pointed out that the US investigators seem to believe that jihadi organisations from Pakistan were involved in these terrorist attacks. If they are correct, the contention of our investigators that the arrested Hindus were involved in these blasts stands disproved. Our investigators are still to make a headway in these cases. The contradictions in the conclusions of the US and Indian investigators show that while there may be prima facie evidence against the arrested Hindus, the evidence may not be strong enough.

                Until the accused in these cases are not convicted by the court, Chidambaram, who holds a very responsible position in the government, should not talk irresponsibly like this on issues that could have far-reaching effects. Because of his position, what he speaks will assume authenticity, and this makes other nations believe that it is an acknowledgment of India about its own terrorists. He must produce substantial evidences before making such claims, when it can hurt the sentiments of a larger part of the society. But Chidambaram would not budge, as this week he again spoke in support of his claim, thus laying it on with a trowel. But then it is in consonance with Congress culture. If it benefits Congress, the Congress leaders will invent such terms. These are purely political statements to malign the Hindus and please their vote banks. Using generic term “Saffron Terrorism” for isolated acts allegedly of one small Hindu group is incorrect and malicious. This is not to defend these horrific actions. These are terrorist acts and perpetrators must be punished. But applying a generic label on these stray acts is politically motivated and inflammatory. These pseudo-secularist leaders should understand that grass is always not greener on their side.

                But what is more painful is the fact that a large section of media have started using word “Saffron Terrorism” even when there is no proof of such activity. In fact a large section of the media is hijacked by some agencies, which are out to defame anything which is concerning Hindus. The other day, in a debate on the issue of “Saffron Terrorism” two English news channels, both “paid channels”, showed their true colours. Their anchors were taking names of Sadhvi Pragya and Purohit out of context, but said nothing about Madhani, who is also facing trial on serious charges. I believe the biggest threat and enemy of India, more than Pakistan or Islamic terrorism many times over, are the pseudo-secular Indian politicians and the ‘secular’ media, which you must agree are overwhelmingly Hindu. Our external enemies attack us only once in a while but these people are destroying our body and soul from within. Therefore, it is very important for all the ‘secular’ leaders of all the political shades of opinions and media to shun extremist stand and show some flexibility, as the innocent Hindus are sandwiched between the devil and the deep sea.

                I conclude by stating that this issue of Uday India is a twin issue. I hope that having gone through this issue, you would concur that this issue has brought out articles covering a wide range of issues, which you must be finding enlightening, engrossing and enthralling. So, enjoy reading.

Deepak Kumar Rath

Deepak Kumar Rath

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