“He who troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind. And the foolish shall be servant to the wise.” Proverbs 11:29
In a very important development in Indian history, members of a few Parivar groups were arrested and are to be charged with carrying out terror attacks. These charges are yet to be proved in a court of law, but it is clear that they stood to gain most from the terror strikes, as it stoked up communal feelings and discredited the congress government. Nobody will risk the wrath of Hindutva brigade without solid proof given their political power, and the political backing of the BJP.
Of late, Parivar members were caught making bombs at too many places too many a times. Then, it was the Hindutva brigade who stood to gain from the terror attacks if these attacks can be passed off as acts of Muslims. “Islamic” terror, they knew, will tear the social fabric and frighten the common Hindu (Muslims too, but that doesn’t matter). Then the common Hindu shall fall for communal propaganda much more easily. That will drive people to vote for right wing parties like BJP. They know that every bomb blast of that kind will invariably be blamed on Muslims which is exactly what happened. Many newspapers and TV channels started analyzing why Muslim youth are taking such turn*, totally blacking out events at Nanded etc.!
Hindutva brigadiers were heard talking about tit-for-tat terror strike. (They would have called for attacks on minorities no matter what. They just needed a pretext.) We know what happened at Nanded. Muslim traditional dresses and fake beard were found at the site of the blast. The reason was clear enough- so that the blame goes to the Muslims. Now, if it really was tit-for-tat, won’t they have liked to take responsibility of the blast they were planning? And say- if you kill us we’ll kill you? That’s not what happened.
After her arrest, Pragyan Singh Thakur has become an embarrassment for the Parivar. Not because she did what she did. Many Parivar members and sympathizers support these attacks on Muslim targets. But because she was found out. At first they denied association with her. When that was blown away, BJP said that they do not endorse such acts. The Parivar said-can you even imagine a Hindu doing such act? The inherent communalism in it is clear- you can imagine a Muslim doing it, but not a Hindu.
From a member of ABVP, Pragyan grew to become a firebrand member of Parivar. She had close contact with senior BJP leaders (like the late Laxman Singh Gaur), VHP leaders (Swami Avdheshanand) and others in the Parivar. I myself have attended events at RSS shakhas, and know exactly what is taught in such places. What they say in public is no less than call to bring down the Indian constitution. If there were the political will, what they say in public is enough to put them behind bars or ban them altogether.
Nor is this (bomb blasts) actually a “response” to anything. The previous terror strikes are only pretext which justifies these attacks to the foot soldiers of the Parivar. In public, however, they never accepted that they support such “tit-for-tat” [sic] attacks after the attacks took place. It has been their agenda from the beginning to intimidate and dominate over all those who do not agree with them. By hook or by crook. They are willing to kill innocent people for political gain.
All this is about political power. Had their plans succeeded, the congress will be on the backfoot for failing to curb terror. More Muslims could be put behind bars as “terrorists” nobody will ask questions about “encounters.” Their dream is to repeat the Spanish Inquisition; and we the responsible citizen must stop them. These organizations must be banned once the charges against them are proved, and the foot soldiers/cannon fodders of these terror organizations should be brought to mainstream by offering them jobs.
To solve this problem on a larger scale, we should realize that our society is deeply fragmented and unfair. Disadvantaged people feel angry at that. Terrorists grab these people and channel their anger against another community. We can’t solve this problem permanently with guns and jails. We need to address the underlying social problems (like unfair distribution of wealth, power and status, lack of education etc.) to minimize the chances of such terror. This is a human problem, and needs humane solution.
*Some Muslim youth may harden, point is- that’s not all. There are others among the Hindus/ Sikhs/ Christians taking the path of hatred.