Hullabaloo over change of terrorism’s colour

As long as the colour of terrorism was green, there was peace in the county. Neither any political party nor any community had any problem or difficulty. Bomb blasts were taking place and lives of innocent people were being lost. More than the terrorists and criminals, innocent people were being harassed, arrested and thrown into jails and forgotten. After being beaten and tortured by police and being plagued and victimised by lawyers and media, these innocent people could never know why after all they are being punished and treated so mercilessly. Relatives of the accused were unable to even plead in defence of their sons and brothers because of the fear of being thrashed by saffron lawyers who hold sway over courts in north India.

Lawyers consider even murderers and rapists innocent till they are found guilty and punished by courts but the Muslim accused of bomb blasts are taken for granted to be criminals and perpetrators as soon as police arrests them. It was sufficient for media and lawyers to be convinced that the accused were identified by their green colour, the same green colour for which peasants and farmers anxiously wait in their fields. Green colour is also considered as the symbol of peace and prosperity, but when the same green colour becomes the identification mark of any religion, it becomes an eyesore to many.

As long as terrorism was being identified with green colour, a particular community of the county was tolerating the agony. Brothers of those who were innocent but arrested could neither help them nor could raise their voice against such excesses or injustices. At such times majority of the country was a patriot and others of green colour were considered traitors and enemies of the country and hence had to hide their faces and live in seclusion.

Jails of the country were overflowing with the accused of green colour but there was no decline in the cases of terrorism in the country. It was, therefore, considered necessary in the interest of the country that other colours of terrorism should be tested. Police officers like Hemant Karkare took the first step in this risky and adventurous quest. When this honest and impartial officer arrested persons like Col. Purohit, Dayanand Pandey and Sadhvi Pragya Thakur wrapped in the cloak of saffron colour, as suspects in the Malegaon bomb blast case and put them in jail there was a great uproar and hullabaloo in the whole country. Those, who believed that they had the licence of spreading terrorism in the country, raised a great hue and cry. Any mention of saffron terrorism appeared as an attack on Hinduism. Those who used to blame and associate Islam and all Muslims of the world with terrorism on the pretext of the arrest of some Muslims as mere suspects, and put all Muslims to shame, are today making noise as to why the union home minister is giving it the name of saffron terrorism, and why Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh are saying that all Hindus are not terrorists but all those terrorists who are being arrested now belong to Sangh Parivar.

The truth is that terrorism has no religion. It is totally wrong to speak of Islamic terrorism or Hindu terrorism. We cannot discourage or stop terrorism by associating it with any religion but certainly will bring bad name to it, which itself is terrorism against a religion. At the same time it is also true that terrorism has managed a foothold in India. People of our own country are involved in the bomb blasts that are taking place in this country. Such people can be Muslims as well as Hindus. Not very long ago Sikh youths were spreading terrorism in the country which came to an end after the killing of Bhindranwale. It is now the responsibility of police to rein in those who spread terrorism in the country and for this, if any Maulana or Purohit, any officer or leader is to be questioned, there is no need for any one to make any hue and cry. RSS leader Indresh Kumar may be a very good and nice person but if his name is involved somewhere, he should present himself before the police or investigating officer/agency. It is also the duty and responsibility of police to behave in the same polite and courteous manner with other accused or suspected persons, irrespective of the party or religion they belong to, as it has done with RSS leader Indresh Kumar. (Translated from Urdu)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 5

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