Yet another blast
killing nearly 200 and injuring 800 in Mumbai. All those hit were middle class
citizens traveling back from work. A Kashmiri group supposedly claimed
responsibility. Yet the government and the media first began whipping up
hysteria against the SIMI (Student Islamic Movement of India), without any shred
of evidence against it; then it dropped that angle and tried to link terrorism
and Naxalism after the Maoist action on the Salwa Judum lumpens; and ofcourse it
resorted to the standard Pak-baiting technique to serve its geo-political needs
in the region. It seems the government and media were more interested in using
the incident to whip up hysteria rather than find the real perpetrators of the
action or help the victims.
Why should any group
or party fighting for freedom, kill and injure such large numbers of innocents
who have nothing to do with the cause for which they are fighting? In the first
class compartment in a Mumbai train there are middle class employees and
professionals going back from work. There could be women and children of all
religious faiths amongst them, including Muslims. What was their crime that that
they should be so badly and brutally hit?
Besides, the way
these bombs are placed in compartments it is the mere work of cowards who are
unable to take the risk to hit the real criminals, like a Modi, Advani, Singhal,
and their gang, or the police and military mafia, or the Congress-type hoodlums.
These gangsters are responsible for thousands and thousands of killings. They
are spared while the common citizen is targeted. To plant a time bomb in a
compartment, besides sophisticated technical knowledge to prepare them, even a
single person can go and plant it.
A similar event took
place in Delhi in a middle-class market area. Here too the victims were the
same, even more vulnerable as the shopping complex would have a larger
proportion of women and children. Similar was the attack on religious
institutions in Benaras and Gujarat where the ordinary Hindu worshiper is the
target, not the Hindu fascist gangsters. And whenever the real culprits are
supposedly targeted, the ‘mission’ somehow always seems to be unsuccessful, as
in the supposed attack on Parliament, the RSS Headquarters in Nagpur, etc. One
begins to wonder as to really who are behind these attacks all over the country.
Such actions are
inhuman, despicable, and counter-productive to any genuine people’s movement;
whether for national self-determination or against minority oppression or for
any other cause. But who then are the beneficiaries? Who actually gains from
such actions? Though we may never come to know the truth behind such actions it
would be one of those who benefit who could be the culprit.
Who Gains From Blasts
The first and major
beneficiary is the Hindu fundamentalists as they hope that the anti-Islamic
hysteria will help them regain their lost glory. In the doldrums ever since they
lost power, and the victims of intrigue, internecine battles, they desperately
need a cause to revive their lost fortunes. Even their rath yatra turned out to
be a damp squib which was conveniently given up on some pretext. Preceded by the
Bhiwandi events where Moslems objected to the building of a police station
leading to the death of two Muslims in police firing; followed by the mayhem of
the Shiv Sena over the supposed defiling of the statue of Bal Thackeray’s wife;
the bomb blast took place in this already tense environment. The Hindu fascists
vowed that the police station will be built in Bhiwandi in a bid to further
communalise the atmosphere.
fundamentalists and the ISI-type bodies also seek to gain by attacking ordinary
Hindus in order to polarize the two communities and thereby win more support to
their fundamentalist cause from ordinary Moslems. Besides this narrow interest
the cause of the Kashmir people suffer as it turns a large section of the Indian
population against them.
Ofcourse the main
gainers of such action is the Government and the rulers, backed by the moneybags
and imperialists. Why?
Firstly, because it
acts to divert the oppressed masses away from their genuine problems. Today,
when the country is reeling under massive hike in prices, unemployment and when
over one lakh peasants have been made to commit suicide in the last decade a
great anger is building up against the policies of LPG implemented by the
government at the behest of the imperialists, particularly the US. The media
blitzkrieg after the Mumbai event has helped to focus away from these real
problems. With over a thousand middle class people affected by the blast it can
have a spiraling affect in the vast middle classes who too are getting
discontented with the growing mafia rule. Such diversion helps too the moneybags
and the imperialists who gain the maximum from the policies of LPG, and are its
Second, the ruling
classes, fearful of the growing anger of the oppressed masses and their rising
discontent, seek to bring in more and more fascist measures (like the amendments
to the CrPC, the proposed Act to gag the Press, so-called anti-terrorist
legislation, curbing the rights to union activity, etc). Such bomb blasts create
the right atmosphere for such fascist measures. Particularly they are panic
stricken with this discontent being led by the revolutionaries, the Maoists, for
this they are making preparations of genocidal proportions. Such blasts act to
legitamise any of the genocidal policies of the government on its own people.
The media has played an effective role in building up the necessary hysteria.
Third, such blasts
help turn the entire populace against the Moslems and further the ruler’s
conspiracy of ‘divide and rule’. Moslems are made the scapegoat for the ills of
the country and the ‘enemy’ within; thereby diverting from the real enemy ………
the traitors who sell our country for a few dollars to the US gangsters. In
Mumbai a veritable witch-hunt has been unleashed against any and every Muslim
and roughly 1,200 have been arrested.
And finally, such
regular blasts in public places create a sense of insecurity in the entire
populace and a fear psychosis, which subsumes all the other insecurities in
life, particularly economic insecurities. Utilizing this weakness the rulers
then seek to build a fascist mentality amongst the populace targeting a
community and desiring a monolithic state.
So, in short the main
gainers of such actions are the two types of fundamentalists and more
particularly the Indian and Pakistani rulers. It is not only the intelligence
wing of the Pak government that is known to do such actions, also that of the
Indian government, RAW, is notorious for using such methods. All the bomb
blasts, successful and unsuccessful, need to be thoroughly investigated by an
independent citizen’s committee.
Who Looses from the Blasts
First, the main
losers are the ordinary citizen who loses their near and dear ones for no reason
what so ever. Suddenly, and overnight one thousand families are hit by a
terrible tragedy. All government compensation, if it ever reaches them, cannot
compensate for the loss, particularly if it was the main earner in the family.
While the Congress and BJP are seeking to make political capital out of the
tragedy, the innocents have to suffer in silence.
Second, it is
Kashmiri cause that suffers as inevitably the blame is put on a Kashmiri group.
As it is, due to a massive government propaganda, there is not much support for
the Kashmiri cause in India; this only further distances the Indian people from
the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination.
Third, it is the
struggle against the Hindu fascists and for the rights of the minorities that
suffer. By such acts secular opinion is undermined and the two communities tend
to get polarized. One major victim is a secular polity.
movements suffer as such actions give legitimacy to the governments repressive
policies, most of which are turned against the struggling people of the country.
This particularly hits the revolutionary movement which in the forefront of such
battles for justice and equality.
democratic opinion suffers as people are not able to distinguish between
necessary revolutionary violence and such terrorist violence. This blunts the
struggle against the ruthless terror of the State, thereby weakening the genuine
democratic movement. Today in the face of a monstrous fascist State mere
peaceful resistance can lead to a dead end as the rulers could not care.
Resistance often has to go beyond the bounds set by the rulers. In the present
hysteria this too can be branded as ‘terrorism’, thus affecting the overall
Do Not Fall into Trap
The oppressed masses
of the country should not get diverted by such actions, they should firmly
oppose it and call for an independent citizen’s commission to inquire as to who
is responsible. They are suffering enormously due to the policies of the
government and their imperialist masters. Living itself is becoming a nightmare
for crores living in the villages and slums of the country. The bulk of the
middle classes are also getting more and more affected due to the lack of jobs
and any gainful employment. The masses are frustrated with the political parties
as all are corrupt and serve the rich moneybags. There seems no alternative,
except for the Naxalites, who the ruling classes and media try to portray as
black. In this state of frustration and insecurity the people could fall prey to
the vilest propaganda.
But the people have seen a lot. No
longer will they easily fall prey to such a hoax and will join with the masses
fighting the anti-people policies of the government. They will try the
perpetrators of such evils no matter who they are — ISI, RAW or any of the
fundamentalists. They will take to struggle and militant action against the
rulers and their hangers on that run this corrupt system.