The Indian army`s infestation with Hindutva concept is not new, rather decades old. Their atrocity in Kashmir against Muslim men and women is well documented even by Indian Human rights organizations. Their brutal attitude towaards Sikhs in the Golden Temple attack is yet another example and their absence during the rampage in Babri Mosque cannot be denied.
By Dr Raja Muhammad Khan
On December 18, 2010, Swami Aseemanand, the leader of Rashtriya Swayammsewak Sang (RSS), had finally confessed before a court in New Delhi that, he along with a number of other RS activists had a direct role in planning, financing, and executing the samjhota Express blast of Feburary-2007and other acts of terrorism against Muslims and other minorities in India. After this formal confession by this important leader of the RSS, Indian Government has apparently announced a legal action against those responsible for these acts and further interrogating Swami Aseemanand, after his confession. The jailed RSS activists said in his statement that, “It’s not Muslims, but Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists who planned and executed the bomb blasts at Malegaon in 2006, on the Samjhauta Express in 2007, in Ajmer Sharif in 2007 and Mecca Masjid in 2007.”
Following this, Indian government has announced reward for anyone who will provide a lead for the arrest of those pinpointed by Aseemanand. Pakistan, however, asked Indian Government for sharing the details of these revelations by this fanatic Hindu of RSS, having a chain behind. As per Foreign Office, “Pakistan is awaiting the progress made by the Government of India in the investigations into the Samjhauta Express blasts.” Unfortunately, as in the past, the Indian Government is hesitant to share anything and pretended that, the investigations are still in the preliminary stages, therefore cannot be shared. This is a traditional Indian approach of dilly-dallying and to conceal the fact. Indeed, as investigated in 2007 and 2008 by late, chief of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad, Mr Hemant Karkare, Lt Col Purohit of Indian Army along with retired Major Upadhay, and many lower ranks of Indian Army have been found involved two significant human massacres against Muslims; one; in the Malegaon blast and second in the terror attack of Samjhauta Express. Both incidents of terror and their attackers have deep association with ‘Hindutva’. The very prominent act indicates that, how deep Hindu terror has penetrated even in the Indian Army. In Kashmir Brigadier, (retired) Suchet Singh is one of the leading members of an extremist Hindu Party. More worrying is that BJP, the progeny of RSS has many ex-servicemen and more are joining.
The Indian army’s infestation with ‘Hindutva’ concept is not new, rather decades old. Their atrocity in Kashmir against Muslim men and women is well documented even by Indian Human rights organizations. Their brutal attitude towards Sikhs in the Golden Temple attack is yet another example and their absence during the rampage in Babri Mosque cannot be denied. All the battle cries of Indian Army are not of Indian secular army but a Hindu Army. All ten commandants of B.C. Joshi; ex Indian Army Chief, in 1993 had quotations from “Vedas.” More dangerous and diabolical is that retired Hindu service members give training to RSS Maranders. It looks as if the Indian Army means a Hindu Army with love for the ‘Hindutva’ dream, rather secularism. Hindu extremism has internationalized and remains cloaked from the world’s eyes. It is another unfortunate, success story of the ‘Two Faced Hindu Terrorism’.
Tracing the history, one would find that, “Hindu terrorism” has been a reality ever since it existed. However, it has been cleverly concealed from the world; therefore, very less has been listened, said, or written about it. Now the time has come that the true face of the Hindu terrorism must be highlighted and exposed to the global community, before it engulf the region or globe as a whole. Today, because of Hindu terrorism, not only innocent people but also weak and smaller countries of the region are being victimized. Hindu terrorism is a stark reality which remains magically eclipsed. Hindu terrorism is as old as Hindu civilization. In the Hindu beliefs, both preserver Vishnu and destroyer Shiva are deities. Furthermore, the caste system entitles the higher caste to punish and torture the lower caste even to an extent of killing an innocent and no one has the right to live in his or her land who does not believe in ‘Hindutva’ (the Hindu way of life).
Though remained largely unnoticed, Hindu Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, rather, it is as old as the origin of this religion is. It is imbedded deep inside its mythology, culture, customs, and way of life, which justifies killing and violence against those who do not fall within its beliefs. In Hindu beliefs, to kill or terrorize those who are inferior human beings is a sacred act. To sacrifice innocent human lives at the altar of Hindu doctrines is an act of piety in order to achieve the blessings of deities.
Apart from the above, the “Mahabharata” of Vedic golden age has to be reincarnated, which extends from Indonesia to Iran and Afghanistan. The beliefs and the dream of Mahabharata are a compulsive obsession of Hindu mind and their sacred duty. These concepts are the driving force behind Hindu terrorism. The killing fields of Hindu terrorism are filled with human flesh and blood and are increasing continuously with the rise of Hindu power. For the sacred religious duty and to fulfill the promise to their gods of Mahabharata, all the Hindus are united, whether they are overt extremists of ‘Sangh Parivar’, covert secularists of Indian Congress Party, law enforcing agencies or the Indian army.
The two faces of Hindu terrorism help in cloaking its darker side, but events like, massacres of Gujarat or Indian Colonel PS Shurat’s involvement in Samjhauta Express are the living proofs of recent times. From the Hindu beliefs and Hindu actions of today, nothing is hidden, only the world needs to be aware of it to save itself from Hindu fascism. In our region, Hindus for ages have committed acts of violence against other communities and religions to achieve political objectives, but their centuries old philosophy of ‘cloak and dagger’ succeeded in making them magically invisible.
In recent time, the rise of India after Ashoka has accentuated the use of violent means to subjugate innocent and peaceful communities and nations. Hindu extremism has internationalized and remains cloaked from the world’s eyes. It is another unfortunate, success story of the ‘Two Faced Hindu Terrorism’. In USA an organization by the name of Indian Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) generates funds to distribute among ‘Sangh Parivar’ in India. It lists Sewa International as its counterpart in India. In Africa it lives by the name of Bhartiya Swayamsevak Sangh (BSS) and in Britain it has been established as Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (H.S.S). In Britain true to its tradition it has started with the face of ‘Lakshmi’ keeping in hiding the face of ‘Kali‘which it has in India. Today, in India there are many organizations with extremist Hindu beliefs trying to establish Hindutva. Together these are called ‘Sangh Parivar’ and include Rashtriya Swayarnsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Prashad (VHP), Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal. They all work in collusion with mainstream political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian establishment.
The writer is an International Relations analyst.