‘Endeavoured Dawn’

By Archana Purohit
Dizzy desires quail my heart,
The faith unshaken stay,
A distance appears in the grunge of notions,
Sole glimpse of Thy my longings hail.

In an enigma,
the world of arcane beliefs,
A thought without you has worn the tears.

Neither the charming are the moments of glee,
Far from you . . . . its unkind to bear !

Beyond the horizon sun bows to the dusk
Winters burgeon & swallows return to the north
The seighs of loneliness vintaged my zest
What left ,
Is an urge to fly with denizens aforth.

It brings nostalgia of my unseen abode,
Where the chants etherized the incense savour.

The fetish drizzle catharsis deeds inane


The extreme reposed in the ultimate harbour.

Pensiveness has grown in the air,
As the clock strikes another passing hour.

Each flash beholds a call from home,
If only they could meet at par.

A breath enlivened for the gaze of Thy sight,
That quenched the thirst of yearning oceans,
Cascades faint at the flicker glance,
and hearts melted at the benign motion.

Though the brood has flown & the sky is empty,
The pearl now glowed beneath the blue vault of heaven,
Zephyr carries the touch of your bliss,
Blessed is the world to follow the gracious beckon.

The Felicitous reverence halted tonight,
In the concord of winds, aspirations forgone,
Time fell into the tranquility of your boundless care,
and The Self awakened to the Rays Of Endeavored Dawn.

Varna (6)

Varna (6)

Our discourse on Varna reaches its crescendo in this chapter.  I will explain now the raison d’etre as also the purpose of Varnasrama Dharma. This is unknown to the secular world and hence needs thorough explanation.  I will be quoting Bhagavat Geetha again and again to show how Bhagavan Krishna had explained this to us.

First on the raison d’etre:

sve-sve karmanyabhiratah

samsiddhim labhate narah

svakarmaniratah siddhim

yathaa vindhathi thach chhrunu (Geetha 18.45)

Devoted each to his own occupation, man reaches perfection (in practical yoga); how, devoted to his own occupation, he attains such perfection, that do hear.

I have to keep repeating the fact that man is born with his unique Guna that enables him to an occupation based on fourfold varna dharma viz. knowledge, weapon, wealth and labour. These four categories are not merely the source of one’s strength in the discharge of his duties but they are also source of social power he can wield in society.  Under capitalism man has been told that he can and should do any work to gain glory in this world or in the least to merely eke out a living. The truth of the matter is quite the contrary for the element of liberation has not only been robbed of him by discouraging the pursuit of his karma based on Guna but it leads to the very opposite of liberation.

In today’s global capitalist secular world man is, though a work slave, he is called a ‘free’ slave because his master keeps changing!  Why?  Because he is hired and fired as is deemed necessary for the master to make profit by his employ or by his lay off.  Added to this is that man’s own work keeps changing because the work he did becomes obsolete and so he has to learn new avocation to survive but only at the mercy of a master who is willing to employ him.  Don’t we see physicists becoming janitors and corporate honchos becoming cleaners?  Of course, there is always a job in the army for anyone who is fit and the armymen become destitutes if he gets wounded or maimed.  We see the homeless ex-servicemen participate in great numbers in the ‘occupy wall street’ movement camping in govt. parks and getting evicted by force.  Is there a place to call ‘home’ in this ‘free’ secular world? Let the truth be told: the slave masters have no responsibility to the slave who is constantly threatened with being fired, a scary element that governs the economics of capitalism.

In the present capitalist system attaining perfection through occupation is an impossibility because man is considered not a spirit craving for perfection but a commodity to be made use of to attain profit by another man.  Only in a society based on Varnaasrama Dharma can the man reclaim his spirit and strive for perfection.

yathah pravritthir bhuthaanaam

yena sarvam idham thatham

svakarmanaa tham abhyarchya

siddhim vindhati maanavah (Geetha 18.46)

He from whom all existences come forth, and by whom all this is pervaded, by offering worship to Him with his own occupation, man wins perfection.

In this global capitalist society our worship through karma to the Source to whom we owe our existence is made impossible by the mere fact that the pursuit of one’s occupation is at the mercy of another man.  There is no right to one’s occupation in this system.  Man can claim this right, the real right, so he can attain spiritual perfection through occupation only by fighting for a society based on Varnaasrama Dharma.

sreyaan svadharmo vigunah

paradharmaath svanushthithaath

svabhaavaniyatham karma

kurvan naapnothi kilbisham (Geetha 18.47)

Better is one’s own duty (though) inferior, than the duty of another well-performed. One doing the duty determined by his own nature incurs no sin.

This is the most important verse in Bhagavat Geetha.

First and foremost thing to keep in mind is that Bhagavan has indicated that one’s own perfection is attained only through the work he is equipped to.  A person can demonstrate that he can do the work of someone belonging to a different varna but it is wrought with two factors. First one is that he is seizing the work belong to another which by itself is adharma and he incurs sin on that account.  The second factor is that this person would not be able to consistently keep working the job of another varna for at one time or another his own equipment will impel him to abandon the work of another varna he had undertaken to do and take up pursuit of his own occupation for which he is equipped.   So much so the perfection he is supposed to attain by the dint of work had been abandoned and he incurs sin for abandoning his own occupation.

The capitalist system encourages people to egg out others of their own occupation in the name of efficiency.  This is done with a view to profit out of such aggression. Our Lord Krishna says:

sahajam karma kauntheya

sadhosham api na tyajeth

sarvarambhaa hi doshena

dhoomenaagnir ivaavruthaah (Geetha 18.48)

Duty naturally belonging to one by birth, 0 Son of Kunti (Arjuna), though accompanied by defects, ought not to be abandoned; all undertakings are enveloped with defects, as fire by smoke.

Karma here has been translated as duty.  Sahajam karma means what is born equipped with.  The word duty is to emphasize the compulsion in each of us to pursue.  It is not to be understood as an inheritance from parentage.  It may look like that but really not so.

Important realization should be that you are a Brahmana or Kshathriya or Vaisya or Sudhra in pursuing knowledge, weapon, wealth or labour respectively by dint of your poorva karma (karma performed in previous births) and not due to parentage. 

Our smrithis (ancient Rishi made laws) do set out rules of conduct for organized varnas into community of Brahmans, Kshathrityas and so on but they never claim to deny that one’s inheritance from his own poorva karma by insisting on the inheritance from parentage.

The key words ‘sahajam karma’ clearly states that man’s ability to pursue a vocation is inborn.  Training someone who is not born with a pursuit for happiness through a profession will prove disastrous for both the person as well as the society.

Under the capitalist system not only this dhaarmic pursuit of one’s own occupation for which he is born duly equipped has been thus impeded but also factually prevented from pursuing his karmic perfection through his own occupation for which he has taken the birth.  This capitalist system is therefore asuric and adharmic to the core and it is the divine right of everyone to overthrow this secular capitalist system.

Sticking to one’s own dharma and performing karmas pertaining to one’s own varna is actually a form of worship.   Why? Because it keeps the person in his own nature transgressing of which will bring immense trouble and unhappiness.  We see how corruption and betrayal takes place when the vaisyas and sudhras have taken over the job of the kshathriyas.  Even if you perform your own karma in a defective way it is far more better than performing the karma that pertains to another even if you can execute it in an excellent way.

Purpose of Varnasrama Dharma 

The purpose of any society is to keep peace and happiness within and devise system that allows people to pursue their life’s objectives freely and unhindered by outside forces.

Having understood the characteristics of the four varnas the following can be deduced.

i) Pursuit of wealth is unique to the Vaisyas. The other three varnas have other interst in life (we call this purushaartha).

ii) Brahmanas and Sudhras have opposite characteristics.  Brahmanas are prone to pursue knowledge, are highly independent and do not band together.  On the contrary the Sudhras have least interest the knowledge of things other than their own pursuit and live bundled up in colonies.  In modern times, if opportunity is given, a Brahmana will tend to go to a University whereas the Sudhra would enter the community college.  This is the way the Guna drives them.

iii) The Kshathriya is passionate about many things and has the tendency to seize things that do not belong to him using force.  He also pursues truth and tends to be judgemental.  He is passionate about his country and lineage and weilds weapons to defend them.

The basis of a strong, peaceful and prosperous society is Varnasrama Dharma where each varna is segragated in the following fashion.

a) A Brahmana will pursue knowledge but is forbidden from acquiring wealth, forbidden from weilding weapons and will not work for a vaisya or a sudhra who have the opposite characteristics to a Brahmana.

b) A Kshathriya will weild weapons but he will take counsel from the Brahmana and will never take action independently because of his passion and the consequent temerity will have no resistance.  A kshathriya is forbidden from pursuing the acquision of wealth or owning land or employing sudhras in those objectives of wealth gathering.

c) A Vaisya will be relentless in acquiring wealth but is forbidden from owning it without sharing.  He is also forbidden from the pursuit of knowledge and forbidden from wielding weapons.

d) Because of complete lack of intellect a Sudhra will work for the Vaisya mostly taking orders from him and rarely to the Kshathriya or the Brahmana.  It is the duty of the Vaisya to take care of the Sudhra and the Kshathriya will see to it that a Sudhra is not exploited by his master.  In the case of Sudhra logically there is the forbiddance from pursuing knowledge or wielding weapons or gathering of wealth by giving up his own occupation.

Thus each of the four varnas is confined to the pursuit of occupation to which his guna dictates while being forbidden to pursue the occupations of other varnas.  Let me quote our Lord Krishna again that I have mentioned above:

sreyaan svadharmo vigunah

paradharmaath svanushthithaath

svabhaavaniyatham karma

kurvan naapnothi kilbisham (Geetha 18.47)

Better is one’s own duty (though) inferior, than the duty of another well-performed. One doing the duty determined by his own nature incurs no sin.

sve-sve karmanyabhiratah

samsiddhim labhate narah

svakarmaniratah siddhim

yathaa vindhathi thach chhrunu (Geetha 18.45)

Devoted each to his own occupation, man reaches perfection (in practical yoga); how, devoted to his own occupation, he attains such perfection, that do hear.

This is how varnasrama dharma works and it worked peacefully and prosperously for eons of time and thus came to be called Sanaathana Dharma or Eternal Dharma.

Brahmins are as victimised as Dalits and Muslims in BJP’s Uttar Pradesh


UP is undergoing a crisis. The weak Yogi government is victimising not just Muslims.

As part of a concerted RSS plan, Yadavs, who are seen to be in opposition to the present regime, are being made to fight Brahmins, who are emerging as the opposition voice.

brahmins victimised

In fact, the larger RSS plan is to keep Yadavs, Brahmins, Dalits and Muslims – four social forces that can mount a political challenge to BJP – divided.

As shall be seen later in this article, the Unchahaar tragedy in which Brahmins were pitted against Yadavs, is part of the BJP conspiracy.

Brahmins’ anger against BJP

Because the hidden story of UP is the marginalisation and killing of Brahmins especially during phases when BJP has come to power.

The latest instance being the killing of 5 Brahmins–Rohit Shukla, Narendra Shukla, Ankush Mishra, Anoop Mishra–all residents of Sangramgarh area of Pratapgarh district–and Brajesh Shukla–a resident of Chhitiya village in Unchahar area of Rae Bareli.

The killings took place in Apta village of Unchahar, Rae Bareli on 26 June.

Now, the question may arise as to why Brahmins continue vote for BJP then? The answer is that the RSS propagates Brahmins to vote solely for BJP. It’s not true, it’s just a perception.

Brahmins have not voted more or less for BJP than other castes, which means that Brahmins have not shown a special inclination for BJP in any sense.

UP has 75 districts. Brahmins are Presidents of only 7-8 district bodies. Brahmins constitute 14% of UP’s electorate, Rajputs or Thakurs 6% and Banias less than 3%. But there are 11 Rajput and 14 Bania-Marwari BJP district Presidents.

Now look at the voting pattern. Brahmins voted for BJP heavily in 1991 and 1996. But these were elections in which the BJP enjoyed support from beyond its traditional support base.

In fact, the BJP’s UP government between 1997-2002 saw three Chief Ministers: Kalyan Singh (OBC), Ram Prakash Gupta (Bania), and Rajnath Singh (Rajput).

None were Brahmins and plum ministerial berths too went to OBCs, Banias and Rajputs.

Earlier also, particularly in 1991 when BJP formed its first government in UP, Brahmins were not adequately represented. Recall the UP assembly elections of 1993, right after the Babari Masjid demolition. The SP-BSP combine got 172 seats while the BJP got 173. In 1991, BJP had won 221 seats.

The difference between 1991 and 1993 was the moving away of a significant percentage of Brahmins from BJP. Brahmins might have wanted a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. But they were not happy with Masjid demolition.

Brahmin-Muslim-Dalit combination

In fact, today’s generation would be surprised to learn that in the pre-Mandir, pre-Mandal era, Brahmins led the Dalit-Muslim-Brahmin combine that won Congress elections after elections from 1952 to 1985.

The Jan Sangh, which metamorphosed into BJP in the 1980s, often got lesser seats than even Communist Party of India in UP!

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Till the early 90s, both the ruling party (Congress), and the opposition, remained broadly within the secular, left-of-center political framework.

Led first by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, and then by Chaudhary Charan Singh, UP opposition politics revolved around the AJGAR (Ahir-Jat-Gujar-Rajput) axis.


So, in UP, till the early 90s, there was the Brahmin-Dalit-Muslim combination led by Congress on one side. And AJGAR on the other.

But these were not simple caste equations.

Caste alliances derived strength from a churning of classes. Brahmins represented urban middle class and rural intellectuals. Dalits were agricultural labourers and poor peasants. Muslims reflected rural artisans and small entrepreneurs.

So the Brahmin-Muslim-Dalit combination represented a class alliance of middle forces, intellectuals, agricultural workers and small, entrepreneurial businesses.

At the other end of the spectrum, AJGAR represented an alliance largely, between rich and middle peasants (Jats, Gujars and Yadavs) and the old feudal caste (Rajputs).

It is not as if there were no Brahmins as peasants or that all Rajputs were feudals. There was a lot of interpenetration. But during phases of political mobilisation, broad caste alliances, with a hidden, class-economic base, made their presence felt…

Mandir and Mandal

Mandir and Mandal disrupted all equations and Muslims and Ahirs (Yadavs) bandied together in a new MY combination while Dalits went to the BSP.

Emerging as a player for the first time, BJP formed the upper caste plus non-Yadav OBC combination. Congress, the ‘natural’ party of Brahmins, was marginalised.

But Brahmins remained an unstable factor. BJP never trusted Brahmins. Had the Brahmins rallied behind BJP as they rooted once for Congress, BJP would have won majority in UP assembly almost on a regular basis.

In 2002, 2007 and 2012, Brahmins did not vote for BJP. The latter got reduced to less and less seats, reaching its nadir in 2012 when it could barely manage 45 seats in 403-seat assembly.

2017 Assembly elections

In 2016, Congress introduced Sheila Dixit as its CM candidate for 2017 polls. Brahmins expressed a desire to return to its base party. Seeing Brahmins leaning towards Congress, Muslims too were inclined to shift. Dalits would have followed and Congress would have revived miraculously in 2017.

But miracles are rare in politics. Congress chose to form an alliance with the SP. In reaction, Brahmins went to BJP. The Muslim vote got split. Dalits were left confused. OBCs gravitated towards BJP. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Since the installation of Yogi led BJP government, more than 30 Brahmins have been killed in political vendetta by other castes excluding Muslims.

Brahmins are natural politicians. And, given favourable conditions, they start their political assertion. However, entrenched forces since the 1990s, mainly OBC and Rajput power groups, not the OBC and Rajput poor, unite against any such assertion.

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Especially during the BJP rule when Brahmins are vulnerable due to their thinking that the saffron party will protect them and offer a level playing field.

This is what happened in Rae Bareli

Apta, the village near which 3 Brahmin youths were lynched and 2 burnt alive, falls under the Unchahaar assembly constituency.

Despite a wave, BJP’s candidate Utkrishta Maurya, son of Swami Prasad Maurya, the non-Yadav OBC leader from BSP who joined BJP, lost to Manoj Pandey of SP.

Now, Rae Bareli has seen several power tussles especially between Rajputs and Brahmins. In a classic conflict, Akhilesh Singh, a Rae Bareli strongman, allegedly killed Rakesh Pandey, Manoj Pandey’s elder brother.

So, barring Muslims and Dalits, rise of Brahmin figures riles other castes like OBC power groups and Rajputs. The Yadav group that killed 5 Brahmins on 26 June, were those who supported BJP’s Utkarsh Maurya. Brahmins had supported Manoj Pandey.

In a sense, the animosity was simmering. What gave fuel to fire was the desire of Brajesh Shukla, one of the 5 Brahmins, whose ‘Sasural’ falls in Apti village, to contest the upcoming village Panchayat elections.

A meeting reportedly took place between Akhilesh Singh, whose daughter won from a Congress ticket in 2017. Singh, it was alleged, was not happy with the Unchahar victory of the brother of the man he is accused of murdering. 

Pro-BJP Yadavs Vs Ani-BJP Yadavs

The Yadavs in Rae Bareli were not with the SP but were loyal to the BJP. This is extremely significant. The Brahmin MLA from Unchahar is from the SP, while the accused Yadavs support the BJP! Meanwhile, the SP Yadavs are with Manoj Pandey!

It was allegedly decided in this meeting to eliminate the Brahmins.

Local Police officers of the area are mostly Thakurs, appointed during the Yogi-Thakur era.

On 26 June, Brahmin boys fell into the trap set for them.

9 individuals, Rajendra Yadav, Ram Abhilakh, Dasrath, Raja Yadav, Krishna Yadav, Pradeep Yadav, Shiv Kumar, Ram Bahal Yadav and Bhadau, involved in the incident, have been arrested so far. Raja, Krishna and Pradeep are sons of village pradhan, Ram Shri Yadav. Raja Yadav, the main accused, was arrested 7 days after the murders under intense pressure…

Raja Yadav was allegedly in touch with the block Pramukh and other bigwigs of the area. All of them had worked for Utkrishtha Maurya, Swami Prasad Maurya’s son, in 2017.

There are allegations that Maurya openly sided with the killers as he called those those killed were ‘goons.’ Thakur BJP leaders too came out against those who were killed! But Brajesh Pathak, a Brahmin leader who switched sides from BSP to BJP on the eve of 2017 assembly elections, and is a minister in Yogi cabinet, spoke in favour of his kinsmen. CM Yogi had to order swift action.

But Brahmins are demanding at least Rs. 50 lakhs per family, a CBI enquiry and employment and other benefits for each victim of the 26 June killings.

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UP’s gangster politics under Yogi

The atmosphere is tense also because of the anti-Brahmin stance of CM Yogi. He has done nothing in cases, where Brahmins have been victims. He is allegedly discriminating against Brahmins in transfer/postings.

Yogi offered sops to Brahmins by appointing them as law officers. But Brahmins remain cold to the overtures of the CM.

Yogi was part of the Brahmin Vs Thakur turf wars of the 90s.

In UP’s political culture, caste leaders have to carry all castes once they come to power. Mulayam and Mayawati are known caste leaders. But even they had to give up an open show of caste rivalry after becoming Cchief ministers.

Yogi is a different politician. One of the first decisions he made after becoming the state chief minister was to order revenge raids on Hari Shankar Tiwari, the ageing Brahmin gangster-politician from Gorakhpur.

Tiwari was a rival of Virendra Shahi, the Thakur gangster and Yogi’s mentor. During the late 1990s, Shahi was gunned down by Sri Prakash Shukla, the Brahmin daredevil, in broad daylight in Lucknow.

By conducting a raid on Hari Shankar Tiwari, Yogi appeared to have opened the old wounds.

It’s not just a coincidence that a bomb was found under Manoj Pandey’s Vidhan Sabha seat recently! Many in the political circles of Uttar Pradesh feel that it was done to terrorise Pandey. Later, the bomb turned out to be non-explosive!

Brahmin narrative

Brahmins are now building a narrative of how their community members have been killed systematically: they cite the unsolved mystery of the assassination of Ghanshyam Shukla, the BJP leader of Gonda, in 2004. Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, now the sitting BJP MP from Kaisarganj Lok Sabha seat, is widely suspected as Ghanshyam Shukla’s assassin. Even a CBI enquiry yielded nothing concerning Shukla’s killing. I have already mentioned Rakesh Pandey’s killing allegedly, by Akhilesh Singh.

Several local level and emerging Brahmin leaders too have been killed in the past.

It is quite an anamoly that there is an anti-Brahmin narrative in UP–but the reality is that Brahmins are as victimised as Dalits and Muslims.

The reason is that Brahmins are the only group that has remained out of power in UP for more than 25 years. And Brahmins are the only force that challenge the hegemony of Thakurs and the neo-rich gentry among OBCs.

Situation in UP is such that Brahmin assertion will lead to Muslim and Dalit assertion. Now that Yadavs are in opposition, they too may join. If this happens, this will forever alter the face of UP politics.

( Amaresh Misra is an award-winning author. Views expressed in this opinion piecee are the author’s own and Janta Ka Reporter doesn’t endorse them)

Samjhauta Blast Case 2007 was a Pakistani Ploy

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B.r. Haran

Six years ago, my column “The darkest of all conspiracies” was published in “Daily Pioneer” dated 22.01.2011, in which I had talked about LeT, SIMI, Narco Test on Nagori, Maharashtra ATS, US Probe, Malegon Blasts, Aseemanand, Malegon accused plotting to kill RSS leaders and a few other points. (The column is attached)

Now my question is…

What is the ruling BJP going to do now? Same as what they did when they were in the opposition?

OPED | Saturday, January 22, 2011
The darkest of all conspiracies
BR Haran
“Hindu terror” and “Saffron terror” are terms concocted on the basis of weak evidence by discredited, corrupt political elite which thinks nothing of sacrificing human lives for petty electoral gains. But how long can you fool all the people?

Since the formation of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in 2004 there has been a marked rise in the number of sleeper modules of jihadi organisations across India. The high priority accorded by UPA-1 to the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002, had a significant bearing on the career of Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

This terrorist group, which acted on direct orders of the Lashkar- e-Tayyeba (LeT) found the latitude accorded by a pseudo-secular regime in Delhi to reinvent itself as “Indian Mujahideen”, “Deccan Mujahideen” and “Popular Front of India.”

Between 2004 and 2008 terrorist strikes either in the form of bomb blasts or sudden attacks by armed jihadis, became almost a monthly affair. The incompetence of the UPA government in fighting terror was exposed.

The Maharashtra ATS led by Hemant Karkare conducted political investigations into the Malegon blasts and exposed itself through select arrests and selective leakages of investigations to the media. In order to add weight to its claims, the ATS opined that the same accused were also involved in the Ajmer, Hyderabad Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta Express blasts. The credibility of the investigations vanished when its bluff on “Sadhvi’s motorcycle” “Colonel Purohit’s RDX” failed to impress the nation, despite the support of a conniving mainstream media. The credibility hit rock bottom when the ATS came out with the story that the Malegon accused had also conspired to kill RSS leaders.

Even while the 26/11 attack was raging, a ‘Hindu-Zionist’ conspiracy theory was concocted and spread through the Internet. Suspicion was engendered that the fall of ATS chief Karkare to a hail of terrorist bullets was actually a “Hindu-Zionist” job, carried out to get even with him for carrying out the Maelgon probe. Abdul Rehaman Antulay, the then Minority Affairs Minister, became the first official personality to spread this canard. Congress bigwig leaders like Digvijay Singh and Shakeel Ahmed came out openly in support of Antulay. Abishek Manu Singhvi, the party’s high-profile spokesman, said: “BJP has advantages and will gain from the terror attack.” The then Home Minister of Maharashtra, RR Patil, opined that Karkare had met him on the fateful evening and complained bitterly about the RSS for focusing on its ‘role’ in the Malegon blast. The same lie was sought to be spread by Digvijay Singh.

The HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal, said after Karkare’s death: “The terrorists knew exactly whom they were targeting.” The then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh, hurt the sentiments of the people by commenting that only 200 deaths had resulted in 26/11 which was insignificant compared to Mumbai’s population of more than 1.5 crore. But Congess leader Narayan Rane hit out at his colleague’s irresponsible statements and revealed that some of them had indeed financed terrorists and provided terrorists safe haven in the country. He accepted full responsibility for this statement and added that he would provide all the details with proof at the “appropriate time.”

Statements such as this by Congress and UPA leaders in various media might have sounded like Freudian slips, but they have assumed special importance over time, perhaps in direct proportion to the revelations of corruption perpetrated by the Congress leaders. Corruption is a way of life in India’s grand old party. With so many scams being blown in recent months by a media elite which has suddenly rediscovered its conscience, the Congress has been left with no alternative but add fuel to the fire under the old communal pot.

During the DGP’s Conference in August 2010, Home Minister P Chidambaram audaciously warned about a “new phenomenon” called “saffron terror”. This was around the time when the Commonwealth Games scam was being blown in the national media and the global image of the nation taking a hit. The Congress could think of no other diversionary tactic but raise the “Hindu terror” specter because that was the only way it could remind its ‘reliable’ voters that at the end of the day only one thing mattered in India — the perceived “safety” of Islam. When Chidambaram faced criticism for mouthing such objectionable lies, he refused to yield. Rather, he had the audacity to say that his remark had brought the message home and that its “purpose” had been served. It was no secret to anybody what that “purpose” was. Demonizing Hindutva forces!

In early December, when the people of India were shaken of confidence in their nation by the magnitude of the UPA’s scams, the Congress organised a plenary session to celebrate the 150th year of the founding of the Indian National Congress — an organisation with which it has no organic or inorganic linkage. At that event, Sonia Gandhi made sure not to mention the corruption and nepotism with which her family enterprise had come to be identified. Instead, she chose to hit out at the RSS; linking it with “Hindu terror”. Pranab Mukherjee contributed his mite to the foul atmosphere. Rahul Gandhi, who was partying at the wedding of his friend’s son while Mumbai was under attack by jihadi terrorists, equated the RSS with SIMI. When the entire nation protested in one voice against his position, Rahul neither repented nor withdrew his words. Later, Wikileaks revealed that he was indeed damaging India in the international arena by serving the cooked-up story of Hindu terror. He had talked about a “bigger” threat to jihadism emanating from “radicalised Hindu groups”. United States Ambassador Timothy Roemer made a note of this which Wikileaks revealed.

One should not make the mistake of assuming that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is aloof from all this. In fact, he was the first to talk about Hindu terror. While on board a special aircraft to Havana in the immediate aftermath of the September 2006 Malegon blasts, he had said: “Involvement of Hindu fundamentalist outfits cannot be ruled out”. From that point on, it was a consistent Congress policy to pin the blame for blasts in Muslim-dominated neighbourhoods on Hindus. It is based on the assumption that jihadi groups, being peopled by Muslims, do not target fellow Muslims. This attacks the universal, politically correct axiom that terrorists are religion neutral. The double face of the Congress was exposed at this point itself.

The National Investigation Agency, to please its political masters, foolishly opposed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the US Department of Treasury which have identified LeT with Samjhauta and other terror attacks in India. American investigators have also established the involvement of LeT and HUJI (Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami) behind the Mecca Masjid blasts. Moreover, many journalists have vouched for the character of Swami Aseemananda. Now, the NIA’s job has become more complicated, for it has to prove UNSC, the US Treasury Department and other credible agencies wrong and also explain the earlier confession made by Islamic terrorist Nagori.

The Congress and its pseudo-secular allies have a dangerous agenda. They want to protect their vote banks by diluting the fight against jihad and evangelisation. “Hindu terror” and “saffron terror” are nothing but aspects of a conspiracy to emasculate and destroy the idea of India.