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21 January 2013

Indian Home Minister Shinde downplays terrorist infiltration across LOC and alleges RSS, BJP camps promoting 'Hindu terror'

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Indian Congress Party has recently organized a grand political convention called Chintan Shivir चिंतन शिविर in Jaipur, Rajasthan state of India. The meaning of ‘Chintan Shivir’ is ‘meditation camp’.  As such, it was expected that hundreds of politicians of the main ruling party- Congress had converged from all around India for serious introspection and contemplation of achievements and failure of the party.  They were expected to analyze their shortcomings in the past, discover remedies for failures and eventually evolve effective policies in order to achieve success in the time to come.  

Nevertheless, Congress’s Chintan Shivir emerged to be more speculative when Rahul Gandhi was declared the Congress Vice President, elevating him to the second most powerful office-bearer post in the political alliance of ruling parties.  Rahul Gandhi’s appointment as the second-in-command in Congress is being observed by political pundits as passport to the highest seat of Indian Prime Minster.  

The latest speculative salvo lobbed by the Indian Home Minister is of course a bit hastier and quite irresponsible. The Union (Federal) Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde went to the extent of arbitrary allegations of escalating Hindu terrorism in the camps run by the main opposition party BJP and the nationalist organization RSS. His controversial statement goes as follows:

"They (BJP) are talking about infiltration (of terrorists from Pakistan across the LOC) but we have this report that whether it is BJP or RSS, their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism," Shinde said at the Congress meeting (Chintan Shivir) in Jaipur.

"We (Indian government) are keeping a strict eye on it (BJP and RSS training camps). The Samjhauta Express blast, Mecca Masjid (blast), Malegaon blast — they are planting bombs and blaming minorities for it. We need to be careful for safety of our country," the minister added.

This is for the first time that an Indian Home Minister publicly linked terrorism to Hindu religion, whereas the government deliberately avoided using the globally established terms ‘Islamic terrorism’. Shinde directly linked BJP and RSS with groups like Abhinav Bharat, which has been charged with allegations of terrorist activities in Malegaon and Samjhauta Express blasts. 

These statements have come right from the Indian Home Minister in the backdrop of the recent cross-border gunfire by Pakistan Army, violation of ceasefire by the Pakistani Rangers, their intrusion into the Indian Territory,  killing Indian soldiers by attacking from their back, mutilating a body and carrying back the head of another Indian soldier.

Reactions on Shinde’s anti BJP, RSS comments:
  1. Hafiz Saeed seeks to exploit Shinde's 'Hindu terror' remarks, BJP launches all-out attack
  2. RSS: Shinde's Hindu terror remark has made him darling of LeT, JuD 
  3. Sack Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for insulting terror remarks, says BJP 

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