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Hindu Terror Goebbelistic Propaganda

Updated: January 22, 2011 2:16 pm

“I am proud to belong to a religion, which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.”

Swami Vivekananda, whose birth anniversary falls on January 12, thundered these words at World Parliament of Religions in Chicago on September 11, 1893, as a proud Hindu. But it seems that a race is on among senior Congress leaders to directly or indirectly support jehadi terror groups and to malign Hindus by projecting Hindus as terrorists. Digvijay Singh’s incessant blether on so-called Hindu terror only corroborates his mental bankruptcy. Although his butt is on the line, he would not stop his babble for vote-bank politics—with a sullen defiance. And to achieve this objective he resorted to all kinds of Goebbelistic propaganda. But then the beholden old guard of Congress is not alone in this seedy dramatised chorus. He was joined by Congress’ ‘Yuvraj’ Rahul Gandhi and Home Minister P Chidambaram. According to a US cable, dated August 3, 2009, put out recently by WikiLeaks, Rahul Gandhi warned that the bigger threat may be the growth of radicalised Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community. The cable is based on a conversation between US Ambassador Timothy Roemer and Rahul Gandhi on July 20, 2009, during a lunch hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for visiting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Thus the ‘Yuvraj’ of Congress, by identifying Hindu radical groups as bigger threats, had contradicted his own government’s line as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had often classified Maoism and terror emanating from Pakistan as the biggest internal security threats. Also he has given a big leverage to the propaganda of terror groups operating from Pakistan and certain segments of the Pakistani establishment.

                The Home Minister P Chidambaram too jumped over their bandwagon when he made a remark at a conference of state police chiefs, security and intelligence officials in August 2010 that apart from the well-known threat of the infiltration of jehadi terrorists, there is also now the phenomenon of “saffron terrorism”. His statement is also biased. If any person is involved in terrorist activity, book him, prosecute him, punish and carry out the sentence swiftly. The state should not drag on the process. But these Congress leaders suddenly finding a colour to a particular individual or group in certain cases is highly objectionable. In fact in recent years, the Congress leaders have started talking about Hindu terrorism as if all the problems in India are mostly due to the Hindu intolerance towards Muslims. These Congress leaders have successfully fooled a self-proclaimed liberal thinkers and a section of pseudo-secular media with their chimera of Hindu terrorism. Because of this, in India, recently a new term is coined—“the saffron terror”. Since saffron terror is relatively a newer issue, I want to discuss a bit about the origin and the significance of the saffron and how much link does it have with terrorism. The ancient India, as historians recorded, was a self-contained world. The sacred soil of this holy land was a land of spirituality, philosophy and self-realisation for thousands of years till the time an army of Bedouin barbarians attacked it with sword in one hand and a book in other hand. This ancient nation is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Saffron is the only colour that can symbolise all aspects of Hinduism. It is the colour of ‘Agni’ or fire, which symbolises the Supreme Being. Fire worship had its origin in the Vedic age. The saffron colour, also auspicious to the Sikhs, the Buddhists and the Jains, seems to have obtained religious significance much before these religions came into being. During olden days, when sages moved from one ashram to another, it was customary to carry the fire along. But it was inconvenient to carry a burning substance over long distances. This had given rise to the symbol of a saffron flag, a symbol for flames. Triangular and often forked saffron flags are seen fluttering atop the Hindu temples and Sikh gurdwaras. While Sikhs regard it as a militant colour, Buddhist monks and Hindu saints wear robes of this colour as a mark of renunciation of material life. Saffron is the symbol of united India. So coining the term “Saffron terror” by Congress leaders is very harmful for the country.

                Furthermore, world over and in India particular no one can hide the fact that in recent years violence has been resorted to by mainly people belonging to a particular religion. Ninety per cent belong to this religion and group. That doesn’t mean that all people belonging to this religion are terrorists. Have Digvijay Singh, Rahul Gandhi and P Chidambaram any time classified these acts as “Green Terror”? Just because the majority community happens to be soft target, these Congress leaders can say anything and get away. Vote-bank politics should be kept away from terrorism—a common enemy. While these leaders and a section of the secularist brigade in the media have been busy constructing the myth of “Hindu terror”, the real terrorists have made deep inroads into the country. Whether these fabricating fantasies of saffron terror are being made to divert the nation’s attention from real terrorism is an issue that should concern security agencies. We all know how red herrings are frequently used by vested interests to shield the guilty from justice. Therefore, attempts to create the façade of Hindu terror being assiduously promoted by the Congress and its cronies have to be seen in this light. The canard has to be buried so that our national resolve is not weakened.

Deepak Kumar Rath

Deepak Kumar Rath

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