September 14, 2008 3:24:39 am
The 2002 Gujarat riots was given as the excuse for the serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in July. For Saturday’s bomb blasts in Delhi, it was the 1992 demolition of Babri Masjid. An email sent by Indian Mujahideen to television channels — which has almost become its signature move before an attack — minutes before the five bomb blasts shook Delhi, harps on the Babri Masjid demolition and sends an ultimatum to the authorities: “Vacate the land of Babri as soon as you can”.
“Never assume that we have forgotten the demolition of Babri Masjid and by Allah we can never forget it! It is that grave mistake of yours which will make you taste humiliation for generations to come. Babri Masjid was and will remain to be our glorious self-esteem and Inshallah, we will prove it to you a hornet’s nest in which you have immersed your bare hand, unaware of the pain to come,” the 13-page email titled Eye for an Eye: The Dust Will Never Settle Down says.
Interestingly, the names of two 18th century mujahids, Sayyed Ahmed Shaheed and Shah Ismail Shaheed — “who had raised the glorious banner of jihad against disbelievers in this very city of Delhi” — have been invoked. The email says the attack on Delhi was carried out in the memory of these “two most eminent mujahids of India”.
The mail in pdf format, written in flawless English, is very similar to the one sent ahead of the Ahmedabad blasts — titled The Rise of Jihad: Revenge of Gujarat — in its tone, tenor and rhetoric, but is much more analytical and packed with facts.
There is a lot of abuse and vitriol directed against the usual suspects — Narendra Modi, R R Patil, VHP, RSS, Congress (interestingly there is no mention of BJP) — and lots of ridicule for the investigating agencies like the anti-terrorist squads of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
The Congress “continues to cheat the Muslims under the label of secularism”, the mail says. “These serial bomb blasts at Delhi are yet another intimidation to the Congress Government to desist from agitating the Muslim sentiment anymore”.
Almost three pages of the email have been devoted to a careful analysis of media reports, including those in The Indian Express, to make the point that newspapers are biased in their coverage of terrorism. To buttress their case, they cite last month’s incident in Kanpur in which two Bajrang Dal activists were killed trying to make a bomb and also the recent violent clashes in Orissa. “The word ‘terrorism’ is never used when a story on Sangh violence is told, no matter how large scale the violence is,” the mail laments.
The mail carefully tracks news stories published in leading English dailies and mentions the stories which got covered on the front page or were relegated to the inside pages. It also notes which stories got single or double column space and which were completely ignored.
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