Indian Army and Saffron Terrorists Nexus

Last month (in August) the Indian Home Minister Chidambaram pointed out that Hindu extremists commonly known

as 'saffron terror', pose an increasing risk to national security. "We have recently uncovered a new phenomenon of 'saffron terror' and I ask you to be vigilant," P. Chidambaram told an annual meeting of police chiefs in New Delhi. "There is no let up in the attempts to radicalize young men and women in India. Besides, there is recently uncovered phenomenon of saffron terrorism that has been implicated in many bomb blasts of the past," he said. Some right-wing Hindu groups have been linked to militant attacks in the west ofIndia and many of their activists have been found involved in the bomb blasts. The statement ofIndian home minister, though set the hardliner Hindu groups on fire and they started blabbering about "Islamic terrorism", however, this does not mean there's no substance in Chidambaram's caveat on the Hindu militancy threat facing the world's largest democracy. The Hindutva brigade's clamorous protests and their claim that there's no such thing as saffron terrorism is an utter lie, which could be debunked easily, keeping in view the saffron terrorists' link with Indian political and military stalwarts. Links of Indian military with Hindutva organizations are no secret now. Most of such organizations have been working in the Indian society since ages. Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal etc. carry a long history of having links with the military establishment at different

levels. The root of this cooperation is grounded in the century-old appeal: "India is for Hindus only". This nexus and appeal to Hindu radical ideology is nothing new but there is something sinister growing now, and that is the growing influence of this ideology in the Indian military and those elements that are loose canons and no longer in control of mainstream Indian military leadership or Indian government, but are promoting their own agenda of Hindutva, a name given to the same old appeal of race and religion, regarding India. Over the years Indian youth is becoming part of these militant outfits, working under these organizations with the same ideology of Hindu fascism, but it never ends here as the same youth gets recruited into the Indian military on regular basis. After being recruited, these Hindu fundamentalists keep their links intact with entities like RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena etc. This dual linkage of young Indian officers, with both military and Hindu fascist organizations, has caused a cancerous effect on the military establishment in India. It has brought elements into Indian military that have their own goals, which do not conform well to military discipline. A national army with its own uncontrolled and irrepressible elements is as dangerous to any country as its real enemy's army can be, ifnotmore. Officers like Gen (R) Premnath Hoon, joined the Indian army decades ago and served at different posts all the way to the rank of a General before retiring. It has been revealed that he was one of the founding fathers of the military wing of Shiv Sena. This proves

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government officials as long as the state is getting its objective served. It is just a matter of time when these terrorists take over RAW as well. Without active support of RAW it is not possible to carry out these massive training programs and coordination among different groups spread all over India and abroad. Only a military intelligence organization like RAW can make all this happen. RAW reports to the Indian Prime Minister directly. Subsequently, what is more startling to know is how the world's biggest democracy is involved in destabilizing its neighbors. There are many operations launched by RAW against its neighbors, specially Pakistan and Sri Lanka due to the reason that both these SAARC countries are located at critical geopolitical points on the map. All these operations were carried out with the consent of different Indian PM's during their respective rule in Delhi. In all these operations, RAW always used terrorists trained by Hindutva organizations, and in return RAW and other intelligence agencies turned a blind eye to whatever these organizations were doing to the minorities in India, be it Muslims, Christians or Sikhs, no one is immune to this dormant infection of Hindutva in Indian society. Successive Indian

that either before joining the military or during his service, he had established links with Shiv Sena; but what is more important is that he was not alone in this venture, there was active support from within the Indian military, through the contacts he had made during his service, like Colonel Jayant Chitale, who was also in charge of the military selection center at Pune for many years. Initiating military training from scratch has its own prerequisites like, infrastructure, trainers, weapons and most importantly a slogan to motivate new recruitment. This is where assets belonging to RSS/Bajrang Dal/VHP and Shiv Sena in Indian military and RAW enter into equation to bailout the above mentioned Hindu terrorist organizations, all of them vying for Hindu Rashstra (Hindu State). This process has been in place since many decades and now it is impossible to say exactly till what level these elements are controlling the Indian military as well as RAW's resources to complete Hindu Rashtra dream. RAW also needs these militants to carry out its operations both inside and outside India. As it happens in the intelligence business, it is not always necessary to give the minutest details to the

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governments, until recently, ignored this ever growing influence of Hindutva ideology in military and RAW, as there is always an excuse available for the Indian politicians i.e. Pakistan and lSI, to lay all the blame on for all the sufferings ofIndian minorities. Lt Col Jayant Chitale: The close relations between Gen Hoon and Col Jayant Chitale are not a secret. The two have been involved in forming Hindu suicide squads to be used against minorities in India on the pretext of fighting terrorism. Last year Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Jayant Rao Chitale, once again, openly admitted training Hindu suicide bombers, although he later tried to reject his own claim that only Hindus were a part of the suicide squad, by saying that the suicide squad was secular. Lt Col Chitale the dictator of Maharashtra Military Foundation, while speaking to the media said, "Ours is a truly secular suicide squad. Every Indian is welcome to join my suicide squad." The training session for the suicide squad, which includes the use of lathis and swords, takes place near Vasat Village at Ambernath, an industrial town, which is more than 50 kilometers away from Mumbai from where, according to Lt Col Chitale, a batch of 30 students has passed out in the last 15 days. Earlier the chief of a Hindu fanatic organization, Shiv Sena, called for forming 'Hindu suicide squads' to tackle terrorism in India. Furthermore, openly admitting training Hindu youth for suicide bombing, the Indian Army officer, Lt Col Jayant Chitale said, "I have been requesting the government for the last three years to form this suicide squad, I have sent letters to the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, President Abdul Kalam and the army chief, about the formation ofthese suicide squads, but there was no response. So, I started the training program." When asked what his recruits would do, he said, "The Pakistanis have disturbed the internal peace in India and my suicide squads will do the same thing in Pakistan." It was earlier mentioned that Lt Col Chitale has been supported by Lt Col (retired) Lt Gen P N Hoon and a few other ex-servicemen belonging to the Shiv Sena. In this context when the media asked Lt Gen Hoon for
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his comments, he only denied that Shiv Sena was backing the suicide bombing training but he shamelessly reiterated, "We have started this program on our own because the country needs such youth to tackle terrorism. Today, the country is being destroyed by the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan. And we have to do something about it. So, we feel that these suicide squads are the answer for the Pakistanis." RSS Training: Now, it shouldn't come as a surprise that both Gen (R) Premnath Hoon and Colonel Jayant Chitale also served RAW at different positions. The Indian Police, on several occasions, got the information about the involvement of these elements in terrorist activities, but each time some unseen hand stopped the investigation midway, before it could be completed. One such example is ATS (Anti Terror Squad) investigations from Col Jayant in 2002. The investigations were forced to stop when ATS was about to prove links between the Indian military and Hindu Zionists, and this intervention came from none other than RAW itself. Role of Hindu tva in 26/11 & its goals: Recent attacks in Mumbai were another manifestation of these Hindu elements, who had perpetrated Babri

Mosque, Godhra Train fire, Gujrat Massacre, killing of Christians, Malegoan bombing, Samjhuta Express and countless other criminal operations against minorities. Till the start of November 08 every Indian newspaper

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was publishing reports of arrest of Col. Prouhit and his confession about Malegoan bombing and supplying deadly RDX for Samjhuta Express inferno in 2007. The most shocking incident that took place within the first 15 minutes ofMumbai attacks, was the killing of three top ATS officers including ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, at the hands of "gunmen" on 26th Nov. 2008. It is now becoming more and more evident that he was actually murdered by the cold blooded assassins of Hidutva, trained in RAW training camps. This connection of RAW with the terrorists was exactly what Hemant Karkare was investigating from Col Shankar Purohit, a serving officer in the Indian army, currently deputed in RAW, who was arrested by ATS in connection with the Malegoan bomb blasts and Samjhuta express. It was only after 8th Nov. 2008 that the news about Col. Purohit's confession in Malegoan blasts and Samjhuta express incident, had started to surface. He also revealed that he was not the only serving army officer linked to Gen Premnath Hoon's terror network. Ramesh Upadhyaya a retired Major of Indian Army, was also among the accused in the Malegoan blasts. The ATS had also disclosed that there might be two other serving colonels facing charges of involvement in these blasts in Malegoan in Sep. 07. Now it was clear that ATS was close to uncovering a whole cartel of Hindu terrorists in the midst of the Indian military establishment and RAW. So the hardliner Hindus from fundamentalist organizations started giving death threats to chief of Anti- Terrorist Court, Hemant Karkare, but he resolutely carried on with the investigation, till the D-Day arrived i.e. 26/11/08. Investigations were a little slow as ATS was not receiving the required cooperation from the police in the neighboring states. However, by that time, the media as well as the masses had become quite aware of the root cause of the actual problem. After calculating the expected damage to their cartel, the fundamentalist Hindu groups decided to eliminate Karkare. But it was to be done in such a manner that the Indian military's involvement in this operation would remain completely unknown. Again, trained terrorists of Atma Ghatak Phatak (AGP) [suicidal squad once desired by Bal Thackeray] were picked for the job to eliminate Karkare in a way that the blame can put be on Pakistan and lSI. India tried its best to stage a perfect terrorist plot as being

planned and controlled from Pakistan by lSI. But it seems now that India fell into hole it had dug for Pakistan, as more and more reports are highlighted on the media about these attacks and the inefficiency of Indian Police, Army, RAW to protect Indian citizens. More confessions are on the way to unleash the sinister nexus between RAW, Indian army and terrorists. All this happened due to the very strong rebuttal from Pakistani media in reaction to what India was propagating to the world during the crisis when investigations had not even started. Consequently, a considerable portion of the Indian intelligentsia started to look for problems within instead of believing what the government news agencies were selling to the world and Indian masses. Latest investigations from Col Purohit revealed that some colonels and a major were also part of Malegeon massacre. Initially the Indian army was mortified when Col. Purohit's confession came out in the media, regarding Malegeon and Samjhuta Express. Col Raikar & Col Hasmukh Patel were also responsible for masterminding Malegeon blasts. Recently it has been learned that the above -mentioned officers, although not yet charged, are undergoing investigation, as their names had also been mentioned by Col Purohit. The other serving officer who has been accused and investigated in the official charge sheet, is Colonel Bapaditya Dhar of Parachute Regiment at Panchmarhi. After looking at these names, it is safe to assume that on further investigation from this newly accused Col. Dhar, more links of Indian Army with fundamentalist Hindu organizations will be uncovered, laying bare the fascist elements among the top ranks ofIndi an Army. After the emergence of these facts, the Indian establishment was forced to pretend as if they were never aware of the presence of these terrorists in their midst. One such cover-up statement was made by the Defense minister A KAntony, declaring that his Ministry and the Army were "fully cooperating" with the investigating agencies. "It's a matter of serious concern to all of us .... We are determined to go to the root of the entire issue," he said. "We are awaiting their (ATS and IB) report.. ..We will take all necessary steps after that. We are also taking internal steps (to prevent any occurrence of such incidents)," he added.

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It is ironic why he is not willing to shed some light on what the former Indian Prime Minister, VP Singh had said in front of Jain Commission in Nov. 1996, regarding the formation ofthe LTTE terrorist network in 1983. Mr. Singh said, "The first batch of training of Sri Lankan Tamil militants was done by India in 1983 under the orders of the then Prime Minister (Late) Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The camp was located at Chakrata, Tamil Nadu."

are root cause of panic in India so these must be either converted to Hinduism or must be eliminated from Indian soil.
4. Create a media wave to divert attention from

incidents like Malegeon and Samjhuta Express blast, hence diverting attention from investigations ofthese incidents as well.
It is also to be noted that Lt Col Jayant Chitale and

So it is clear now that the successive Indian governments as well as the intelligence agencies were not only aware of these links of the Indian military with terrorist organizations, but they used these links in order to pursue the national policy of state terrorism, and alarmingly enough, the practice continues even today. (There are highly active offices and training camps of RAW working along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, creating low intensity conflicts with the Pakistani state and military in order to soften it up for a major military battle on the Eastern front.) Recently, out of sheer embarrassment, the Indian Army Chief General Kapoor said, "Steps are being taken to prevent involvement of its officers in terror attacks". What can be read into this statement is quite evident: "Steps are being taken to erase all clues in possession of ATS, regarding the terror attacks." It is also a cause of suspicion that why he did not announce a broader inquiry into unearthing the remains of this nexus between the Indian military and Hindutva terrorists. However, after looking at the above facts and analyzing the history of these relations, it would be foolish to expect any such inquiry ever taking place in the Indian military. Immediate goals of 26/11 are more evident than ever before ... 1. Eliminate Hemant Karkare along with his team to put breaks on the ongoing investigations, which were uncovering all links between Indian military, RAW and Hindutva organizations.
2. Divert attention towards lSI so that no one in India could ask about the investigations being conducted by Karkare and his team before they got assassinated. 3. Advocate Hindutva message that Muslims

serving Indian Col Purohit are also neighbors where as Gen Hoon and many other ex-Indian army officers are active contributors of suicide bombing training to Hindu youth and also admit it openly. This paints a dangerous scenario for India in particular and the world in general, where the Indian army is taking part in training suicide bombers after being initiated into Hindu fundamentalism. If these elements are left unfettered in the future, which is a sure possibility, keeping in view the track record of RAW, then there is a strong possibility ofIndian nuclear weapons falling in the hands of Hindu fundamentalists, who are more dangerous to the world than Pakistani religious groups. Indian politics and successive governments over the years have been manipulated by Hindu fundamentalist organizations like RSS, Bajrang Dal and BJP. These organizations, over the decades, since the creation of India, have gradually penetrated the Indian army. India has been governed over by civilians throughout its history, while the armed forces have been sidelined in many issues, including the nuclear assets, which are more under the control of the civilian government than the Indian army. Now, with the top ranking officials of Indian army having links with Hindu hardline politicians, who are fanatics and running suicide training camps, it is feared that the Indian nuclear assets might slip into the hands of these Hindu fundamentalists, who have been ruthlessly killing Christians, Muslims and Dalits in India. God forbid, if these Hindu fundamentalists manage to take control of the Indian nuclear weapons, then the regional peace and stability will face catastrophic threats of colossal proportions.

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