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Friday, August 29, 2008

State's softness on Bajrang Dal, VHP and allied organisations

1. Two persons including an RSS activist and a former Bajrang Dal activist were killed while allegedly making bombs in Kanpur recently and police recovered explosives, timers and other devices from the room, but it didn't make much of a news.

Except a few papers, none took notice of the trend and also the revelation that they were planning blasts to take revenge on Muslims. There were no follow-ups of the sort of 'links' that we hear in other cases which keep news on front page for days after such incidents.

Even media watchdog The Hoot had this to write under the headline: No Followup

Mail Today carried two stories on August 26 and 27 on
the Bajrang Dal bombers, members of the BD who were accidentally killed in
Kanpur while assembling bombs to mount a terrorist attack. It said police
suspect these were meant for retaliatory attacks for the Ahmedabad blasts. The
second story said the bomb- makers of Kanpur seem to be part of a larger network
of terrorists planning a major attack. Amazingly, except for a small inside
story in the Indian Express on August 27, no paper thought this was worth a
follow up!

Now, is it strange! Not at all.

2. In June, Hindu Jagran Manch activists were arrested for bomb blast at a theatre in Thane. The news had again got underplayed. They had confessed that they were involved in similar attempts in the past also.

3. In Nanded, the police had even recovered 'Muslim topis (skull caps)' and 'fake beards' during search at the house of Hindutva militants who were responsible for blasts. Again, most newspapers and channels ignored it.

4. In Tirunelveli, the police arrested workers of Hindu Munnani for blast at RSS office that was aimed to pit both communities against each other and lead to communal conflagration.

5. And there are many more examples. This is not a propaganda blog, which is aimed to highlight such things. But I am really disturbed by the tendency to take any Muslim as suspect and brand him as terrorist, with lawyers not ready to take up their cases and then throw him in jail, but ignore any other offender or probe his involvement especially if the person belongs to RSS, VHP, BD, at all.

I discussed it with a journalist friend (non-Muslim) and despite his secular views, he was adamant that Hindus can't be involved in such activities. I truly understand now why the police wouldn't think the same.

But this is the root of the problem. Flashback 1992. The Babri Masjid was demolished. It was a terrorist act and most Hindus were also unhappy with this development. We all know what happened after that.

PV Narsimharao's Congress government instantly decided to ban five organisations including RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal along with Jamat-e-Islami and ISS. Though it was very clear that Jamaat-e-Islami and ISS (Abdul Nasser Madani's Islamic Sevak Sangh) were not involved in the demolition.

But the message was that it was a sort of 'balance' that three Hindu organisations were banned so two Muslim bodies had also to face a similar situation. At least, Jamat-e-Islami had no reason to be banned.

But those involved in Kar Seva and demolition were never booked under any stringent provision of IPC and were let off. Kalyan Singh mocked Indian judicial system when he was awarded a day's sentence and almost became a hero rather a culprit.

Clearly, the state was being soft on Hindutva oraganisations. The organisations had tasted blood. However, the situation didn't change in the years to come. For extremely provocative statements the leaders like Pravin Togadia and Bal Thackeray were never booked and when their cadre went on rampage nothing happened but Muslim leaders like Madani were thrown into jail and ordinary Muslim youths were framed and booked under TADA and POTA.

In state after state, in small districts, towns and villages, (just like Gujarat or in Orissa's Kandhamal where the scale is too large), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal have been involved acts that easily fall in the definition of terrorism. But they are never made to face the law of the land.

This is a major issue which our state must deal with, at the earliest. Be harsh on anybody who breaks the law. And if one has any doubt on the kind of treatment that is being meted out to innocent Muslims by a section of biased police, just read the last four issues of Tehelka.

My sole submission is that the state must take harshest possible action on Muslims found guilty of any terror activity, but don't let off the other person just because of his faith or the organisation he is allied to.

Ban the Bajrang Dal and also the VHP, if the state has guts and if the Congress wants to give a message that it has secular credentials. As a secular party it can't have a 'laddoo' in both hands---appeasing Hindu fundamentalist and Muslim fundamentalists. Ban both SIMI and also the VHP-BD.

Read Subhash Ghatade's article 'One India, Two people' that tells how innocent guys were framed and branded terrorists.


Anonymous said...

...VHP, Bajrang Dal etc have never been involved in terrorist activities. There is no evidence of them being involved in any bomb blast in India.

If there was sufficient evidence to ban Bajrang Dal and VHP, the Congress and Communists would not have waited for a second to ban them. Why do you think the Congress and communists have not banned them yet. The reason is simple - any such ban would be thrown out of the court as it has happened earlier too.

Anonymous said...


By your standards it may not be terrorism but taking off children from wombs of pregnant women and raping girls, burning innocents and killing them in cold blood in Orissa and Gujarat and other places is the worst crime against humanity. Place yourself among victims and then you will understand.


Anonymous said...

@anon2 (from anon1)
Firstly there is little legally admissible evidence of VHP orchestrating those sort of attacks you mention, even though a few individuals might have been involved.

Secondly, there is a legal definition of terrorism, quite separate from what you mention, which is rioting/murder etc.

Sandeep Monga said...

I have been reading your blog for quite sometime now & have wanted to write something.You are an educated person & therefore this article seems a little strange.I am not going to say that VHP, Bajrang Dal people are saints , no not by any streach of imagination,but yes they have not been implicated in any terrorist activity but provoking people against any religion or caste or creed is also punishable,yes they are terrorists if they kill anyone or rape women or they kill pregnant women or kill children or even unborn(how disgusting).They deserve the same punishment as an terrorist.These organisations should also be watched.The are also publishing hate litrature hence they should be also banned like SIMI .SIMI glorifies Osama ,wants the rule of Islam,they also do the same as they want Hindu rule,so they are two sides of the same coin.

urdudaaN said...

And the 'sold out' fascists running TV channels like 'Aaaj tak', are running these stories;
1>> Is the Modi way the only effective method to combat terrorism?
2>> The annual budget of SIMI and their source of its income?

Is there any humanity left in the mud filled minds of the Media parrots? -NO-

It is not hidden, how many dollars are being sent by desparate hindutva fundamentalists (coward RSS sympathizers) from US to finance fascism and killings in India by VHP and Bajrang dal hooligans.

And here are these educated RSS minded idiots, who are blinded by their own inactivities in the past and glorify their inhuman activities by supporting the killing of their own innocent citizens.

Education has not helped them in any way.

bimlesh said...


unfortunately you dont have the full knowledge.yes two activists were killed while making bombs, Do you know both were ex members of the Bajrang dal and were unemployed youth engaged in criminal activities?Do you know all their family members were rounded up and are still in Police custody for questioning. Their families have been socially boycotted by the local communities in Kanpur.

Now contrast that to how Muslims in India react when Muslims of a the neighbourhood to which a suspect belons are rounded up.There is ahuge hue and cry by one and all, political pressure is applied to ensure that the culprits are never caught and to allow them to continue conspiring against the nation killing 100s of innocent people. have you ever heard or read if the muslim community has ever socially boycotted a terrorist's family?At least I haven't.

Fact is some muslims aided by political parties feel that even after they commit crime, police shud take no action against them. Why else have we till date not heard a single muslim say that yes Afzal guru should be hanged as decided by the Supreme Court for treason and waging war against the nation?As for babri Masjid demolition , do you know that 100s of people were killed during the kar seva, in each and ever state 100s of youth were rounded up for being kar sevaks who spent 10-12 years in prison for doing no crime.Have you ever read the national media put stories of how lives of such people were destroyed?No.

I hope put things in perspective. The question is not whether they are " my terrorist" and "your terrorist".Its rather about how communities weed out such anti social elements.Unfortunately in the muslim community such saner voices going against islamic terrorists ( jehadis)have been far and fewer.

indscribe said...

Mr Bimlesh,

Had it been two Muslim youths, the duo would have been framed long ago and their names linked to all sorts of foreign terror groups.

I wish you could read past posts of this blog. In case of Afzal Guru also there are many Muslim voices in favour of his execution just like there are those against it.

There have been so many cases of innocent Muslims framed and later let off by courts that one has lost count.

The police act communally, lawyers refuse to fight case of anybody who is framed and papers accept that a person is guilty just because ops have said it.

Who says that there should not be action on terrorists? But innocents just because of their religion shouldn't be framed.

You are not aware of how chilling the stories of police torture are. That's why you are saying that.

Read this link....
One India, Two People by Subhash Ghatade</a

Or the recent Tehelka issues.

Anonymous said...


this is the problem of you guys. you will give clean-chit to even criminal guys because you feel they are 'your' people and not speak for even one innocent muslim.

the police are also like that. they never think that a hindu can do anything. even if they think they don't act.


Anser Azim said...

I wish I can see all Indians with this kind of spirit. Hindus and muslims alike. the news I saw depict the real Islam and the message of our book.
Worth watching.

anser azim, Chicago

ash said...

i completely agree with bimlesh

Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone,

I have read a lot of posts on this topic. I have read a lot of pro and anti religion statments. We should realize that at the end of the india we are all indians and anyone who is proud to be an indian must respect the indian constitutuion. I believe that there is no place for religious fundamentalism in a secular country like india. I believe diversity of religion language and culture is what makes india unique. We have 20 odd official languages , a variety of culture ,art ,cuisione and most importantly people. it is this nature of our country that we have done so well and reached so far in terms of progress and development that we are among the fastest growing economy in the world. India, pakistan and bangladesh all became independent at the same time why do you think india is much better as compared to out neighbours ?

At last i would like to end with a few famous lines of our forefathers who fought against the british to give us all that we cherish today ...

"Hum laye hain toofan se kashti nikaal ke is desh ko rakhna mere baccho sambhal ke ....."

We as indians owe it to them.

Jai Bharth!!