An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Analysis of the Bomb terror in India

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Three more bombs were found in Surat. With that the number of bombs found is now 23 and two explosive laden cars! There were 16 bomb blasts in Ahmedabad. At least 9 blasts happened in Bangalore. So, around 50 bombs were used at least! Now, behind each bomb is at least ONE perpetrator. And it can be reasonably assumed that backing every person who actually plants that bomb is one more person providing the logistic support.

Soon, we are looking at 100 people who were mobilized across the country to orchestrate a series of terror bombings within a few days! Of course, the Indian intelligence is really not the most stellar organizations in its class in the world by any stretch but to pull this off even with the low levels of CBI and RAW’s expertise, would have required some amount of heavy expenditure – to train and to provide logistic support from the place of training to get to the place of action and finally getting the bomb material to them!! Now, we are looking at substantial investment in money terms.

So, who was it that could have done it. Not many such “terror investors” out there with some good and ready-to-go training facilities.. are they? B. Raman, the guy I believe in most in these things points to Dawood Ibrahim. He may be right! After all he does have the patronage – unflinching and unwavering – of the Pakistani Intelligence agency (ISI) – who also double up as a good training instructors. There are a few schools on terror training in this region, but the ISI run ones are certainly the elite ones!

The other peg in this entire game that I can think of is LTTE. That organization is the hidden joker that not many think of, but which has a rich (infamous certainly) history of having made deals with Pakistan’s ISI for various gains including arms and money. That it fights for its “Tamil Hindu cause” is absolute nonsense if ever there was one of those causes!! Sheikh Hasina’s assassination attempt and helping ISI smuggle arms to Gujarat by providing maritime help have been recorded by Indian intelligence services even earlier.

While ISI might have succeeded in establishing a base in Gujarat, it lacks the capacity to operate in a coastal environment, which needs specialised skills. LTTE has mastered the skill of carrying out maritime operations. Highly placed intelligence sources believe that a ‘deal’ was struck between the ISI and the LTTE earlier this year in January-February, at Colombo.

“Under the deal, the LTTE will train militant organisations (for maritime capability) of the ISI and in return they will be provided with arms and financial resources,” said an intelligence source.

What can be done to fight terrorism in India? HT’s Neelesh Mishra talks of 10 ways to fight terror, which are as below (with my notes and changes):

1. Create a network of surveillance cameras: With a large population, and with little ability to check the terror with human intelligence, there is only so much we can do without the technical help. We need round the clock surveillance of the main areas of the city. Obviously it could be gamed, but places like airports, bus stands, etc should be under 24/7/365 surveillance. HT gives these figures:

A good quality four-camera system that will pan and take images from all directions for up to 60 feet costs just Rs 11,500. Five thousands such cameras in New Delhi would cost Rs 57.5 crores.

2. Pump money into forensics and computer intelligence: The technical labs and our capabilities need to be strengthened! A lot of what goes on in terms of discussion between terrorists happens on the internet. Indian system and intelligence is really weak in this area!! We obviously need to strengthen it and pump some serious money in to this area. Like HT says, until recently, Jharkhand’s forensic department was running in a cowshed!!

3. Create a Vehicle Tracking system: India obviously needs a strong and robust vehicle tracking mechanism. Every vehicle in the US can be tracked from “cradle to grave” based on that VIN, so why not have that system in India? All the VINs in a central database.. so that the vehicles can be tracked all the way.

4. Shopkeepers as sleuths: Ordinary people and citizens need to help. Its no longer the task of the intelligence agencies. Everyone needs to chip in for their own benefit.

5. Get the National ID cards system in order: Ok, this one is a tricky thing that has been played around with to make money for politicians. Someone like that guy who built the Delhi Metro needs to be in charge of such a project to just get the thing in! We need a system which is useful and cannot be easily gamed. A system that is flexible and is central to the Indian citizenship and residence! 180 million Indians do not have a voter’s card even after Rs. 1500 crores have been spent on it! Across the border, Pakistan Government has done a much better job of this!

Across the border in Pakistan , officials have done it seamlessly: The National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) has issued 60 million ID cards, and is set to issue them to all 150 million eligible Pakistanis. Pakistan ahs also launched multi-biometric E-Passports with sophisticated security features.

6. National law on terror: Ok, so the 2002 Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act (POTA) was bad. But was that a good enough reason to throw the entire baby out of the bath-tub? If we have to fight the terror, we need some strong ways to do it. There is no two ways out of it. The throwing out of that law showed teh electorate very clearly that who were the people in the government who covertly sponsored terrorism in India from within!

7. Create a Department of National Security: US has done and it needs to be done by other countries. We cannot fight the world of terrorism by fragmented responses. It has to be a joint effort and a synchronised one.

8. National database of suspects and profiling of the possible suspects: Ok, profiling is a bad word. But you know – too bad.. everyone of these terrorists is a Muslim and swears by Quran and Prophet Muhammad. As much as it hurts some community – that is the ultimate truth. There is little that anyone else can do about it.

I don’t care what the others in that faith think about the book or their Prophet, but there is enough stuff presumably in that legacy that unfailingly inspires people to kill babies, women, and even the already dying (one of the bombs exploded near the trauma center of Dhanwantari Hospital!!)!

Frankly, I consider such people (terrorists) as the lowest form of existence! They have lost humanity (obviously) but they don’t even deserve to be compared to animals! So, there is a method in how a perfectly pious human being is converted to someone who is even below animalistic instincts. That conversion process needs to be well understood. Who does it? How it happens? And how can one catch that process in between so such a conversion from humans to below-animals does not happen for many.

Also, if institutions like Deoband etc have really not produced many scientists and engineers but is a hotbed of religious intolerance (as it is and several like it are) then, I do not see much reason to have such an institution running in India. Those who would really like to still study in such things should take it somewhere else.. maybe in Saudi Arabia but I do not see how it benefits any of the Indian youth! I have interacted with the Muslim youth in UP and I could see their frustration with the lack of normal educational opportunities and no other institution has done as much to harm the future of Indian Muslim youth as Deoband and its network of Madrasas!

9. Modernise and invest in the CBI: If we need to do better then the arm which helps us keep a tab on the internal intelligence needs improvement. Without question.

10. Help improve the the police capabilities: even the local thug has better weapons than most police officers. How do you think he can even fight the terrorists? We need to make them better equiped and paid and trained!

Other things that we need to do:

11. Involve the local chowkidars and other such people: Many postmen and chowkidars are well equipped to get enough knowledge if they are looking for it. Why not enrol them on the national payroll for such surveillance?

Finally, something needs to be done with the future of Indian Muslim youth. They are too many and too easily affected by those who are ready to use them as canon fodder for some idiotic ends. The only way is to wean them away from the useless education that is provided by the religious institutions like Madrasas (and I would now – with the rise and genesis of SIMI at Aligarh Muslim University “SIMI has its roots in the Aligarh Muslim University.”- say even institutions like Aligarh Muslims University).

Its not that one wants the Muslim youth of today and tomorrow to be less religious – but it really needs to have modicum of opportunities for itself to even have a room for religion in his life! And those who keep harping on religion cannot be “kept at home” are plain idiots. To be religious – in and out of your house – religion should seep into your soul… into your thoughts…. into your mind… into your actions.. and be reflected as piety.

If all that is not there, then the outward clothing, the beard, the mechanistic actions have no meaning whatsoever! If the outward and shallow religion is what people want to carry outside their house, then they are not even doing justice to their own spiritual book and obvious doing a disservice to the rest of the world.

Of course, personally, I consider religion to have no – absolutely NO – relationship to spiritual progress. Religion is the greatest impediment to a spiritual journey!


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8 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    there was a news about an explosion in a bajrung dal worker’s house some time back. And in some media, it was reported that head caps used by muslims generally and other commonly referred to as muslim things were found in that house. Do you have a say on it?

    Do you have some evidence to implicate any of the persons/organisation that you are very fond of accusing always like a pavlovian dog?

  2. Anonymous says

    there was a news about an explosion in a bajrung dal worker’s house some time back. And in some media, it was reported that head caps used by muslims generally and other commonly referred to as muslim things were found in that house. Do you have a say on it?

    Do you have some evidence to implicate any of the persons/organisation that you are very fond of accusing always like a pavlovian dog?

  3. Desh says

    First, such a news never made it to any of the top pages and probably you are the only one who read it!

    Second, to suggest that a ragtag organization like Bajrang Dal could muster enough strength to have 100 people orchestrating bomb blasts across the country is absolute nonsense and imagination. No small organization could have achieved this.

    Third, such organizations have not only made a mess in India but are also ruining their host country Pakistan – of course, their masters, the ISI and the Pak Army couldnt care less for the ordinary person in any case.

    Lastly, whether I like to accuse these organizations or not, they have finally come into the cross hairs of the US – so as the recent incidents do show.. there will be a showdown soon.. specially when Obama comes on. Do you want a ticket to NWFP to go and help your friends out?

  4. Desh says

    First, such a news never made it to any of the top pages and probably you are the only one who read it!

    Second, to suggest that a ragtag organization like Bajrang Dal could muster enough strength to have 100 people orchestrating bomb blasts across the country is absolute nonsense and imagination. No small organization could have achieved this.

    Third, such organizations have not only made a mess in India but are also ruining their host country Pakistan – of course, their masters, the ISI and the Pak Army couldnt care less for the ordinary person in any case.

    Lastly, whether I like to accuse these organizations or not, they have finally come into the cross hairs of the US – so as the recent incidents do show.. there will be a showdown soon.. specially when Obama comes on. Do you want a ticket to NWFP to go and help your friends out?

  5. Anonymous says

    here is a report but I know that it would not make a particle of difference:

    “First, on April 2006 two Bajrang Dal workers died while making bombs, false moustache and typical clothes of a Muslim were recovered from the site and one of the survivors of the accident stated that Hindus should be doing blasts; else they will be taken as eunuchs. These blasts should be done on Fridays near the mosques where the congregation of Muslims generally takes place in the afternoon”

    http://indianmuslims.in/ahmeda

  6. Anonymous says

    here is a report but I know that it would not make a particle of difference:

    “First, on April 2006 two Bajrang Dal workers died while making bombs, false moustache and typical clothes of a Muslim were recovered from the site and one of the survivors of the accident stated that Hindus should be doing blasts; else they will be taken as eunuchs. These blasts should be done on Fridays near the mosques where the congregation of Muslims generally takes place in the afternoon”

    http://indianmuslims.in/ahmedabad-and-bangalore-blasts-combating-terrorism/

  7. Desh says

    First of all, anonymous – its an article written by someone who claims this is what happened. Its NOT A REPORT! Its not a Reuter’s or AP report. So, sorry.. nice attempt.. but its not credible enough.

    Second, even if this was a report – does that in any way “prove” that Bajrang Dal did the blasts? There is ample proof with the police to show where this was coming from.

    This obfuscation of matters by even the West is what has led to the mess in US and UK as well! They would never believe India’s stance that this all emanated from Pakistan and one day the ISI funded Atta et al flew their planes in (ISI chief had used Omar Shairf to wire $100k to Mohd Atta in days before 9-11 – its a Wall Street Journal report). Similarly the Pakistanis never believed us… and today they are suffering the mess themselves. Most still don’t.. and that is fine. They will get to know of all this first hand when Taliban (currently enconsed 160 km from Islamabad in Swat) will make its presence felt in “God’s own country”. By then it will be too late for them as well. And no Bajrang Dal will be there to help them out of that self created mess.

    I am amazed at this utter blindness on part of the Muslims to even recognise the mess that is there in their society. I have seen this video/slideshow that goes on to show – based on Dr. Zakir Naik’s speeches – how others have done deplorable things as well.. so Muslims are not the only terrorists.

    Fair enough, but there is ONE major difference between the crimes perpetuated by Non-Muslims and Muslims in the realm of terror. The non-Muslims DO NOT claim the sanction from their scriptures and do not use religion as THE PRIMARY motivation for killing. Muslim terrorists DO! And irrespective of what you want to say about Islam being peaceful or not.. the fact does remain that the Muslim terrorists have used it to telling effect. Right from Persian and Turkish raids into India to Aurangzeb’s atrocities on all Sikh Gurus and public in general..

    .. everything is accompanied by this urge to either convert or kill others!

  8. Desh says

    First of all, anonymous – its an article written by someone who claims this is what happened. Its NOT A REPORT! Its not a Reuter’s or AP report. So, sorry.. nice attempt.. but its not credible enough.

    Second, even if this was a report – does that in any way “prove” that Bajrang Dal did the blasts? There is ample proof with the police to show where this was coming from.

    This obfuscation of matters by even the West is what has led to the mess in US and UK as well! They would never believe India’s stance that this all emanated from Pakistan and one day the ISI funded Atta et al flew their planes in (ISI chief had used Omar Shairf to wire $100k to Mohd Atta in days before 9-11 – its a Wall Street Journal report). Similarly the Pakistanis never believed us… and today they are suffering the mess themselves. Most still don’t.. and that is fine. They will get to know of all this first hand when Taliban (currently enconsed 160 km from Islamabad in Swat) will make its presence felt in “God’s own country”. By then it will be too late for them as well. And no Bajrang Dal will be there to help them out of that self created mess.

    I am amazed at this utter blindness on part of the Muslims to even recognise the mess that is there in their society. I have seen this video/slideshow that goes on to show – based on Dr. Zakir Naik’s speeches – how others have done deplorable things as well.. so Muslims are not the only terrorists.

    Fair enough, but there is ONE major difference between the crimes perpetuated by Non-Muslims and Muslims in the realm of terror. The non-Muslims DO NOT claim the sanction from their scriptures and do not use religion as THE PRIMARY motivation for killing. Muslim terrorists DO! And irrespective of what you want to say about Islam being peaceful or not.. the fact does remain that the Muslim terrorists have used it to telling effect. Right from Persian and Turkish raids into India to Aurangzeb’s atrocities on all Sikh Gurus and public in general..

    .. everything is accompanied by this urge to either convert or kill others!

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