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A supporter of India's main opposition Congress party shouts slogans as he waves the party flag during a public meeting in Gandhinagar

Dozens of possible definitions have been suggested for the term “terrorism”. Politicians have used a definition that suits their agenda while civil society has introduced an emotional element to the classification. This uncertainty has greatly compounded the difficulty in providing a precise meaning of the term. However what has been agreed upon is that it involves violence and the threat to violence. By the same token, war, coercive diplomacy and bar-room brawls also involve terrorism. Due to this lack of an exact definition of the term, the international media and law enforcement agencies’ onslaught with assumptions and deliberate repetitions of Muslim names after each terror attack, implies that terrorism is a Muslim speciality. It is no different in India.

The profile of “terrorism” in India carries many faces. The Punjab terrorists are Sikhs, the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) is a Hindu terrorist group. Terrorist groups such as the Bodos and Mizos are Christians. In the context of India’s occupation of Kashmir, the armed resistance of the Kashmiris against the Indian military presence is characterised as terrorism while the armed activities of the military which targets innocent civilians are referred to as acts of self- defence.

In the last decade or so, a number of terrorist attacks have been carried out in various parts of India. Amongst others these attacks include: 1) Attack on the Samjhautha Express travelling to Pakistan (Feb 2007) killing 68 passengers, mostly Pakistanis, 2) Attack on Mecca Mosque in Hyderabad City(May 2007) killing 14 people, 3) Three bomb blasts in the Muslim-majority city of Malegaon (September 2008). The investigation into these blasts was carried out by one Hemant Karkare, an honest, God-fearing and thoroughly professional Officer. He was chief of the Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) in Mumbai. ( See “Who Killed Karkare” by  S. M. Mushrif, p 172, 173,174) and 4) Attack on the Sufi Shrine at Ajmer in 2007.

Interestingly, the investigations into these so-called “terror attacks” were quickly taken over by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) of the Government of India and not by the judiciary as you would expect. The motive is to project the narrative of the IB and the Brahminists and not that of a proper police investigation. The general public perception in India is that Muslims are by and large unpatriotic and are inclined towards Pakistan. The non-Brahmins or the “untouchables” are highly indoctrinated and believe that they are destined to belong to the lower caste because of their birth and the Brahmins will always be the superior class, almost divine and destined to rule Indian society for eternity.  Therefore the Brahmin element within Hindu society have infiltrated the IB to ensure that their superior status is retained and maintained.

Independent investigations suggest that a well organised and an extensive Hindu terror network is responsible for the wave of deadly terror attacks around India, previously blamed on radical Muslims. Information contained in a 2011 confession, reported in an Indian News Magazine and given in court by a Hindu holy man, advocates that he and several others linked to a right-wing Hindu organisation, planned and carried out attacks on a train travelling to Pakistan (the Samjhautha Express), a Sufi shrine (Ajmer) and a mosque as well as two assaults on Malegaon, a town in southern India with a large Muslim population.

It also suggests those involved were senior members of a religious group that is the parent organisation of India’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This religious group, the Rashtriya Swayamsivak Sangh (RSS), established in 1927 and inspired by the Fascist movement in Europe, are great admirers of Adolf Hitler. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the leader of the BJP, which is the political wing of the RSS.

By the year 2000 the RSS had more than 60000 branches across India and an army of more than 4 million volunteers. Their doctrine states that India is for the Hindus only. Minorities within the country including foreigners must be denied citizenship of India. In his latest book “The Betrayal of India”, and revisiting the evidence submitted in the investigation into the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, Elias Davidson is highly critical of the official version. He makes the following conclusions: India’s major institutions, including the Central Government, police and Intelligence services have deliberately suppressed the truth and continue to do so and India’s judiciary has failed in its duty to establish the truth and render justice.

Ibrahim Vawda works for the Media Review Network based in Johannesburg, South Africa.