KARKARE REWARDED FOR HONESTY


ALI SUKHANVER

 After the Mumbai Blasts, the whole life in India began to revolve around this horrible incident. One can find the after shocks of this quake even after so many months. Certainly it was the worst episode in the Indian history of terrorism. The democratic people of India were of the opinion that the matter would be investigated thoroughly and the culprits would be penalized. In the beginning there was noticed a great hustle and bustle with reference to the investigations but then at once it all stopped after coming to  a dead end. The statement of the Indian naval chief, questioning the expertise of the Indian marines put a full stop to the story. He had very boldly stated that the terrorists involved in the Mumbai Blasts could not have entered the Indian soil if the Indian marines were vigilant and alert. His statement was inwardly pointing towards the well wishers of the terrorists who were there to help out the terrorists in the garb of mariners. After this statement the government of India turned all its cannons towards Pakistan blaming that the terrorists belonged to Pakistan. The Pakistan government bore this blame with patience and provided all possible help and support to the Indian government regarding the investigations. Luckily it was found that the terrorists involved in this heinous activity were purely non-state actors and they had nothing to do with Pakistan. The honourable courts of Pakistan also did their best to see the matter in depth and found the alleged ones totally innocent. But all these sincere efforts by Pakistan could not satisfy the Indian government and it tried to copy the style and manner of the US government by saying again and again , Do More , Do More , We are not Satisfied.’

 

The Mumbai Blasts have been a favourite topic of discussions and analysis throughout the world since after their occurrence. Most of the analysts smell the Hindutva Philosophy behind these blasts. Hindutva is a term coined by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in his 1923 pamphlet entitled, ‘Hindutva: Who is a Hindu?’ This philosophy urges the Hindus to get united for crushing the Non-Hindus and the Hindus mean those who are Hindu by belief not by land. It is the Hindutva philosophy which gave birth to the organizations such as the RSS, Bharatiya Janata Party, Bajrang Dal, and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

This ideology has existed since the early 20th century, but came to prominence in Indian politics in the late 1980s, when two events attracted a large number of mainstream Hindus to the movement , according to a world renowned encyclopedia. The first of these events was the Rajiv Gandhi government’s use of its large Parliamentary Majority to overturn a Supreme Court verdict granting alimony to an old woman that had angered many Muslims. The second was the dispute over the 16th century Mughal Babri Mosque in Ayodhya — built by Babur after his first major victory in India. The Supreme Court of India refused to take up the case in the early 1990s, leading to a huge outcry. Tempers soon flared, and a huge number of nationalist Hindus from all parts of India razed the mosque in late 1992, causing nationwide communal riots. The razing of the mosque and subsequent conflict arguably lifted the BJP and Hindutva to international prominence. Today this Hindutva Philosophy is nurturing so many Hindu extremist organizations which are always busy in conspiring against the Muslims whether they are in India or outside India. To achieve their heinous desires these organizations don’t spare even the innocent Hindus who have nothing to do with extremism. The killing of the former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare during the Mumbai blasts episode is also one of such activities of the Hindu extremists. Recently a new book came to surface with the title,’ Who Killed Karkare?’ The writer S.M.Mushrif, a former IG Police of Maharashtra has pointed out the presence of a nationwide network of Hindutva terror which has its roots spread up to Nepal and Israel is out to destroy India and to remold it into same kind of Afghanistan under the Taliban. The writer has reconstructed a fearsome picture out of former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare’s chargesheet against alleged Hindutva terrorists like Lt. Col. Purohit, Sadhvi Pragyasingh Thakur and others. The chargesheet pointed towards an astonishing nationwide conspiracy with international support to destabilize the constitutional order of the secular democratic Indian state and replace it by a Hindutva state run according to a new Constitution. The conspirators were planning for a massive bloodshed, using bomb attacks on religious places to trigger an anti-Muslim holocaust.

According to the reports, Hemant Karkare, the former ATS chief, was one of the few honest and diligent officers .He was well aware of the forces which were eager to destabilize India. He did a lot of research in this context and exposed a number of retired and serving army and intelligence officers involved in the conspiracy against the democratic secular India. He succeeded in tracing a plan which indicated the possible assassination of 70 Indians who were creating hurdles in the projection of Hindutva philosophy. Most of these 70 targets were the Indians of high profile and in case of their assassination; so many Muslims could have been framed. If Karkare had not exposed the heinous designs of these Hindutva Plans, there would have been an endless blood-shed in India taking lives of thousands of Muslims and surely hundreds of Hindus because without killing of Hindus , the picture would not seem real. Moreover it is a part of the Hindutva philosophy to kill even the Hindus if it is in the greater interest of Hinduism. The unlucky Hemant Karkare is also one of the escape goats in this context

The affairs of the country in India are run by a particular group of extremist Hindus. These extremists are all time supporting and financing the culprit organizations which support the Hindutva philosophy. They are always trying to shelter the Hindutva terrorists. The horrible Samjhota Express incident provides a very strong proof in this regard. On the Basis of the reports  provided by the Indian IB The government of India started  blaming the Pakistan ISI for carrying out these blasts ; but at a later stage Hemant Karkare disclosed the reality that Lt.Col.Prohat of the Indian army was the person who provided the RDX used in the blasts. Col.Prohat had accepted the allegation during the investigations. The IB was not happy over Karkare’s honest investigations so he was removed from the scene. Very soon after his killing, K.P.Raghuvanshi, a police officer with extremely low credibility in the Muslims was brought to the scene to replace Karkare.This K.P.Raghuvanshi has a bad repute for letting off known Hindutva terrorists and framing Muslim youth even in bomb attack cases on mosques. But we cannot condemn the IB or the Hindutva terrorists for awarding the death penalty to Hemant Karkare because all is fair in love and war.

The writer is a Pakistan based bilingual analyst on national and international strategic and defense affairs.