Godse’s Children: Hindutva terror in India
Having gained experience of fighting terror since 1948 when the first terrorist attack claimed the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the government has been fighting terror quite reluctantly. Its ostrich posture emboldened the perpetrators of heinous crimes to unleash their terror on the most tortured community incessantly.
This “explosive” book has a lot of dynamite against the machinery which prefers to look the other way. Prompt in victimising the victimised; it fails to discharge its constitutional responsibility. The book dissects facts of the callous attitude of the government; the indifferent attitude of masses; the feverish (and sheepish) submission of the mass media and the undelible impression:yeh andar kee baat hai: police hamaray sath hai.
Yes, it is a disturbing book, rather, stunning which benumbs the reader with researched facts that tell us the “untold story”: Godse, Bajarangi or Sanjay Joshi were dedicated to their cause whereas the machinery remained totally committed to “crying wolf”.Time and again Congress let the opportunity to slip from its hands. It could act if it really wanted to do so; however, it preferred to procrastinate. Out of the three options it had/has – it chose “the politics of convenience” (p.326) so that it appears to fight terror and keeps it alive too As The Hindu (24 December 2010) summarises: … the party has oscillated between a form of “defensive secularism” at times bordering on Hindutva, and an “instant secularism” crafted more as a reaction to the BJP’s taunts than as a result of its own convictions.” (p. 325). With the sole exception of Digvijay Singh, the David; the party wants to humble the Goliath of Hindutva terror. I Subash Gatade (born 1957), an engineer by training and a champion of human rights for the past few decades traces the history of the Hindutva ideology from pre-independence period to the present period to establish the fact that inspite of loud denials – the sangha has been meticulously planning and master-minding violence in the last seven decades. It gives an idea about the expanse of the majoirtarian terror modules which can strike at will at any place; secondly, it also brings forth the commonality of tactics used by these modules. Thirdly, it underlines the Himalayan task which awaits the investigating agencies. Not only has the author succeeded in diagnosing the malady but has also suggested the remedy too – which, unfortunately, none dares to administer.
The book begins with a Foreward by Shamsul Islam, who penned a number of books on the RSS in the past, including Golwalkar’s We or Our Nationhood Defined: a critique and RSS Primere based on RSS documents. Beginning with Mohan Bhagwat’s statement made at Surat, Shamsul traces why Hinduism and violence cannot be called oxymorons. He reminds of the role Bhosala Military School played in poisoning the minds of army recruits. Hence if the recent discovery of Purohits and Upadhyays are acknowledged – it remained or many a well established fact. After all the Military School was a British gift to the nation to keep it divided.
Divided into 25 chapters, thoroughly resesarched with ten appendices – including Bajrangi’s Tehelka tape (how he felt like Maharana Pratap the day he killed so many Muslims) and Pramod Muthalik’s mission of preparing youth for terror strikes, the book is the most comprehensive record of a well known but little acknowledged fact – the menace of Hindutva terror. What Gatade emphatically points out is the fact that through these seven decadesMuslims had been at the receiving end – soft targets for terrorists as well as for state machinery – police, bureaucracy and judiciary (to some extent) The Book covers almost every important blast – Nanded I & II, Malegaon I & II; Kanpur I & II, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer blast; the leads available (but tacitly ignored), the links between them as well as the modus operandi. It also records sting operation of Ram Vilas Vedanti who claims to be a wizard on the art of money laundering and other spiritual gurus. It draws our attention to vicious and sinister rise of Sanatan Sanstha which accuses BJP/RSS of deviating from hindutva for political gains. How it was banned in Serbia and how RSS has been relying on Israel (in the past on Nepal) for accomplishing its mission of a Hindu Rashtra has also been high lighted. It has the poignant tale of Nurul Hoda who has been subjected to narco tests several times (Appendix). IV
A must for every rational reader it is likely to run into several editions not only in English but also in many Indian languages – specially Hindi, Marathi and Urdu. Pharos Media deserve praise for the courage to place the appraisal of independent India close on the heels of S.M. Mushrif’s Who Killed Karkare? Gatade quite convincingly establishes the point that none can vie withsangha in telling the subtle lie – of owning and disowning its own pracharaks, of dumping their pawns like Sanjay Joshi or Sunil Joshi and rushing to rescue Indresh.