Who Benefits From MumbaiTerror Attacks?
By Binu Mathew
29 November, 2008
umbai terrorist stand off is almost over. More than 200 civilians and about 20 policeand army officials lost their lives. Taj Mahal palace, a symbol of India's business andcommercial well being bears a ghostly look. The terror stricken populace slowly limpback to life. Will Mumbai be the same again? Will India be the same again?There are talk in the media that the Mumbai terror attack is India's 9/11. The similiaritiesmay be far fatched, but there are so many things that bears stark resemblances to eachother. Both attacks are carried out apparently by muslim terrorist organisations. BothNew York and Mumbai are commercial and business centers of the respective nations.Although the magnitude of the attacks may look dissimilar, the sheer psychologicalimpact on the populace of both the nation and the world in general is comparable indimension. 9/11 was an earth shattering event that unleashed a chain of reactions thatchanged the world irremediably, both inside the USA and around the world. And whatabout India's 9/11? It's very possible that the chain of reactions that followed the US9/11 are likely to follow here as well. The leader of the opposition and a prime ministerialcandidate of the Hindu right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for stringentanti terror laws. A patriot act may not be far behind.That gives us a clue to who is going to benefit from these terror attacks. The BJP hasbeen calling for new anti-terror laws ever since the Congress led UPA governmentrepealed the much reviled Prevention of Terrorist Atrocities Act(POTA). The UPArepealed the law as there were many complaints, especially from minority communitiesthat it has been used selectively to frame innocents from a particular community. In theaftermath of Mumbai terror attacks, a new terror law is imminent.One other tragedy of the terrorist attack is that the chief of AntiTerrorism Squad (ATS) of Mumbai, Hemant Karkare, lost his life to terrorist's bullets. Hewas a brave and upright official who was probing the link between Hindu fascistorganisations and terror blasts in several parts of India. The ATS under Karkare hadarrested a Hindu Sanyasin and an army Lt. Colonel. Several other retired armypersonnel and retired Intelligence Bureau officials were also named in the affair. Indiannews papers had carried pictures of the Sanyasin sitting with the president of the BJPand the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Prithvi Raj Chauhan. Then came the startlingrevelation that the International General Secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP),had donated money to Abhinav Bharat the organisation that master minded theSeptember 29 Malegaon blast. The investigation was reaching such a stage that moretop functionaries of Sangh Parivar (a general denomination for the various Hindusupremascist organisations) were likely to be named. Now, that Karkare is gone, andthe nations attention is turned elsewhere, the enquiry may face a slow death.Yesterday, a hindu colleague (who is a level headed moderate man himself) textmessaged me saying, 'you people will make us terrorists'. He was suggesting thatMuslims and Christians (the minorities in India) will make the majority Hindus terrorists!This is another fall out of India's 9/11. To put it simply, the position of minorities in India,