Daily Archives: September 16, 2008

Thoughts on Terror – after the blasts in Delhi

We condemn the horrible attacks in India’s Capital – we face the similar menace and therefore understand how the citizens, the ordinary people feel about this. (RR)

Yoginder Sikand analyses this phenomena (received via email):

As in the case of many previous deadly blasts across India over the past decade or so, there is much speculation about the real masterminds behind the recent blasts in New Delhi.  Depending essentially on who you are—which these days has largely come to mean for many people which religious community one identifies with—the monsters behind the carnage could possibly be disgruntled Muslims or Islamist terrorists (for many Hindus) or Hindutva militants (according to many Muslims).

In the wake of the Delhi blasts, the media and intelligence agencies have been quick to blame the banned  Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) or what is claimed to be its new avatar, the Indian Mujahideen, as behind responsible for them. I have no doubt in my mind that the radical rhetoric of the SIMI was inherently conducive to mindless militancy and that, therefore, there is indeed a possibility of former SIMI members having been  behind some of the blasts that have rocked India in recent years. Continue reading

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