The arrest of three suspects with Hindu names—Shyamlal Sahu, Shivnarayan Singh and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur alias Poornachetanand Pragya Singh Thakur—in connection with the blasts in Malegaon, Modasa and Mehrauli about a month ago has lent a new edge to terrorism in India.
(CNN-IBN reports that one more sadhvi could have been picked up, and Mail Today reports that sadhvi Pragya Singh had addressed an election campaign rally last year where Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was present.)
On the one hand, Brinda Karat of the CPI(M) has gone to town proclaiming that the arrest of the three, who are linked to the Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) and Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP), is proof that “Hindu Terrorism” is not a figment of the secular imagination.
Read in conjunction with a blast in Nanded (Maharashtra) in the house of an RSS worker and a blast in Kanpur where two people with links to the Bajrang Dal were killed, there are many who believe that sangh parivar outfits are behind some of the recent terror attacks to demonise Muslims.
On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party has objected to giving terrorism a religious feel, saying “terrorism has no religion, a point shared by some in the Congress.
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