15 May, 2021

Bombs In Our Houses

Shinde’s terror charge sparks advice, gloating, action plans in Pakistan

AFP (From Outlook 04 February 2013)
Bombs In Our Houses

Their nose for slights, real and imaginary, and quest for bloody retribution has ensured an unbroken stream of sectarian violence that has so ruptured Pakistan’s polity and civic life. But the ‘insane jehad brigade’ has never had such an incendiary issue served on a platter from across the border. A palpable sense of ‘didn’t we tell you so?’ permeates every extremist utterance ever since Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde publicly claimed that the BJP and its parent organisation RSS run terrorist camps and were behind the terror attacks on Samjhauta Express, Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon.

Understandably, Shinde’s remarks created a furore on Pakistani streets. But for people following Indian affairs, ‘Hindutva terrorism’ isn’t new, as it has been extensively reported in the Indian media. It was the timing of Shinde’s remark—so soon after tension at the LoC—that intrigued Pakistanis. Officialdom here brushed it aside as ‘domestic politics’, only renewing its demand that...

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