India's worst terrorist assault in Mumbai killed 183 people and injured at least 325. The psychological effect is almost incalculable. As Mumbai mourners bury their dead, ineffective politicians resign, intemperate politicians snap and snarl, and peace groups march, the blame game picks up steamily from the fresh media massage:
Muslims are blamed for the terror attack on Mumbai ... from Pakistan especially.India has been hammered by horrific terrorist attacks over the past two decades. Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) was expressed politically in 1992 as hundreds of religious terrorists invaded a northern Indian city, and climbed on top of a majestic, 500-year-old mosque built by the same Muslim rulers who built the famous Taj Mahal. Filled with religious hatred, the Hindu mobs tore the building to the ground and government authorities did nothing.
In 1999, a saffron-clad Hindu mob surrounded the Jeep stationwagon of Graham Staines, an Australian Anglican missionary, and his two sons, 7 and 11 years old, and burned them alive. In 2002, almost 2,500 Indian Muslim men, women and children were burned alive in the murderous attacks in Gujarat. In many cases, nationalist Hindi have attacked Sikhs, Christians, and Muslims, often with the help of the police and the Indian Army. More than 600 Christians, nuns and priests and 200 of their churches, were targeted by Hindu mobs in eastern India in August 2008. The Dalits have converted to Christianity and Hindutvas wanted to keep the Dalits as "untouchables" within the caste system. In the past two years a series of attacks have occurred in which most of the victims have been Muslim but, nevertheless, Muslims were blamed.
This summer, two members of a Hindutva group were killed while assembling a bomb. Two years earlier, two other suspected members of the same group died in a similar accident.
Shortly before the Mumbai Attack, India was surprised by news from the head of the Maharastrian Anti-Terrorist Squad (MATS): terrorist bombings on trains and at the Malegaon Muslim cemetery, and several other attacks had been carried out as false flag attacks by Hindutva with the support of officers in the Indian Army. In recent weeks, police have rounded up ten suspects of what they call a Hindu terror cell. Andrew Buncombe of The Independent, has reported that the Mumbai police:
...believe the cell may also have carried out a number of previous attacks, including last year's notorious bombing of a cross-border train en route to Pakistan, which killed 68 people. Among the alleged members of the cell are a serving army officer and a Hindu monk.At a press conference one week before the Mumbai Assault, the MATS chief, Hemant Karkare, denied Advani's charge of political pressure on his department's investigation of the Malegaon bombing, and he said that there was no substance to the charge that accused army officer, Purohit, was tortured in custody.
The near-daily drip of revelations from police has also caused red faces for India's main political opposition, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ahead of state polls and a general election scheduled for early next year. The BJP and its prime ministerial candidate, Lal Krishna Advani, have long accused the Congress Party-led government of being soft on terrorism that involved Muslims. However, the BJP has refused to call for a clampdown on Hindu groups, and last week Mr Advani even criticised the police over the way they questioned one of the alleged cell members, a woman called Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.
Karkare then invoked the tough Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act against the ten accused who have been arrested so far and said that another suspect would be arrested soon.
On the first day of the Mumbai Attack, Hemant Karare was killed as he led his team into the Hotel Taj Kahal. The assault, designed to set up a gunfight ambush with anti-terror police, disguised his assassination as a terrorist rampage. Killed in the line of duty, Hemant Karare was targeted as the man who was an immense problem for the BJP because his forthright investigation revealed Hindutva terrorism and he was not about to stop. Clearly this invalidated the BJP campaign rhetoric against Muslim terrorism, but the BJP will still use the emotional fervor of Hindutva to win against the Congress party.
Bal Thackeray of another group called the Shiv Sena, the Army of Shiva, which is also responsible for communal and regional violence in Mumbai, wrote recently in his party's magazine:
"The threat of Islamic terror in India is rising. It is time to counter the same with Hindu terror. Hindu suicide squads should be readied to ensure the existence of Hindu society and to protect the nation."Unlike MATS, the police and army who had been called in to end the terrorist rampage hid and refused to use their weapons, even when the terrorists were "sitting ducks" as an angry photographer had described them. The carnage went on for 60 hours, putting still more people at risk. Could it be that they knew that the terrorists were Hindutva like them and they refused to fight? Or were they ordered to stand down?
Gunfire began from terrorists at Nariman House, said to be the only building in Mumbai inhabited by Jews. Local Gujarati reported that for two years suspicious activities were going on at this house, but no one in authority took notice. Neighbors of the Nariman House had thought it strange that several men were staying at the Chabad Lubavitcher center for the past two weeks. They observed men hauling in huge quantities of food, liquor and boxes that later were found to contain arms and ammunition. Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, the couple who ran the center, surely had to know about this large weapons cache. After all, 100 kg of meat and enough food for an army was ordered delivered to the Chabad Centre and shortly thereafter the ten terrorists showed up. Just coincidence?
The province in which Mumbai is located is home to 3,000 Indian Jews, who call themselves, "Bene Israel". They are the remnant of a community that once was 90,000 strong. The Chabad Centre serves that community. Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife were among six Jews who died in the Mumbai Attack. Their role in the terrorism is not clear, yet. Israeli and Corporate News Media have assumed that they were victims. One or more of the Jews, however, were anti-zionist Satmar Hassidic Orthodox. The family of Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Teitelbaum rejected Israeli plans to fly his body to Israel for a state funeral. Israel took his body to Israel anyway and draped his coffin with the Flag that to him represented blasphemy and apostasy. Was this an attack on Jewish anti-Zionists, too?
Can Jews be killed or terrorized by Israeli agencies? Naeim Giladi has testified to that fact from his experience in Iraq in 1950. So has Barry Chamish and former IDF arms dealer Ari Ben-Menashe in his 1992 book, Profits of War: Inside the Secret U.S.-Israeli Arms Network. The answer is "yes."
The probability of a Mossad/Israeli hand in the Mumbai assault cannot be ignored. Israeli agents have played a significant role in destabilizing many countries in the Middle East. Increasing evidence suggests that Israeli agents are probably operating within Islamist movements. Such a group in Yemen styling itself 'Islamic Jihad' is said to have close links with Israeli intel agencies. They are reportedly responsible for the bombing of the American Embassy in Sanaa. India's leading weekly magazine, "The Week," reported in January 2000 that Indian intelligence detained eleven 'Muslim preachers' on a charge of hijacking conspiracy, but they turned out to be Israeli nationals sent with false passports to infiltrate Muslim groups in India... and they were released. An al-Qaeda cell in Palestine was found to be all Israelis.
Lal Krishna Advani, former Deputy Prime Minister of India (2002-2004), former President of the nationalist BJP, strong advocate of Hindutva and current Leader of the Opposition, met the heads of MOSSAD when he visited Israel in June 2000 and advocated "closer India-Israeli cooperation on all security matters". Israelis were responsible for security during both the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks.
In the same year, The Times of India reported on the Israeli presence in India:
Israeli counter-terrorism experts are now touring Jammu and Kashmir and several other states in India at the invitation of Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani to make an assessment of New Delhi's security needs. The Israeli team, headed by Eli Katzir of the Israel Counter-Terrorism Combat Unit, includes Israeli military intelligence officials and a senior police official.India has forged a strategic alliance with Israel to perfect India's occupation of Kashmir where all Indian atrocities, mass graves of Kashmiris, shootings of civilians, rape and human rights abuses are swept under the carpet much like the crimes against humanity Israel has perpetrated against Palestinians.
Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, the Mumbai region, hopes his party, BJP, will increase its power throughout India. Modi is a fan of Israel. He has used acts of terror against Moslems in order to increase his power. The methods of Narendra Modi might appear to be similar to the methods of Israel's Mossad.
In October 2007, the investigative newsmagazine "Tehelka" reported on the Tehelka Gujarat riots sting in which several Hindutva (Sangh) leaders explained on camera how they planned the massacre of more than a thousand Gujarati Moslems in 2002. The involvement of the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, complicity of the police, and connivance of the judiciary was revealed to the public on television.