In the name of Allah

Delhi has been targeted again by teror outfits.
Indian Mujahideen claimed the responsibility of Delhi bomb blasts and in an email they said, “In the name of Allah the Indian Mujahideen strikes again! Do whatever you can, within five minutes from now, feel the terror of death.” In one their previous email it emphasised on the involvement of local gangs and went on further saying “We the terrorists of India – the Indian Mujahideen – the militia of Islam whose each and every Mujahid belongs to this very soil of India, have returned to execute the compulsion of Allah.” The investigating agencies claim that Indian Mujahideen is the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in a new guise.

These terrorist organisations have used “Allah” so many times that it feels that God justifies their stand and action. Whatever they are doing is permitted to them by God. This very concept of these organisation rattles me and I have few questions to these terror outfits.

Does Allah allows killing of innocent people?

What arguments do the militants have to justify their acts of terrorism and violence?

Why these outfits are against the prosperity and development of their own nation? Is Allah greater than one’s nation? (Indian Mujahideen claims to be an All Indian organisation)

These questions came into my mind after I read about terror organisations claiming again and again that their actions are vindicated by Allah. I read few materials on the Internet. “Mazhab ke naam pe khoon” or murder in the name of Allah is the most cowardice act.

Given below is the excerpt from Quran.
The Qur’an says:…take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom. (Al-An`am 6: 151).

Islam considers all life forms as sacred. However, the sanctity of human life is accorded a special place. The first and the foremost basic right of a human being is the right to live. Allah says in the Qur’an says: … if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. (Al-Ma’idah 5: 32) Such is the value of a single human life, that the Qur’an equates the taking of even one human life unjustly, with killing all of humanity. If this is what is written in Quran then I wonder how come there has been so misinterpretation of the teachings of Islam.

I most strongly condemn all acts and forms of terrorism because it is my deep rooted belief that not only Islam but also no true religion, whatever its name, can sanction violence and bloodshed of innocent men, women and children in the name of God.

Unless god himself from his holy throne split the heavens open and spoke to me. I find no justification in justifying murder in the name of god.

The fact is that these terrorists have no religion and they are trying to create fear and tension in the world for some unclear reasons. They are trying to shield their crime and guilt in the name of Allah. If they have waged the war against the country then also they should follow Islam. If they feel that fellow Indians are their enemy then Islam enjoins that one deals with the enemy nobly in the battlefield.

Exclusive: SIMI chief’s shocking revelations

From a moderate start to a dreaded terror outfit, the Students Islamic Movement of India has come a long way.

Though the theories attached to the shift in stance by SIMI are relatively old, Safdar Nagori, the most prominent face of the banned outfit, said in his confession statement before the Madhya Pradesh police that SIMI had decided to intensify operations in India in 2001 after it had been banned by the then National Democratic Alliance government.

Nagori in his confession statement admitted that he and his men had undertaken a massive recruitment drive .

In the process, they recruited several youth to the outfit following which training was imparted to each of them. He said that the idea was to transform SIMI into a militant outfit.

The confession is very much on the lines of the interview given by Nagori prior to the outfit’s ban.

In the interview, he said it is not when an individual is harmed, but when an entire community finds itself collectively persecuted that the cry for jihad is given.

If nothing works then one is forced to revolt, take to arms.

Nagori said that he was an extremist and not a fundamentalist and his actions were never on the basis of religion.

“I was pained and angered by the atrocities against Muslims worldwide and the turning point was the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the Gujarat riots only made matters worse,” he said.

Giving details about the training programme, Nagori said that nearly 25,000 SIMI activists met in Mumbai in 2001 and this was the first time that the call for jihad was given.

The meeting also hailed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden as a true warrior. Prior to Nagori’s arrest, there were 400 active SIMI members known as the Ansars and 20,000 Ikhwans who were ordinary members.

The training programme for SIMI began in Jammu and Kashmir. They trained along with the Hizbul Mujahideen. Following this, the selected cadres were assigned to major terror operations in the country.

Further, he also gave information regarding a training camp in Choral, Madhya Pradesh. He confessed that the training camp in Choral was unique and was used to train different classes of militants for different kinds of operations.

Nagori also spoke at length about the manner in which the SIMI split into two groups, thanks to differences of opinion. He said during his interrogation that the main reason for the split was due to ideological differences between his faction and the Misba-ul-Islam faction.

While the Islam faction wanted the SIMI to have a more moderate approach, Nagori pressed for a more aggressive view. Nagori made the same claim during his narco-analysis which was conducted in Bengaluru recently.

He said that SIMI did give it a try to sort out the differences and they met at Ujjain. Nagori found that he had a majority of the members supporting him. This is when he decided to breakaway and carry forward the outfit with his ideology.

Nagori also spoke about his idea of recruiting more educated youth into the outfit. He said that persons from an IT background were preferred and in this regard a technical cell was also started. He said the idea of recruiting persons from an IT background was because these persons could remain low key and they were excellent planners.

Nagori also mentioned about the Shaheen Force, an all-woman wing of SIMI. He explained during his confession and narco-analysis that women could convince their children easily to take the SIMI route and hence he had decided to float this wing.

He felt that women could help boost the membership of SIMI.

Source: REDIFF

Poltical Will required to curb terrorism

THE TERRORIST groups have waged a war against India. We have witnessed series of blasts in two cities of the country very recently. Our honourable home minister, Shivraj Patil took time from his busy schedule and went to see the victims in Ahmedabad. Thank you so much sir! Like his previous speeches he repeated the following lines when asked about the attack.

i. We condemn the dastardly attack on innocent people.
ii. We are determined to fight these terror groups and will not bow to their wishes of creating rift in the society.
iii. We appeal to maintain peace and calm.
iv. The government has announced the ex-gratia of Rs X to deceased and Rs Y to the injured.

I have heard these lines many times, but the fact remains that still we haven’t done anything significant to curb the menace of terrorism. Why have we failed to do so? The reasons lie with our politicians who have adopted a soft approach towards the terrorists. Shivraj Patil says that he and his government will not be soft on terror and the same man has made a statement in the Parliament — “The ones who have been killed are our brothers and ones who are killing are also our brothers.”

What indication does he want to give to the common man who has lost his loved one in these brutal attacks. The government is buying time in Afzal Guru case even after the verdict of Supreme Court. Why?

Terrorism

What makes the matter even worse is that we don’t have any law to deal with terror. As it is efficacy of our judicial system is questionable and with no stringent laws to counter terror we are trying to fool ourself only. If PreventionofTerrorismAct (POTA) was misused then the government could have amended it or introduced a new law. Doing away with the law was just stupid. Few leaders in the government say that despite having POTA, we had attacks in Akshardham temple, Raghunath temple, Parliament. They are not wrong, but then this logic should be applied everywhere. We have laws against thefts, rape and murder and yet they take place daily. Shouldn’t we done away with these laws and give culprits the freehand to rape, steal and kill?

Terrorists have no religion and to call them Muslims and dole out concessions under the duress of political equations will keep raising the morale of those walking free in the Indian backyard and indulging in barbaric acts under a notion that the government has only high sounding phrases and to crack the whip against them is not a realistic possibility at all. We have a serious problem with infiltration from the porous border with Bangladesh; and while much of the illegal migration mainly involves financial reasons — it is now established that those with nefarious intentions can cross over into India just as easily.

There is an urgency to understand that we need to overhaul the agencies monitoring the security of our country. India’s police to population ratio is one of the lowest in the world, barring the poorer African countries. There is a high deficit of personnel in intelligence gathering. The IB has barely 3,500 field officers. We need to address these shortcomings. There are over 3,000 posts lying vacant in IB for quite some time and yet we have recruited only 1,200. There is dearth of expertise in our security agencies, forensic department and police.

We do not believe in using science to tackle crime and terrorism, the most effective way worldwide. Investment in forensics would not just help get crucial leads in terror cases, but help solve other ordinary crimes. The people to police ratio in the country is 1:1000 and then we waste 70 per cent of the police to protect the VVVIP’s. If these politicians can’t make us secure then they should give up their Z+ security. The police force for some reason is not getting the priority it deserves.

The policy of appeasement should be done away with. The soft approach is not going to help anyway. People can sympathise with the governmernt if there had been any attempt towards the security of the people. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened in our country yet. Post 9/11, 7/7, Madrid blasts, there hasn’t been a single instance of a terrorist attack on the countries that were victims of these terror bombings. And here as I look at my country, a proud Indian that I am, I am ashamed to admit that my country can not protect its own citizens in its own land. How long will this continue? We do not have the urgency, we do not have the intent and we do not have concern for our lost countrymen.

The one who entered our territory to kill innocent people should not expect any leniency from the government. Unless we apply bullet for bullet policy, it is impossible to thwart the terrorists. There should be only death punishment for them. As it is we are facing shortage of food in our country, hence, there is no need of keeping these terrorists in prison and feeding them. Identify them and shoot them down without mercy. An eye for eye and a tooth for tooth must be the response of the government to those rejoicing in death and destruction of India. When this policy is applied there will be human rights violation, but we must accept that in the larger interest of the nation.

As a common man I want some action not reaction from my government. The government is answerable to us. If not then it is our duty to revolt and make the government take some action. I just hope these dumb headed politicians do some good for the people and country.

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India is a Soft Terror Target

INDIA HAS once again been attacked. In the less than 24 hours, terrorists have struck again. Unfortunately, it is not new to our nation. In the last four years, we have experienced over a dozen attacks in the various parts of the country, which includes, Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Malegaon, Mumbai, Lucknow, Varanasi, Delhi and Hyderabad. The ease with which these terror attacks are being carried out, raises a question: Whether terror-strikes have become as common as theft?

Terrorism in India has taken the form of an iceberg and till date we haven’t been able to unearth more than the tip of this iceberg. As the Center for Defense Information, America says, “India has been the victim of more terrorist attacks, both domestic and international, on its territory than any other country.”

The more disturbing thing is the soft approach of our government. We have a government that is bent on giving a ’safe haven’ to the terrorists. The government has completely failed to face and anticipate that these ’regular’ terror attacks are results a lack of coordination between the intelligence, and the central and state government. The government just uses the agenda of religion as a weapon and tolerance as a breeding ground for terror activities. We, as responsible citizens must question this attitude of government. India has been a top target for militants, and yet the central and the state government doesn’t wake up for some serious action regarding counter attack. It is behaving timidly and relentlessly with such an abysmal, shameless and stoic attitude.

Before naming anyone, government needs to set its responsibilities right. If there is lack of coordination among the state and the central agencies then the government needs to address that first. Every time terror attacks take place, the state agencies blame the Centre and in turn, the Centre washes its hands saying that the state government was warned beforehand but no heed was paid to the warning.

I don’t understand what the ministers are doing at the central level? They need to be more accountable. There is more to their job than just condemning the blasts and waiting for the investigation report. And one must not play politics when it comes to the issue of national security.

Have you ever heard of any breakthrough in these terror investigations? I haven’t heard any (apart from the Parliament attack, but we haven’t been able to hang the guilty yet) instance, where we have been able to nail the mastermind behind the attack. The investigations are going on at all places mentioned before and might continue to go on and on with no results.

We don’t have the spine to take action against these terrorists because of the politics involved. Senior intelligence officials like Ajay Sinha, Raman, TV Rajeswar have pointed out that over 1.5 crores Bangladeshis are overstaying in India. What have we done till date to look into this serious matter? What is even more surprising is that our home minister is not bothered about how these Bangladeshis could come in from the eastern part of the country and settle in various parts. Rather, he is more bothered about the human rights of infiltrators.

What a pity that we don’t have any specific laws dedicated to counter-terrorism. Every major country has such laws but we go the other way round. The government dismissed the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA) that was specially designed to tackle terrorism. United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is also sitting on the Apex court’s decision to remove the Illegal Migrants Determination by Tribunals (IMDT) Act.

The government have been ineffectual in destroying the sleeping cells and local support for the terrorists. All because it say, “Let us not target any particular community”. Who is asking them to target an entire community? The Muslim community is not a party to terror and only a few people are responsible for it, then why does the government believe that any attempt to nab the terrorists would lead to opposition from the community?

The people who justify these acts should also be surceased. In India, we have list of such people, who try bizzare logic in defence of terrorists in cases such as the Babri Mosque case, Gujarat Riots or poverty. Fouad Ajami, arguably one of the most politically influential Arab-American intellectuals of this generation says, “There is another issue that has been brought to the fore by commentaries on the UK bombings: The role of apologists, fellow travellers and grievance peddlers, who exhort us to ’understand basic issues’ and attend to ’root causes’, instead of focussing on the challenge of terrorism.

Serial Blasts Rock Ahmedabad

At least�29 people were killed and over 100�were injured as 16 serial bomb blasts rocked Ahmedabad on Saturday evening. Cycles were probably used to plant the bombs while some were placed on buses, G K Parmar, joint commissioner of Ahmedbad police, told rediff.com.�

Parmar said that�the police are on the lookout for more live bombs. The explosions occurred at Maninagar, Isanpur, Narol circle, Bapunagar, Hatkeshwar and Sarangpur bridge, Sarkej and Odhav and created a wave of panic.

Crowded areas including market places were hit in the synchronised ‘low-intensity’ explosions in a space of 60 to 70 minutes after the first blast hit Maninagar at 6.45 pm. The bombs placed in tiffin boxes were strapped on to bicycles. Some of the blast sites were in sensitive areas in the old city but the situation was peaceful as the night wore on.

There were three blasts in Maninagar–the constituency of Chief Minister Narendra Modi–and two in Sarkhej targeting a state transport CNG bus and near the old Sangam theatre.

“As per the latest information, 29 persons were killed,” Modi told reporters late on Saturday night.

Significantly, two blasts occurred in the premises of Civil and LG hospitals where several victims of the explosions in other areas were being rushed exacerbating the already tense situation. A nationwide alert has been sounded.

A shocked Modi said the Ahmedabad blasts was a ‘war against India’ and a handiwork of terror groups. Declaring there should be one voice against terrorism, Modi also said there is a ‘mastermind group and a mastermind country’ behind the blasts. The people behind the attack will be ‘hounded out’, said Modi, who also spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“The blasts were of low intensity and similar to those which hit Bangalore,” Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal told reporters in Kanpur.

A common feature seen at the blast sites was use of blue ballbearings in the explosions.

The civic authorities have stopped plying of all the city transport buses.

Gujarat has been put on high alert following the blast. Security has been beefed up across the state, particularly in Gandhinagar, and special police teams were deployed at vulnerable places, said Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah.

He said the government would take all measures to maintain law and order.�

Sources said that minutes before the blasts, the Intelligence Bureau received a mail from the Indian Mujahideen, which stated, “Stop us if you can.”

A couple of bombs were reported to have been placed in tiffin boxes in a modus operandi similar to the explosions outside a Lucknow court last year.

A high level meeting of state director general of police and home secretaries will be convened shortly, said Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta.

The Ahmedabad serial blasts come a day after two people were killed in�nine serial blasts that shook Bengaluru.

Bapunagar, Isranpur and Raipur, where the blasts have taken place, are considered to be� communally sensitive areas.

President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the blasts and appealed for calm.

�Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has convened a high-level meeting to review the security situation in the country.

“I do not wish to say anything other than this that a meeting will be held tomorrow at 11 am to review the security situation in the country,” Patil told reporters.

He added, “Anti-national elements have been trying to create panic among the people of our country. Today’s blasts in Ahmedabad seem to be part of the same strategy.”

Source: Rediff

Terrorism doesn’t shock us anymore!

If terrorism is ultimately tamed, it will be because India is India. The Jaipur blasts of Tuesday, despite the horrendous toll they have taken in terms of human lives, will have little or no impact on anything — policies, people’s lives, or the much-hoped-for communal polarisation. Terror no longer has the capacity to shock. It is nothing more than another bus tragedy or train mishap that we read about everyday — however callous that may sound. The law of diminishing returns has set in.
But there are more fundamental reasons why terrorism no longer terrorises us. One, in a country as large and diverse as India, no incident or cause is big enough to upset the whole population. Even within the same region or community, the diversity is large enough to absorb shocks of almost any magnitude. For example, the Kashmir issue has almost little resonance amongst Muslims elsewhere in the country. The cause of the Kashmiri Pandits — ostensibly a Hindu cause — has few takers outside the Sangh Parivar.
The second reason is the cellular nature of Indian communities — largely derived from caste, religious and linguistic affiliations. Unlike large monocultural ethnic groups like the Han Chinese or Japanese, India’s various communities are more narrowly focused in their sense of oneness. The Olympic torch issue may inflame all of China against Tibetans, but the large influx of Bangladeshis in India does not exercise most Indians too much. Maybe a Thackeray here or an RSS there, but certainly not the whole of India.
Indians’ narrow sense of community probably has casteism to thank for. It is fashionable to view caste only as an oppressive tool — which it certainly is — but that’s really not the defining thing about caste. Caste is community and trust within the in-group. Conversely, what happens outside almost does not concern the community. It is this aspect that insulates it from threats in the external environment. It is this aspect which also ensures that a murderous terror attack in one part of the country does not incapacitate some other part.
I am not saying terrorism targets castes, but the idea of caste (or narrow in-group) permeates our way of thinking and automatically narrows down our sense of the larger community. On the downside, this means we are callous about the sufferings of other human beings. A Jaipur blast does not anger Indians a few hundred miles to the north or south of the city. It seems like someone else’s problem. But you can be sure that within the narrower communities that are affected by the blasts, money and help will pour out in torrents.
Through the last several hundred years, caste has been both oppressor and preserver in the Indian context. The onslaught from the west may have brought in new rulers and different religions, but India’s various communities, largely grouped today under the banner of Hinduism, withstood it because Hinduism has no centre, no focal point. Its cellular structure has been divided by caste, and by religious and regional affiliations. It is worth noting that even when people converted from one religion to another, the cellular structures went along with them — which is why we have Muslim and Christian Dalits talking about extending reservations to themselves, even though there is theoretically no caste system in the two religions concerned.
The main thing about a cellular structure is that the destruction or decimation of one cell does not impact the other parts. Just as neutering one cell of the Al-Qaeda does not end the terror menace, the targeting of one geographical, regional, or physical part of India does not affect the rest of the country. India is seldom ripe for revolution for the same reason. At any point of time, the interests of one group work against the interests of the rest, and popular waves often sink in the sands. India’s cellular diversity is giving terrorists a hard time. They won’t — rather, can’t — win here.

From: DNA Newspaper dated 15/05/08
Blast after blast, terror is losing
by R Jagannathan