08 May, 2021

Not A Noble Cause

It’s hard to ignore that IM has time and again struck at Gujaratis

Not A Noble Cause

Why was the Indian Mujahideen (or IM), which is suspected to be the terrorist organisation behind a spate of blasts, formed? Congressman Shakeel Ahmed says it was to avenge the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat. He quoted the National Investigation Agency as saying that the IM was formed “after ultra-radicalised Muslim youth segregated from the Student Islamic Movement of India due to communal mobilisation caused by factors like the 2002 riots in Gujarat after the Godhra train-burning incident and the Babri Masjid demolition”. Ahmed then said, “Even now the BJP and the RSS will not desist from their communal politics?”

Responding, Ram Madhav of the RSS said, “Shakeel Ahmed is acting like an IM spokesperson. Terrorism flourishes in India courtesy apologists like Ahmed.”

Arun Jaitley, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said, “The Congress spokesman has sought to rewrite history. His effort is to paint the IM as an organisation of aggrieved victims of the Gujarat riots. He ignores the international context and...

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