The idea of Hindu terror, however, survived and has now become international
The Priyanka Chopra-starred TV series Quantico in the US has been rightly slammed for peddling a Hindu terror theme. It looks like former home minister P. Chidambaram’s Hindu terror theory has many takers, even in the West.
In his capacity as home minister, Chidambaram addressed state police chiefs and top security and intelligence the last week of August 2010, saying: “There is no let up in the attempts to radicalize young men and women in India. Besides, there is the recently uncovered phenomenon of saffron terrorism that has been implicated in many bomb blasts of the past. My advice to you is that we must remain ever vigilant and continue to build, at the Central and State levels, our capacity in counter-terrorism.”
Even though the Congress officially distanced itself from the reprehensible remark, Chidambaram repeated it a few days later. His theory, however, has been lapped up by the Left-liberal gang. They use it not only to discredit the ruling dispensation but also to portray Islamic terror as a normal aberration-something that is associated with all religions. The theory is: all religions have hotheads who indulge in violent activities; therefore, the scrutiny and denunciation should be restricted to the violence and its perpetrators; and, more importantly, it should keep away from the core of the faith concerned.
But, unfortunately for the theorists, non-Islamic religions hardly have any terrorists. Lashkar and al-Qaeda have no Hindu, Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist counterparts. So, if facts don’t exist, these have to be invented. A section of politicians and intellectuals wanted to portray 26/11 in 2008 as an instance of saffron terror but failed miserably. A couple of years later, Chidambaram chipped in.
While Internet Hindus have done well to discredit the Quantico episode, they have gone overboard in their enthusiasm to malign everybody associated with the series
Rahul Gandhi also tried his best. A cable by former US ambassador to India Timothy Roemer, released by Wikileaks, revealed the then Congress vice-president’s eagerness to spread the theory of Hindu terror. In December 2010, Rahul told him that “the bigger threat [to India] may be the growth of radicalized Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community.”
The Congress’ endeavour failed; in fact, it boomeranged on the grand old party, which came to be seen as indulging in Muslim appeasement. Its tally in 2014 plunged to 44, its lowest in history.
The idea of Hindu terror, however, survived and has now become international. A recent episode of Quanticodepicted the protagonist, played by Chopra, defusing a conspiracy planned by Hindus ahead of a big meet on Kashmir. When pro-Hindu groups and individuals castigated the show, the producers, ABC, apologized for getting into “a complex political issue.”
While Internet Hindus have done well to discredit the Quantico episode, they have gone overboard in their enthusiasm to malign everybody associated with the series. They mercilessly trolled a Bangladeshi American writer, Sharbari Zohra Ahmed, who had nothing to do with the Quantico episode. She has been accused of being part of an Islamist conspiracy against Hindus. For example, a tweet taunted her: “Care to explain your wildest fantasy while you wrote Quantico with Indians being masterminds of an attack? Does this stem from a deep-rooted bias, hate, anti-Hindu, pro-Islam conditioning of your fragile mind?”
Nothing could be farther from the truth, for Ahmed is a courageous fighter against jihadists. In an article on October 16, 2016, in the website scroll.in (https://scroll.in/article/819095/what-makes-bangladesh-vulnerable-to-radical-islam-is-its-absolute-denial-that-it-could-be-so), she worried about her native country becoming “more vulnerable to radical Islam.” The attack on and demonization of people like Ahmed will only strengthen jihadists.
The moral of the story is: the evil that men like Chidambaram do lives for a long time.
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