BJP overlooks as RSS and Congress lock horns over Hindu terror

WikiLeaks expose has not only rattled United States but has also triggered panic button in India. It has overshadowed the development plank on which the recent Bihar elections were fought. The leaks have once again provided an opportunity for the political parties to harp on their communal agenda.

WikiLeaks release divulge that Rahul Gandhi had told the US ambassador Timothy Roemer that the growth of radicalised Hindu groups posed a bigger threat to India than activities of groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba. In other words, beneath the surface in closed loop there has been acceptance of existence of Hindu terror in one form or the other. Digvijay Singh by saying that the hatred of RSS towards Muslims was like that of Hitler for Jews and blaming the 1992 rath yatra of LK Advani as the root of terrorism in India tried to further intensify the tug of war between RSS and Congress.  RSS at this point of time is not reacting harshly on the recent allegation made by some congressmen. Mohan Bhagwat while speaking at the inauguration of Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy’s book titled Hindutva and National Renaissance said “Sometimes people say things about Hindutva due to selfishness... people say a lot of things and say that talking about Hindutva is communalism and try to link terrorism to it and such things are on.”

Sajjad Shaukat’s article in Kashmir Times on 17 December substantiates the recent claim of the Congress on Hindu terror, which says that Hemant Karkare had held a secret meeting with a senior US diplomat at New Delhi and briefed him about the gravity and the growing depth of the nexus between top Indian army leadership and the militant Hindu fanatic groups. Karkare sought security for him and his family from the said American diplomat as he feared that the army and establishment would eliminate him as he intended to move further to expose the terror network. In addition, he briefed the said US diplomat that a former Commander-in-Chief of the Central Command of the Indian army, Lt. General P.N Hoon, was heading the militancy wing of the Hindu extremists and was getting full tactical, logistic and financial support from senior army officers. The day Karkare was eliminated in a pre-planned ambush during the Mumbai attacks, a cable sent to the US read: “we have lost an important link and a vital evidence”.

The arrest of RSS activists involved in terror attacks one after another has pushed the RSS on the defensive. Very recently Madhya Pradesh police has claimed that Ajmer blast mastermind Sunil Joshi was murdered by a few RSS activists. Joshi, an RSS pracharak, was shot dead on 29 December 2007 in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. Joshi was accused of involvement in the 2007 Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts. Police is also investigating with Swami Assemanand in Samjhauta Express Blast case. Congress wants the terror issue and involvement of RSS activists to be tossed up time and again in order to prevent regrouping of NDA. The BJP at this juncture is treading cautiously and has deliberately chosen to ignore the Congress attacks on Sangh in an effort to expand NDA or at least not to hurt the present allies. 

BJP while keeping aside hardcore Hindutva talk is interested in attacking Congress on the issue of corruption. BJP is adamant for a JPC on the 2-G scam and to press for it, the party assembled at Ramlila ground on 22 December. The rally by and large turned out to be a fiasco as many did not turn up to hear them. The BJP had expected the turnout to be somewhere around 70000. Quite surprisingly, of the total present on the ground nearly half of them moved out of the maidan while L.K Advani was still addressing the rally. No doubt corruption issue and the spiralling onion price may not be a cake walk for the Congress which desperately wants the minority to its fold after analysing Bihar result and thereby seeks to further deepen the fear psychosis of the minorities. Digvijay Singh while speaking at the 83rd Congress plenary in Burari said, “The RSS in the garb of its nationalist ideology is targeting Muslims the same way Nazis targeted Jews in the 1930s.”  His statement is seen by the BJP as an attempt to polarise minds and thereby BJP is relaxed because any polarisation will ultimately help them more than the Congress. The very statement was made by Digvijay Singh in order to make people aware about Gadkari’s recent visit to Israel and the growing proximity of the BJP towards Israel.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2011 on page no. 6

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