Even before the real perpetrators of
the recent attack on Mumbai are brought into light, even before
the investigation and investigators have come out with evidences
against the presumed outfits behind the attack, Some sections of
the media, civil society, and politicians have given their
verdict; 'Islamic Terrorism.'
In its July 16th Print, Times of India, the Nations largest
selling English newspaper, came out with a list of Groups, which
were involved in terror activities in India. Its list contained
the obvious Organisations, Lashkar-e-Taiba, SIMI,
Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami(a Bangladesh based outfit) and the
so-called Indian Mujahideen. Given the impact of the attacks
purpotrated by these Organisations, the list conspicuously missed
the name of Abhinav Bharat, whose members were arrested for their
involvement in the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings, and the list
also did not include Organisations behind terror attacks like the
2007 Ajmer Sharif blast, 2006 Malegaon blasts, and the 2008
Malegoan & Modasa bombing.
One look at these discrepancies and the method of reporting gives
us the insight that groups like TOI has taken the initiative of
'educating' the masses that all terror activities in this country
is a case of 'Islamic terrorism.'
The reporting and writings that followed the blasts had the same
imprint and characteristics of the above, all of them followed the
same leitmotif; Islamic Terrorism.
But the one writing that stands out, the one which seems to be
spewed out of pure vengeance and hatred, was published by DNA on
July 16. The article written by Subramanian Swamy was crudely
titled, 'Analysis: How to wipe out Islamic terror.'
The terrorist blast in Mumbai on July 13, 2011, requires decisive
soul-searching by the Hindus of India. Hindus cannot accept to be
killed in this halal fashion, continuously bleeding every day till
the nation finally collapses.
The blast according to various news reporting killed anywhere from
17 to 21 people, and left around 131 injured. The ones who were
killed included both Hindus and Muslims, the ones who were injured
included both Hindus and Muslims, and ones who came to the rescue
of victims also included both Hindus and Muslims.
Now presuming the target of these blasts were just Hindus and not
anyone else is not only absurd, but assumptions like these comes
out of a deep and hollowed resentment against, communities who
people like Subramanian Swamy call, 'Outsiders' and who are not a
part of the so-called, 'Brihad Hindu Samaj,' or the greater Hindu
Mr. Swami goes on,
...In one sense, I do not blame the Muslim fanatics for targeting
Hindus. I blame Hindus who have taken their individuality
permitted in Sanatan Dharma to the extreme. Millions of Hindus can
assemble without state patronage for the Kumbh Mela, completely
self-organised, but they all leave for home oblivious of the
targeting of Hindus in Kashmir, Mau, Melvisharam and Malappuram
and do not lift their little finger to help organise Hindus.
One of the reasons given by the NDA government to ban the Students
Islamic Movement of India or SIMI was because it was alleged to
have advocating 'violence' and 'communal disharmony' in the
Country. But here we have people like Subramanian Swamy, a former
union minister, urging the Majority Hindus to come together to
fight the 'Muslim Fantics,' and strategises, to 'Remove the masjid
in Kashi Vishwanath temple and the 300 masjids at other temple
sites.'Mr. Swamy might have forgotten the horrors of 1992, when a
group aroused by L.K. Advani and members of the Sangh Parivar,
brought down the Masjid at Ayodhya, and the violence that followed
as a result of that barbaric vandalism, but how did the editors at
DNA forget the act that still arouses hostilities in this country,
how come that it provides platform for hate-mongers like this, who
apart from advocating Ayodhya like incidents again, also
propagates the Annexation of land from 'Bangladesh in proportion
to the illegal migrants from that country staying in India.'
The Media is supposed to play a constructive role in the
upliftment of a society, but by Publishing destructive and
Militant ideas like these, unfortunately shows their Mean
headedness and complacency.
Shaik Zakeer Hussain is an independent writer and
based in India. He blogs at alhittin.wordpress.com