Mumbai's 9/11: islamist jehadi terror

Mumbai terror 26-29/11

Mumbai terror 26-29/11

Actors? State? Non-state? – all islamist jihadi terrorists

-- in an Army without a State called Terror Central


Mumbai, IISc attackers were trained together 


By Naveen Ammembala 
15 Dec 2008 05:57:00 AM IST
(New Indian Express)

BANGALORE: The interrogation of Sabahuddin alias Saba, the alleged prime accused in the attack on the Indian Institute of Science, has clearly established the role of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence in sponsoring and fomenting terrorist activities in India.

Saba, 24, was arrested from Nepal in February this year during the course of investigations into the January 1 attack on the CRPF camp in Rampur.

Saba’s interrogation report, a copy of which is with The New Indian Express, says that he has confessed to having met Zaki-ur- Rehman  (Lashkar commander who plotted the attack on Mumbai) after completing Daura- e-Khaas – code for commando training in Pakistan-occupied Kahmir. Saba has said that that he met Lakhvi at the house of Muzammil, another Lashkar commander who plotted the Mumbai attacks. Muzammil even took Saba to his home in Islamabad.

Lakhvi and Abu Al-Qama, another commander who has unleashed terror on India, asked Saba to join ISI for jihad. Lakhvi then introduced him to Abdullah Mujahid, the coordinator between Lashkar and ISI. “Mujahid took me to Jamaat-ud-Dawa (Lashkar’s political front which has now been banned) headquarters in Muridke, near Lahore,” Saba said.

Talking about his entry into the world of terrorism, Saba told his interrogators that he came in contact with Lashkar when he was just 18. A student of Aligarh Muslim University, he was pursuing high school education and studying the sciences. He met an MBBS student called Doctor alias Shariq Ahmed who was a member of the now-banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Doctor and another of his SIMI associate, Ajmal, coaxed Saba into joining jihad. The post- Godhra riots of 2002 strengthened their resolve, and Saba and Doctor went to the Lashkar training camp in PoK for Daura-e- Khaas.

After meeting Lakhvi, Saba stayed in Lahore for around three and half months where he was given a room and a computer during October–November 2002. The room was situated opposite a mosque at Bhatta Chowk in Lahore.

During this period, Saba has said that he met Col Rashid Kiyani, Abdul Majid and Subedar Babar of the ISI who trained him in intelligence gathering and surveillance.

“Captain Mallik Zafar was assigned to train me in firing and also to entertain me in the form of taking me out,” Saba said.
“After three and a half months, ISI decided to send me back to India. They arranged a passport in the name of Mohammed Shafiq for me with a fake address in Faisalabad, Punjab province, Pakistan. Subedar Javed, an ISI officer, took me to Nepal Embassy in Islamabad and obtained a visa,” he said. Saba added that the ISI officer told the Nepalese embassy that Saba was a carpet trader from Pakistan.|ucZtRqQ=

Cop Maria talks too much

'Our operation was not about 10 terrorists, it was all about saving lives'

December 12, 2008 | 12:27 IST

Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria, the lead investigator in the attacks case, in his first interview on the acts of terror. Exclusive to


This is a very unusual case. Here I have the custody of an accused who is giving me evidence after evidence, but I can't do anything about collecting it because they are lying across the border in another country," says Rakesh Maria, Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Mumbai.

That other country is Pakistan and the accused is Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive in the Mumbai attacks of November 26.


Maria and Kasab, investigator and accused, both share the same mother tongue: Punjabi. Kasab's Punjabi-Urdu is not difficult for Maria to understand and decipher.


Being in a profession that deals with human complexities at every step, Maria -- who monitored the situation from the police control room throughout the 60 hour siege of Mumbai, November 26 to 29 -- has played the tricks of his trade and applied the magic of human psychology on Kasab.


The way the Mumbai police has been able to reconstruct the entire case shows that Kasab seems to be cooperating with the Mumbai police.


Maria is all set to prepare and ink the chargesheet within 90 days as stipulated by Indian law.

He belongs to the 1981 batch of the Indian Police Service. His first posting was as assistant superintendent of police in Akola, and then Buldhana, in the interiors of Maharashtra. He came to Mumbai in 1986, where he became famous and influential in no time.


The police officer leads two fascinating lives without either of them intersecting. He has some good friends in Mumbai's film industry, sports and business. An avid player of basketball and practitioner of tae-kwon-do, he also boasts an enviable circle of faceless informants in the Mumbai underworld. The tall and good-looking Maria is a smart mix of ambition and professionalism, of soft manners and a dreaded ruthless approach in dealing with the dark and brittle underbelly of Mumbai.


The biggest challenge in his career was the task of investigating the Mumbai serial bomb blasts of March 12, 1993, which killed 257 people. At the end of the investigations the police had a 10,000-page chargesheet, 123 accused and more than 600 witnesses. Time has proved that Maria's pursuit of Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon was correct. After the 1993 blasts investigations Ibrahim could never regain his grip over the city.


All the hard work done by Maria's team was vindicated when most of the arrested accused in the 1993 blasts were proved guilty and many of them got the death sentence in 2007. After that celebrated case his career was mired by controversies and office politics till he was assigned to investigate the blasts at the Gateway of India and on a Mumbai bus in 2003.

Many people forget that, again, in the entire country this was a rare terrorism case that got solved convincingly. The same way, recently Maria was able to solve the mystery of the e-mail writers of the Indian Mujahideen.


Maria's knowledge of Mumbai's underworld, operators of the drugs trade and other illicit activities, and his ability to understand serious issues like communal sensitivity, are all so vast that one can't do without meeting him to know the real face of the city.


The man can eloquently debate America's 9/11 investigations as well as the social profile of the fatichar (paupers) in his custody. At least one chapter in writer Suketu Mehta's celebrated book Maximum City banks on Maria's exclusive experiences. Still, Maria has an infinite number of critics who think his skills are over-hyped as is the man himself, but in a city of more than 10 million such nuances hardly matter to the common people who desperately seek security.

Over-hyped Maria or underplayed Maria, all are welcome if he is fixing the criminals, the mafia and, now, terrorists.


Once again, Maria's 27 years of policing experience came in handy when he met Kasab for the first time on the morning of November 27. Maria, who is in charge of the entire Mumbai terrorist attacks case, says modestly, "If you (the media) get impressed by the indoctrination of these youth that turned them to terrorism and brought them to Mumbai from Karachi, then you very well trust us too. We underwent three years of the Indian police's rigorous training and 27 years of experience in dealing with criminal brains. Don't underestimate our investigative skills."


In his first exclusive one-on-one interview since taking over the critical case, Maria, one of the busiest men in a city teeming with busybodies, shares his views on the Mumbai terror attacks with's Sheela Bhatt, and clears many doubts too.


How different is the Mumbai terror attacks of November 26, 2008?


You cannot draw parallels.


In 1993, they brought in the explosives by sea. This time both the explosives and foot soldiers, the executors, have come by the sea route.


In 1993 there was not so much use of sophisticated communication equipment. Here, there is a lot of use of sophisticated communication.


In 1993, the blasts took place at 13 locations. This time they planned blasts at seven locations, but at three places the bombs were defused.


But, at the Hotel Oberoi, Taj Mahal hotel, Nariman House, Cafe Leopold and at the Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus, there was random firing.


Fifty-eight people were killed at CST; 33 people were killed at the Oberoi; 32 killed at the Taj Mahal hotel; 10 at Leopold; and eight people were killed at Nariman House.


In addition, these attacks had a distinct hostage situation. They took hostages and laid siege to the locations. All the doubts are created unnecessarily because people don't know that in all places the terrorists occupied the higher levels and prevented the security forces from getting close. They were using assault rifles like AK-56 and AK-47, 9mm pistols, hand grenades, explosives. Each terrorist was carrying eight kg of explosives.


The fact is they came by the sea route, the fact is they used Al Husseini, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba's boat up to the international waters. Then, they hijacked the Indian fishing trawler Kuber to sail through Indian waters. Then they came all the way, crossing 592 km, to reach Mumbai. Only then they killed the tandelAmarsinh Solanki who was driving the Kuber.

Then, in an inflatable dinghy with out-boat-engines they came up to some four nautical miles from the Badhwar Park fishermen's colony (in Cuffe Parade, south Mumbai) and then headed for the shoot-out.


March 12, 1993, and November 26, 2008, are going to be marked as watershed dates in the history of terrorism not only in India, but in the world.


Never in the world, at any place, was a hostage situation simultaneously going on at four locations in a congested city. On that night from 9.30 onwards bomb blasts were going on, terrorists were moving about in vehicles on the roads of Mumbai, opening fire and killing people.


Eighteen police officers were killed and 36 officers injured while encountering these terrorists. 163 people have died, 315 have been injured. Twenty-six foreigners have died while 22 foreigners were injured. All these things, you know, are unprecedented.

This event has attracted international attention, opinions and critical commentary. The most common critique is, how come 1,600 security forces consisting of policemen, the National Security Guard and the Indian Army and Navy took 60 long hours to nab only 10 terrorists?

The reason behind the long hours of operation is that the terrorist had gone to the higher levels.


Two, the security agencies were not sure of the number of hostages being held behind the terrorists' positions inside the rooms. We didn't know if there were hostages or not.

If you just enter their area and kill them the entire event would have taken just an hour. But we were not sure if there were hostages or not, how many of them were there if any. We were not aware if children, women and aged people were held as hostages or not. That prevented us from killing them quickly.


Three, if you know the architecture of the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, both have atriums. Terrorists had gone to the higher locations and were controlling the assault from above. Whenever anybody tried to climb up, they were hurling hand grenades and firing from AK series rifles, so it took time. Those who criticise our response should study the event in its entirety.


The situation at VT station (CST, as it is known today) didn't last for more than 10 minutes. Our police, with whatever weapons they had, even with lathis, pushed them out of the station premises. They came out to The Time of Indiabuilding, they came to the special branch (of the Mumbai police), they rushed to Cama hospital. They went to Rang Bhavan, they went to Vidhan Bhavan (the Maharashtra assembly). Ultimately, they faced an encounter at Girgaum Chowpatty. They were chased all the way there. They didn't get even a single moment.


At CST they could not hide at a higher location so our security men finished the job in 10 minutes. But, at the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels and at Nariman House, because they took advantage of the location and because, I repeat, one was not too sure if terrorists were with how many hostages in the rooms, one took precautions.


Look at the other fact. There were more than 500, 600 people at the Taj Mahal hotel when it was attacked, but the casualty was restricted to 32. At the Oberoi there were more than 400 people present, but the casualty is 33. We had to take care and precautions to save innocent lives. That was the only reason to take time in this operation. Our operation was not about 10 terrorists, it was all about saving lives.


Who were these ten people? Each of them was carrying AK-47 rifles. Each of them had 10 to 12 magazines of 30 rounds each. Plus, some 100 to 150 spare rounds of bullets. All of them also had one 9mm pistol with two magazines, plus they had hand grenades. We had to take care of our citizens against such explosive power.


Image: Mumbai's Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria (in a blue shirt) with Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor, right. Photograph: Arun Patil


'Where was the question of negotiations?'

December 12, 2008 | 16:41 IST


Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria, the lead investigator in the attacks case, in his first interview on the acts of terror. Exclusive to's Sheela Bhatt!


As we know, in any crime of any nature the most important aspect is the investigator's ability to reconstruct all the phases of the event. Have you been able to reconstruct the terror attacks on Mumbai?


Yes, we have been able to reconstruct the entire terror attack. Kasab has told us how they were given training for more than a year. How they were indoctrinated with the idea of jihad and other things. Their training was elaborate, they were given advance training that only proper soldiers get. He underwent maritime operations training, too. He knows how to avoid sea signals, how to manage outboard boat engines and inflatable dinghies.


What all happened inside the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, we are not blank at all about it. We know what was the scene like. At the Taj Mahal, the Oberoi and at the CST we have footage of CCTV cameras and we have proof of what went on inside. We have been able to retrieve the entire material. Almost all the crucial parts are on film. This footage is helping us in reconstructing the entire event. Reconstruction of the event is no issue at all.


Are you sure there were only 10 terrorists? Why?


There were 10 terrorist in this attack. Why 10? Because, eyewitnesses in the fishermen's village who saw these guys getting out of the dinghies have told us that there were 10 people. We have retrieved the log book of the Kuber which gives the duty assignment of the terrorists. There are names of 10 people who have been assigned specific duties like who is on watch tower duty, who is going to guard the tandel Solanki and so on. We got only 10 names in the log book.


We have gone through the entire CCTV coverage of Taj Mahal, Oberoi and CST, that count gives us the figure of 10. When Kasab was arrested in the morning of November 27 we immediately interrogated him and he told us they were 10 people. This confusion is more or less a creation of the media.


From day one we have been telling the media that we have knowledge of 10 people and now we know for sure there were 10 terrorists. It is not at all true that terrorists had booked a room in Taj Mahal hotel to store their ammunition.


Did you try to negotiate with these terrorists?


They were not negotiating, they were not inclined. Where was the question of negotiations?

New York-based professor P V Vishwanath had conducted more than five-hour-long negotiations with terrorist Imran Babar who was in Nariman House.


Nobody, nobody has spoken to us. Neither the terrorists nor the professor has spoken to us. Now everybody says these things and that he was negotiating and the terrorists were talking etc.


Did you try?


Where was the question of trying when the terrorists in Nariman House killed NSG commando Gajender Singh. He died and two were seriously injured. When people are being killed one after another where is the scope for negotiations? When we were approaching them they were firing and throwing hand grenades. Where is the question of negotiation?


One of them was talking to a television channel too.


But that doesn't give scope for negotiations. Every time they saw people they were killing them. They were all the time resorting to firepower from higher places, so where is the time for negotiations?


How did you read these people's mind when you were watching the live footage that came through the CCTV camera?


They are cold-blooded killers. They sat in a taxi, while one was talking to the taxi driver another was placing a bomb below his seat. In addition, do not forget that these people have opened fire at VT station at women, children and old people. Kasab himself has told us that he fired at some persons, they were bleeding and writhing in pain due to injuries, so he shot them again to make sure they were all dead.


These guys are killers who came from Pakistan via sea with the intention of creating chaos, mayhem and letting loose a reign of fear and terror in the city.


We have read the confession of Kasab...


That is not a confession. There is no confession. The Crime Branch does not record statements in English, ever. We record it in Marathi, only. Don't ask me on the basis of anything that is reported in the press. We are not responsible for that. We are going by the rule book.


What kind of men were these 10 terrorists?


All 10 were between the ages of 20 and 28. Kasab is 21 years old, he failed in the fourth standard in his village in Pakistan. The leader of the group, Ismail Khan, was 28 years old who had passed the 12th standard. Uneducated youths were trained to be terrorists. All of them were unemployed. Indoctrination and brainwashing were done to make them fit to send them on a mission like this.


Pakistani journalists who know the Taliban, Al Qaeda terrorists and local militants quite well say -- how come Kasab is singing so easily and revealing so much so soon?


What do you mean by "singing" so much? He is telling us what he has actually done. Do you mean to say if he says the same thing after a year you may believe it? If he is trained in not telling his captors the truth, so what? We are trained in interrogation.


If he was trained for one-and-a-half years in terrorism, we have undergone training for three years and 27 years of service. Kasab (his interrogation) is not a challenge. For us he is not a tough nut to crack. They are indoctrinating them into coming and doing such an operation. But the moment they are caught the terrorists realise that all what their mastermind said was not right.




This fellow's (Kasab) story is that he was told that even if you die during jihad your face will glow after your death. He was shown photographs of his dead associates. Then Kasab told us he was not told anything like this could also happen.


'The Pakistan connection is beyond doubt' 

December 12, 2008 | 19:37 IST

Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria, the lead investigator in the attacks case, in his first interview on the acts of terror. Exclusive to's Sheela Bhatt!


At what point did Kasab started talking to you?


A lot of psychology comes into play when we tackle such a terrorist. An interrogation by the police is like a game of chess.


He told us first about the boat MV Kuber. He didn't know its name, but he described it as a brown colour boat. He gave us the description of the inside of the boat too.


We in turn told the Coast Guard and early in the morning they surveyed the sea by helicopters and traced the Kuber. Kasab only told us that the Indian tandel (captain of the fishing vessel) was killed and that his body is lying in the engine room of the boat.


Kasab told us that the GPS and Thuraya phones are lying in so and so part of the boat. He only gave us the detail of his family and village address.


The Lashkar-e-Tayiba provided the dinghies and phones to these ten people. We believe that the entire equipment and explosives was supplied to these terrorists in Karachi by the Lashkar.


You are under international scrutiny in this case. Without getting emotional, does India have concrete proof of the Pakistan connection?


There are many proofs. Like, all the 9mm pistols that have been recovered have markings of a Peshawar-based company manufacturing such weapons.


Hand grenades belonging to the same company and carrying marks of Arges (the Austrian arms company) were recovered.


The Austrian arms company marks were also found in the explosives recovered during the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.


These guys were given a contact number and that number is a Pakistani number. The training of the group took place in Pakistan.


Kasab has given us the location details of training grounds in Muridke, Manshera and Muzaffarabad (in Pakistan occupied Kashmir). What else do you want? What other proof do you want to establish the Pakistan connection?


You don't expect him to carry a CD of the meeting when the conspiracy was planned. All the terrorists are from the Punjab province of Pakistan. I think three are from Okra, three are from Multan, two are from Faisalabad, one from Dera Ismail Khan and one from Sialkot. All of them were poor.


How will India prove that such training was given, such training grounds exist?


On the basis of Kasab's in-depth interrogation we have collected all possible evidence that we can from our side. The Pakistan connection is beyond doubt. On the Kuber, we got a medical kit made in Pakistan. The toothbrushes and toothpaste are Pakistan made.


The flour and sugar are from Karachi. The shawls on the terrorists' bodies were from Pakistan.

We have recovered nine mobiles from the accused along with four GPS and Thuraya phones. We have evidence of them making calls to Pakistan. I won't tell you what more proof we have regarding it.


In a perfectly planned operation, why did they give out evidence in the form of phone calls to Pakistan?


Probably, during the operation, at some point of time, they lost confidence and they were going to give up. And under stress they called their controllers in Pakistan. I will not say more, but we have evidence to that effect. In our chargesheet against them we will tell you all.

What about the involvement of the ISI and the Pakistan army?


Our investigation is at an early stage. We are still verifying. At the moment we have been able to identify the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, which has trained these guys. Kasab has mentioned Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Abu Hamza, Kafa and Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed.


Saeed is responsible for giving talks on jihad, he provoked them to kill by saying that these boys are the chosen ones. Lakhvi was the man who has been tutoring them all about the operation. He chose these guys. How told them how they will perform. Lakhvi told the terrorists that they are going to Mumbai for martyrdom and for jihad. In fact, Lakhvi came up to Karachi to hug them, embrace them before they boarded the (Pakistani vessel) Al Husseini to sail to Mumbai. (They later hijacked the Kuber on the high seas.)


What is Kasab saying about Lakhvi?


Mumbai is the financial capital of the country. If you hit at hotels, tourism gets affected. They wanted to terrorise foreigners. They don't want them to come to India. Kasab has told us that all his instructors were (Pakistan) military trained people.


You do not expect civilians to teach you how to use Kalashnikovs, how to throw hand grenades and how to make explosive devices.


Has he given you the names of people who belonged to the ISI or army?


He has given names and we are in process of verifying it. Abu Hamza is one such name. We are trying to verify the names of those trainers who are in service of the Pakistan army. We also know about an ISI army major who was in touch with this group, but we are still verifying it. The investigation is still on.


What is Dawood Ibrahim's connection in the Mumbai attack?


We are examining his connection deeply. We are examining the underworld connection and the link, if any, of the Indian Mujahideen to it. We are examined if anybody came before to do a recce. We are interrogating Fahim Ansari and Sahabuddin, who were arrested in the Rampur CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) attack case. That is very important.


Did they get any local support?


We are examining it. We have not found anything so far nor have we arrested anybody. If they had substantial local support, then these people would have been provided guides. When these two fellows, Kasab and Ismail, ran from CST they did not know what to do. They were just running into lanes and bylanes in South Mumbai with these deadly weapons. If they had any local contact, that guy would have told them what to do. The terrorists would have tried to make contact with the locals, if they knew any.


What thoughts came to your mind when you saw Kasab in custody?


21 years old, uneducated. I could see the level of indoctrination that prompts a young boy to leave Karachi, come by sea, enter another country, place bombs, open fire and kill people. It's thought provoking.


He does not hate India anymore. He was indoctrinated against India, but now he expressed a desire to write a letter to his parents in which he wants to say that he has been misled. He wants his parents to speak to other parents and youngsters of his village to not get attracted by talk and indoctrination of the Lashkar scouts there.


How fit is your legal case?


We are 100 percent sure that he will be convicted.


Where were you on November 26?


I was with one of my crime units when information came about firing at the Leopold Cafe.

My immediate reaction was that it must be a gang war. Immediately, I came to my

office (at the Mumbai police headquarters). By that time a message came about firing at the CST and the Taj hotel. Subsequently, the news of firing at the Oberoi hotel came. Once the news came, one knew this is not a gang war and a terror attack. I spoke to the police commissioner (Hasaan Gafoor) and the joint commissioner of police law and order (K L Prasad). The forces were sent to various places. As per protocol, I was asked to go to the Mumbai police control room. I was asked to coordinate everything from the control room which I did.


When did you call for help from the army?


At 9.31 pm, the first incident at Leopold was noted. At 9.40, CST and by the time we realised the trend we called army for commando assistance at around 11 pm.


Why do people feel that help from outside came too late?


See, the Mumbai police is prepared to deal with riots, communal disturbances, civil disturbances, underworld wars, natural disasters, gang wars and bomb blasts. This was something unique. Simultaneously, so much violence was taking place and look at the equipment of the terrorists.


Still, our cops did a commendable job. Note, how we chased these guys fromThe Times of India office to Chowpatty. They could not go anywhere. The same thing happened at the Taj. The Mumbai police reached the Taj within seven minutes and within nine minutes or so at the Oberoi. It is a matter of record.


If that is so, why they were not overpowered or killed in the initial few minutes?


Because, in the first few minutes only they had done brutal firing in the lobby and were moving to higher floors. They were not waiting in the lobby. The first encounter with the police took place when they were on the second and third floors of the hotels.


At the Taj, they could not take people hostage because the police reached so fast. In Oberoi, they took hostages from the Khandahar and Tiffin restaurants in the first ten minutes. In fact, at the Taj, the security forces chased them and confined them to those floors without allowing them to come down and fire into the rooms and other places till the NSG came to help in the morning.


When you look back, do you think you could have done your job differently?


Look, the police job is such that no matter what you do there will be somebody who has a different opinion and theory of how it could have been done. I think, under the circumstances, the men and officers rose to the occasion. Ashok Kamte and Sadanand Date's jurisdiction was not around the Cama Hospital, still they came to assist. Hemant Kakare was a joint commissioner of police, Anti-Terrorist Squad. There was no need for him to join in, but he went there. Vijay Salaskar was with the crime branch, but still he went. There are so many such cases of that night which I can quote.


Our constable Tukaram Omble, who helped catch Kasab, did not let Kasab go though he kept firing at him. We did the best under the circumstances and we are proud of it.


How do you feel at the end of the story?


One feels.. I think... what do I say? I think Pakistan needs to address this issue. This indoctrination of uneducated youth that is going on in Pakistan is a danger to the whole world not just to India.


Press Trust Of India

Islamabad, December 12, 2008

First Published: 16:36 IST(12/12/2008)

Last Updated: 23:14 IST(12/12/2008)

Pak cracking down on JuD to avoid terrorist state tag: Minister

Pakistan, which has launched a crackdown on Jamaat-ud-Dawa, on Friday said the country faced the prospects of being declared a terrorist state and left with a crippled economy if it had not acted on the sanctions imposed on the terrorist group by the UN Security Council.

"There was a resolution in the United Nations Security Council. If Pakistan had not taken steps under that, then they could have declared Pakistan a terrorist state. They could have crippled Pakistan's economy," Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said.

"If the whole world is on one side, Pakistan does not have the strength to face the whole world. We can fight against our enemies, but we can't fight an economic war with the whole world," he told reporters at the Islamabad airport.

Pakistan has launched a crackdown on JuD, the front organisation of the banned LeT blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks, in response to the UN Security Council's declaration of the group as a terrorist outfit, he said.

Referring to the tension sparked by the Mumbai terror attacks and reports of a possible military confrontation between Pakistan and India, Mukhtar said war was "not to the advantage of either" country.

Pakistan on Thursday banned the JuD and placed its chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, also the founder of the LeT, under house arrest for three month. Jamaat offices across the country were sealed last night by police and security agencies. There are also unconfirmed reports that dozens of Jamaat activists have been detained.  

 Yahya Kamamutti of Bangladesh and IM links to terror

Yahya, Lashkar's Bangla associate

Indrani Roy Mitra in Kolkata | December 11, 2008 | 11:35 IST

If the Government of India has its hands full trying to force Pakistan to hand over the terrorists who masterminded the Mumbai attacks, the West Bengal police is busy tracking the source of the terror SIM cards.

About 100 illegal SIM cards were reportedly bought from West Bengal in the last six months, of which a few were used by the murderers who attacked Mumbai.

The police are tracing the other SIM cards, which are yet to be activated.

A highly placed Kolkata police officer told that the state police is worried about the city's links with a Bangladesh-based terror outfit, Yahya.

Yahya provides constant support to all Lashkar-e-Tayiba operations in India, he added.

Discussing the danger posed by Yahya, the police officer, speaking on condition that he would not be identified for this report, mentioned infiltration to and from adjacent Bangladesh as a main cause for concern.

"A very, very active gang regularly ferries people across the border at all times. A large chunk of these people either joins Yahya or sets up individual groups to carry out illegal activities across the border," he said.

"Bangladesh's accessibility to Pakistan being much better than India's, once the desired few cross the Bengal border, half the job is done," the officer added.

Illegal infiltration (sans passports and visas) occurs mainly through four border areas: Hili, Changrabanda, Gede-Darshana and Petrapole-Benapole.

Besides, there are numerous other areas in West Bengal that people use to cross over.

After returning from the 28th India-Bangladesh Border Coordination Conference in Dhaka recently, Border Security Force Director General A K Mitra said that nearly 1.2 million Bangladeshis, who had entered India on valid papers, have disappeared between 1972 and 2005.

Mitra was quoting this figure from the West Bengal government's intelligence reports.

According to the data available, more than 5.5 million Bangladeshi infiltrators live in Assam.

In West Bengal, illegal Bangladeshis number about 8 million.

Tripura has 400,000 Bangladeshis staying without permission.

The facilitators of the illegal border trade, usually termed 'linemen', keep a strict vigil on the position of Border Security Force troopers guarding the border and identify convenient times to carry out the human transfers.

At times, these 'linemen' tamper with the cross-border fencing to facilitate the process, the police officer said.

About a decade ago, these routes were mainly used for smuggling and other illegal trade, but with terrorism gaining momentum of late, even the most wanted terrorists make use of the porous border to cross over to Bangladesh.

Often, people swim across the Icchamati river that runs through both West Bengal and Bangladesh to reach the latter country.

As far as the probe of the terror SIM cards is concerned, the Bengal police believes the SIMs reached Lashkar operatives via Yahya cells strewn across Bangladesh.

"Just as the Indian government is flexing its muscle to force Pakistan to hand over the terrorists," the source told "similar harsh measures are necessary to stop infiltration across the West Bengal-Bangladesh border."


Dec. 11, 2008 Zee news


Earlier reports suggested that the satellite phone recovered from the abandoned trawler Kuber contained crucial terrorist information. 

Satellite phone had records of conversation between LeT Chief in Mujaffarabad and Yahya in Bangladesh. 

There were also reports that Yahya arranged fake IDs and SIM cards for Mumbai terror operation from Mauritius, US and UK. The cards were purchased mainly from Park Street in Kolkata, Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district and Santoshpur in South 24 Parganas district, the source said.


SIM probe: Clues to 2 more linkmen

10 Dec 2008, 0305 hrs IST, TNN


KOLKATA: The SIM card investigation in the city now points to two linkmen, who were part of the chain between Mukhtar and the Mumbai terrorists. 

Tracking the call details of the SIM cards found on the dead terrorists, police have got vital leads about these men and are in the process of verifying them. The Mumbai Police crime branch team that was in Kolkata for the past two days to grill Mukhtar, Tausif and a schoolboy who allegedly passed on some of the SIMs to Mukhtar, left on Tuesday. 

Despite interrogating the trio for hours, police are not sure how Mukhtar came in contact with the terrorists. They also haven't received feedback from Jammu and Kashmir Police on whether Mukhtar was actually an undercover agent working for India. This is what Mukhtar has claimed. 

Sources said that Central agencies are blaming Kolkata Police for revealing Mukhtar's name, as this has jeopardized the counter-information network that J&K Police has built up with a lot of effort. Bengal home secretary Asok Mohan Chakrabarti though denied this, saying that there was no difference of opinion between Kolkata and Srinagar authorities. "We are working together and have several leads," he said. Bengal was preparing a list of criminals with suspected terror links that would be shared with Central agencies as well as other states, Chakrabarti added. 

Sleuths involved in the case said they had found tell-tale footprints of Indian Mujahideen in the planning of the Mumbai attack. "LeT men definitely have expertise in planning fidayeen attacks. They were involved in the suicide attack on the CRPF camp at Ramgarh, UP. But the modus operandi of the Mumbai attack hints at a strong criminal link," said a senior intelligence official. 

Intelligence reports point at Riaz Bhatkal, believed to be the chief of IM's Indian chapter, who was an active LeT operative in south India and later forged a close link with Asif Reza Khan's gang. Intelligence officials claim Abdus Shubhan alias Tauqeer, the wanted IM techie, now masterminds IM operations. He had close links to Shahid Bilal, the HuJI operator who was reportedly killed in Pakistan. 

There are clues to show that the Mumbai attack might have been planned with the help of local contacts probably members of local mafia to store arms, ammunition and explosives at different locations, as they had done during the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai. 

STF is working hard to crack the IM involvement. They have already grilled Aftab Alam Ansari in jail custody to get his links with local criminals. Intelligence officers are worried as Reza Khan reportedly met top HuJI-Bangladesh leaders near Dhaka recently. "Khan was accompanied by Yahya Kamakutti, a top IM operator, who is believed to have planned the Bangalore blasts," claimed a senior intelligence officer. 


Kerala Home Minister with LeT Terrorist
03/12/2008 15:05:24  Image Courtesy -

Speaking Images - Kerala Home Minister,Education Minister and Irrigation Minister sharing dais with a Lashkar e Toiba Terrorist Abdul Jabbar (Red Circled).

Both Anti Nationals -Communist Terrorists &Jihadi Terrorists joined together at the welcoming ceremony organised for deadly terrorist Abdul Nasser Madani ( of the 1998 Coimbatore Serial Bomb Blasts ) in Shangumugham Beach,Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 8 Aug, 2007.

PC, where are the other 13 terrorists?

The terror struck in Mumbai on 26 Nov. Even after 11 days, the learned Home Minister (who seems to be an expert of everything) does NOT know how many terrorists were involved? He claims 10 terrorists 'based on CCTV footage'. How about the rest of footage provided by experts who claim there were 23 terrorists?

This is a serious matter. Are the other 13 terrorists waiting in Hindusthan to strike again?


PC, arithmetic of security


There were 23 terrorists,
say experts. PC has accounted for only 10 according to CCTV footage. Where are
the remaining 13 prospective killers?


The 10 terrorists came
with 8 kg. each RDX package. This makes 10 packages totaling 80 kgs. The police
(crime) report counts:


“While one of these was recovered at CST
railway station yesterday, two exploded in taxis at Dockyard Road and Vile
Parle, one each was found on streets behind and in front of the Taj Mahal
hotel, one was exploded inside the hotel by the terrorists damaging the dome,
one was found in a flower bed outside Oberoi hotel and one inside it, and one
each were planted on the ground and fourth floor of Nariman House to prevent
commandos from entering the building from below or the terrace…”


That is:


CST station        1

Dockyard           2

Taj outside        2

Taj inside         1

Oberoi outside   1

Oberoi inside     1

Nariman            2


What about the other 13 unaccounted for terrorists? Where did they
leave their RDX packages? Do you know, what 80 kgs. or 130 kgs. of RDX means? This
is enough quantity to blow up Parliament House, all buildings on Dalal Street. Only
15 kg of RDX was needed to blast 7 suburban trains in Mumbai.


PC, does CCTV footage show the terrorists carrying the RDX
packages (in addition to the bag containing almonds, Chinese grenades and
ammunition for Ak-47), 8 kg. per each tin box? If the terrorists didn’t cart
the packages, who did, PC?




Signs are Israeli hostages
tortured, strangled: Police

Sagnik ChowdhuryPosted online: Dec 05,
2008 at 0125 hrs


Mumbai : Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria on
Thursday said there are indications that the Israeli hostages at Nariman House
were tortured by the terrorists and some of them died due to strangulation.

Replying to a question, Maria said, “Yes,
there are indications that they were indeed tortured although we are yet to
receive medical reports. However, the signs are that some of the deaths were
caused due to strangulation and not from bomb or bullet injuries.”

The bodies were handed over to the relatives
of the victims without conducting autopsy following a request by the Israeli
Consulate. Judaism does not permit autopsy or embalming of bodies.

Maria also revealed that each of the 10
terrorists who came into the city on November 26 were carrying bombs and that
all of them have now been accounted for. According to preliminary reports from
our Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, each of the 10 terrorists was carrying
an explosive device of 8 kg, with the explosive resembling black clay.
Interrogation of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab has revealed that the terrorists smeared
the explosive with greasing oil while they were on the boat to the city. Each
of the bombs had ball bearings packed inside,” he said.

“While one of these was recovered at CST
railway station yesterday, two exploded in taxis at Dockyard Road and Vile
Parle, one each was found on streets behind and in front of the Taj Mahal
hotel, one was exploded inside the hotel by the terrorists damaging the dome,
one was found in a flower bed outside Oberoi hotel and one inside it, and one
each were planted on the ground and fourth floor of Nariman House to prevent
commandos from entering the building from below or the terrace,” said Maria.

According to the police, Kasab, the lone
terrorist nabbed alive, told them on the day of his arrest that as soon as he
reached CST station, he went to the toilet for five to 10 minutes and was told
by slain terrorist Abu Dera Ismail Khan that he had already planted the two
bombs they were carrying. “He told us that by the time he got out of the
bathroom, Ismail had already planted the bombs. Kasab told us that he thought
Ismail had planted both bombs inside the taxi that exploded at Dockyard Road,”
said Maria. Police sources added that all 10 terrorists on the suicide mission
were from Punjab province in Pakistan.
“While Kasab was from Faridkot village, many of the others were from Faisalabad city,” said

The Crime Branch has also grilled Vinod
Masani, the owner of the trawler Kuber used by the attackers to get close to the
Mumbai shore. “He was brought from Porbandar to verify certain sequence of
events. Masani told us that Kuber sailed from Porbandar on November 14 along
with another of his vessels named MV Ma. He said both vessels stayed in the
line of sight of each other, only to be separated on either November 20 or 21
when Kuber drifted away due to bad weather. This was the last time Kuber was
spotted, and it was about 150 nautical miles from Porbandar,” Maria said.

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They were at least 23: US experts
Randall Mikkelsen | Washington Saturday,
December 6, 2008
Several attackers may have survived the three-day siege of Mumbai that killed 171 people last week, analysts said on Thursday.
"I think there are more. My sources say (there were) at least 23 of the gunmen," said Farhana Ali, a former CIA and Rand Corp counterterrorism analyst and expert on militant networks. Ali, who most recently visited India and Pakistan last month before the attacks, said her information came from Pakistan, but declined to further identify the source.

"If that's true, that makes one wonder why we haven't seen more attacks. Are they lying low?" she said "I think they (Indian authorities) are bracing themselves for more," she said…

Indian authorities have said 10 gunmen took part in the Mumbai attacks last week. But reports early in the attacks cited police as estimating there were 25 gunmen.

Authorities captured one, who was interrogated, and killed nine…-- Reuters

The authoritative source finds indirect confirmation in the admission today by the new Indian interior minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, that the attacks revealed "errors" in the security system. The minister also reiterated that there were only 10 terrorists in the attack (nine dead, one captured) as confirmed by "evidence from the CCTV footage and statements made by the surviving attacker."

LeT stage-managed Mumbai strikes: NYT


First Published : 05 Dec 2008 10:29:00 PM IST

Last Updated : 06 Dec 2008 12:29:53 AM IST

WASHINGTON: For three months before the terror attackers landed on Mumbai's shores, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative was in Karachi to manage the assault, the New York Times reported, citing a Pakistani official.

The Lashkar commander, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi who is normally based in Kashmir, helped organise the plot from Karachi for the last three months, said a Pakistani official in contact with Lashkar, the influential US daily reported Friday.

Fresh evidence unearthed by investigators in India, the daily said, indicated that the Mumbai attacks were stage-managed from at least two Pakistani cities by top leaders of the Pakistan-based terror group LeT, prime suspect in last week's attacks.

Indian and American intelligence officials have already identified a Lashkar operative, who goes by the name Yusuf Muzammil, as a mastermind of the attacks, it noted.

While Muzammil appears to have served as a control officer in Lahore, Lakhvi, his boss and the operational commander of Lashkar, worked from Karachi, the daily said citing investigators in Mumbai.

It now appears that both men were in contact with their charges as they sailed to Mumbai from Karachi, and then continued guiding the attacks even as they unfolded, directing the assaults and possibly providing information about the police and military response in India, the daily said.

The attackers also kept in contact with their handlers in Pakistan with cell-phones as they rounded up guests at the two hotels, the New York Times said, citing officials in a report from Karachi.

The attackers left a trail of evidence in a satellite phone they left behind on the fishing trawler they hijacked near Karachi at the start of their 500-mile journey to Mumbai.

The phone contained the telephone numbers of Muzammil, Lakhvi and a number of other Lashkar operatives, according to a report on the Mumbai siege released Thursday by M.J. Gohel and Sajjan M. Gohel, two security analysts who direct the Asia-Pacific Foundation in London, the New York Times said.

The numbers dialled on the phone found on the trawler used to call Muzammil matched the numbers on the cell phones recovered from the Taj and Oberoi hotels, the report said. 

Based on evidence found on the trawler, it was possible that five other men were involved in the plot and were still at large, the report said.

Lashkar-e-Taiba, whose name means "army of the pure", was founded with the help of Pakistani intelligence officers more than 20 years ago as a proxy force to challenge Indian control of Kashmir.

Since then, the group has broadened its ambitions, its reach and its contacts with an international network of jihadi groups. Its fighters have turned up in Afghanistan and Iraq and have been blamed for several other high-profile attacks in India before, the Times said.

"Today, it is technically banned in Pakistan but operates openly through affiliates. Its links to Al Qaeda remain murky, as does the extent of its current ties to Pakistan's main spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI," it said.

In an interview to the New York Times this week, Muhammad Yahya Mujahid, a spokesman for Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a parent organisation of Lashkar, denied that Lashkar or its leader Haffiz Muhammad Saeed had any connection to the attack.

The surviving gunman in Mumbai claimed to have met Saeed at a training camp in Pakistan.

'Decision to not bury terrorists' bodies commendable'

New Delhi (PTI): Lauding the resolve of Mumbai
Muslims to disallow the burial of Mumbai terrorists on their soil, Law Commission member Tahir Mahmood on Friday said their burial in any Indian graveyard could in fact attract provisions of Indian criminal laws.

"Defiling places of worship and trespassing on burial places are serious offences under the Indian criminal law. Burying the bodies of the Mumbai terrorists in any Indian graveyard despite opposition by the Muslims will attract these provisions in their larger social implications," Mahmood said.

Burial in Islam is indeed a highly sacred way of disposing of a body, an essential part of which is the namaz-e-janaza, he said questioning "which Indian would like to pray for these brutes and why on earth should the religious sanctity and spiritual aura of any graveyard be desecrated by letting them be buried there?"

It will be a sacrillege... Mumbai Muslims's resolve that foreign terrorists who brutalised the city last week must not be buried in any of the
local graveyard is highly commendable and must have full-hearted support of all Muslim citizens of the country, Mahmood, the former Chairman of National Commission for Minorities said.

Bodies of these inhuman plotters must not be buried anywhere on the Indian soil, he added.

Hindusthan's 59-hour infamy

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Gateway peace march - Dec 3rd. Make sure the chamchas, jaichands read the powerful messages.Date: 2008/12/5

Not only did thousands of people turn up for the peace March at the Gateway of India yesterday  but they were loud and clear of what they wanted ..... 
"A Change & Action not bashan " 
This is what the people of Mumbai felt about our so called babus and netas(  local terrorists )  .....Please forward this  to each and every Indian  so the message reached out to our politicians ... 

See and share the album of 21 powerful images messages/slide show which tell a thousand stories from the youth of the youngest nation on the globe. 


Anti-terror rally in San Francisco, Nov. 30, 2008

Let Moshe and Sandra herald the victory over evil in this global war on islamist jihadi terror

Child Moshe Holtzberg rescued by his nanny Sandra Samuel, from Chabad House, Mumbai

SF Rally in support of victims of Mumbai (India) Terror attack

Nov 30, 2008: San Francisco

The gruesome attacks of terror on the financial hub of India, the city of Mumbai, which have resulted in the loss of over 200 innocent lives and injury to hundreds more, have benumbed not just India but the entire world. This was by all accounts the biggest and the most vicious terrorist attack the world has seen since 9/11, and one among the many India has suffered this year. Over 30 community organizations in the Bay Area, California, came together on Nov 30th at San Francisco, to pay homage to the victims and their families and also express solidarity in this global war on terror.

Despite being organized on a short notice, concerned citizens from various walks of life came together for the vigil and expressed their solidarity with the victims of Mumbai attack. As per the organizers, more than expected numbers had shown up even before the rally formally began. Many bystanders and passersby boosted the morale of attendees and claimed their support against terrorism as well. Over three hundred people, who came with sorrow in their heart but bonded by their indomitable spirit, raised their voices in unison to fight back against terrorism spread by the radicals all around the world. At the beginning of this united rally all attendees did a peaceful march, which was led by children and youth of the community. Among many were youngsters of Indian origin, who were born and brought up in USA, felt strongly about this ghastly audacity of the terrorists and came to show their support for the war against terrorism.

The reverberations of Mumbai attacks shook up the concerned citizens so much that more than 300 people from Bay Area joined the vigil. In his address to the attendees, Mr Khanderao Kand, National joint-secretary of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, deplored the assaults from Islamic terrorism actively sponsored by Pakistan and Bangladesh and urged the Government of India to take strong measures to empower the Security agencies to pre-empt and check terrorism. Ms. Ashwini Surpur of FISI highlighted the need for the societies of the democratic world to unite against terror driven by religious fanaticism. The need of the hour is for the world community to recognize the urgency to come together and to fight terror in one voice, as was underscored by Chandru Bhambhra national vice-president of the Overseas Friends of Bharatiya Janata Party. Yogi Chugh from IAFPE expressed his views that “We must stand tall in this fight against terrorism and to eradicate in every part of the world”

One of the speakers at the rally was Rabbi Perez Mochkin, who grew up with Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who lost his life along with his wife’s in Chabad House in Mumbai. “In these trying times, we have a mission not to fight back with hatred”, said Mochkin, “but to turn sadness into goodness and kindness”. Mochkin further prompted people to take harder stance against terrorism all over the world. Prominent community leaders like Raj Bhannotji Jeevan Zutshi, Niraj Baxi, Madhu Upadhay, Lalit Mathur, Vijay Ruikar, Gaurant desai, Gautam Desai, Prakash Gadgil, Govind Venkatasesha and Vijay Simha also lead the peace march.

The attendees of the vigil collectively adopted two resolutions directed against terrorism and prompting governments of the world to take stricter anti-terrorism measures. The resolutions spelled out that Indian government needs to put in place with urgency measures to strengthen security agencies and legal frameworks necessary to eliminate terror. A copy of resolution was submitted to the representative of Consulate General of India. The countries of the world, especially United States need to take a lead in ensuring that concerted international actions are taken to combat terrorism anywhere in the world. In parallel, pressure needs to be brought upon countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh to dissociate from sponsoring and supporting terrorism and extremism. The resolutions will be submitted to Government of India as well as the President of the United States. The rally concluded with tribute to those who lost their lives and a prayer for universal peace.

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Sovereignty exercise. Just do it. First, Sonia, get out of the way.

Mumbai 26/11 terror which killed over 180 people.

 It is an attack on Mumbai.

It is a declaration of war on India.

It is a declaration of war against the entire civilized world.

Tsunamis of emotions. Many arm-chair pundits. Many views. Many pieces of advice.

Sovereignty is a defining attribute of a nation-state. Is Paki sovereign? No. It is a vassal, searching for legitimacy on the only plank of hatred against Hindusthan with military support and protection offere by USA and China and some financial support from Saudi Arabia.

Is Hindusthan sovereign? Yes. It is a civilizational entity. The nation of Hindusthan is a reality.

It is the sovereign right of Hindusthan to protect its national interests. What is ongoing is war, not mere militancy or terror attacks. This is a war which Hindusthan has been fighting well before USA got involved after 9/11.

Sovereignty is demonstrated by the exercise of political-military authority – not mere demonstration, but exercise.

Hindusthan cut a sorry figure after the attack on Parliament by the Islamist Jihadi terrorists by stationing her troops for a prolonged time on the borders without firing a shot. The state of Hindusthan was held hostage to a fake nuke threat.

Platitudes are offered that a number of options exist ranging from diplomacy to military strikes. I think it is a waste of time talking about these options ad nauseum.

The best way to exercise sovereignty is to follow the example of Israel or even that of USA. What did USA do when 9/11 happened? It announced a war on terror and went ahead with military operations still ongoing in Afghanistan. What did Israel do to cope with terror? An excellent account is offered by Ira Sharkansky in the book, Coping with Terror. An Israeli Perspective, Lexington Books, 2003. Read some excerpts from the ebook:

Simply, Israel’s way of coping with terror is through military action. The islamist jihadi terrorists understand only one language: violence. Violence is the only way to cope with terror. Use overwhelming force and strike at the roots of terror so that the wages of the islamist jihadi terrorists are rendered exhorbitant.

Politico-s of Hindusthan should talk less and act more. Say, by striking at the known epicenters of terror in PoK and training centres in Karachi. This will be a good beginning to announce the sovereign intent of Hindusthan that terror will not be tolerated by the sovereign power.

Obama has given a hint. It is necessary that Hindusthan exercises her right of self-defence.

How about terror being an attack on the civilized world. Let the civilized world work out the responses with the help of sovereign Hindusthan.

Sovereignty dodge. Sovereignty exercise. Indis should take out terror training centres. This action does NOT require international sanction or further messing up with every international pundit offering advice.

Don’t even talk about it. Just do it. And, then talk.

This needs some internal fixes. First Sonia should get out of the way.

Sonia, get out of the way. Let Hindusthan show to the world that the nation is serious in its intent to rid the globe of terror. The final war on terror will be fought on this sacred land,


The Sovereignty Dodge: What Pakistan Won't Do, the World Should

By Robert Kagan

Washington Post, December 2, 2008

"We don't think the world's great nations and countries can be held hostage by non-state actors," Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said yesterday. Fair enough. But what is the world to do when those non-state actors operate from the territory of a state and are the creation of that state's intelligence services?

One can feel sympathy for Zardari's plight. He and his new civilian government did not train or assist the Pakistani terrorist organizations that probably carried out last week's attacks in Mumbai. Nor is it his fault that al-Qaeda, the Taliban and other dangerous groups operate in Waziristan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of western Pakistan, from which they launch attacks on U.S. and European forces trying to bring peace to Afghanistan. For that we can thank elements of the Pakistani military, Pakistani intelligence and the late military dictatorship of Pervez Musharraf. Reversing decades-old policies of support for these groups may be impossible for any Pakistani leader, especially when the only forces capable of rooting them out are the same forces that created them and sustain them.

So if the world is indeed not to be held hostage by non-state actors operating from Pakistan, what can be done? The Bush administration is right to press Pakistan to cooperate fully with India's investigation of the Mumbai attacks. But that may not have much effect. Pakistani intelligence services have already balked at sending their top official to India to help. Nor is mere cooperation by Pakistan likely to satisfy the outraged Indian people. They, like Americans after Sept. 11, 2001, want to see some action taken against the groups that carried out the attacks. So all the warnings in the world may not be enough to forestall an Indian attack, especially given the Indian government's political vulnerability, even if it risks another Indo-Pakistani war.

Rather than simply begging the Indians to show restraint, a better option could be to internationalize the response. Have the international community declare that parts of Pakistan have become ungovernable and a menace to international security. Establish an international force to work with the Pakistanis to root out terrorist camps in Kashmir as well as in the tribal areas. This would have the advantage of preventing a direct military confrontation between India and Pakistan. It might also save face for the Pakistani government, since the international community would be helping the central government reestablish its authority in areas where it has lost it. But whether or not Islamabad is happy, don't the international community and the United States, at the end of the day, have some obligation to demonstrate to the Indian people that we take attacks on them as seriously as we take attacks on ourselves?

Would such an action violate Pakistan's sovereignty? Yes, but nations should not be able to claim sovereign rights when they cannot control territory from which terrorist attacks are launched. If there is such a thing as a "responsibility to protect," which justifies international intervention to prevent humanitarian catastrophe either caused or allowed by a nation's government, there must also be a responsibility to protect one's neighbors from attacks from one's own territory, even when the attacks are carried out by "non-state actors."

In Pakistan's case, the continuing complicity of the military and intelligence services with terrorist groups pretty much shreds any claim to sovereign protection. The Bush administration has tried for years to work with both the military and the civilian government, providing billions of dollars in aid and advanced weaponry. But as my Carnegie Endowment colleague Ashley Tellis has noted, the strategy hasn't shown much success. After Mumbai, it has to be judged a failure. Until now, the military and intelligence services have remained more interested in wielding influence in Afghanistan through the Taliban and fighting India in Kashmir through terrorist groups than in cracking down. Perhaps they need a further incentive -- such as the prospect of seeing parts of their country placed in an international receivership.

Would the U.N. Security Council authorize such action? China has been Pakistan's ally and protector, and Russia might have its own reasons for opposing a resolution. Neither likes the idea of breaking down the walls of national sovereignty -- except, in Russia's case, in Georgia -- which is why they block foreign pressure on Sudan concerning Darfur, and on Iran and other rogue states. This would be yet another test of whether China and Russia, supposed allies in the war against terrorism, are really interested in fighting terrorism outside their own borders. But if such an action were under consideration at the United Nations, that might be enough to gain Pakistan's voluntary cooperation. Either way, it would be useful for the United States, Europe and other nations to begin establishing the principle that Pakistan and other states that harbor terrorists should not take their sovereignty for granted. In the 21st century, sovereign rights need to be earned.

This article originally appeared in the Washington Post.

Robert Kagan, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writes a monthly column for The Post.

The consequences of the Mumbai attacks

George Friedman | December 02, 2008 | 16:53 IST

Last Wednesday evening, a group of Islamist operatives carried out a complex terror operation in Mumbai. The attack was not complex because of the weapons used or its size, but in the apparent training, multiple methods of approaching the city and excellent operational security and discipline in the final phases of the operation, when the last remaining attackers held out in the Taj Mahal hotel for several days. The operational goal of the attack clearly was to cause as many casualties as possible, particularly among Jews and well-to-do guests of five-star hotels. But attacks on various other targets, from railroad stations to hospitals, indicate that the more general purpose was to spread terror in a major Indian city.

While it is not clear precisely who carried out the Mumbai attack, two separate units apparently were involved. One group, possibly consisting of Indian Muslims, was established in Mumbai ahead of the attacks. The second group appears to have just arrived. It traveled via ship from Karachi, Pakistan, later hijacked a small Indian vessel to get past Indian coastal patrols, and ultimately landed near Mumbai.

Extensive preparations apparently had been made, including surveillance of the targets. So while the precise number of attackers remains unclear, the attack clearly was well-planned and well-executed.

Evidence and logic suggest that radical Pakistani Islamists carried out the attack. These groups have a highly complex and deliberately amorphous structure. Rather than being centrally controlled, ad hoc teams are created with links to one or more groups. Conceivably, they might have lacked links to any group, but this is hard to believe. Too much planning and training were involved in this attack for it to have been conceived by a bunch of guys in a garage. While precisely which radical Pakistani Islamist group or groups were involved is unknown, the Mumbai attack appears to have originated in Pakistan. It could have been linked to al Qaeda prime or its various franchises and/or to Kashmiri insurgents.

More important than the question of the exact group that carried out the attack, however, is the attackers' strategic end. There is a tendency to regard terror attacks as ends in themselves, carried out simply for the sake of spreading terror. In the highly politicised atmosphere of Pakistan's radical Islamist factions, however, terror frequently has a more sophisticated and strategic purpose. Whoever invested the time and took the risk in organising this attack had a reason to do so. Let's work backward to that reason by examining the logical outcomes following this attack.

An end to New Delhi's restraint

The most striking aspect of the Mumbai attack is the challenge it presents to the Indian government -- a challenge almost impossible for New Delhi to ignore. A December 2001 Islamist attack on the Indian Parliament triggered an intense confrontation between India and Pakistan. Since then, New Delhi has not responded in a dramatic fashion to numerous Islamist attacks against India that were traceable to Pakistan. The Mumbai attack, by contrast, aimed to force a response from New Delhi by being so grievous that any Indian government showing only a muted reaction to it would fall.

India's restrained response to Islamist attacks (even those originating in Pakistan) in recent years has come about because New Delhi has understood that, for a host of reasons, Islamabad has been unable to control radical Pakistani Islamist groups. India did not want war with Pakistan; it felt it had more important issues to deal with. New Delhi therefore accepted Islamabad's assurances that Pakistan would do its best to curb terror attacks, and after suitable posturing, allowed tensions originating from Islamist attacks to pass.

This time, however, the attackers struck in such a way that New Delhi couldn't allow the incident to pass. As one might expect, public opinion in India is shifting from stunned to furious. India's Congress party-led government is politically weak and nearing the end of its life span. It lacks the political power to ignore the attack, even if it were inclined to do so. If it ignored the attack, it would fall, and a more intensely nationalist government would take its place. It is therefore very difficult to imagine circumstances under which the Indians could respond to this attack in the same manner they have to recent Islamist attacks.

What the Indians actually will do is not clear. In 2001-2002, New Delhi responded to the Parliament attack by moving forces close to the Pakistani border and the Line of Control that separates Indian-and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, engaging in artillery duels along the front, and bringing its nuclear forces to a high level of alert. The Pakistanis made a similar response. Whether India ever actually intended to attack Pakistan remains unclear, but either way, New Delhi created an intense crisis in Pakistan.

The US and the Indo-Pakistani crisis

The United States used that crisis for its own ends. Having just completed the first phase of its campaign in Afghanistan, Washington was intensely pressuring Pakistan's then-President Pervez Musharraf's government to expand cooperation with the United States; purge its intelligence organisation, the Inter-Services Intelligence, of radical Islamists; and crack down on al Qaeda and the Taliban in the Afghan-Pakistani border region. Musharraf had been reluctant to cooperate with Washington, as doing so inevitably would spark a massive domestic backlash against his government.

The crisis with India produced an opening for the United States. Eager to get India to stand down from the crisis, the Pakistanis looked to the Americans to mediate. And the price for US mediation was increased cooperation from Pakistan with the United States. The Indians, not eager for war, backed down from the crisis after guarantees that Islamabad would impose stronger controls on Islamist groups in Kashmir.

In 2001-2002, the Indo-Pakistani crisis played into American hands. In 2008, the new Indo-Pakistani crisis might play differently. The United States recently has demanded increased Pakistani cooperation along the Afghan border. Meanwhile, President-elect Barack Obama has stated his intention to focus on Afghanistan and pressure the Pakistanis.

Therefore, one of Islamabad's first responses to the new Indo-Pakistani crisis was to announce that if the Indians increased their forces along Pakistan's eastern border, Pakistan would be forced to withdraw 100,000 troops from its western border with Afghanistan.

In other words, threats from India would cause Pakistan to dramatically reduce its cooperation with the United States in the Afghan war. The Indian foreign minister is flying to the United States to meet with Obama; obviously, this matter will be discussed among others.

We expect the United States to pressure India not to create a crisis, in order to avoid this outcome. As we have said, the problem is that it is unclear whether politically the Indians can afford restraint. At the very least, New Delhi must demand that the Pakistani government take steps to make the ISI and Pakistan's other internal security apparatus more effective. Even if the Indians concede that there was no ISI involvement in the attack, they will argue that the ISI is incapable of stopping such attacks. They will demand a purge and reform of the ISI as a sign of Pakistani commitment. Barring that, New Delhi will move troops to the Indo-Pakistani frontier to intimidate Pakistan and placate Indian public opinion.

Dilemmas for Islamabad, New Delhi and Washington

At that point, Islamabad will have a serious problem. The Pakistani government is even weaker than the Indian government. Pakistan's civilian regime does not control the Pakistani military, and therefore does not control the ISI. The civilians can't decide to transform Pakistani security, and the military is not inclined to make this transformation. (Pakistan's military has had ample opportunity to do so if it wished.) Pakistan faces the challenge, just one among many, that its civilian and even military leadership lack the ability to reach deep into the ISI and security services to transform them. In some ways, these agencies operate under their own rules.

Add to this the reality that the ISI and security forces -- even if they are acting more assertively, as Islamabad claims -- are demonstrably incapable of controlling radical Islamists in Pakistan. If they were capable, the attack on Mumbai would have been thwarted in Pakistan. The simple reality is that in Pakistan's case, the will to make this transformation does not seem to be present, and even if it were, the ability to suppress terror attacks isn't there.

The United States might well want to limit New Delhi's response. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on her way to India to discuss just this. But the politics of India's situation make it unlikely that the Indians can do anything more than listen. It is more than simply a political issue for New Delhi; the Indians have no reason to believe that the Mumbai operation was one of a kind. Further operations like the Mumbai attack might well be planned. Unless the Pakistanis shift their posture inside Pakistan, India has no way of knowing whether other such attacks can be stymied. The Indians will be sympathetic to Washington's plight in Afghanistan and the need to keep Pakistani troops at the Afghan border. But New Delhi will need something that the Americans -- and in fact the Pakistanis -- can't deliver: a guarantee that there will be no more attacks like this one.

The Indian government cannot chance inaction. It probably would fall if it did. Moreover, in the event of inactivity and another attack, Indian public opinion probably will swing to an uncontrollable extreme. If an attack takes place but India has moved toward crisis posture with Pakistan, at least no one can argue that the Indian government remained passive in the face of threats to national security. Therefore, India is likely to refuse American requests for restraint.

It is possible that New Delhi will make a radical proposal to Rice, however. Given that the Pakistani government is incapable of exercising control in its own country, and given that Pakistan now represents a threat to both US and Indian national security, the Indians might suggest a joint operation with the Americans against Pakistan.

What that joint operation might entail is uncertain, but regardless, this is something that Rice would reject out of hand and that Obama would reject in January 2009. Pakistan has a huge population and nuclear weapons, and the last thing Bush or Obama wants is to practice nation-building in Pakistan. The Indians, of course, will anticipate this response. The truth is that New Delhi itself does not want to engage deep in Pakistan to strike at militant training camps and other Islamist sites. That would be a nightmare. But if Rice shows up with a request for Indian restraint and no concrete proposal -- or willingness to entertain a proposal -- for solving the Pakistani problem, India will be able to refuse on the grounds that the Americans are asking India to absorb a risk (more Mumbai-style attacks) without the United States' willingness to share in the risk.

Setting the stage for a new Indo-Pakistani confrontation

That will set the stage for another Indo-Pakistani confrontation. India will push forces forward all along the Indo-Pakistani frontier, move its nuclear forces to an alert level, begin shelling Pakistan, and perhaps -- given the seriousness of the situation -- attack short distances into Pakistan and even carry out air strikes deep in Pakistan. India will demand greater transparency for New Delhi in Pakistani intelligence operations. The Indians will not want to occupy Pakistan; they will want to occupy Pakistan's security apparatus.

Naturally, the Pakistanis will refuse that. There is no way they can give India, their main adversary, insight into Pakistani intelligence operations. But without that access, India has no reason to trust Pakistan. This will leave the Indians in an odd position: They will be in a near-war posture, but will have made no demands of Pakistan that Islamabad can reasonably deliver and that would benefit India. In one sense, India will be gesturing. In another sense, India will be trapped by making a gesture on which Pakistan cannot deliver. The situation thus could get out of hand.

In the meantime, the Pakistanis certainly will withdraw forces from western Pakistan and deploy them in eastern Pakistan. That will mean that one leg of the (US commander David) Petraeus and Obama plans would collapse.

Washington's expectation of greater Pakistani cooperation along the Afghan border will disappear along with the troops. This will free the Taliban from whatever limits the Pakistani army had placed on it. The Taliban's ability to fight would increase, while the motivation for any of the Taliban to enter talks -- as Afghan President Hamid Karzai has suggested -- would decline. US forces, already stretched to the limit, would face an increasingly difficult situation, while pressure on al Qaeda in the tribal areas would decrease.

Now, step back and consider the situation the Mumbai attackers have created. First, the Indian government faces an internal political crisis driving it toward a confrontation it didn't plan on. Second, the minimum Pakistani response to a renewed Indo-Pakistani crisis will be withdrawing forces from western Pakistan, thereby strengthening the Taliban and securing al Qaeda. Third, sufficient pressure on Pakistan's civilian government could cause it to collapse, opening the door to a military-Islamist government -- or it could see Pakistan collapse into chaos, giving Islamists security in various regions and an opportunity to reshape Pakistan. Finally, the United States' situation in Afghanistan has now become enormously more complex.

By staging an attack the Indian government can't ignore, the Mumbai attackers have set in motion an existential crisis for Pakistan. The reality of Pakistan cannot be transformed, trapped as the country is between the United States and India. Almost every evolution from this point forward benefits Islamists. Strategically, the attack on Mumbai was a precise blow struck to achieve uncertain but favorable political outcomes for the Islamists.

Rice's trip to India now becomes the crucial next step. She wants Indian restraint. She does not want the western Pakistani border to collapse. But she cannot guarantee what India must have: assurance of no further terror attacks on India originating in Pakistan. Without that, India must do something. No Indian government could survive without some kind of action. So it is up to Rice, in one of her last acts as secretary of state, to come up with a miraculous solution to head off a final, catastrophic crisis for the Bush administration -- and a defining first crisis for the new Obama administration. Former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once said that the enemy gets a vote. The Islamists cast their ballot in Mumbai.


It’s time Pakistan got slammed for harbouring terrorists

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  03:52 IST

R Vaidyanathan

Army-controlled as it is, the country will not mend its ways unless forced to

The three-day-long terror strike on the country’s financial capital was devastating in terms of its reach and impact. It has left Corporate India badly shaken and the elites numb.

It is no more about bombs being thrown at bus stations or trains getting blasted. It is no longer about only Nagpada or Govindpuri residents losing limbs and lives. Terror has now climbed up the value chain. As the new age entrepreneur Kiran Majumdar Shaw told a Bangalore newspaper, “So far, the terrorists targeted common people. Now the society’s elite, the business sector, is the target. What happened in Mumbai is a loud wake-up call for all of us to do something to protect ourselves.”

Corporate India did not bat an eyelid when Mumbai train blasts took place, or when Sarojini Nagar was burning on a Diwali day, or Hyderabad was weeping two years before. But today, every corporate captain is angry, and so are the celebrities who people Page 3 of newspapers, due largely because the attacks on the three top hotels were directly aimed at those who frequent these places, for business or pleasure (contrast this with the scant coverage of the carnage at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, for example, where commoners were involved).

All the same, the bleeding-heart liberals would be back to their routine ways after a few days. They will lament that the captured terrorist has not been given his favourite food and not allowed to watch TV or use his cell phone; they will say his human rights are violated. Just wait for the chorus. Of course, this time it will be between Page 3 and the jholawalas (activists) and that should be an interesting match to watch, but that’s another story.

In the last ten years, not a single session of any seminar sponsored by the CII or Ficci or business/ general journals has focused on terrorism. When this writer once broached the importance of talking about it, a senior business captain said it is for the government to deal with. Many of those seminars gave importance to Musharraf and now Zardari, as if they are going to provide any solution when they are a part of the problem.
Now, at least, terrorism is being realised as a problem facing the country.

Let us summarise what the real situation is and corporate sector should do if we are serious in fighting terrorism on our soil.

1. Recognise and treat Pakistan as a terrorist state. The state policy of Pakistan is terrorism and their single-point programme is to destroy India. This needs to be internalised by every business baron including the owners of media.

2. Now, the elite of Pakistan are more angry, since India is growing at 7% and they are given CCC rating and stiff conditions for borrowing from IMF. Many an academic from that country, who I have met in global conferences, has openly lamented that nobody talks about Indo-Pak relations anymore, but only Indo-China or Indo-American, etc. They want to be equal but they are in deep abyss

3. Pakistan is the only territory in the world where an army has a whole country under its control. This is an important issue since studies have found that a large number of corporates in Pakistan are ultimately owned by the Fauji Foundation (FF), Army Welfare Trust (AWT) Bahria Foundation (BF), Shaheen Foundation (SF) all owned by different wings of armed forces (See paper presented by Dr Ayesha Siddiqa-Agha on “Power, Perks, Prestige And Privileges: Military’s Economic Activities In Pakistan” in The International Conference on Soldiers in Business—Military as an Economic Actor; Jakarta, October 17-19, 2000). Hence, do not try to think of Pakistan without its army, irrespective of who rules that country temporarily and nominally. At least 70% of the market capitalisation of the Karachi stock exchange is owned by the army and related groups.

4. There are three groups in India, who are obsessed with friendship with Pakistan. One is the oldies born in that part before partition and who are nostalgic about the Lahore havelis, halwas and mujras. The second is the Bollywood and other assorted groups, who look at it as a big market. The Dawood gang has financed enough of these useful idiots. The third is the candle light holding bleeding heart liberals (BHLs) who cannot imagine India doing well without its younger brother taken care. All three have been proved wrong hundreds of times, but they are also opinion makers. Shun them, avoid them and ridicule them.

5. We should categorically, unambiguously, unequivocally boycott Pakistan in all aspects for a decade or more. Be it art, music, economy, commerce, or other hand-holding activities. That army-controlled state has to realise that it has done enough damage to global civilisation. More than 100 acts/attempts of terror recorded in the world since 9/11 have had their roots in Pakistan. More than 40% of the prisoners in Guantanamo are Pakistanis.

6. We should recognise that it is our war and nobody in the world is going to wage it on our behalf. What the Americans are thinking, or what the Britishers are going to do will not help. A determined country should have a sense of dignity and independence to fight its war.

We should stop interviewing leaders from that country who mouth the same inanities that “you have not produced any proof.” Government of India should perhaps create a museum of proof between India Gate and North block.

I am amazed that a country of billions is required even to furnish proof. If one-sixth of humanity says that the terrorist state of Pakistan is the root cause of global terrorism - it is factual. Let us not fall into the trap of providing proof to the culprits.

7. We should realise that a united Pakistan is a grave threat to the existence of India. Hence, we should do everything possible to break up Pakistan into several units. This is required to be done not only for our interest, but for world peace.

8. We have made a grave blunder by suggesting in the international fora that “Pakistan is also a victim of terror.” That is a grave error and it will haunt us for decades. They are perpetrators and our government is in deep illusion if it tries to distinguish between organs of power in that country thinking it is like India. There is only one organ, namely its army (with ISI as a sub-organ) in that country, which owns and controls at least 70% of the GDP in that country.

If we want the world to treat Pakistan for what it is, then we should start practising it. Always call it the ‘terrorist state of Pakistan’ and never have any illusion that it is going to be any different. If corporate India, including electronic/ print media, starts practising this, we should see results in a few years. Are the elites listening?

The writer is professor of finance and control, Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore, and can be contacted at Views are personal.

UPA chamchas invent terror and goof up real terror. Sonia, go.

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Friends,                                                                                                                                                      1/12/2008

          The way terrorists have once again been successful in inflicting tyranny of terror at the heart of India's financial capital-Mumbai on November 26 onwards for over more than 60 hours, with impunity has once again shows the moribund state of our intelligence networks that fails again and again in predicting such premeditated terror attacks, yes once again and three cheers for it!! These phrases of "once again" as either prefix or suffix have become an endless affair. After every such terror attacks also comes volleys of condemnations, sympathy, calling for maintaining communal harmony and above all once again trumpeting the resilience of Mumbaikars and then happily going to their respective safe cocoons for a deep slumber till another spate of terror attacks rocks some other parts of India. This lame duck UPA Government suffers from a strange Chamberlainian paradox whose appeasement policy towards Hitler's Nazi Germany was severely criticized by Churchill thus, "The Government cannot make up their minds and go on in strange paradox, and so they decide only to be undecided, resolve only to be irresolute, are adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful only to be impotent!" This has become an unbreakable vicious cycle. Once again the talk of having a Federal Investigating Agency and talk of strengthening intelligence agencies will do the rounds and the terror stricken nation will have another "100 days of finishing terrorism" as lollypop while the Government will sing all those rhetorical tones as sweet lullaby to put the Nation to sleep. Nation must sleep; otherwise another common man will rise to take law into his or her hand to eliminate these terrorists as he or she-I or you will naturally do when dirty cockroaches sneak into our kitchens. Terrorists and their terrorism have become like these endless breed of cockroaches, challenging our freedom in our kitchens as these mindless armed breeds do, challenging the might of the Indian State. They, the anonymous terrorists, are relishing their joy of reducing the omnipotence of the Indian State into sheer impotence, once again, by now. What are we waiting for or are we waiting for a "Wednesday" (as syndrome) to descend upon from reel life to real life with thousands of still potent aam admis armed with hit sprays to finish these bloody cockroaches once for all-for their security's sake, for the sake of freedom of their families, children's et al will hit the streets across India. Anarchy will engulf India, because if the Government blinded by its political expediencies fails to protect its citizens, then citizens-the aam janta will decide to protect themselves and the State will be compelled to show the same knee-jerk reaction to it as it has been doing so since time immemorial in fighting terrorism-the enemy of our freedom.

          Let's learn from Israel, how they have managed to not just survive but flourished even with inheriting a rocky barren terrain as homeland and at the top of it being surrounded by hostile neighbours who pose as existential threat to this tiny Jewish Nation. They can, because they know how to deal with scores of enemies of Israel across the world. Their formula is simple- not an eye for an eye but both eyes for losing one eye, not tooth for tooth but the whole jaw for it. Israeli counter-terrorism responses have always created its desired results, which is to terrorize the very terrorists. Instead of the bloody hordes of terrorists, it is the Israeli retaliation that let loose a reign of terror in the hearts and minds of the terrorists. The terrorists, no matter how strong they are, always get the right message from Israel- "Don't mess with the Jews". The way they manage their borders and internal security is highly commendable and one can write a hundreds of pages, if not books or articles, on it. Every Jew is proud of their Nation, because they know like them it also cares about its brave citizens, not through tough talk but through tough action and that's why it invites awe, not pity, from others-even from its staunchest critics. In this hour of crisis, just one single statement from David Ben Gurion, Founding Father and first PM of Israel can act magic in raising the morale of all the nationalistic Indians of this great Nation soar high. He said to Ariel Sharon, former Defence Minister and later PM of Israel just before his death which has gone on records as the greatest Jewish anecdote ever-"Let me first tell you one thing: it doesn't matter what the world says about Israel, it doesn't matter what they say about us anywhere else. The only thing that matters is that we can exist here on the land of our forefathers. And unless we show the Arabs that there is a high price to pay for murdering Jews, we won't survive." The message for all of patriotic Indian citizens and its Government, irrespective of its political colour, is clear- mere words as platitudes won't do; only tough actions will do the talking. If we still fail to act, in spite of these entire bloodbaths as our own 9/11, we are heading for becoming another failed state worst than even cancerous Pakistan, i.e. Somalia, for sure. Posterity will, then, surely mark all of us as impotent Indians of a sterile Nation- India. That will be our worst nightmare becoming reality. Let's show the world that the potency of this 1billion plus great Nation can never be relegated to a pitiable dysfunctional impotency because the almighty Indian State will remain omnipotent. Its writ will ultimately prevail as good over evil, always as ever.


Sd/- Vineet Chaturvedi, Vice-President, ABVP, JNU.               Sd/- Anjani Srivastava, Secretary, ABVP, JNU.


Vandemataram! Bharat Mata Ki Jai!! 


Angst, anguish, anger

The only other occasion I can recall which gave rise to so much of anxiety, anguish and anger throughout the length and breadth of India as in the case of the Mumbai carnage was the Chinese invasion of 1962. I was at that time in the Union Home Ministry handling political issues, security, intelligence and matters connected with the Emergency and the enforcement of Defence of India Act and Rules.

The country on that occasion was benumbed by disbelief and shock, matched only by intense anger against those at the helm of affairs. Even Jawaharlal Nehru, the freedom hero and Mahatma’s Gandhi’s chosen heir, towering over everyone like a titan till then, faced a rebellious gathering of Congress party persons who asked him to quit if he did not sack Krishna Menon forthwith.

After 46 years, the aam aadmi everywhere is in the same bitter mood, incensed at the ruling class, very near to using Oliver Cromwell’s words to Britain’s Long Parliament on April 20, 1653:

“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

“Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

“Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!”

Bad show

I have never received as many phone calls for any other public event. In everyone’s voice was a mix of anguish, despair, frustration, helplessness and uncontrollable indignation. Some regretfully wished there were a dozen or more detested politicians in the hotels for the terrorists to turn their bullets on. There was universal condemnation of the Cabinet meeting 14 hours after the shoot-out. One or two interviewees on the TV channels even said that if any politician dared to appear in public, he was sure to be lynched.

Shoba De even asked why members of the ruling class should be strutting about with a swarm of National Security Guards (NSG) holding their guns at the ready, as if they were some indispensable potentates, when so many security personnel and innocent civilians were forced to sacrifice their lives at the altar of the country because of the negligence at the top.

Even normally sedate and staid corporate brass and retirees from responsible positions were seen venting their anguish and anger. Prem Shankar Jha, the veteran journalist who must have seen many ups and downs along with the good, the bad and the ugly in his life said that he felt like weeping at the failures leading to the catastrophe.

The Mumbai outrage showed that the political class had not learnt its lesson from all the earlier tragedies.

Bad show, redeemed as always only by the performance of the security forces.



 December 07, 2008 

Inept government invented ‘Hindu terror’—KS Sudarshan

Shri Sudarshan said, “Instead of taking any step to effectively combat terrorism in the country, the government is trying to divert the attention of people by coining terms like Hindu and Muslim terrorism.” He added that the UPA was involving in the game of politicking since the general elections were approaching.

Accusing the UPA government of politicising terrorism, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said the centre had coined terms like “Hindu terrorism” to cover up its failure in combating terrorism. “There is nothing like ‘Hindu terrorism’ or ‘Muslim terrorism’, anyone killing innocents is a terrorist,” RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri KS Sudarshan said on the sidelines of a RSS meeting in Lucknow on November 23. 

Shri Sudarshan delivered an intellectual orientation to volunteers and well-wishers of various organisations at the Saraswati Shishu Mandir in Niralanagar. He touched upon various issues, including the challenges before the nation in the past and at present. Taking a dig at the centre for maligning the image of Hindus, Shri Sudarshan said, “Instead of taking any step to effectively combat terrorism in the country, the government is trying to divert the attention of people by coining terms like Hindu and Muslim terrorism.” He added that the UPA was involving in the game of politicking since the general elections were approaching. He also said that unlike Christianity or Islam, Hinduism “is not a religion, it is a way of life in sync with nature”.

The Sarsanghachalak said that the faulty policy of consumerism, as adopted by the
United States, had brought the world to the brink of bankruptcy and the nation could not escape from its effect. “Our family system is still intact to a great extent and we can overcome the economic crisis. But we have to amend our ways,” said Shri Sudarshan. “We have to evolve village-centric development programmes as we have the potential to lead the world,” he added. 

Shri Sudarshan said that Mahatma Gandhi wrote a letter to Jawaharlal Nehru on October 5, 1945, asking him to elaborate on the future development plans and also suggesting village-based development. “However, Pt. Nehru refused to accept Gandhiji’s suggestion and said that if cities were not made the focus of development, the country would lag behind in comparison with the other countries,” claimed Shri Sudarshan. The Sarsanghachalak also narrated the background and circumstances under which the RSS was formed in 1925. He said that at the time, despite the support of the Congress, the Khilafat Movement, launched by the Muslim League, was crushed by the British government. “Out of sheer anger and frustration, the Hindus were victimised during the communal riots between 1921 and 1923 at various places in the country. It was then that Dr Hedgewar decided to form the RSS to unite the Hindus, who constituted 87 per cent of the country,” he reminisced. He said there was a time when Hindus were ashamed of being called Hindus, but the situation had now undergone a change. “Now Hindus feel bad whenever there is any onslaught on the Hindu samaj, which was best manifested during the chakka jam over the Ram Sethu issue on September 12, 2007, and later over the Amarnath Shrine Board in August, when lakhs of men, women and children courted arrest,” said Shri Sudarshan. He also emphasised on the need for greater unity among Hindus. Shri Sudarshan also expressed concern over the growing imbalance with nature. “We have exploited nature beyond the need and we have to pay the price for that in the coming years,” he cautioned. “Ideally, there must be 33 per cent forest area in our country. When we got
Independence, we had 22 per cent forests but today the figure stands at only 11 per cent,” he said. 

Swami Abhayanand Saraswati also addressed the gathering. He said the society not honouring the yajna, cow and saints was bound to suffer. “It only proves that adharma (injustice) is taking over dharma,” he added. The audience included senior leaders like Shri Lalji Tandon and Shri Om Prakash Singh.

Sonia’s presence in Delhi is costing India dearly 


By François Gautier 
02 Dec 2008 02:37:00 AM IST New Indian Express

In 1898, the French writer Emile Zola wrote an open letter to the then French president in the newspaper L’Aurore, titled j’accuse (‘I accuse’), where he accused the French government of anti- Semitism towards Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer unfairly condemned for treason.

Now it is time for the people of India to say openly that which many, including within the Congress, think secretly and may utter in the privacy of their chambers.

It is not about Manmohan Singh, it is not even about Shivraj Patil, the fall guy; it is about that one person, the Eminence Grise of India. She who pulls all the strings, She whose shadow looms menacingly over so many, She who holds no portfolio, is just a simple elected MP, like 540 others, but rules like an empress.

Sometimes, one’s very physical presence at the top is enough to move things, to influence the course of events. One word from Her, a glance, a frown, are enough to put the whole heavy, inert, unwilling machinery of India’s bureaucracy and political system in full motion. Sometimes She need not say anything: in the true tradition of Bhakti, Her ministers, Her secretaries, interpret Her silences and rush to cater to Her western and Christian identity.

Nevertheless, she has said and acted enough so that one day she may stand accused on the pages of History for what she must have done to India.

I’accuse Sonia Gandhi as being responsible for the tragedy of Mumbai, having emasculated India’s intelligence agencies by stopping them from investigating terror attacks in the last four years, including the Mumbai train blasts. She has also neutralised the ATS by ordering them at all costs to ferret out ‘Hindu terrorism’, which if it exists, has wrought minuscule damage compared to what Islamic terror has done since 2004. Did the US send a warning to India that there may be an attack on Mumbai and that the Taj would be one of the targets? Were these ignored because the ATS was too busy chasing Hindu ‘terrorists’ on Sonia’s orders? I accuse Sonia and her government of having made the NSG the laughing stock of the world. How many times did the NSG (who took ten hours to reach Mumbai) claim that it had “sanitised the Taj and that the operation was over” and how many times did a bomb go off immediately after? For the last 20 years, the NSG has guarded VIPs and has become soft. See the comments of Israeli terror specialists, who said the NSG should have first sanitised the immediate surroundings of the places of conflict, kept the bystanders and press (who gave terrorists watching TV in the Taj rooms a perfect report of the security forces’ whereabouts) out of the place, gathered enough information about the position of the terrorists and hostages before taking action, instead of immediately engaging the terrorists, and ensuring the deaths of so many hostages.

I accuse Sonia of having let her Christian and Western background, in four years, divide India on religious and caste lines in a cynical and methodical manner.

I accuse Sonia of weakening India’s spirit of sacrifice and courage, so that 20 terrorists (or less) held at ransom the financial capital of India for more than three days.

I accuse Sonia Gandhi of always pointing the finger at Pakistan, when terrorism in India is now mostly homegrown, even if it takes help, training, refuge and arms from Pakistan; of not warning Indians of the grave dangers of Islamic terror for cynical election purposes.

I accuse Sonia of being an enemy of the Hindus, who always gave refuge to persecuted minorities, and who are the only people in the world to accept that God may manifest under different names, in different epochs, using different scriptures.

I accuse Sonia Gandhi of taking advantage of India’s respect for women, its undue fascination with the Gandhi name, and its stupid mania for White Skin.

I’accuse Sonia of exploiting the Indian Press’ obsession with her. She hardly ever gave interview in 20 years, except scripted ones to NDTV, yet the Press always protects her, never blames her and keeps silent over her covert role.

I’accuse Sonia and her government of trying to make heroes of subservient and inefficient men to hide the humiliation of Mumbai 26/11. Before going to his death, Hemant Karkare, the ATS chief, was shown on television clumsily handling his helmet, as someone who uses it very rarely. Why did he die of bullet wounds in the chest when he was wearing a bullet-proof vest? Either Indian vests are inferior quality or he was not wearing one.

How did the terrorists who killed him and his fellow officer escape in the same vehicle used by the ATS chief ? Why did he and his officers go into Cama Hospital without ascertaining where the terrorists were? We honour his death, but these facts say a lot about the ATS’ battle-readiness.

Will someone in the Congress, someone who feels more Indian than faithful to Sonia, stand up and speak the truth? Who said, “Go after Hindu terrorists”? Who insisted on putting pressure on BJP governments in Karnataka or Orissa for so-called persecution of Christians, when Christians have always practised their faith in total freedom here, while their missionaries are converting hundreds of thousands of innocent tribals and Dalits with the billions of dollars given by gullible westerners? Who said, “Go soft on Islamic terrorism”? Who wants to do away with India’s nuclear deterrence in the face of Pakistani and Chinese nuclear threats, by pushing at all costs the one sided Indo-US nuclear deal, which makes no secret of its intention to denuclearise India militarily? I am sure Sonia Gandhi has good qualities: she probably was a good wife to Rajiv, a good daughter in law to Indira and by all accounts, she is a good mother to her children. One also hears first-hand reports about her concern for smaller people, her dignity in the suffering that befell her when her husband was blown to pieces, and her courtesy with visitors.

Nevertheless, she is a danger to India.

Her very presence, both physical and occult, open the doors to forces inimical to India. Even Indian Christians should understand that she is not a gift to them: her presence at the top has emboldened fanatics like John Dayal or Valson Thampu, who practise an orthodox Christianity prevalent in the West in the early 20th century, but no longer, to radicalise their flock. Indian Christians should recognise that they have a much better deal here than Christians or Hindus have in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia or Saudi Arabia.

Under Sonia’s rule, Indian Muslims, too, have been used as electoral pawns. They have been encouraged to shun the Sufi streak, a blend of the best of Islam and Vedanta, for a hard-line Sunni brand imported from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

For the good of India, her civilisation, her immense spirituality and culture, Sonia Gandhi has to go and a government that thinks Indian, breathes nationalism and will protect its citizens must be voted to power.


November 30, 2008

Dear Sir,

The statement attributed to one of the terrorists by Aryn Baker about the plight of Muslims in India is highly suspect and does not stand to scrutiny considering the remarks made by the TV media including CNN and several hostages about the motives of the terrorists in carrying out the mayhem and cold blooded killing of hundreds of innocent people in Mumbai. The terrorists were looking specifically for the Americans and British citizens. They also targeted Jewish Shabad House which clearly confirms that the Islamic terrorists were not interested in the conditions of Indian Muslims in India as mischievously portrayed in the article by the author. Obviously, Aryn Baker has shamefully built her case to justify the recent Islamic Jihad in Mumbai by using alleged quote from one of the terrorists.  

The rest of the article lacks the in-depth journalistic analytical standard and is one sided and based on distortions and misinformation. Besides, the author seems to be completely ignorant of India's history, particularly of the last 1200 years.  

 India has suffered Islamic terrorism from the seventh century onwards. The American historian Will Durantsaid: "The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history." French historian Alain Danielou said in his Histoire de l' Inde: "From the time Muslims started arriving, around 632 AD, the history of India becomes a long, monotonous series of murders, massacres, spoliations, destructions. It is, as usual, in the name of 'a holy war' of their faith, of their sole God, that the barbarians have destroyed civilisations, wiped out entire races." Mahmoud Ghazni, was an early example of Muslim ruthlessness, burning in 1018 of the temples of Mathura, razing Kanauj to the ground and destroying the famous temple of Somnath, sacred to all Hindus. His successors were as ruthless as Ghazni: 103 temples in the holy city of Benaras were razed to the ground, its marvelous temples destroyed, its magnificent palaces wrecked." Indeed, the Muslim policy vis a vis India, seems to have been a conscious systematic destruction of everything that was beautiful, holy, refined." Based onthe Islamic evidences, several million Hindus were killed, thousands were taken as slaves and many temples were destroyed between 7th to 18th centuries by the Islamic invaders. All along, the iconoclasts remained convinced as per their own records that they were putting into practice the highest tenets of their religion.

Jinnah said in Lahore on 23 March, 1940: "The Hindus and Musalmans belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions." Though the majority Indian Muslims had voted for the creation of Pakistan on the basis of religion, many of them decided to stay back in India. While the Muslim population in India has grown from about 10% in 1947 to nearly 17%, Hindu population in Pakistan has come down from 26% in 1947 to about 2% now. The census of 1951 reports that Hindus constituted 22% in East Pakistan (Bangladesh), but 2001 it is 9.2 %. Can this be called persecution of Muslims by Hindu majority as the article implies?

At the economic level, as per The Economic Times' Survey, "Hindus and Muslims, at a national level, run neck-and-neck on average annual household income (AHI) of Rs. 61, 423 and Rs. 58,420, respectively". survey thus completely demolishes the argument that Indian Muslims are economically poor.


Indian Muslims have done very well socially and politically by any world standard. There have been Muslims Presidents, cabinet ministers, attorneys, doctors as well as rich businessmen like Azim Premji, owner of Wipro, one of the largest IT houses in the world.


The Muslims in India, though in minority, wield considerable power as they exploit their self-imposed victim status and demand special privileges under threats of uncontrollable violence. As a result, they are given Haj subsidy ( going to Mecca for pilgrimage)  which is denied to Hindus for their pilgrimage. Whereas Hindu temples and their funds are controlled by the government, Mosques and Madressas are allowed to run independently without any interference from the government. Muslims are allowed to divorce their wives by calling 'Talaq' three times and marry four wives. Rajiv Gandhi (ex-Prime Minister of India) altered the Indian constitution to overrule the Indian Supreme Court's decision in the divorce case of Shah Banu just in order to please the Muslim mullahs. The Indian politicians, particularly the current Indian government in power, have been using Muslims as a vote bank and hence their appeasement by sacrificing the welfare and interest of the majority community, Hindus. As a matter of fact, it is India's Hindus who are facing the real crisis in their own homeland and not Muslims since the political power is in the hands of anti-Hindu politicians.


Finding the roots of Islamic terrorism in India and other parts of world requires study of the Islamic scriptures and the history of Islam which play a central role in promulgation and advancement of a comprehensive political ideology which the author has completely ignored to justify the Mumbai terror to suite her personal agenda.


It is indeed sad and disappointing that a magazine of the Time's stature has allowed itself to be used by the apologist of Islamic Jihad to propagate the hateful political ideology of killing innocent non-believers.


D. Shah


The real terrorists are politicians, bureaucrats and p-sec media

'Please boot out this disgrace of a CM by tomorrow'

1 Dec 2008, 0659 hrs IST, TNN

MUMBAI: Widespread rage has replaced fear even as a bruised city tries to limp back to normalcy. The anger is directed not only at the terrorists who went on a brutal 60-hour rampage, but also at an ineffectual and corrupt political dispensation that has time and again let its citizenry down. 

A plethora of SMS messages flying thick and fast over the weekend seem to target politicians the most, especially the controversial remark made by the state's home minister R R Patil, who described the Mumbai massacre as a "small incident".

‘‘We only wish the
Maharashtra home minister handled homeland security with as much zeal and dedication as he did to chase the dance girls,’’ read one of the more scathing messages. Another one made a caustic comment, ‘‘R R Patil said ‘such small incidents happen’ with reference to the terror attacks. It is sad our police force spend more effort protecting politicians such as these while the common man suffers the brunt of terror attacks.’’ 

Even CM Vilasrao Deshmukh was not spared: ‘‘Please, please use all the might of the media, if any, to ensure this disgrace of a CM is booted out by tomorrow.’’ The presence of filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma and other hanger-ons in Deshmukh’s entourage which visited the Taj hotel on Sunday has also come under severe criticism. ‘‘They have turned this tragedy into terror tourism,’’ said an onlooker. Pune-based sports shop owner Sundeep Grover is livid, describing Patil’s comment as ‘‘ridiculous’’.

‘‘Citizens are sitting scared. Our security is in complete doldrums. Pubs, night clubs and hotels are empty here in Pune. I say blast these ministers,’’ he said. Advocate Aditya Chitale was in ballistic mode, ‘‘What is more appalling is that nobody has the moral courage to own up responsibility or resign. Definitely there is anger at the ghastly incident. However, there is no sense of accountability in our system. Those in power are not performing their duty.’’
Carmichael Road resident Rajesh Jhaveri said first there is anger and rage, but then everything goes back to normal. ‘‘Look at the experience following the July 26, 2005 deluge in Mumbai. A senior bureaucrat who botched up big time not only retained his position, was later elevated by his political bosses,’’ he observed. 

‘‘It’s an impotent nation and we do not have the power to hit back. Less than a dozen men brought the city to its knees for two days. We will continue to be a soft state,’’ he added. Civic activist Pamela Cheema lambasted the ‘‘shameful’’ anti-migrant campaign and blamed political leaders for sowing hatred. City-based archaeologist Kurush Dalal is astonished at the ‘‘absolute impotency’’ of the administration, which is the focus of people’s rage. ‘‘What do you expect when you have a home minister is figuring out which clothes to wear,’’ he asked incredulously. ‘‘The immediate reponse during such a crisis should be authoritative and absolute. Here, we had the amazing sight of NSG commandos being transported from the airport to south Mumbai in BEST buses,’’ said Dalal.

‘‘The entire machinery is paralysed. The common man is wondering what is going on. Honestly, I am totally resigned to the fact that we won’t learn any lessons mainly because no politician died,’’ he added. As one SMS said, ‘‘The real terrorists are our politicians and bureaucrats.’’,prtpage-1.cms


Reference the report " Terrorists went past a major naval exercise" - (TNIE - 01 DEC)

Another typical 'secular media Infotainment', I do not hesitate to state with all responsibility at my command. The " ignorant on matters of security ", Mr. Rommel Rodrigues
 " What is more shocking is that while these terrorists were shifting dangerous contraband from one vessel to another across the Gujarat coast, they went past a major Naval exercise which was codenamed ' Defence of Gujarat from sea attacks ' ".

This bit of ' maudlin wisdom ' reminded me of what the ' Katha Upanishad ' has to say: " Living in the midst of ignorance, considering themselves to be wise, the deluded wander confused, like the blind led by the blind ".  Yes, here the 'blind' lead the citizenary to 'blindness'. Here's why.

The Navy's charter as given to it by the Union of India is NOT to search for contraband, unless the Defence of India Regulations (DIR) comes into force. Has the DIR been invoked? Also, the aim of  ' Defence of Gujarat from sea attacks ',could well have been in the areas of Anti-submarine warfare (remember INS Khukri was torpedoed off Veraval in 1971), or the exercise could have been biased towards coastal defence from enemy 'surface combatants' as was done by the Pak Navy in 1965 - Dwarka. Besides, the Navy has no powers of "arrest"!!

The fact of the matter is that like much else in our country, port and coastal security is in a total mess, because at least 14 ministries, departments and agencies (e.g. MoST, MHA, MoD, DG Shipping, ONGC, Customs, Immigration, Fisheries and so on) have a degree of involvement in maritime related issues. Most of the time our security is compromised because the left hand does not know what the right is doing. Agencies work at  cross purposes, while important harbours like Mumbai remain unguarded.  If 

 ' Admiral ' Rommel had written on those lines, he would have been closer to the truth!!

Here is what Admiral (retd) Arun Prakash, former Chief of the Naval Staff wrote in a recent Article:  " - - -. Soon thereafter, all coastal states were directed by the Centre to raise marine police wings equipped with high speed boats and communication equipment. To my knowledge, only Kerala has put together a small unit of this type, while the other states unrealistically expect the Indian Navy or the Coast Guard to undertake coastal policing functions. These two Services are meant to operate at sea, and cannot, for example, undertake patrolling of Juhu, Chowpatti, Cuffe Parade or Alibag; which is the job of the marine police.For years, the Indian Navy has been pleading with the Govt. of India that there is a dire need to constitute a central Maritime Commission for regulation, coordination and oversight of maritime security. That this eminently sensible proposal is languishing due to bureaucratic obduracy is proof of our political myopia and lack of resolve."

India has put in place a system that must be unique world-wide!! The Armed Forces are deliberately kept on the margins of national security management by a powerful bureaucracy, and rarely consulted or heard by politicians; even on issues in which they have exclusive expertise. Could "Admiral" Rommel please check on the veracity of this statement of mine please?

In stark contrast, here are two examples of how other Nations take their National Security concerns - "SERIOUSLY":

 (A) - New York was struck by terrorists on 11th September 2001. By 1st October, a Homeland Defence Command had been established and placed under a 4-star military officer. The US 

Secretary of the Army stated: “…homeland security is the No. 1 job for the US military and we will act accordingly.” On 26th October, Public Law 107-56 was enacted by the US Congress without debate. The contrived acronym USA PATRIOT (standing for: Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) explains the purport of the Act. With the sweeping powers available, the Homeland Defence Command has ensured that the USA has remained free of terrorism since 2001. Need one say more? And, the U.S. Coast Guard is the 'single point' of contact. Under special circumstances,the U.S. Navy, can hoist the Coast Guard Ensign, and 'arrest" ships!!

(B) - France, perceiving many serious threats from seawards, revived an old Napoleonic institution: the Prefet Maritime (Maritime Prefect) to implement security in a coherent and holistic manner. This functionary is the “…servant of the French State who exercises authority over the sea in a Prefecture. He reports to the Prime Minister for civil functions and to the Chief of Defence Staff for military operations.” A 3-star Admiral each has been placed in charge of the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Channel coasts of France, and is empowered to coordinate the efficient functioning of agencies like the navy, coast guard, marine police, customs, immigration, pollution control, search & rescue etc. No bickering like we have in Mumbai; France can afford to sleep in peace.

In conclusion, the sage words of Admiral (retd) Arun Prakash:

" India’s coastal, maritime and national security too, would be tremendously enhanced if the Commanders-in- Chief of the Western and Eastern Naval Commands were to be similarly empowered. But for that we will not only need to reach a higher level of security consciousness but also learn to repose faith, confidence and responsibility in the only national institution which continues to function with dedication, efficiency and intense patriotism: the Indian Armed Forces."

Half baked reports, like the one quoted, only tend to increase the sense of insecurity among the Aam Aadm


CAPT(RETD) H.Balakrishnan, I.N.

United States of India as force-multiplier for freedom

Just brilliant, Zwadia. Yes, indeed, United States of India with a strongly enforced Patriot Act has the potential to help banish terror from the face of the globe. 


The price of being the United States of India

By Zwadia, Nov. 29, 2008

The events in Mumbai triggered recollection of an exchange I had in an elevator with some Russians in Dubai just 5 days ago. My mom and dad, with their ever surprising versatility, actually speak some decent Russian. Parusky Gavarit? Da!

So, the usual exchange of platitudes was followed up with the 'where are you from?' questions… and it turned out that the Russian's son was born in Mumbai. My dad then mentioned about me settling in New York, and the Father promptly proceeded to say, "United States of America and United States of India, eh?" and we laughed, recommended a restaurant to them, and off we went our merry ways.

My mom and dad took Russian language classes in India, in a time when the two countries had a very strong political alliance. It was a necessary one with Pakistan being backed by the USA. That was a bi-polar world, and I think our Government made the right call. Today, in a world with one recognized super-power, it's not a question of who you align with as much as how much you align with the USA.

The last 10 years have seen the rise of China and India - and the predisposition of a multi-polar world in the coming decades. As the UK, proxied the USA in the last century, it appears that the USA sees backing India in the present century as a force multiplier for freedom, democracy and capitalism. And thus, with the recent nuclear deal, we are on the way to tacitly becoming the United States of India. Personally, I don't see this as a bad thing. We have much to learn, and much to achieve as a nation.

Thus when Mumbai burned - resulting in American, Jewish, British, Japanese and Indian lives lost at the hands of Pakistani terrorists wielding Chinese-made Grenades - world sentiment came into sharp focus. Our neighbors are not happy that we are holding the wedding bouquet.

As always, Mumbai will dust off this setback. If the Taj was taking hotel bookings today, I bet there would have been Indians checking in. Just as we boarded the same trains that burned just a night before during previous attacks. The only difference is that we are not alone from now on, we are United. 

What can be done? Eradicate jihad. Chamchas, get out of the way. Empower, equip patriots who will win the war.

India's vulnerable maritime flanks

Adm Arun Prakash (Retd) Nov. 30, 2008

The diabolic, well coordinated and ruthlessly executed multi-pronged terrorist assault on Mumbai has left the nation punch-drunk. And 48 hours later, we still have only a hazy notion of what hit us and how. Since Mumbai is a great port city, many in the media have been looking seawards for clues, and asking the inevitable question: could the Indian Navy (IN) or Coast Guard (CG) have done anything to stop the terror strikes? The dramatic high seas interception of two merchant ships, and their internment in a Gujarat port has added grist to the mill/ 

I think many of us are missing the wood for the trees. No set of people could have walked off a merchant ship in Sassoon Docks or stepped out of a dinghy at Machhlimar Nagar and launched these attacks. This operation called for reconnaissance, logistics, communications, local support and perhaps even rehearsals; all requiring time. The number of persons involved, directly or indirectly, could easily run into dozens if not a hundred. It speaks of the abysmal depths plumbed by our police and intelligence apparatus that they failed to hear an underworld rumour or a whisper on the airwaves, or obtain any sort of warning at all. But that seems to be now "par for the course" in India

Soon after the July 2006 serial train blasts in Mumbai, which resulted in over 500 dead and injured, I attended a high level inter-ministry meeting to discuss this issue. After presentations, discussions and brain-storming lasting a couple of hours, a final question was asked by the Cabinet Secretary: what urgent remedial and precautionary measures should we take to prevent recurrence of such incidents?

After a pregnant silence, the sole suggestion that came was voiced by a junior functionary: "We must give the SHOs at the thana level more and better quality walkie-talkie sets." I was shaken to the core because of the pedestrian and worm's eye perspective that it demonstrated; not high-technology, not intelligence, not weapons, but walkie-talkies! And this was in 2006, after the nation had been experiencing bomb blasts or terrorist attacks with monotonous regularity in the wake of the horrifying 1993 Mumbai carnage. The score today, of course, stands much higher.

What we have been facing for many years now, and continue to face, is an "asymmetric war", waged by a ruthless and imaginative intelligence agency.This war has many dimensions; aiding separatism and insurgency, attacking our economy by pumping in fake currency, inciting communal violence, and undermining the morale and cohesion of the armed forces (often through the instrumentality of the Indian media) are some other facets of this multi-pronged assault by the Pak Inter-Services Intelligence agency on the hapless Indian State. 

Its most obvious manifestation has been the cold-blooded orchestration of violence amidst our civilian population. This is done through a complex and well-organized network of agents and surrogates, indigenous and foreign, who are trained, equipped and financed to wreak havoc. Mumbai was obviously a soft and undefended target, where they perpetrated mayhem with impunity.

Like ostriches with heads buried deep in sand, we have refused to acknowledge this asymmetric war. And full responsibility for this situation must be accepted by Indian politicians of all hues, who in their ruthless quest for votes and political one-upmanship, have systematically undermined every instrument of state, and rendered the nation vulnerable. While using it to gain electoral "brownie points" they have failed to make terrorism an issue of sharp focus for the security establishment, and our response to the asymmetric war has therefore remained disjointed, fragmented and disorganized for three reasons.

Firstly the netas have has emasculated the police forces and made the intelligence agencies ineffective by interference and politicization, so that they are unable to discharge their core functions.

Secondly, the national security establishment has encouraged turf distribution and creation of fiefdoms, and thereby deprived itself of the benefits of holistic thinking and synchronized action.

And lastly, in a system that must be unique world-wide, the Armed Forces are kept on the margins of national security management by a powerful bureaucracy, and rarely consulted or heard by politicians; even on issues in which they have exclusive expertise.

Let us return to Mumbai, which is not only a metropolis, port city and financial hub but also home to vital India's nuclear establishments and the Western Naval Command. There can be little doubt that the city's porous water-front is its Achilles heel, as is the state's long coastal belt. But Maharashtra received adequate warning 15 years ago, when in 1993 the "mafia" landed a few tons of arms and explosives by boat near Ratnagiri, and with police connivance, transported them to Mumbai for the carnage that was to follow.

Soon thereafter, all coastal states were directed by the Centre to raise marine police wings equipped with high speed boats and communication equipment. To my knowledge, only Kerala has put together a small unit of this type, while the other states unrealistically expect the IN or the CG to undertake coastal policing functions. These two Services are meant to operate at sea, and cannot, for example, undertake patrolling of Juhu, Chowpatti, Cuffe Parade or Alibag; which is the job of the marine police.

However, that is not all. Like much else in our country, port and coastal security is in a total mess, because at least 14 ministries, departments and agencies (e.g. MoST, MHA, MoD, DG Shipping, ONGC, Customs, Immigration, Fisheries and so on) have a degree of involvement in maritime related issues. Most of the time our security is compromised because the left hand does not know what the right is doing. Agencies work at cross purposes, while important harbours like Mumbai remain unguarded.

For years, the IN has been pleading with the GoI that there is a dire need to constitute a central Maritime Commission for regulation, coordination and oversight of maritime security. That this eminently sensible proposal is languishing due to bureaucratic obduracy is proof of our political myopia and lack of resolve. Let us look at how other nations handle similar situations.

New York was struck by terrorists on 11thSeptember 2001. By 1st October, a Homeland Defence Command had been established and placed under a 4-star military officer. The US Secretary of the Army stated: "…homeland security is the No. 1 job for the US military and we will act accordingly." On 26th October, Public Law 107-56 was enacted by the US Congress without debate. The contrived acronym USA PATRIOT (standing for: Uniting and Strengthening Americaby Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) explains the purport of the Act. With the sweeping powers available, the Homeland Defence Command has ensured that the USA has remained free of terrorism since 2001. Need one say more?

France, perceiving many serious threats from seawards, revived an old Napoleonic institution: the Prefet Maritime(Maritime Prefect) to implement security in a coherent and holistic manner. This functionary is the "…servant of the FrenchState who exercises authority over the sea in a Prefecture. He reports to the Prime Minister for civil functions and to the Chief of Defence Staff for military operations." A 3-star Admiral each has been placed in charge of the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Channel coasts of France, and is empowered to coordinate the efficient functioning of agencies like the navy, coast guard, marine police, customs, immigration, pollution control, search & rescue etc. No bickering like we have in Mumbai; France can afford to sleep in peace.

India's coastal, maritime and national security too, would be tremendously enhanced if the Commanders-in- Chief of the Western and Eastern Naval Commands were to be similarly empowered. But for that we will not only need to reach a higher level of security consciousness but also learn to repose faith, confidence and responsibility in the only national institution which continues to function with dedication, efficiency and intense patriotism: the Indian Armed Forces.


Every newspaper and TV channel is, today, reflecting how drastically the stock of the politician has fallen with the common man. If India's polity wants to redeem itself in the public eye, there is only one thing for them to do: convene an emergency session of both Houses of Parliament, and, sinking their petty differences, show the people that they have the nation's vital interests at heart by enacting (or starting the process for) legislation for:

·         A Homeland Defence Organization, be it a civil ministry, a military command or a combination of the two.

·         Empowerment of the this organization with wide-ranging authority to, inter alia, gain access to telephones, e-mails, bank accounts of individuals suspected of posing a threat to our homeland, and to monitor their movements, search and detain them if necessary.

November 30, 2008

Hindus, Jews, and Jihad Terror in Mumbai

By Andrew G. Bostom

Sixty hours of jihadist terror depradations throughout India's financial capital, Mumbai -- during which nearly  200 innocent victims were murdered, and 300 wounded -- apparently ceased this Saturday, November 29, when Indian commandos slew the last three gunmen inside a luxury hotel, while it was still ablaze. Mainstream media coverage of these rampaging, cold-blooded murderous acts of jihad terrorism -- perpetrated by a self-professed "mujahideen" organization (i.e., "The Deccan Mujahideen") -- consistently ignored the clear ideological linkage to Islam. Simply put, "mujahideen" are Muslim jihadists, "holy warriors," because there is just one historically relevant meaning of jihad, despite present day apologetics. 

The root of the word jihad, appears 40 times in the Koran and in subsequent Islamic understanding to both Muslim luminaries -- from the greatest jurists and scholars of classical Islam, to ordinary people -- meant and means "he fought, warred or waged war against unbelievers and the like." As described by the seminal mid-19th century Arabic lexicographer E.W Lane, "Jihad came to be used by the Muslims to signify wag[ing] war, against unbelievers." A contemporary definition, relevant to both modern jihadism and its shock troop "mujahideen" was provided at the Fourth International Conference of the Academy of Islamic Research at Al Azhar University, Cairo -- Islam's most important religious educational institution-in 1968, by Muhammad al-Sobki:

...the words Al Jihad, Al Mojahadah, or even "striving against enemies" are equivalents and they do not mean especially fighting with the atheists...they mean fighting in the general sense...

Contemporary validation of the central principle of jihad terrorism -- rooted in the Koran -- (for example, verses 8:12, 8:60, and33:26)-i.e., to terrorize the enemies of the Muslims as a prelude to their conquest -- has been provided in the mainstream Pakistani text on jihad warfare by Brigadier S.K. Malik, originally published in Lahore, in 1979. Malik's treatise was endorsed in a laudatory Foreword to the book by his patron, then Pakistani President Zia-ul-Haq, as well as a more extended Preface by Allah Buksh K. Brohi, a former Advocate-General of Pakistan. This text -- widely studied in Islamic countries, and available in English, Urdu, and Arabic -- has been recovered from the bodies of slain jihadists inKashmir. Brigadier Malik emphasizes how instilling terror is essential to waging successful jihad campaigns:

Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is the end in itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponent's heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved. It is the point where the means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy (sic); it is the decision we wish to impose upon him...

"Jihad," the Koranic concept of total strategy...[d]emands the preparation and application of total national power and military instrument is one of its elements. As a component of the total strategy, the military strategy aims at striking terror into the hearts of the enemy from the preparatory stage of war...Under ideal conditions, Jihad can produce a direct decision and force its will upon the enemy. Where that does not happen, military strategy should take over and aim at producing the decision from the military stage. Should that chance be missed, terror should be struck into the enemy during the actual fighting.

...the Book [Koran] does not visualize war being waged with "kid gloves." It gives us a distinctive concept of total war. It wants both, the nation and the individual, to be at war "in toto," that is, with all their spiritual, moral, and physical resources. The Holy Koran lays the highest emphasis on the preparation for war. It wants us to prepare ourselves for war to the utmost. The test of utmost preparation lies in our capability to instill terror into the hearts of the enemies.

The Islamic correctness of most mainstream media outlets -- which refused to consider such ideological motivations, rooted in jihad -- did not apply, however to Hindus, or Jews-targeted infidel victims of the attacks. Blithely ignoring obvious Islamic and Muslim connections -- credit taken for the attacks by a mujahideen organization; or testimony from a Turkish Muslim couple briefly apprehended, and then released unharmed by the jihadists because, "...[w]hen the (Muezzinoglus) said they were Muslims, their captors told them that they would not be harmed" -- some media (at Fox; NPR) even voiced their own "speculations" about the possible culpability of "Hindu extremists," an absurd calumny, stated in full paranoid transference mode by the Muslim Brotherhood:

A photograph published in Urdu Times, Mumbai, clearly shows that Mossad and ex-Mossad men came to India and met Sadhus and other pro-Hindutva elements recently. A conspiracy was clearly hatched.

Yet these same media offered no speculation about Islamic Jew hatred as an obvious potential motivation for the transparently selective attack on Mumbai's Chabad House -- a focal point symbol of the miniscule Jewish community of 5000 (or 0.03%) in a city of some 15 million inhabitants. More egregiously, this neglect of any hateful Islamic motivations for the targeted murder of such innocent Jews -- including a young Lubavitcher Rabbi and his wife -- was accompanied by consistently dehumanizing and demeaningreferences to these victims as "Ultra-Orthodox," and their entirely false characterization as "missionaries."

This current Jewish tragedy within a much larger non-Muslim, primarily Hindu tragedy, reminded me of the Indian Sufi "inspiration" forThe Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, Ahmad Sirhindi. Nearing completion of my first book compendium, The Legacy of Jihad, in early 2005, specifically the section about jihad on the Indian subcontinent, I came across a remarkable comment by the Indian Sufi theologian Sirhindi (d. 1624). Typical of the mainstream Muslim clerics of his era, Sirhindi was viscerally opposed to the reforms which characterized the latter ecumenical phase of Akbar's 16th century reign (when Akbar became almost a Muslim-Hindu syncretist), particularly the abolition of the humiliating jizya (Koranic poll tax, as per Koran 9:29) upon the subjugated infidel Hindus. In the midst of an anti-Hindu tract Sirhindi wrote, motivated by Akbar's pro-Hindu reforms, Sirhindi observes,

Whenever a Jew is killed, it is for the benefit of Islam.

The biographical information I could glean about Sirhindi provided, among other things, no evidence he was ever in direct contact with Jews, so his very hateful remark suggested to me that the attitudes it reflected must have a theological basis in Islam -- contra the prevailing, widely accepted "wisdom" that Islam, unlike Christianity was devoid of such theological Antisemitism.  Having originally intended to introduce, edit, and compile a broader compendium on dhimmitude in follow-up to The Legacy of Jihad, this stunning observation inspired me instead to change course and focus on the interplay between Islamic Antisemitism, and the intimately related phenomenon of jihad imposed dhimmitude for Jews, specifically.

Of course Jew-hatred was merely a sidelight to Sirhindi's hatemongering Islamic "ethos." He was an intensely anti-Hindu bigot, as revealed by these words:

Cow-sacrifice in India is the noblest of Islamic practices. The kafirs [Hindus] may probably agree to pay jizya but they shall never concede to cow-sacrifice...The real purpose in levying jizya on them [Hindus] is to humiliate then to such an extent that, on account of fear of jizya , they may not be able to dress well and to live in grandeur. They should constantly remain terrified and trembling. It in intended to hold them under contempt and to uphold the honor and might of Islam...

Completely uninformed about (and stubbornly resistant to any informed discussion of) the motivating Islamic ideology for the Mumbai attacks, the media "meta-narrative," repeated ad nauseum, is also oblivious to the living historical legacy of jihad on the Indian subcontinent. Thus journalists and even policymaking elites appear to accept at face value, and uncritically, the "rationale" for this wantonly murderous jihadism as stated, for example, by one of the Muslim perpetrators:

Are you aware how many people have been killed in Kashmir?...Are you aware how your army has killed Muslims?

The Muslim supremacist, jihad-inspired conflict in Kashmir -- really a tragic ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Hindus by Muslim jihadists which began in earnest during the 14th century -- re-emerged in late June of this year when the Indian government had the "temerity" to want to transfer 99 acres of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, a trust running the popular Hindu shrine (including the cave that houses a large ice stalagmite itself, revered by Hindus as an incarnation of Siva, the god of destruction and reproduction). Hundreds of thousands of Hindus visit the area as part of an annual pilgrimage to the cave.

Please view the poignant, elegantly produced video by Kashmiri filmmaker Ashok Pandit, "And the World Remained Silent," (linked here, Parts 1 and 2) which chronicles in gory detail the brutal ethnic cleansing of some 350,000 indigenous Hindus from Kashmir during early 1990, orchestrated by Pakistan. and it's Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto. (Focus on the time period 2:15 to 4:00 minutes, from Part 1 above, and witness the jihadist speech of the late, much ballyhooed "modernist reformer" Ms. Bhutto. She was a jihadist, plain and simple; the head of what remains a jihadist state.)

Despite the brutal Islamization of India -- dating back to the initial 8th century Arab Muslim jihad ravages, and the subsequent more extensive campaigns under the Ghaznavids (Islamized Turkic nomads who annihilated the indigenous Hindus of Afghanistan by the mid-9th century), through the Delhi Sultanate period (1000-1525 C.E.) during which an estimated 70-80 million Hindus were slaughtered -- due largely to bowdlerized educational and public discourse on Islam, even many modern Hindus remain ignorant of both this history, and the Koranic injunctions which inspired the brutal waves of jihad conquest, and Muslim colonization of India.

The Muslim chroniclers al-Baladhuri (in Kitab Futuh al-Buldan) and al-Kufi (in the Chachnama) include enough isolated details to establish the overall nature of the conquest of Sindh (in modern Paksitan) by Muhammad b. Qasim during 712 C.E. These narratives, and the processes they describe, make clear that the Arab invaders intended from the outset to Islamize Sindh by conquest, colonization, and local conversion. Baladhuri, for example, records that following the capture of Debal, Muhammad b. Qasim earmarked a section of the city exclusively for Muslims, constructed a mosque, and established four thousand colonists there. The conquest of Debal had been a brutal affair, as summarized from the Muslim sources by the renowned Indian historian R.C. Majumdar. Despite appeals for mercy from the besieged Indians (who opened their gates after the Muslims scaled the fort walls), Muhammad b. Qasim declared that he had no orders (i.e., from his superior al-Hajjaj, the Governor of Iraq) to spare the inhabitants, and thus for three days a ruthless and indiscriminate slaughter ensued. In the aftermath, the local temple was defiled, and "700 beautiful females who had sought for shelter there, were all captured". The capture of Raor was accompanied by a similar tragic outcome.

Muhammad massacred 6000 fighting men who were found in the fort, and their followers and dependents, as well as their women and children were taken prisoners. Sixty thousand slaves, including 30 young ladies of royal blood, were sent to Hajjaj, along with the head of Dahar [the Hindu ruler]. We can now well understand why the capture of a fort by the Muslim forces was followed by the terrible jauhar ceremony (in which females threw themselves in fire [they] kindled...), the earliest recorded instance of which is found in the Chachnama. 

Practical, expedient considerations lead Muhammad to desist from carrying out the strict injunctions of Islamic Law and the wishes of al-Hajjaj by massacring the (pagan) infidel Hindus of Sindh. Instead, he imposed upon the vanquished Hindus the jizya (Koranic poll-tax, pace Koran 9:29) and associated restrictive regulations of dhimmitude. As a result, the Chachnama records, "some [Hindus] resolved to live in their native land, but others took flight in order to maintain the faith of their ancestors, and their horses, domestics, and other property."

Thus a lasting pattern of Muslim policy towards their Hindu subjects was set that would persist, as noted by Majumdar, until the Mughal Empire collapsed at the end of Aurangzeb's reign (in 1707):

Something no doubt depended upon individual rulers; some of them adopted a more liberal, others a more cruel and intolerant attitude. But on the whole the framework remained intact, for it was based on the fundamental principle of Islamic theocracy. It recognized only one faith, one people, and one supreme authority, acting as the head of a religious trust. The Hindus, being infidels or non-believers, could not claim the full rights of citizens. At the very best, they could be tolerated as dhimmis, an insulting title which connoted political inferiority...The Islamic State regarded all non-Muslims as enemies, to curb whose growth in power was conceived to be its main interest. The ideal preached by even high officials was to exterminate them totally, but in actual practice they seem to have followed an alternative laid down in the Koran [i.e., Q9:29] which calls upon Muslims to fight the unbelievers till they pay the jizya with due humility. This was the tax the Hindus had to pay for permission to live in their ancestral homes under a Muslim ruler.

Regarding the Islamization of Hindu Kashmir, although Mahmud of Ghazni made brutal forays into Kashmir in the early 11th century, it was not until the mid-14th century when the ruling Hindu dynasty was displaced completely by Shah Mirza, in 1346, and Kashmir was brought under Muslim suzerainty. During the reign of Sikandar Butshikan (1394-1417), mass Islamization took place as described by the great historian K.S. Lal:

He [Sikandar Butshikan] invited from Persia, Arabia, and Mesopotamia learned men of his own [Muslim] faith; his bigotry prompted him to destroy all the most famous temples in Kashmir-Martand, Vishya, Isna, Chakrabhrit, Tripeshwar, etc. Sikandar offered the Kashmiris the choice [pace Koran 9:5] between Islam and death. Some Kashmiri Brahmans committed suicide, many left the land, many others embraced Islam, and a few began to live under Taqiya, that is, they professed Islam only outwardly. It is said that the fierce intolerance of Sikandar had left in Kashmir no more than eleven families of Brahmans.

Lal also notes that,

His [Sikandar Butshikan's] contemporary the [Hindu] Raja of Jammu had been converted to Islam by [Amir]  Timur [the jihadist, Tamerlane], by "hopes, fears, and threats."

When the Moghul ruler Akbar annexed Kashmir in 1586, the majority of the population was already Muslim. Lal summarizes the chronic plight of the Kashmiri Hindus during a half millennium of Islamic rule, through 1819, which explains the modern demography of Kashmir:

When Kashmir was under Muslim rule for 500 years, Hindus were constantly tortured and forcibly converted. A delegation of Kashmir Brahmans approached Guru Teg Bahadur at Anadpur Saheb to seek his help. But Kashmir was Islamized. Those who fled to preserve their religion went to Laddakh in the east and Jammu in the south. It is for this reason that non-Muslims are found in large number in these regions. In the valley itself the Muslims formed the bulk of the population.

There is also a modern era nexus -- rooted in jihad-between the Hindus of Islamized Kashmir, and the Jews of Islamized Palestine.Hajj Amin el-Husseini, ex-Mufti of Jerusalem, and Muslim jihadist, who became, additionally, a full-fledged Nazi collaborator and ideologue in his endeavors to abort a Jewish homeland, and destroy world Jewry, was also a committed supporter of global jihad movements. Urging a "full struggle" against the Hindus of India (as well as the Jews of Israel) before delegates at the February 1951 World Muslim Congress, he stated:

We shall meet next with sword in hand on the soil of either Kashmir or Palestine.

And el-Husseini's jihadist, Koran (and hadith)-inspired Jew hatred was shared by a seminal modern Muslim ideologue from the Indian subcontinent, Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi (d. 1976), a major late 20th century Koranic commentator. An eminent scholar, Maulana Muhammad Shafi served as a professor and as a grand Mufti of Darul-Uloom Deoband, the well-known university of the Islamic Sciences in pre-partition India. In 1943, he resigned from Darul-Uloom, because of his active involvement in the Pakistan movement. When Pakistan came into existence, he migrated to Karachi devoting his life to the service of this new Muslim state. He also established Darul-Uloom Karachi, an renowned institute ofIslamic Sciences patterned after Darul-Uloom Deoband, and considered today as the largest private institute of Islamic higher education in Pakistan. Here is Maulana Muhammad Shafi'scommentary on the central antisemitic motif in the Koran, sura (chapter) 3, verse 112:


...verse 112 speaks of the general condition of the Jews. They played the most virulent role against the Holy Prophet [Muhammad] and the movement of Islam. It was not strange that they were the most malignant against the Holy Prophet because they had played a similar role against the Prophets before the advent of Islam. They had slandered Jesus Christ, they had plotted to kill him, they had slain so many Prophets before Jesus Christ. They had earned the wrath of Allah before the Holy Prophet by killing the Prophets and the Saints and by their vociferous opposition to the Divine Commands. This wrath increased when they deadly opposed the Holy Prophet and made treacherous and surreptitious plans to kill Muhammad and defeat Islam. They tried to harm the Muslims and prevented the common men from Islam. These activities enhanced the wrath of Allah, and curse became their eventual fate. The wrath of Allah manifested itself in conditional abasement, but permanent poverty. Their abasement could be suspended if they could cover a bond of Allah or they should be covered by a bond of the people. But the poverty and the general wrath of Allah was pitched without any suspension. Bond of God means adherence to some remnants of the Torah. Bond of men means either becoming the subjects of some Muslim State or some ChristianState or some other constitutional State; or becoming a satellite or a protectorate of some powerful people, whoever they may be either Muslims, or non-Muslims, by means of some agreement, treaty, or merely political support. Their separate individual existence enjoying an inviolable sovereignty or commanding a good respect in the Comity of Nations is not implied in this verse because of the extreme wrath of Allah which is significant of their superlative Kufr [infidelity] against Allah and their extremely tremendous enmity against the Holy Prophet as compared to other non-Believers. For example, the modern State of Israel cannot survive if the Americans and Russians, etc., give up their support. [note: this commentary was written beginning in the 1960s] This is the bond of the people which has outwardly suspended their abasement. But so far as wretchedness (poverty) is concerned it is pitched on them permanently and the general wrath and anger of Allah surrounds them forever. Inner wretchedness can be reconciled with outer opulence. The Jews may have become billionaires but the wretchedness and poverty of hearts cannot leave them any moment. Parsimony has become a part and parcel of their internal self.

Nearly six decades ago, Sir Jadunath Sarkar (d. 1958), the preeminent historian of Mughal India, wrote admiringly of what the Jews of Palestine had accomplished once liberated from the yoke of jihad-imposed Islamic Law. The implication was clear that he harbored similar hopes for his own people, the Hindus of India, and those of their Muslim neighbors willing to abandon the supremacist, discriminatory, and backward mandates of Islam:

Palestine, the holy land of the Jews, Christians and Islamites, had been turned into a desert haunted by ignorant poor diseased vermin rather than by human beings, as the result of six centuries of Muslim rule. (See Kinglake's graphic description). Today Jewish rule has made this desert bloom into a garden, miles of sandy waste have been turned into smiling orchards of orange and citron, the chemical resources of the Dead Sea are being extracted and sold, and all the amenities of the modern civilised life have been made available in this little Oriental country. Wise Arabs are eager to go there from the countries ruled by the Shariat [Sharia; Islamic Law]. This is the lesson for the living history.

The jihadist carnage in Mumbai, and some 12,327 other acts of jihad terrorism since 9/11/2001 -- motivated by supremacist Islamic doctrine, and the atavistic hatred of Hindus, Jews, and other non-Muslims it inculcates -- provides ugly living proof that Sarkar's wistful admonition from 1950 remains almost entirely unheeded.

Reviewing security: Mumbai terror of 26/11 (and following four days) needs of future generations

How many terrorists were involved? Only 10?

If 10 people carrying Reebok-type sport bags slung on their shoulders, with an AK-47, Chinese grenades and almonds could hold a national army to ransom for 4 days, the incident should make us pause and rethink the nature of terror warfare.

Our ancestors succumbed to barbaric mediaeval islamists because they did not realize the nature of the enemy who were ruthless, would behead innocent people like slaughter-house animals.  Ne

Similarly, we should realize that the nature of warfare has changed radically. Just imagine what a horror it would be if ten such teams of terrorists (10 per team) were to take over 10 cities of India. Is the national security system geared to cope with such an eventuality?

Uncle Sam made the borders of USA so water-tight that for the last 7 years, not a single terror incident has recurred there after 9/11. The security system was so intense that a Geiger counter could detect nuclear medicine in the blood veins of an NRI when the alarm-bells rang and the NRI was detained at a US airport.

This issue of effectiveness of security system is one part of the systemic problem which Hindusthan faces.

There is another larger problem. The stragetic security environment which Hindusthan has to contend with. Rajeev Srinivasan focuses on this problem and reaches a pessimistic conclusion that Indian state will collapse.

Let us pause on this thoughtful analysis of Rajeev.

So far, we were tom-toming that Paki is a failed state, an army without a state. What has been the track-record of Hindusthan in creating an army which should be feared by the enemy? If, there are people who believe that Hindusthan does NOT need an army and that a name-sake army should only be a police force, the National Security Adviser will only be a cop heading a Z-level security cover wielding 303 rifles of first-world-war vintage.

So, what can be done? Before we rush to deciding on what can be done, we should agree on the state we are in.

First, there should be a clear understanding that Hindusthan state is under siege, from Afghanistan to Burma, from Nepal to Rama Setu.

Second, we are a soft-state run by chamchas of 10 Janpath who care little for the security of innocent citizens and care only for their own security. How else can one explain veritable armies of policemen or black-cats protecting an individual politician? Shouldn’t these policemen be engaged to protect the temples where millions of Hindusthanis congregate?

Third, do these political chamchas really care for the security of the innocent citizens? This creates a psychological problem of immense magnitude which cannot be remedied simply by creating more police institutions controlled by politicos with a warped mind-set.

Fourth, do we have a state of mind (forget about the state) which respects its security forces? (By security forces, we mean the police, the intelligence agencies, the investigative agencies, the armed forces). Does Hindusthan respect the contribution the security forces make to ensure the life, liberty and happiness of 1 billion people? Do we honour them? Do we compensate them adequately? Do we ensure that their morale is not shattered or impaired?

Fifth, do we know the nature of the enemy and the nature of the warfare needed to cope with the new animal: terror warfare? We have seen how 10 or 20 or 50 (depending upon one’s belief in the analytical brilliance of Vladimir Klyukin) could hold a city to ransom, a city allegedly the economic capital of Hindusthan. It is debatable if it is the economic capital. The real wealth of the nation rests in the vast rural space, in a diffused, dilapidated state.

Sixth, we often pride ourselves that with a few thousand police stations, the billion people are assured of an efficient law-and-order system. This is fine because most of the citizens are dharmaatma, law-abiding people, respecting the lives of others. But this is not OK in the situation of siege surrounded by evil forces acting from outside (swearing by religion) and from within (some are called Jaichands).

Seventh, focusing only on tinkering with the system will NOT yield results. The enormity of the strategic situation so hostile to Hindusthan has to be recognized. This is Rajeev’s point, I think when he makes his pessimistic assessment of a failed state of Hindusthan.

We can go on and on.

Now, what can be done?

1. Have a cup of tea, weep for the future generations, do shraddham for them, just as we do shraddham for our ancestors.

2. Or, we can resolve that we will sacrifice for the security of the youngest nation on the globe.

3. Realize that chamchas and jaichands cause enormous damage to the nation of Hindusthan; yeah, the nation beyond the dilapidated state with arcane institutions and with no will to survive. Maybe, as Freud would call it, we are all consumed by a death-wish. But then, the young Azam Amir Kasav , the singing canary, was himself in two minds: I want to live. I don’t want to live.

Finally, the question is about life and death, about the meaninglessness of life in a situation surcharged with hate and selfishness.

Dharmo rakshati rakshitah (Dharma protects those who protect dharma). I doubt if a security system will ensure this level of protection which dharma calls for.




Mumbai attackers trained by special forces: Experts 

Press Trust of India

Sunday, November 30, 2008 6:44 PM (Moscow)

A top Russian counter-terrorism expert on Sunday underlined that the Mumbai attackers were not "ordinary terrorists" and were probably trained by the special operations forces set up in Pakistan by the US intelligence prior to the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

"The handwriting and character of the Mumbai events demonstrates that they were not ordinary terrorists," said Vladimir Klyukin, an Afghan war veteran.

"Behind this terrorist attack there are 'Green Flag' special operations forces, which were created by the Americans in Pakistan, just an year before the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, and in the initial period were under full US control," stressed Klyukin, a veteran of the special "Vympel" commando group of the former Soviet KGB.

He said for such guerrilla operations at least two-three years of preparatory work with the involvement of experienced instructors is required. Klyukin did not rule out that the Mumbai attackers could have taken part in similar attacks in other regions.

"People from the streets, without any planning and training are simply not able to hold four big complexes in a city so long," Soviet special services veteran was quoted as saying by largest Russian Interfax news agency.

He also presumed that there were at least 50 attackers given the geography and scale of the strikes. Klyukin lauded the "right" decision of the Indian authorities not to succumb to terrorist demands.

He, however, regretted that
India lacks special anti-terror units similar to the Russian, Israeli, British or German. 

Nearly 200 people were killed in the multiple terror attacks in the Indian financial capital, hitting five-star hotels and other targets frequented by Westerners.


Barbarians break the gate

Rajeev Srinivasan (Pioneer, Monday, December 1, 2008)

The audacious invasion of Mumbai casts a long shadow on the future of the Indian state. Our nation is bleeding profusely from self-inflicted, avoidable wounds. The failure of the political class has left the people stunned and angry. Today's heroes are men in uniform

The invasion of Mumbai by Pakistani terrorists -- and local collaborators -- is but a replay of times past: The frequent arrival of barbarians over the Khyber Pass, wreaking untold damage on a long-suffering populace. The only crime that the average Indian committed was to focus on the creation of wealth; of course, the barbarians came because of the wealth. Today, once again, India is generating capital, and the intention is to thwart its economic rise. 

Then, as now, the rulers failed the populace. There is an implicit contract between the rulers and the ruled: You pay the taxes, obey the rules, and we ensure that your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are unhindered. India's ruling class failed signally to honour this contract -- they never did figure out that the simple expedient of defending the Khyber and Bolan passes would be enough to save the plains. There was clearly a failure in leadership and in strategic thinking. Time after time, the barbarians would pour in through the passes, march to Panipat or Tarain, and there, in a desperate last-ditch battle, the Indians would lose, again and again. 

Furthermore, there were traitors in-house, too. Jaichand, during the second Battle of Tarain in 1192 CE, turned the tide of the battle by allying with Mahmud of Ghori against Prithviraj Chauhan -- it was a clear tipping point. Or take the battle of Talikota in 1565 CE, that ended the magnificent Vijayanagar empire: It was their own troops that betrayed them. 

Fast forward to today. India is under withering attack on all fronts. To the east, there is demographic invasion by Bangladeshis, including terrorist elements. The entire North-East is in danger of secession, given Christian fundamentalism and terrorism that will ignite secession on religious grounds, a la East Timor.

The northern frontier is restive, with Nepal, a former ally and buffer state transformed into hostile territory, with its porous borders turned into a way of infiltrating terrorists into India, with the declared intent of capturing the 'Pashupati-to-Tirupati Red Corridor', in other words, most of the eastern half of the country. 

China is making increasingly belligerent noises about Tawang and all of Arunachal Pradesh. They are gambling that Tibet is subdued. Tibetans were not able to disrupt the Olympics, and recently the British did their bit (International Herald Tribune, "Did Britain just sell Tibet?"), declaring that Tibet was always a part of China. Besides, the Chinese fully intend to move forward with the diversion of Brahmaputra, which is in effect a declaration of war against India.

It is likely that the Chinese will march into Tawang -- there is a lot of chatter about a "limited India-China war", a replay of 1962. The Chinese have, in addition to pure geopolitics, another reason to do this, as was pointed out by strategy expert Brahma Chellaney -- as in the years preceding 1962, the world is now once again hyphenating India and China. By handing India a sharp conventional military defeat, China would like that hyphenation to be removed decisively, as it surely would be. 

In the north-west, Kashmir Valley burns. The population clearly views India as a colony -- they want Indian money, but they are not willing to make the slightest concessions. It is very convenient for them to have the cake and eat it too -- Jammu & Kashmir has practically nobody under the poverty line (two per cent and falling), as compared to the average of some 20 per cent in the country as a whole. Kashmiris have prospered mightily despite the brutal ethnic cleansing of 4,00,000 Pandits now languishing in refugee camps. 

In the traditionally quiet Peninsula, there is tremendous terrorist activity. In Kerala, 300 youths have been hired, trained and dispatched to Jammu & Kashmir with explicit instructions -- kill Indian soldiers and support Pakistani intrusions. Terrorism is just another job. Sleeper cells exist in every town, sometimes in the guise of 'Kashmiri emporia'. The Konkan and Malabar coasts are dotted with safe harbours, where weapons, counterfeit currency and contraband are cached. 

In the tribal lands of central India, the North-East and in Orissa, Christian fundamentalists are joining hands with Maoists. In fact they often are one and the same. Their preferred modus operandi -- liquidation of inconvenient people, as they did in the case of Swami Lakshmanananda, the 84-year-old monk whom they attacked with AK-47s. 

The fact is that all these threats are overwhelming the security apparatus in the country, such as it is. It is quite likely that the Intelligence Bureau and the Research & Analysis Wing and the Anti-Terrorism Squad had some inkling of something big being planned. It is unclear as why they didn't take preventive action.

There is a terrifying thought, though -- that they in fact had no idea this was going on. The Jaichands may have in infiltrated the state apparatus. In which case, we can anticipate further attempts to dismember India in the near future. 

There is one other possibility -- that the Army will have to take over. It is a remote possibility for two reasons -- the Indian Army has been determinedly apolitical; and the state has continually striven to weaken it. Someone once made the ridiculous statement that India really didn't need an Army, only a police force, and it appears the entire political class and bureaucracy have internalised this slogan. 

From 1962, when ill-equipped troops froze to death on the Himalayan heights, to the refusal to increase military salaries when the bureaucrats awarded themselves 300 per cent increase recently, the state has told the military that it doesn't value them. All the Services are starved of funds. The recent open attack on Lt Col Purohit is another signal that the state despises the military. 

Rather than a military coup d'etat, it is more likely that the Indian military forces will gradually wither away and die, thus making the statement about India not needing an Army a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

The chances are getting increasingly good that the Indian state will collapse. A recent risk assessment by the World Economic Forum and CII considers the economic, energy, food/agriculture and national security threats that face India. The report is more concerned about the first three items, assuming that India is secure enough as a nation. But that is not so clear any more. This invasion of Mumbai -- so daring and audacious -- makes me wonder. The very future of the Indian state, suddenly, is in question. And it is mostly from self-inflicted, avoidable wounds. The failure of leadership is causing India to bleed profusely.


Invitation to fiasco (Pioneer edit, Monday, December 1, 2008)

India should tell the ISI to get lost

It speaks volumes for the crisis-management capabilities of the UPA Government that it so quickly has converted a poignant moment into a fiasco. The tragedy and outrage of the Mumbai terror attacks, the gathering of evidence against Pakistan-based Islamist groups — with, almost certainly, some degree of support within Islamabad’s establishment and governing structure — the pause while the world and the nation waited for the Prime Minister to act: It was a moment that tested leadership and political acumen. Instead, the UPA Government went and invited the Inter-Services Intelligence Director-General to India. It would show him evidence of Pakistani complicity, of actions in which sections of his own agency may well be involved, and then trust him to take remedial measures. He would probably have nodded his head in approval, gone home and cleaned up the trail. The President and Prime Minister of Pakistan are as amateurish in their approach and as much in control of their country as Mr Manmohan Singh is of his; or they are plain deceitful. They first agreed to the ISI chief’s visit, then realised there was domestic hostility to it and that it sounded, to Pakistani hardliners, like a response to a ‘summons’ from New Delhi, probably urged by Western Governments. So Islamabad has now backtracked. It has refused to send the ISI Director-General but will in fact despatch a junior-level official, a person with zero decision-making authority. Mr Singh and his rag-tag collection of advisers and Ministers have been roundly insulted by Pakistan’s establishment — as opposed to the dilettante who is nominally that country’s President — and will now go back to doing what they should have done in the first place: Collect evidence and place it before the people of India and the Governments of the world. 

Mr Singh’s life and career bear testimony to the fact that he places value in perseverance and believes that repetition leads to perfection. That is why, perhaps, he travelled to Britain for a second BA despite already having got a graduate’s degree in India. As a teacher, his experience with supervising compartmental examinations may also have influenced his faith in the efficacy of repeated efforts. While this may be an admirable personal philosophy, in foreign policy and management of national security, however, it is a non-starter. For two years now, following a September 2006 meeting with Gen Pervez Musharraf, Mr Singh has insisted that Pakistan and India are equal victims of terrorism and has pushed ahead with a bilateral Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism. This has become the cornerstone of his Pakistan policy and intelligence-sharing — a largely one-way process, because Islamabad reveals nothing — an article of faith.

If the JATM were a genuine forum and if India were dealing with a normal country, the invitation to the partner Government’s top intelligence officer would have been perfectly in order. As it happens, India is trying to make sense of Pakistan — where a toxic state, an anarchic society and a rogue military have combined to create the most lethal territorial threat to humankind since Nazi Germany. To invite the ISI chief to help solve an Islamist terror crime is the equivalent of asking Joseph Goebbels to draft a free Constitution. Everybody knows what the ISI is institutionally hardwired to do. Has nobody told the Prime Minister of India?


Reduce VIP security and interrogate survivors, please

Sandhya Jain

1 December 2008

While there is no way the sartorially elegant Shivraj Patil could have survived the gory 62-hour blood-and-bullets nightmare that descended upon Mumbai last week, the appointment of P. Chidambaram as Union Home Minister, after a disastrous innings as Finance Minister, hardly inspires confidence. Coupled withPrime Minister Manmohan Singh’s refusal to accept the resignation of M.K. Narayanan, this suggests that Congress intends to learn nothing from the colossal failure of intelligence, for which the National Security Adviser and Sonia Gandhi-loyalist was critically responsible.

Public confidence in this decision could, however, follow if theUnion Cabinet takes a decision to scale down VIP security across the board, beginning with the ruling dispensation in New Delhi . If the Congress-dominated UPA believes national security should continue to be manned by men who should be quartered and hung for letting Mumbai happen, and that public opinion can be doused by the token removal of Shivraj Patil and perhaps Vilasrao Deshmukh while a political oligarchy quietly enhances its personal security, then it is living in a fool’s paradise.

While stock-taking has only just begun, it already appears as if some things are being covered up. In these circumstances, the retention of Narayanan who was invisible during the entire crisis though he was too visible in the hated Indo-US nuclear deal does nothing to inspire confidence. In an atmosphere when media hype persistently reminds us of the Twin Towers tragedy in New York , one can only think of the success of Prince Bandar in escorting all well-connected Saudi youth out of America in the immediate aftermath of 11 September 2001. 

Some things deserve an immediate answer – how many terrorists were there actually; how did they reach their respective destinations inland; and is it possible that “super-terrorists” simply walked out with the real survivors after having utilised the “mercenaries” to the hilt, just as they had murdered the navigators of the boats that brought them to Mumbai?

Current media reports and government sources say that the terrorists came by sea, landing near the Gateway of India or Colaba. This certainly explains the attacks on the sea front hotels like Taj, Oberoi and the Nariman House. But the question remains – how did they get to the CST station, Cama Hospital , and other places inland? Someone must have provided transport and back-up.

By no logic can anyone believe that nine separate sites in a city could be held to ransom by just 10 men. It is particularly difficult to believe that gigantic hotels like the Taj could be ruined and scores of guests killed or injured by just two men (sometimes the figure goes to six). Even two men per floor could not have caused the kind of death and destruction that did happen. A small place like Nariman House, yes, but Taj and Oberoi – I don’t believe it. And if there were six persons at Taj and at least two at Nariman House, that means only two persons destroyed the Oberoi? has interviewed the doctors who conducted the post-mortems on the dead hostages and terrorists, and it is their expert opinion that a battle of attrition took place over three days at the Oberoi and Taj hotels. The mutilation of the bodies was unlike anything they had seen in their careers in forensics. 

For one, the bodies of the victims bore horrible signs of torture. Now this is understandable if the victims are being tormented by half-human beasts, but it seems strange that two terrorists could simultaneously fight and keep Indian commandos at bay for 62 hours, and also have the time to torture their victims. Yet the doctors were emphatic that: 
It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood."

To my mind, it seems apparent that the terrorists who kept the NSG commandos engaged and those who tortured and killed the hotel staff and guests were two separate groups.

This suspicion is intensified by the startling revelation that theterrorists also did not meet a clean death. Doctors who conducted the post-mortem said the bodies of the terrorists – especially their faces - were beyond recognition. The security forces identified the bodies as those of terrorists [on TV they said it was because of the presence of weaponry near the bodies]. 

One terrorist was shot through either eye (i.e., both eyes!!!). As the NSG commandos never got to such close range with the terrorists, and nobody commits suicide by shooting both his own eyes, it follows that the killers were somebody else. Since none of the hotel guests could have the kind of weaponry used in the conflict, this suggests the presence of a mysterious third party,making the terrorists the victims of a classic double-cross – the stuff of spy thrillers. Actually, it reminds one of the convenient murder of the alleged killer of President John F. Kennedy.

Hence it would be entirely in order to closely interrogate each and every guest, especially the foreign guests, before allowing them to leave the country. Without false emotionalism, we should also fingerprint them for the future; who knows what Interpol cooperation may throw up.

Top Russian counter-terrorism expert, Vladimir Klyukin, an Afghan war veteran, opines that the Mumbai attackers were not "ordinary terrorists" and were probably trained by the special operations forces set up in Pakistan by USintelligence prior to the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan . In his view, the nature of the Mumbai events suggests the signature of the 'Green Flag' special operations forces created by the Americans in Pakistan , just a year before the Soviet withdrawal.

Guerrilla operations of the Mumbai kind require at least two-three years of preparatory work with experienced instructors. Raw trainees cannot hold four huge complexes in a city to ransom for so long. The Russian Interfax news agencyreported the former KGB veteran as surmising the involvement of at least 50 terrorists, given the geography and sheer scale of the attacks. This seems like a legitimate estimation.

What is more, the only way 9 coordinated attacks can occur simultaneously is by using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or live maps for communication and control. These are not normally owned by private parties. Initial investigations also suggested that as many as seven terrorists included mostly British-born Pakistanis, and one does hope that these leads are not covered up. The reports also suggested some gunmen were captured, but later media reports highlighted that only one terrorists was caught alive at the railway station. So there is a lot of confusion here that needs to be cleared up. 

Certainly the hints about British involvement, openly asserted by the outspoken Lyndon LaRouche, need investigation.   

Media has been heavily criticized in some quarters for airing visuals of NSG commandos dropping on the hotel roofs from helicopters, and thus giving operational secrets away to the militants watching TV inside. If the criticism is to be valid, however, we will have to accept that the terrorists had more men inside who could be deployed to watch TV and give information which would enable them to react and rebuff the aerial assault. There is no way 2 to 6 terrorists could torture victims sadistically and kill them brutally, watch TV, fight and keep the security forces at bay for 62 hours, and then kill themselves or each other in impossible ways.

The death of terrorists points to a clear double-cross and also the possibility of the involvement of more than one religious denomination. That the terrorists did not prepare for death by carrying potassium cyanide is well known; nor did they simply intend to blow themselves up like the usual suicide bombers. The surviving terrorist has revealed that they were told of an escape plan – and no doubt that plan was used by those who killed their fellow terrorists and walked out free!

This writer has consistently stated that modern, late 20th-21st century jihad is qualitatively different from the medieval jihad in which Muslim armies led by generals or kings ran over much of the world in Europe, north Africa, and Asia . Contemporary jihad is a mercenary tool of Western colonialism, serving a colonial intent with devout slavishness, and this seems borne out by the events of Mumbai.

What remains to be seen, however, is whether or not the Islamic world wakes up to the reality of its own self-enslavement. India on its part has demonstrated that no matter how long it takes to get operational, no matter the cost in terms of live and property, the territory of Bharat Mata will be protected.

It is more than likely that Pakistan was rebuked by its British and American ‘friends’ for agreeing to send the ISI chief to assist in the investigations, and forced to backtrack on a solemn assurance. The team from Scotland Yard and America , ostensibly coming to assist India in the probe, are more likely trying to ascertain the extent of evidence with India .

It is pertinent that the recovery of a satellite phone from the trawler abandoned with the body of the Gujarati captain revealed that the trawler had been hijacked to Karachi Port , and while there, calls were made even to Australia (where the CIA has a famous outpost!) 

Interestingly, General Leonid Ivashov, who was Chief of Staffof the Russian armed forces when the Twin Towers tragedy happened on 11 September 2001, insists that there is no such thing as international terrorism and that “the September 11 attacks were the result of a set-up. What we are seeing is a manipulation by the big powers; this terrorism would not exist without them.” Instead of faking a “world war on terror”, the best way to reduce such attacks is through respect for international law and peaceful cooperation among countries and their citizens [http://www.voltaire 33909.html]

Globalization creates the conditions for the emergence of this terror. It seeks to design a new world geo-strategic map; appropriate the resources of the planet; erase cultural identities; and subjugate States before a global oligarchy. Thus, terrorism, according to Gen. Ivashov, is an instrument of world politics, “a means to install a unipolar world with a sole world headquarters, a pretext to erase national borders and to establish the rule of a new world elite. It is precisely this elite that constitutes the key element of world terrorism, its ideologist and its “godfather”. 

Contemporary international terrorism combines the use of terror by State and non-State political structures to attain political objectives through intimidation of people, psychological and social destabilization, elimination of resistance inside power organizations, and the creation of appropriate conditions for the manipulation of the countries’ policies and the behaviour of people. Media complicity helps. But terrorism is not possible with the support of political and business circles that wield the funds to finance it – and Pakistan is notoriously bankrupt. 

More pertinently, only secret services and their current or retired chiefs have the ability to plan and execute an operation of such complexity and scale. It is secret services that create, finance and control extremist organizations DisplayArticle. aspx?id=265

1. Arm-chair slogans are many; Roti-kapada- makan is one of them. No slogans of this type are going to be of any help to protect innocents in India, irrespective of their religion, from mindless and cruel terrorism.
2. Citing Quraan or any Hadith also will not help at the ground level, because India has about 200 million followers of Quraan, only some of whom are not blind and mind-less followers.
3. So what do we require?:
a. Engage with the "some" , build bridges, try to enlarge the "some" in to as "many" as possible; The "some" are looking for this.
b. Hindu groups at the ground level should become alert, try to look for and collect information on what is going on around them, build on it and give it beforehand to local intelligence/ police authorities;
c. Hindus should buid pressure on politicians/ political parties not for "bringing back POTA" ( it is after all only an ex-post legal mechanism) but for strengthening Intelligence capabilities and equipment for infiltration capabilities- -both are preventive; quickening prosecution, increasing prosecution personnel, for adding to the number of special Anti-Terror courts to secure quick conviction. 
d. Adding to the teeth of the existing anti-terror law is much more important and feasible than sloganizing for POTA, particularly because the latter is perceived by 200 million persons in the country as selectively oppressive. Unfortunately Indian police personnel have not covered themselves with glory using this POTA in the past. Abolishing POTA no doubt was to appease the Muslim Vote bank and it was easier to do than to improve, strengthen and more stringently supervise the police at the ground level. Bringing it back is much more difficult. It is like de-mandalization of the country's politics.
e. Hindus, with the help of the "some" ( 3 a above) if possible and without them if necessary, should pressurize political parties and Government for a purposive and empowered Intelligence integration such as by the American Inland security agency. This agency in India should be asked to develop and put in place within a short time frame pervasive high-tech access control at the country's borders and coast-line, and at all major public places inside the country: hotels, Airports, Rly and Bus Stations, Defence oriented and Research establishments; Cinema houses and shopping malls  etc.
f. Lastly Hindus must raise a huge shindy before the General Elections for eviction of the illegal Bangladeshi Muslims--they number more than ten million all over the country and are dangerously subversive. The Supreme Court has more than once asked the government to expel them. Politicians are  playing Vote-bank politics when they plead that Bangladesh refuses to take them back. If Bangladeh does not take them back an honest Government has means to force Bangladesh suitably.
Comments welcome!



It is a great question - "Who is our enemy ?". Is it Islam ? Is it a fringe group within Islam ? Is it a group that is mis-representing an otherwise peaceful Islam ? Is it a fringe group, that has nothing to do with Islam ?

I think for 1400 years, the world has been confused about this question - while Islam has been conquering and overtaking land after land, country after country. There is a complete inter-mingling of Islam - the religion, and Islam - the political ideology. So most people of this world, view Islam as a religion, and give it the space that is due to any religion. However, very few people have studied Islam as a political ideology, (like Communism, or Nazism, or Fascism etc.).

Terrorism can be better understood, as a natural by product of the political ideology of Islam, only if one bothers oneself with the exertion of trying to understand Islam as a political ideology. Thankfully others have done a great deal of this kind of study. And therefore it is now accessible.

I would reccommend that you read the 4 articles on Islam, on the home page of the SDF web site, in serial order. It will give you a better grounding in the subject matter.

One of the problems with our Gurus and Swamijis, in India (with very few exceptions) is that they just don't bother to study the source texts of Islam. They keep saying "Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava" without recognizing the strong political content of Islam. This further confuses a large number of Hindus in India regarding Islam.

Until we come to the understanding that "terrorism" is only one element in a multi-pronged political ideology - we cannot properly even target the enemy.

May I repectfully request that you read the articles, and come back into this discussion. Because your understanding will be at a different level at that point.

Kalyan Viswanathan

Islamist jihadi terror is war on Hindusthan, war on Dharma.

Terrorism has been defined since 1985 in Hindusthan.

Islamist jihadi terror is war on Hindusthan.

This war should be waged as the patriotic duty of every citizen of Hindusthan.

If this is realized with clarity, solutions will emerge automatically, despite the 10 Janpath chamchas being in power.

The bureaucratic mess created by repeatedly referring to 'law-and-order' as state subject should be cleared.

Terror undermines the sovereignty of Hindusthan and the Centre alone has jurisdiction and is competent to deal with terror. It is ridiculous for Maharashtra CM to claim that the state will have an NSG type institutition.

"Having regard to the limitation placed by Article 245(1) on the legislative power of the Legislature of the State in the matter of enactment of laws having application within the territorial limits of the State only, the ambit of the field of legislation with respect to "public order" under Entry 1 in the State List has to be confined to disorders of lesser gravity having an impact within the boundaries of the State. Activities of a more serious nature which threaten the security and integrity of the country as a whole would not be within the legislative field assigned to the States under Entry 1 of the State List but would fall within the ambit of Entry 1 of the Union List relating to defence of India and in any event under the residuary power conferred on Parliament under Article 248 read with Entry 97 of the Union List." Kartar Singh Vs State of Punjab of 1994 (3 Supreme Court cases 569).


It was a national humiliation

Arvind Lavakare

Saturday, 29 November , 2008, 09:43

Hang your heads in shame, my countrymen. Do it because a dozen-odd terrorists traveled 500 nautical miles of the Arabian sea from Karachi to Mumbai’s Gateway of India, just opposite the grandiose Taj Mahal Hotel and proceeded to humble the city of 16.4 million into utter helpless ness for over 48 hours even as over 125 civilians and some distinguished professional security men lost their lives to the hand grenades and rifle bullets of a fanatical mindset. It was a humiliation worse than the drubbing the Chinese army gave us in 1961.

It was because our motherland, India, is a soft nation, tested and proven so several times. Despite the weighty evidence of Clement Atlee, the Britain’s post World War II prime minister to the contrary, the Congress party brainwashed the entire nation, including the press, that it was the non-violence strategy of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi that brought us independence.

Atlee had expressed fears regarding the rage of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army as a reason for its decision to give us independence; another reason was that World War II had liquidated the British Empire and left it to ration even eggs to the citizens of England. But Gandhi disliked Bose’s guts and gumption and Nehru sent the officers of the valiant INA to a secret trial in the Red Fort.

Thus, even as the Congress of Gandhi and Nehru, his pampered disciple, ahimsa, non-violence, became the motto of our motherland. So bad has this become over the last 60 years that today even killing a stray dog on the street, however vicious and sick, has become a crime, courtesy another Gandhi, Maneka by name.

Take the more serious issue of terrorism. Excepting during the Khalistan uprising in the eighties that was ultimately doused by K.P.S. Gill and his brave police force, our country’s approach to terrorism has all along been tepid and timid, castrated and impotent.

Because almost all the terrorist acts in recent years have involved Muslims as the perpetrators, and because of the Congress fetish of appeasing the minority Muslim community at any cost, our soft national psyche inherited from Gandhi, our response to terrorism has become a combination of impotence and vote bank politics sought to be covered by rhetoric and pleas for peace.

At every stage of our every “encounter” with a terrorist act, our collective national response has been reactive rather than active, defensive rather than offensive. Public statements are issued, action is promised. Period. Nothing else really happens.

At the base of it all is the shameful fact that we choose to be confused by terrorism. We are not sure whether to treat it as a law and order problem or as an act of war against the nation. Our elite journalists of the print and TV/radio world are not even sure as to whether to describe those who indulge in an act of terror as “militants” or “terrorists”.

Reams of newspaper reports are testimony to this confusion. The latest Mumbai drama was no different as one prominent TV channel kept on describing the killed terrorists as “militants”. Politicians are, or choose to be, equally confused in this simple matter.

Yes, it is a simple matter because the English dictionary will tell you that a militant is one who confronts, face to face, not one who wears a mask; and this militant does not wield an AK 47 or throws hand grenades or detonates a bomb with remote control mechanism.

Further, we have had the phrase “terrorism act” well defined in one of our Constitutional documents right from 1985.

Called “The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order”, it empowered Parliament to enact any law to prevent “terrorist acts” and went on to define “terrorist act” as “any act or thing by using bombs, dynamite or other explosive substances or inflammable substances or firearms or other lethal weapons or poisons or noxious gases or other chemicals or any other substances (whether biological or otherwise) of a hazardous nature.” By corollary, the perpetrator of a “terrorist act” is a “terrorist If you get your concepts right; the right action will follow --- provided you love your country more than your political party or your own advancement in political circles.

Tragically, that hasn’t happened in our country so far and is unlikely to ever happen till, heaven forbid, a colossal and unbelievable act of terror paralyses the entire country into a daze.

Just recall some events of recent years. The UPA government that came in 2004 quickly repealed the Prevention of Terrorist Act (POTA) which the Vajpayee-led NDA government had introduced after the ghastly attack in December 2001.

It was not withdrawn because of its stringent features but because it was allegedly misused against the minorities (read Muslims). The basic fact was that the Congress, which heads the UPA sarkar, wanted to appease and win over the Muslims with one more lollipop.

Amusingly enough, any call by the BJP for the re-introduction of POTA or some such tough law is counterattacked by the Congress. “Did your POTA prevent the attack on the Akshardham Temple?” they ask.

Forgotten in this child-like question is that it was POTA that secured the conviction of Afzal Guru. Forgotten is that the acceptance of a confession to the police as evidence (considered a draconian legal provision) was what led to the conviction under TADA of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins.

In several other areas as well, our successive governments have failed to act in ways so crucial to minimize, if not totally stop, the reign of terror that now occurs so frequently that from a tragedy it has become a joke for the cynic.

Take the policing of our urban areas which are the focal points of terrorism. Lt General Sinha recently disclosed that in the last sixty years after Independence the number of police stations in the country has increased by a laughable 15 per cent over the figure of 12,000 that existed then.

In contrast, he says, our population has increased four times in that same period even as policing has become so much more complex than before.

Further, whatever police force available is overworked but underpaid, apart from being manipulated and exploited by their political bosses. That is why, at least Mumbai’s policemen, and policewomen , look so unfit, almost obese, and so blank in face.

Ditto with our Intelligence force. Marginal increase in their strength has occurred, but assignments include assessment of likely performance of the ruling party in the coming elections. And why the National Security Advisor should have been involved so much in the Indo-US nuclear deal as he actually was is a mystery.

Then there’s the human rights industry and our politicians’ concern for it much beyond national interest. And there’s that impractical concern for “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” even in matters of terrorism. If cockroaches had votes and rats had a religion, our politicians would enact a law prohibiting killing of those two living species as well.

Imagine the People’s Democratic Party of Jammu & Kashmir granting pensions from government to families of slain terrorists. Imagine, the Prime Minister himself disclosing his sleepless night over the plight of the mother of an Indian Muslim held in police custody in Australia on suspicion of being involved in a bomb blast but not over the plight of mothers of thousands of his innocent countrymen killed in terrorist violence.

Imagine two Cabinet Ministers oppose the ban on SIMI despite the latter’s proven guilt. Imagine one Cabinet Minister wanting all illegal migrants from Bangladesh to be given full citizenship rights, when it is well-known that many among them have links with terrorists. Imagine another Cabinet Minister approving of a University vice chancellor’s decision to deploy funds provided by a foreign government to be utilized for the legal defence of two of his University students accused of involvement in terrorist violence.

Imagine, lastly, that amounts running into thousands of crores have been spent on the Haj subsidy for Muslims but the security of our very long coastline on the west is so ill-funded that terrorists can come from Karachi across the Arabian Sea to Mumbai without being spotted.

Contrast all of this is typically indolent-cum-idealistic-cum-selfish Indian attitude to the stark realism and patriotism of the USA when 9/11 occurred in 2001. One thing that nation did shortly after that dastardly day was the enactment by the USA Congress of what’s come to be known as the USA Patriot Act. That nomenclature is really an acronym, and the full name of that legislation is "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001". If a name can arouse emotions, that one certainly does. And however draconian that law has been, it has prevented the recurrence of 9/11.

Unless the whole young nation of ours forgets non-violence as a magic mantra and unless our politicians show a commitment similar to that of the USA to engage in a literal war against terror, we shall continue to allow just about a dozen-odd terrorists to humiliate an entire nation for over 48 hours, even as a naïve Prime Minister calls the Pakistan chief of intelligence to share info with us.

Why islamist jehadi terrorists kill and why seculars are jaichands. 

Names of 10 terrorists of 26/11.

From: balakrishnan hariharan

Date: Sat, Nov 29, 2008 at 12:45 PM


This has reference to the edit " Facing terrorism with conviction ", " Prime time terrorism". - (TNIE - 28 NOV), and " Will we go to war with Pak " - (TNIE - 29 NOV).

An honest confession to begin with. The ' tone and tenor ' of all the ' THREE ' was anticipated, and, sorry to say, the element of 'surprise' which the Jihadis acheived in Mumbai was not there. Just goes to show how damned predictable the mumbo-jumbos of the Macaulayites have become!!  But I digress.

Lets take the edit for starters. Apart from the fact (on expected lines!!) that there is not a single word to indicate 'Jihadis' or 'Muslims' as to the identity of the terrorists, you compund the felony by writing: " One can only wonder at the minds that can deliberately plan and then carry out such operations, at the rage and hatred that permeates their faculties, at the reasoning that rejoices at the infliction of such suffering, that see fulfilment of life's purpose in this trauma".  In a word, COWARDICE writ large in such maudlin writings. And yet, your paper has NO compunctions in headlining:  " Hindu terrorism has begun to sprout " - (TNIE- 26 Oct). Anything further need be told about your 'secular HYPOCRICY'?

Here's why those 'Green Believers' do what they do.

" Fight against them (Mushriks) until idolatry is no more, and Allah's religion reigns supreme" - (Q- 2:193,8:39 ); " Lay hold of him and bind him. Burn him in the fire of Hell"; " When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield stike off their heads and when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly" - (Q - 69:30-37); " Cast TERROR into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, maim them in every limb" - (Q - 8:12); " Fight and slay the PAGANS wherever you find them, and sieze them, beleagur them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem till they respect and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity" - (Q - 11:8). Just a few examples. There are MANY MORE that can be cited.

And the 'REWARD" for such "HOLY ACTIONS".  The 'PARADISE" in the Holy Quaran provided  ' Rest and passive enjoyment; verdant gardens watered by murmuring rivulets, wherein the 'believers' -  - - repose (quaffing) aromatic wines such as the Arabs loved from goblets placed before them or handed round in silver cups resplendent as glass by beautiful youths - - Verily! for the pious is a blissful abode; Gardens and Vineyards, and damsels with swelling bosoms, of equal age, and a full cup - -" These damsels of Paradise are introduced as 'Lovely large-eyed girls resembling pearls hidden in their shells, a reward for that which the faithfuls have  wrought - - Verily! we have created them (the houries) of a rare creation; we have made them virgins, fascinating, of an equal age'. (REF: 'LIFE OF MOHAMET' - William Muir - pp:74,75 -  as quoted in Prof. K.s. Lal's " Theory and Practice of Muslim State in India " - pp: 54-55)

Hopefully, that should answer the 'unbelieving' question posed by your 'secular' edit writers!!

The next stupidity of the edit writers: " Whether Mumbai's destroyers came from the same ranks - -is not yet known".  At the time of writing the edit,or even before, the name "Ajmal" from Faridkot, Pakistan had already been carried across homes all over on 27Nov evening by the T.V. Channels!! And yet , ' identity ' not known!! SECULAR BULLSHIT - No more. No Less, please

Lets now turn to the Sudarshan ' hogwash '.After 5 wasted columns of subsidised newsprint, I was left wondering what the writer was wanting to convey to the reader!! Mumabi, in a word, 
represents the failure of the Indian State to protect its citizens. We all know what the ATS had been engaged in the days preceding the attack, leaving the 'Gates of Troy - OPEN'. It is instructive to read Air Marshal (retd) S.Y. Savur's (former AOC-in-C, Southern Air Command) blog -"National Security Agency" , where he wrote: " Why do we read that the State Police was informed? Why don’t we read that the DGP/IGP Intelligence was dismissed for dereliction of duty in not ensuring not only that actionable intelligence was used to stop some terrorist attack? Why don’t we read that some SSP/SP was dismissed for not taking action against terrorists? So how come with all that massive budget, human and techint resources we are always two steps behind terrorists by any acronym (LeT, JeM, IM, HUJI and now that one in Malegaon, whose acronym I forgot)? "  Thats what is expected from the likes of Sudarshan - but they fail abysmally. Dhimmitude is their calling card.


And now to the Aditya Sinha ' Saturday Special '. It is obvious that he is afflicted with chronic ' Stockholm Sydrome ' vis-a-vis Pakistan. I suppose the traumatic events of yesteryears as evidenced by this - " Pakistan expells Indian Journalist"- has caused this Syndrome?

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Hence 'mediation with Pakistan' is passe. Help Pakistan financially to help that country tide over its present
financial difficulties is equally passe. And then the ridiculous thesis - 'A failed Pakistan is NOT in India's interest'. The fact of the matter - Pakistan WAS A FAILED STATE FROM 14 AUG 1947 onwards. NOT FOR OUR 'SECULARS', OF COURSE!!

Historian Ba't Yeor has researched into this trait of 'Dhimmitude' and wrote: " Dhimmitude is the status that Islamic law, the Sharia, mandates for non-Muslims, primarily Jews and Christians. Dhimmis, " protected people ", are free to practice their religion in a Sharia regime, but are made subject to a number of humiliating regulations designed to enforce the Qur'an's command that they " feel themselves subdued " (Sura 9:29). This denial of equality of rights and dignity remains part of the Sharia, and, as such, is part of the law that global jihadists are laboring to impose everywhere, ultimately on the entire human race."

" The dhimmi attitude of chastened subservience has entered into Western academic study of Islam, and from there into journalism, textbooks, and the popular discourse. One must not point out the depredations of jihad and dhimmitude; to do so would offend the multiculturalist ethos that prevails everywhere today."

All the three referred TNIE pieces are best described in the words of Shri Vishal Agarwal,a California based NRI and an intellectual: " How come Muslims alienate themselves in every society? Secularists ask us to understand Muslims, but when will Muslims understand non-Muslims? Are 1400 years not enough? By constantly raising the issues of Gujarat riots and Babri demolitions, these 'secular intellectuals' behave like 'fanatical mullahs without beards', because they serve the same purpose as the mullahs with beards - which is to incite Muslims to continue waging 'revenge' upon infidels, just as they have been doing for 1400 years.

The statement of Indian Muslim Council does not condemn the violence unequivocally and does not fail to make a note of the 'harassment of minorities in India". What about the harassment of infidels in Islam? When will Muslims start taking responsibility for what their co-religionists are doing, instead of just blaming others every time. To an infidel like me, there seems to be something sinister in this blame game strategy.

The dozens of the 1-2 member 'secularist' organizations of Indians in America such as RAHI, SAHI, FOSA etc., (and those in India such as ANHAD, SAHMAT) will, just for the sake of official record, issue placid, hackneyed, insipid press releases to 'condemn' the Mumbai Islamic terror attacks.

These statements will mirror what the Indian Muslim Council said in its own. And before long, these secular orgs will be back to their usual business- browbeat the Gujarat and Babri issues and incite even more Muslims to continue with their terrorist attacks. In my opinion, the Teesta Setalvads, NDTVs and so on have the blood of innocent Islamic terror victims on their hands.

Ironically, the ATS chief Karkare who harrassed the Hindu Sadhvi and might have been instrumental in giving the selective leaks about 'Hindu Terror' to the ' mullah without beard' secularist media types became one of the first victims of the latest Islamic terror - the real terror from which he was deflecting attention."

And as to Aditya Sinha's 'red herring' of 'Gujaratis' - the names of thos destined for the "Special Paradise with the 72 Vestal Virgins" ARE OUT SIR!!  Ajmal has revealed the name of his fellow jihadis all Pakistani citizens as Abu Ali, Fahad, Omar, Shoaib, Umer, Abu Akasha, Ismail, Abdul Rahman (Bara) and Abdul Rahman (Chhota).

 Over the next few days, here is what I anticipate the 'secular' TNIE to be coming out with

(A) - Javed Anand writing that 'Islam has nothing to do with Terror '

(B) - His wife, Teesta Setalvad, writing about the 'shadow of suspicion' pointing to Narendra Modi and by extension Sadhvi Pragya Tahur and a new 'unnamed Army Officer', for the Mumabi Terror!!

(C) - Seema Mustafa will come out with something similar and link the events in Orissa to Mumabi in a brilliant piece of Hercule Poirot like deduction!!

(D) - 'The Delphic Oracle' B.G. Verghese will present a 'Revised Estimate' of the Aid to be given to Pakistan in these troubled times, from $10 billion to a 'large-hearted' $100 billion, to prevent a repeat of Mumbai - that'll be his line.

(E) - A learned treatise from Aditya Sinha as the next Saturday Special on "Hindu Terror'!!

India has had a hoary history of 'Jaichands'.

Secularism Thy TRUE FACE - 'JAICHANDISM '.



Important developments in the Mumbai terror attack

On Saturday (29 Nov. 2008)

  • Nine terrorists killed, one captured: Maharashtra Govt
  • One member each of slain policemen's family to get state government job, says CM Vilasrao Deshmukh
  • Next of kin of policemen killed in terror attack to get Rs 25 lakh each: Maharashtra Government.
  • Two boxes containing eight kg RDX each found near Taj hotel, says R R Patil.
  • Terrorists had plans to kill at least 5,000 people: Maharashtra Government.
  • Too early to estimate cost of damages, say hotel managements (04.45 p.m.)

  • Eighteen foreigners and 16 security personnel, including two NSG men, killed in Mumbai terror attacks, says Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh (03.45 p.m.)
  • Mumbai's firemen face blazing challenge at Taj, Oberoi
  • "Enough proof" of militants taking orders from inside Pakistan
  • Mumbai terror attacks will impact tourism in Goa: Experts(03.40 p.m.)
  • US ready to send its security team to India to assist in investigations into the Mumbai terror attack, says Ambassador to India David C Mulford.(03.10 p.m.)

  • At least 195 people, including 10 foreign nationals, killed and 295 injured so far in Mumbai terror attacks, says Disaster Management Cell of Mumbai Municipal Corporation (03.00 p.m.)
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calls all-party meeting on Sunday to discuss situation arising out of Mumbai terror attacks (02.20 p.m.)
  • Group of terrorists arrived in Mumbai on November 26, the day of the terror attacksx, says Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil.

  • The terrorists were receiving instructions from Pakistan: Patil
  • The terrorists had made calls from the Taj Hotel to Pakistan: Patil (02.10 p.m.)
  • No indication of our staff involved in terrorist attack: Taj (01:40pm)
  • Heavy exchange of fire at Taj Hotel.
  •  Death toll in Mumbai attacks reaches 195 (10:57am)

  • 4 terrorists killed at Taj Hotel; number of other dead and injured there still to be ascertained, says Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor. (08:37am)
  • The 59-hour siege of old Taj hotel ends; Terrorist killed. (08:28am)
  • Around 200 NSG personnel engaged in eliminating "three to four" terrorists in old Taj hotel building, say military sources.

  • Fresh explosions, intense gunfire at besieged Taj Hotel. (03:40am)
  • ISI representative to go in place of spy agency chief to India for talks on probe into Mumbai attacks. (02:10am)
  • Operation to flush out terrorists from old Taj hotel may take a few more hours, may go on till wee hours, say military sources. (01:39am)

    On Friday

  • Operation to flush out terrorists from old Taj hotel to be over tonight, says NSG DG
  • Operation to flush out terrorists from Nariman House ends, commandos come out waving weapons. (11:46pm)
  • Heavy firing and explosions at the Taj
  •  External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee talks to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi; says "outrages" like Mumbai attack will affect improvement in bilateral ties.

  • Britain's 'Curry King' survives Mumbai attacks
  •  Commonwealth Secy Gen condemns Mumbai attacks as 'despicable'
  •  Nilekani terms Mumbai attacks as 'very great tragedy'
  •  Airports put on high alert, extra vigil mounted (9:00 pm)

  •  Operation in Nariman House not over: Mumbai Police Commissioner Ghafur Nariman House operations may be in final stages: Ghafur
  •  "I don't know how people got the impression that operations (in Nariman House) are over. In their own interest people should not come close to the House", says Ghafur
  •  Five hostages in Nariman House killed by terrorists: DG NSG (7:00 pm)
  •  Intense firing from automatic weapons along with repeated explosions at Taj Hotel
  •  60 more NSG commandos rushed to Mumbai to deal with terrorists, says Centre
  •  Eight foreigners killed, 22 injured in terror attacks in Mumbai, says Centre (6:00 pm)

  •  NSG ends siege of Oberoi/Trident, toll stands at 143
  •  24 more bodies found at Oberoi/Trident: Mumbai CoP
  •  Fresh explosions, firing at Nariman House as operation to flush out terrorists reaches final stage. (5:00 pm)
  •  Pakistan agrees to send ISI chief to India soon to enable New Delhi to share information about Mumbai terror strikes

  •  NSG officer Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan killed in operation against militants at Taj hotel
  •  Chennai to hold the second cricket Test against England instead of Mumbai (4:00 pm)
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to talk to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari today on Mumbai attacks: Mukherjee(1:49 pm)
  • Elements in Pakistan responsible for Mumbai attacks according to preliminary information with us, says External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee(13:49pm)
  • Trident Hotel is "totally clear" and the Oberoi section is "almost clear", says Vilasrao Deshmukh, reports PTI(12:51pm)

  • Operations in final stages, 35 hostages rescued,, says Southern Command Chief Lt Gen Noble Thamburaj(12:14pm)
  • Massive explosion on the road outside the old building of Taj hotel, gunfire also heard(11:49)
  • At least 35) persons held hostage by terrorists in Tridant hotel rescued, police officials said. Majority of them are foreigners(11:41am)

  • The new building of Taj Hotel has been "totally flushed out, cleared and handed over" to Mumbai Police, says GOC-in-C Southern Command Lt General N Thamburaj(10:57am)
  • One NSG commando seriously injured in Taj Hotel, says Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor.(10:57am)
  • At least 30 hostages, majority of them foreigners, rescued from Oberoi hotel, PTI reports (10;30am)
  • Commandos enter the fourth floor of Nariman House. Two loud explosions heard from inside the building(08:25am)

  • Commados closing in on Nariman House; Final stages of operation(08:16)
  • Another grenade blast on the fourth floor of Nariman house(08:06am)
  • Five commandos land in choppers atop Nariman house where the terrorists are suspected to be holed up(7:27am, Friday)

  • Powerful explosion at Taj hotel (00.47)
  • Gunshots heard from inside Oberoi hotel where terrorists are holding around 35 people hostage. (00:47)
  • Three top police officers, ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, Additional CP Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Vijay
  • Salaskar were travelling in a jeep near CST when they came under fire from terrorists, says Deshmukh. (00.47)
  • Three more rounds of gunshots heard from inside the old building of Taj hotel. (00:25 (28/11/)
  • All but one terrorist killed in Taj hotel: NSG (00.16 (28/11)
  • Seven hostages rescued from Nariman House (00.01 (28/11)

    On Thursday

  • Another grenade blast in Oberoi hotel. (At 22.30)
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds meeting with Maharashtra Governor S C Jamir, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh here. Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and National Security Adviser were also present. (At 22.15)

  • One round of gunshot fired in Nariman House. (At 22.15)
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits JJ Hospital to enquire about the condition of those injured in the terror attacks (At 9.30 pm)
  • Another explosion in the first floor of the old building of Taj hotel and several rounds of gunshot heard. Military personnel taking position around the hotel.
  • Another grenade blast in Trident (Oberoi) hotel (At 9 pm)

  • Taj Hotels GM's wife, children killed in terrorist attack
  • Terrorist attacks happened due to intelligence failure, says Leader of Opposition L K Advani.
  • UK sending anti-terrorism experts to Mumbai: Brown
  • Home Minister Shivraj Patil must go: Bardhan

  • Fire at Trident (Oberoi) hotel (At 8 pm)
  • Mumbai attacks had some al-Qaeda hallmarks: Britain
  • Indian naval official will not rule out Somali pirates' role
  • At least 7 hostages rescued from Oberoi hotel. (At 7 pm)
  • Seven terrorists killed in Mumbai, says Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
  • Railway ADGP K. P. Raghuvanshi given temporary charge of ATS. (At 6 pm)

  • The groups behind attacks in Mumbai are based outside the country, says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Multiple explosions heard at old building of Taj Hotel.
  • Thirty five people held as hostages inside Oberoi Hotel. (At 5.30 pm)
  • Indian Navy locates the ship M V Alpha used by the terrorists
  • Third grenade blast heard from Trident Hotel
  • Jewish priest Gabriel among hostages held at Nariman House, police say. (At 5 pm)

  • Explosions heard inside Taj hotel also.
  • Grenade blast heard from Nariman House, where 6 terrorists are holed up.
  • 9 foreigners among 101 killed in Mumbai terror attacks
  • All people trapped in Taj Hotel rescued, says DGP A.N.Roy.
  • 200 more NSG commandos being sent to Mumbai: NSG spokesperson.
  • Hand-grenades lobbed from Oberoi Hotel.

  • Security forces and holed up terrorists exchange fire in Nariman House. One terrorist killed, 6 more ultras suspected to be inside the building, says police.
  • Maharashtra government annonces Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of those killed in the terror attacks. Rs 50,000 will be paid to the seriously injured.
  • Defence Minister A K Antony calls a high-level meeting of the armed forces in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.

  • Two bodies brought out of terror-struck Taj Hotel in Mumbai and taken away in an ambulance.
  • Five terrorists killed and one captured in Mumbai, says Maharashtra Dy CM R.R. Patil.
  • Four to five terrorists are suspected to be holed up inside Nariman House, says Police.
  • Advani to accompany Manmohan Singh during visit to terror-hit Mumbai.
  • Mumbai police did not have prior inputs about terror attacks, says R.R. Patil.
  • NSG commandos reach Trident Hotel to flush out terrorists.
  • Maharashtra Cabinet to meet at 2 pm in backdrop of terror attacks on Mumbai; all-party meet at 3 pm.

  • NSG commandos launch operation at Nariman House.
  • Major General R K Hooda, General Officer Commanding of Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat, reaches Trident Hotel.
  • Death toll in Mumbai terror attacks reaches around 100.
  • Firing at Nariman House in South Mumbai intensifies; window panes on third and fifth floor shattered.

  • Hindusthan’s 9/11 on 26/11. What can be done?

    Taking stock of the situation and seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

    1.                We know where the islamist jihadi terrorists came from and who trained them, provided them logistic and financial support and launched the operation involving 10 young operatives.

    2.                We need the resolve to attack these training centres and nab the Dawood gang, since Pakistan is not likely to undertake this task.

    3.                We need to put in place a Patriots Act on the lines of the US enactment in the wake of 9/11 and have an enforcement machinery to ensure that the Act is enforced as a law of the Union of India. Let us not indulge in the clap-trap of coordination among multifarious agencies working at cross-purposes and as political chamchas. We should cut out the clap-trap of federalism and law-and-order as state subject and declare that islamist jihadi terrorism is a national menace and will be fought on a war-footing; waging war is the responsibility of the Union of India. No nation on earth can stop the right of Hindusthan to wage this war in self-defence.

    4.                We should generate an environment of sustained patriotism in the nation which should learn to respect its security forces and pay homage to the martyrs who have laid down their lives in defence of the Motherland; we need to set up Dharma Martyrs’ Memorial. This is the shraddham which the nation should perform collectively, everyday, to safeguard the lives of the present young generation in the youngest nation on the globe and future generations.

    5.                We need to engage terror as a global menace and coordinate with like-minded nations to rid the globe of terror.  Instead of indulging in hawala transactions and participatory-note frauds, the nation should equip the security forces with the most sophisticated equipment and arms available on the globe and learn to respect these security forces by paying them their just wages and pensions.

    These preliminary steps will hopefully, lead to strengthening the security institutions and put in place effective coordination and accountability mechanisms to enforce the Patriots Act.


    Specific intel warnings were ignored

    On Nov 18, coast guard knew an LeT vessel had set sail from Karachi; on Sept 24, intel said Taj will be attacked

    Josy Joseph. New Delhi (DNA, 30 Nov. 2008)

    Very specific intelligence warnings over terror attacks in Mumbai, especially on the Taj hotel, via the sea route were ignored by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Coast Guard and the Maharashtra police, according to dependable sources in the security establishment.
    At least three different and specific inputs were issued in the past three months, the last one being as late as November 18, the sources told DNA. Besides, a steady stream of information over the years had established that Arabian Sea was being used by terrorists, especially the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), for smuggling arms and ammunition into mainland India.
    The security agencies, especially the Coast Guard and the state police, failed to act on the recent inputs, ignoring them as some more cases of undependable tip-offs, resulting in the Mumbai carnage.
    Sources said that on November 18 the IB, based on inputs received from another agency, alerted the Coast Guard and the Maharashtra police that four days earlier a vessel belonging to the LeT had set sail from Karachi. This warning clearly said the vessel's target was Mumbai.
    "Almost daily there are so many intelligence warnings," says a senior official of one of these agencies, adding: "We don't grade them or prioritise them." That comes as a surprise since RDX and weapons came by the Arabian Sea for the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

    Dawood gang provided logistics to Lashkar militants

    PTI | Mumbai (Pioneer, Sunday, November 30, 2008)

    Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's henchman, suspected to be a Colaba-based businessman, handed over arms and explosives to Lashkar-e-Toiba militants for carrying out attacks in Mumbai, in what is emerging as the first major joint operation by the Karachi-based gangster and the banned outfit, official sources said in Mumbai.

    Ajmal Amin, the only militant arrested during the operation, told interrogators that the dozen ultras who sailed from Karachi had come to Sasool dock from where they were taken first to Cuff Parade and later to Gateway of India in boats arranged by a front man of Dawood, who runs several custom clearing houses in Mumbai, the sources said.

    Mumbai police and central security agencies have launched a massive manhunt for the businessman considered as a henchman of Dawood, who has been listed as Global Terrorist having links to Al-Qaeda by teh United States.

    The suspect looks after some customs clearing mechanism and also indulges in diesel smuggling for the underworld don, the sources claimed.

    After getting into waiting boats arranged by Dawood's gang in Mumbai, arms, ammunition and plastic explosives were quickly transferred to the waiting boats that took the terrorists to the Gateway of India which was had been marked as launching pad for the terror strike, the first of its kind in the country terrorism history.

    The Intelligence agencies had sent a warning note to Coast Guard to keep a watch for an unidentified Pakistani trawler sailing from Karachi port which may enter into Indian waters. While the coast guard was looking for a Pakistani or unidentified vessel, the terrorists hijacked Indian fishing trawler "MV Kuber" killing its crew and entered the Mumbai seas.

    Mumbai locals helped us, terrorist tells cops

    30 Nov 2008, 0006 hrs IST, S Ahmed Ali, TNN


    MUMBAI Did some Mumbai locals provide support to the Pakistani terrorists? Azam Amir Kasab, the only Pakistani terrorist nabbed alive, has revealed names and addresses of at least five people from the city who helped the terror operation.


    Sources said that help like, providing shelter, taking them around and showing places, passing information on police stations andnakabandhis were given by these locals. Joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria said,"We suspect there could be local assistants but it is subject to verification. It will be very premature to comment on this at this stage as our investigations is going on.''

    Kasab has told police that they were sent with a specific mission of targeting Israelis to avenge atrocities on Palestinians. This was why they targetted Nariman House, a complex meant for Israelis. Sources said Kasab's colleagues killed in the operation had stayed in Nariman House earlier.


    "They have stayed in Nariman house on rental basis identifying themselves as Malaysian students.'' said a source. Police are trying to find out how Nariman House rooms were given to non-Jews. Police has taken all the records books of for verification. The second target was the CST railway station because casualties would be high.


    Crime branch has also recovered several fake identity and credit cards from the belongings of dead terrorists. "All the cards are in different names and of different banks. Now we are at least trying to figure out how they procured credit cards from various banks.'' said Maria. The recovery of so many cards with different names have led Mumbai police to suspect the involvement of ISI.

    Though Maria maintained only 10 terrorists had sneaked in, the two blasts in taxis in Wadi Bunder and Vile Parle have led the police to believe there could be possibility of the presence of another two or more terrorists in the city.


    ‘Shocked’ PM forgets his terrible record

    Kanchan Gupta (Sunday, November 30, 2008

    The Congress believes, yes it really does, that its leaders alone have the right to ‘politicise’ national security while others should treat it as a ‘national issue’ above partisan politics. So, the Congress has been prompt in berating the BJP for suggesting that the pusillanimous UPA Government is to blame for the repeated terrorist strikes and the attendant death, destruction and devastation across the country. The 60-hour siege of Mumbai by fidayeen is the latest instance of India suffering yet another grievous blow at the hands of jihadis for whom slaughtering innocent people is the highest tribute to their faith. But after reprimanding the BJP for criticising the Government and thus ‘politicising’ terrorism, the Congress has had no compunctions about ‘politicising’ the grief and misery inflicted by mass murderers. On Saturday, the Congress issued a full-page advertisement in its favourite newspaper, listing the various terrorist strikes during the NDA years, casually mentioning the fidayeen attacks in Mumbai, saluting the security personnel killed in these incidents, and then preachily declaring that terrorism is a “national issue, not a political game”. The purpose was to influence people in Delhi hours before they stepped out of their homes to cast their votes in Saturday’s Assembly election. 

    The advertisement raises two issues, both related to political morality and ethics, which are alien to the Congress and its amoral and unethical leaders. First, according to this advertisement, there have been no terrorist attacks in India between the audacious strike on the Red Fort on December 22, 2000, and the November 26, 2008 assault on Mumbai. This, as every Indian knows, is a blatant lie. I have before me a list of terrorist attacks ever since the present impotent regime headed by an effete Prime Minister took charge of this country’s affairs after a scrambled election result helped the Congress to regain power at the Centre in the summer of 2004. The first attack was on August 16, 2004. The latest was on November 26, 2008. In between we have had terrorists visiting Delhi twice, raiding the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, attacking Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi, blowing up commuter trains in Mumbai, killing people at an amphitheatre in Hyderabad, blowing up bogies of the Samjhauta Express, and setting off bombs in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Assam. According to the propagandists of the Congress, none of this has happened!

    The second issue raised by Saturday’s advertisement is about the Congress saluting the security personnel who have laid down their lives while fighting terrorists and protecting the nation. If any value is to be attached to the advertisement, we must conclude that the Congress is reluctant to salute Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of Delhi Police who, like Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, was shot dead by terrorists. This is because the Congress wanted to send out, ever so slyly, a message to Muslim voters in Jamia Nagar for whom MC Sharma is not a hero but a villain because he dared raid a terrorist hideout in their locality. We must also presume, since there is no evidence to the contrary, that the advertisement was endorsed, if not cleared, by the Prime Minister. This speaks volumes about the integrity quotient of a man whose honesty, as claimed by his admirers, admittedly a rapidly disappearing exotic breed, is beyond reproach. Perhaps the Prime Minister needs to be reminded that only cowards take recourse to lies to cover up their failures.

    Meanwhile, we had the occasion to hear the Prime Minister address a shaken nation 24 hours after the siege of Mumbai began. In his by now familiar laboured style, he expressed his “shock” at “the dastardly terror attacks. “I strongly condemn these acts of senseless violence,” he added. So what’s new? “I share the shock and distress of all those affected by these blasts,” the Prime Minister said on October 29, 2005, after the bombings in Delhi on Dhanteras. He was “shocked” on March 7, 2006, after the Sankat Mochan temple bombing. On July 12, 2006, he did not quite say that he was ‘shocked’ by the Mumbai commuter train bombings, but he did say, “No one can make India kneel” and promised that his “Government will do whatever is required” to deal with terrorism. On February 19, 2007, the Prime Minister was more than ‘shocked’ by the Samjhauta Express bombings — he was “anguished” and promised the “culprits will be caught”. On hearing about the serial bombings in Jaipur on May 13, 2008, the Prime Minister was again “shocked” and condemned “this dastardly attack”. On July 28, 2008, after visiting Ahmedabad following the serial bombings, he took care to mention that he accompanied Ms Sonia Gandhi before expressing “solidarity with the people of Gujarat”. On September 13, 2008, he “condemned the serial blasts in Delhi”; a month-and-a-half later, on October 30, 2008, he “strongly condemned” the Assam bombings. 

    The Prime Minister now mocks at the victims of terrorism and seeks to fool the people of this country by declaring, “We are not prepared to countenance a situation in which the safety and security of our citizens can be violated with impunity by terrorists... We will take the strongest possible measures to ensure that there is no repetition of such terrorist attacks.” Having countenanced repeated terrorist attacks, which the Congress now brazenly pretends never took place, and silently witnessed the safety and security of our citizens being violated with impunity by terrorists, the Prime Minister now expects the people to believe that he shall join battle with the merchants of death. To prove that he means business, he had his Government, such as it is, to put out the bogus claim that he had summoned the Director-General of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and the Pakistani Government had meekly conceded his demand. In an interview to Karan Thapar for his television show, Devil’s Advocate, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has rubbished this claim. According to Mr Zardari, the Prime Minister, in a telephonic talk with him on Friday, had requested for sending a ‘director’ — a mid-level bureaucrat in the official hierarchy. “There was a miscommunication... We had announced that a director will come from my side... That is what was requested by the Prime Minister and that is what we agreed,” Mr Zardari said.

    That the Prime Minister, after all his bluster, should settle for talks with a director of the Pakistan Government so as to “take the strongest possible measures to ensure that there is no repetition of such terrorist acts” is a measure of his true intention. 


    Terrorise the terrorists: Use fear as the key

    Chandan Mitra (Pioneer, Sunday, November 30, 2008)

    India is groping in the dark. This country of 1.1 billion people feels helpless, frustrated and angry. And finally there is that sinking feeling of impotence. Why can't we stop their macabre death dance? How many innocents and valiant security personnel have to sacrifice their lives before their insane bloodlust is satiated? How come America hasn't had a single terror attack since 9/11 more than seven years ago? 

    Even a relatively lax Britain or Spain haven't suffered since the 7/7 London Underground and Madrid train bombings. Think of it, Israel, supposedly the jihadis' first target, has not had a similar attack for more than 30 months. Comparing us to Pakistan doesn't help because our neighbour is globally regarded as a failed State at best and rogue State at the worst. Are we to reconcile ourselves to the possibility that India too is headed in the same direction?

    It was an eerily sullen Mumbai that I visited for a few hours last Thursday while commando operations were still in progress. The media makes a huge show of "the spirit of Mumbai", which allegedly bounces back irrespective of the scale of terrorist depredations - be they the 1993 bombings or the 2007 train blasts. However, the notion of Mumbaikars shrugging off repeated assaults on their life and dignity is insulting to the city, and this time people are openly saying so. This image nurtured by sections of the media only stereotypes its residents as crass money makers, driven by glamour and personal aggrandisement. They forget Mumbai has a soul, and this time it is bleeding profusely.

    When we visited the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (VT) that evening, relatives of the 60-plus innocent commuters senselessly gunned down could be seen, trying to retrieve personal belongings. In their agony, they turned to us for succour, and answers. When will this stop? When will we be safe again, they asked in unison. Their tale may have been sidelined by the more dramatic events at Trident Oberoi, the landmark Taj Palace and Jewish spiritual refuge at Nariman House. But the story of sorrow and trauma, loss of lives and livelihoods was common to all.

    At the JJ Hospital we met Police Constable Nivritt Sawant, sprawled on a lonely bed, injured but still sporting a wry smile. He showed us the metal buckle of his belt perforated by three bullets that caused the holes, one of them injuring his stomach. Reminiscent of Deewar's Billa No 786, this was the story of a dutiful, but poorly armed policeman's miraculous escape. He was sorry that some of his colleagues had been mercilessly felled, but reaffirmed his resolve to be back on duty as soon as he was released. 

    When we called on Assistant Commissioner of Police Sadanand Date, nursing an eye injury from a grenade splinter besides two bullet wounds at KGM Hospital, his determination was equally firm. He was an eyewitness to the tragic killing of ATS Chief Hemant Karkare at Cama Hospital. As we took his leave, he smiled generously and declared: "Don't worry Sir, we'll get them: Each one of them".

    They are brave men, men of raw courage, who fight and risk death all the time so that we can lead normal lives. The Karkares, Kamtes, Salaskars, Unnikrishnans and their comrades, stand between order and destruction. But have we equipped them adequately to make it an equal fight with diabolical terror groups, foreign and homegrown? 

    Had we detected fishing trawlers when they were hijacked, intercepted the inflated dinghies that ferried terrorists to the shore, weeded out traitors from the staff of five-star hotels who provided the logistic support to imported jihadis, maybe so many lives would not have been lost. The police, NSG, Army and other fighting forces did the job assigned to them and emerged with flying colours. But terror cannot be combated by guns alone, the brain is even more important. So are requisite laws, logistic support and adequate modern weaponry including genuinely bulletproof jackets.

    Bolstering security and building firewalls is important to ensure security. But even more important is creating a psychological environment of zero tolerance. For years the pursuit of shameless vote bank politics has turned India into a pathetically soft State. We cannot hope to overcome the terrorist challenge to Indian civilisation unless we reverse this trend. 

    Terrorists, whether sponsored by al-Qaeda or its homegrown cohorts must begin to fear the State. They must know that for every innocent life they consume, the Indian State will hit back with all the fury at its command. In other words, we have to terrorise the terrorists. And for that, fear holds the key. Terrorists and their treasonable helpers must be exposed to the might of the State and receive exemplary punishment as and when we lay our hands on them. India must make it too costly for terror merchants to peddle death and destruction in this country. We cannot allow them to wreak havoc in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and other targeted cities any more.

    The people of India are ready to support the sternest measures the authorities take, for this is not just occasional depredations but a full-scale war. If some niceties have to be abandoned till the demons of devilry are vanquished, so be it. We have only one Motherland. To defend its honour every true Indian has to don the mantle of a warrior.


    Mumbai: Lessons for the future

    By B.Raman (29 Nov. 2008)

     While the  picture of what happened in Mumbai between 9-21 PM on Wednesday and 8 AM on Saturday, when the terrorist situation was finally terminated, is still incomplete and confusing, certain facts available should give an attitude of the magnitude of the strikes, the like of which the world has not seen before:

    • There were 13 incidents of intense firing with assault rifles at different places, including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Train (CST) terminus, where the terrorist operation started at 9-21 PM, the Metro Cinema junction,  the Cama and Albless Hospital, outside the Olympia restaurant in Colaba, the lobbies of the Taj Mahal and Oberoi/Trident hotels, and the Leopald Café behind the Taj Mahal Hotel. The terrorists would seem to have chosen the CST for the launching of their strikes because it is named after Shivaji, a Hindu ruler, who fiercely opposed the Muslim rulers of India. Near the Metro Cinema junction, some terrorists hijacked a police vehicle and went around spraying bullets on passers-by.
    • There were  seven incidents involving explosive devices----outside the Taj Mahal Hotel, in the BPT Colony at Mazgaon, three near the Oberoi/Trident Hotels, the Colaba market and inside a taxi.
    • There were many incidents of throwing hand-grenades---two of them at the Cama hospital and on Free Press Road. Hemant Karkare, the legendary head of Mumbai’s Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS), is reported to have been killed in the incident near the hospital.
    • There were three incidents of fidayeen style (suicidal, not suicide) infiltration into buildings followed by a prolonged confrontation with the security forces before being killed or captured. These took  place in the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi/Trident hotels and in the Narriman House in Colaba, where a Jewish religious-cum-cultural centre is located, headed by a Jewish Rabbi. Jewish people of different nationalities often congregate there. The centre also has cheap accommodation for Jewish visitors from abroad.
    • According to the local authorities, most of the hotel guests who were subsequently rescued by the NSG had run into their rooms and locked themselves up when the terrorist forced their way into the lobbies and restaurants and started opening fire.  They were not hostages.  It is not yet clear whether the terrorists did manage to take hostages and, if so, of which nationalities.
    • The terrorists took four Jewish people hostages in the Narriman House, three of them Israeli nationals. They were found dead when the NSG made their entry and killed the terrorists. It is not yet known how they died-----through bullet wounds or  beheading as the jihadis normally do.
    • There were over 160 fatalities. The number may go up as the security forces inspect the hotels. According to present indications, the number of foreigners killed was about 10 only--- including  three Israelis, two Greeks, one Japanese and possibly two Americans (not yet confirmed ). The terrorists were reportedly looking for people with American, British and Israeli passports.
    • Almost all the terrorist strikes took place against targets near the sea, indicating thereby that the terrorists, who had reportedly come by sea, were hoping to escape by sea if they managed to survive.
    • Between 15 and 20 terrorists, who came from outside, are believed to have participated in the operation, The kind of local support they had is not yet clear.
    • Two of the terrorists are reported to have been caught alive and are presently under interrogation. According to the police, one of them, who gave his name as Ajmal Amir Kamal, is a resident of Faridot, near Multan, in Pakistani Punjab. He identified himself as a member of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET). His preliminary interrogation also indicates that the others, who came from outside, also belonged to the LET and had been trained at Muridke, in Pakistani Punjab, where the headquarters of the LET are located.

    2. The Mumbai Police, the NSG, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Mumbai Fire Brigade have confronted the terrorists and handled the crisis in an exemplary manner, of which the entire nation can be proud. Their performance has been as exemplary as the crisis management of their counterparts in New York after 9/11. About 20 officers of various ranks, including the chief of the ATS, an additional Commissioner of Police of Mumbai, and two young and intrepid officers of the NSG have died fighting the terrorists.   

    3.The Government of Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh and his Congress (I) are back to their denial and cover-up mode. They play down the possibility of the involvement of Al Qaeda despite tell-tale signs of an Al Qaeda stamp on the strikes. They continue to maintain a silence on the role of sections of the Indian Muslims lest any open projection of this cost them Muslim votes. They continue to highlight  the role of the LET, but without highlighting the fact that it is a member of Osama bin Laden’s International Islamic Front (IIF) and that it has many associates in the Indian Muslim community. 

    4.I watched with shock and disbelief on the TV, visuals of Karkare trying different helmets and bullet-proof vests before choosing one which suited his build. Here was the most threatened officer of the Mumbai Police and the Government had not even given him a protective gear tailor-made for him. This is a telling instance of the casual way we handle counter-terrorism and we look after our brave officers fighting terrorism. 

    5.The Prime Minister has been unwise in reportedly suggesting a visit to India by Lt.Gen.Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the Director-General of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), for discussions on the Mumbai blasts. One fails to understand what useful results will come out of it. There are strong indications of the involvement of the LET in the Mumbai strikes----either on its own or at the direction of bin Laden and most likely with the logistic support of some Indian Muslims. By failing to act against the LET, its leaders and terrorist infrastructure even after ostensibly banning it on January 12,2002, the State of Pakistan has definitely facilitated its acts of terrorism in Indian territory. By sharing the information collected by us  at this stage with the ISI chief we will help him in covering up the tracks of the LET and the ISI before we could complete the investigation. There  has been opposition in Pakistan to his visit particularly from the Army. 

    6.One should not be surprised if the suggestion for the visit had come from the US and the Prime Minister had accepted it just as he accepted in September,2006, the US suggestion for setting up a joint counter-terrorism mechanism with Pakistan. The American ploy would have been to divert any Indian public anger against Pakistan and the Prime Minister should have firmly rejected it. 

    7.Three of the most gruesome acts of terrorism since India became independent have taken place in Mumbai---the March 1993 blasts, the July 2006 blasts in suburban trains and the strikes of November 26-29. It is a shame that we have not been able to protect effectively this city, which is the jewel of India. Mumbai is India’s New York and Shanghai. Look at the way the Americans have protected NY after 9/11. Look at the way the Chinese have protected Shanghai.  The immediate priority of the Government should be to set  up a joint task force of serving and retired officers  from Maharashtra in the Police, intelligence agencies and the Armed Forces to work-out and implement a time-bound plan to ensure that 26/11 cannot be repeated again. Mumbai has till now been the gateway of India. The terrorists have exploited it. We should make it Fortress India. Foreign investors will lose confidence in India if Mumbai, where most of the corporate headquarters are located, can be attacked repeatedly with impunity by terrorists. 

    8.The second lesson is that confidence-building measures with Pakistan cannot be at the expense of national security. In the name of confidence-building, there have been too many relaxations of immigration regulations applicable to Pakistan. There has been pressure on the Government for more relaxations from the so-called Indians-Pakistanis Bhai Bhai (Indians-Pakistanis are  brothers) lobby. The terrorists have been a major beneficiary of these relaxations. These relaxations have decreased the vigilance of our people. For example, hotels, which immediately used to alert the Police when a Pakistani national or a foreigner of Pakistani origin checked in, no longer do so. According to one as yet unconfirmed report, some of the perpetrators of the attacks on the hotels had checked in some days before the strike and the others came subsequently by boat. If this was so and if the hotels had immediately alerted the Police, the terrorist strikes might have been prevented. 

    9. In my view, the terrorist strikes in Mumbai  had the  stamp of Al Qaeda in the way they were conceived, planned and executed.  There has also been a touch of the Hizbollah  of the Lebanon, the Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade and other Palestinian organizations. 

    10.The reported use of boats and dinghies for the clandestine transport of men and  material for terrorist strikes on land is an old modus operandi (MO) used in the past against Israel. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had copied it from them. The anti-India jihadis have emulated their West Asian counterparts.  

    11.The use of boats for  transport enables the terrorists to evade physical security checks by road, rail and air. The numerous creeks between India and Pakistan across the Bhuj area of Gujarat enable the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan and the pro-Al Qaeda Pakistani terrorist organizations to clandestinely transport men and material by sea. Reports that the ISI had planned to use this MO for helping the Khalistani terrorists in the 1990s had led to the Border Security Force acquiring some boats which could be used for  surveillance in these creeks. 

    12.The success of the terrorists in evading detection by our Coast Guard and the police  reveals a serious gap in our maritime counter-terrorism architecture. If this gap is not quickly identified and closed, the vulnerability of the Bombay High off-shore oil installations and the nuclear establishments to terrorist attacks from the sea would be increased. Many of our nuclear and space establishments----not only in Mumbai, but also in other areas---are located on the coast and are particularly vulnerable to sea-borne terrorist attacks.

    13.The stamp of Al Qaeda is evident in the selection of targets. The Taj Hotel, old and new, the Oberoi-Trident Hotel and the Narriman House were the strategic focus of the terrorist operation. The terrorist strikes in other places such as railway stations, a hospital etc and instances of random firing were of a tactical nature intended to create scare and panic.. 

    14. The strategic significance of the attacks on the two hotels from Al Qaeda’s point of view arose from the fact that these hotels are the approved hotels of the US and Israeli Governments for their visiting public servants and for the temporary stay of their consular officials posted in Mumbai till a regular house is found for them.  

    15. Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, presently undergoing trial before a military tribunal in the Guantanamo Bay detention centre for his involvement in the 9/11 terrorist strikes, was reported to have told his American interrogators that before 9/11 Al Qaeda had planned to blow up the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi. After the visit of President George Bush to India in March,2006, Osama bin Laden had, in an audio message, described the global jihad as directed against the Crusaders, the Jewish people and the Hindus. 

    16.Al Qaeda and pro-Al Qaeda organizations have been critical of India’s close co-operation with Israel and the US. In the past, the ISI had also shown an interest in having Indo-Israeli  relations disrupted through terrorist attacks on visiting Israeli nationals in India. In 1991, it had instigated an attack by the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front on some Israeli tourists in Srinagar by alleging that they were really Israeli counter-terrorism experts. 

    17.The fact that the number of foreigners killed was small would show that the attacks on the foreigners in the hotels was selective and not indiscriminate. Available reports indicate that the terrorists were looking for American, British and Israeli nationals----particularly visiting public servants among them with official or diplomatic passports. 

    18.The only reason for their targeting  the British could have been the active British role in the anti-Taliban operations in Afghanistan and in training the commandoes of Pakistan’s Special Services Group (SSG), jointly with an American team of instructors. The SSG was in the forefront of the raid into the Lal Masjid of Islamabad in July,2007, and has been playing an active role in the operations against the Pakistani Taliban in the Swat Valley of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). 

    19. The terrorist  strike has also had an anti-Jewish angle as evident from the raid into the Nariman House and the  taking of Jewish hostages there. The targeting of the Americans, British, Israelis and Indian Jews  has to be seen in the overall context of not only the anger of some Muslims against the Indian co-operation with the US and Israel , but also the role of the US and the UK in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. One should be prepared for more attacks in future  not only on American, British and Israeli nationals, but also on their diplomatic and consular missions and their business interests in India.

    20. The attacks on the foreigners have already disrupted the ongoing tour of India by the English cricket team. it is ironic that at a time when we were considering the advisability of our cricket team going to Pakistan due to the poor security conditions there, foreign cricket teams should start having fears about coming to India due to the poor internal security in India. Similar nervousness in the minds of businessmen in foreign countries over security conditions in India could be an outcome of the spectacular terrorist strikes.  

    21.In the US, Spain and the UK, the terrorist strikes attributed to Al Qaeda were followed by detailed enquiries to identify deficiencies which made the strikes possible and recommend remedial measures, which were implemented. In India, even though we have been facing a series of major terrorist strikes since November 2007, no enquiry has been held. Unless we have the courage to admit our deficiencies and correct them, our counter-terrorism machinery is unlikely to improve. The public has a right to be kept informed of the results of the enquiries and the action  taken. 

    22.There is a misleading debate started by the Congress (I) on the importance of patriotism in the face of the terrorist strikes. It has been trying to silence criticism of its mishandling in the name of patriotism. It has been citing the example of the US after 9/11. In the US, patriotism did not mean support of the Government, right or wrong. It meant support for all the measures taken by the Government for strengthening the counter-terrorism machinery such as additional powers for the agencies and the police, increase in budgetary allocations for the agencies, tightening of immigration procedures etc. It did not mean silence on the sins of commission and omission of the Government. Electoral calculations seem to be the only motivating factor of the Government’s actions and not national interests and national security----even after the colossal Mumbai failure and the consequent tragedy.

     ( The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. )


    ‘They knew the terrain’

    Mumbai, Nov. 28: The Indian Navy’s elite Marine Commandos, or Marcos, were surprised at the level of planning and training that the terrorists had. The terrorists seemed to have the floor plan of the Taj and Oberoi hotels, something the Marcos did not. “We believe terrorists were well informed regarding the layout of the hotel,” a Marcos commander said. “They were able to operate with ease.”

    The commander addre- ssed a first-ever media conference on behalf of the force. No one was identified and the officials wore balaclavas or scarfs and large dark glasses to protect their identity. He said the force recovered a Mauritian national’s identity card and seven credit cards of different banks from the rucksack of a terrorist, who escaped from the Taj.

    The rucksack also contained Chinese grenades, seven ammunition magazines, 400 spare rounds of ammunition, dry rations $1,200 and Rs 6,840 The items had been handed over to the Mumbai police, he said.  He said they had noticed only three to four terrorists, who were probably operating from different floors at the Taj. The Marcos leader described the terrorists as not well built.

    “Terrorists were hurling grenades and firing from different floors and we could not see them because of the darkness. But they were operating with ease,” he said. He said he saw 12 to 15 dead bodies in a single room. “They were the kind of people with no remorse — anybody and whomsoever came in front of them they fired,” the commando said.

    Terrorist reveals how it was done  

    Mumbai, Nov. 28: The interrogation of the lone terrorist apprehended by the Mumbai police has provided considerable insight into the way the militants managed to plan and execute one of the biggest terrorist operations anywhere in the world. Ismail was arrested when the police stopped and engaged a police vehicle hijacked by two militants in a firefight near Girgaum Chowpatty. The vehicle had been hijacked near Cama Hospital. The other militant was killed.

    Police sources refused to give an exact figure for the number of terrorists involved. But, they said, based on their calculations accounting for the length of the fight, the ammunition and the logistics, it seemed that around 25 militants had been staying at the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels for the last one month on what the police have dubbed a “rotation” mechanism. Officials said it was this unique mechanism that allowed the militants to stockpile large amounts of explosives and ammunition at the two hotels without drawing any attention.

    Explaining how the mechanism worked, an officer said, “They had booked the rooms in the Taj Hotel for the last one month using this rolling room-booking mechanism. A terrorist would check into a room with some bags, one of which would be full of explosives. Barely a few hours before he was about to check out, another militant would check into another room with similar luggage. But in the few hours that their stays overlapped, the first militant would transfer the explosive-laden bag to the new militant who checked in after him. This continued till they had a large enough stockpile.”

    “The way they have sustained their fight over the last three days shows that they are fully loaded with arms and ammunition, and it is not possible for them to have collected this much in one day,” said an officer.  The police said the terrorists may have used the hotels’ trucks, used for everyday tasks like transporting food and laundry, and the ones that take out the garbage. “For these services the hotels usually hire contractors. We are checking whether there has been a change in contractors recently, or whether any contractor helped the terrorists in this way,” said an officer.

    The officials also learned that the militants came in groups and divided themselves into smaller numbers. One group — number of militants unascertained — led the Taj and Leopold Cafe raids, while two militants entered Nariman House, two others were involved in the CST firing and others holed up in the Oberoi. According to sources, the motorboat in which the militants allegedly came can carry only 10 people.

    Islamist Jihadi terrorist Azam Ameer Qasab: 'I want to live'. Should he live? Should his trainers live?

    Mumbai Mirror of 29 Nov. 2008 reports in a banner headline: 21-year old Azam Ameer Qasab tells security forces who arrested him: 'I want to live. Give me saline'.

    Aha, he wants to live, even though he was indoctrinated to die as a patriotic islamist. Aha, he is quick to unlearn whatever he has been taught ever since he moved out of Faridkot into the clutches of the islamis jihadi terrorist trainers. 

    Should he be pardoned? 

    How about the ISI and others in Paki who trained Qasabs? Should they be pardoned?

    Remember, the human civilization is at stake. Aishwarya Gaekwad, the Class VII student, the very embodiment of everything glorious in the culture of Hindusthan, called even such a Qasab, "Uncle terrorist." Such uncle terrorists have no right to existence. To call them animals is an insult to the animals. The uncle terrorists are evil incarnate, asuras who should die in flames of dharma.

    Will Hindusthan be able to convince Uncle Sam and Uncle Obama to say, 'enough is enough' and help Hindusthan dismember Pakistan? 


    We trained in two Lashkar camps: arrested terrorist

    Posted online: Nov 29, 2008 at 0300 hrs

    Sagnik Chowdhury & Ritu Sarin (Indian Express)

    Mumbai : Interrogation of the lone gunman nabbed alive by the Mumbai Police after Wednesday's terror attacks has left investigators in little doubt that the unprecedented raid on the country's financial capital was the work of Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba.

    According to details of the interrogation accessed by The Indian Express, the man has been identified as Azam Ameer Qasab, a 21-year-old Pakistan national and is believed to have admitted that he is a Lashkar-e-Toiba operative.

    According to a statement recorded by the police following his arrest, Qasab is a resident of Faridkot in Chipalpura Taluka of Ukhad Zilla in Pakistan's Punjab. Qasam admitted that he was trained, along with several others, at two separate camps in Pakistan. The first camp lasted for close to three months and involved training in the use of firearms and explosives.

    After a short break of a few weeks, the second camp focused on marine drills which were used by the attackers to land on the city's shores. During his training, he was also shown CDs with footage of different spots in Mumbai including some of the locations targeted, Qasam is believed to have said. "During his preliminary interrogation, Qasam said that the instructions given to them were to fire on sight with orders that the maximum possible number of people should die at their hands," said a police source who grilled Qasam.

    "He explained the way in which they had hijacked a trawler with a crew of five in them. He said they forced one crew member, Amar Singh Nazam, to travel with them till they were four nautical miles from Badhwar Park, and then killed him. He did not reveal the names of the other terrorists to us and said they were all assigned code names," said the official.

    Qasab was nabbed by officers of the D B Marg Police Station late on Wednesday night after they intercepted a Skoda car in which he was travelling with another attacker, identified as Abu Dera Ismael Khan (25), also from Pakistan's Punjab, and was gunned down in the encounter at Girgaum Chowpatty. Qasab was later handed over to the state Anti-Terrorism Squad.

    The police also recovered two assault rifles, five magazines, two automatic pistols and a grenade from Qasam and Khan.

    The Director General of Maharashtra Police, A N Roy, told The Indian Express that nine suspects were being interrogated. "All I can tell you at this stage is that nine suspects are with us and that some of them were picked up from around the operational areas. Once we finish questioning them, many facts will emerge. The whole story will shortly unfold," he said.

    Top police officers said that live telephone conversations of the militants on their mobile phones were being monitored at Nariman House as the operation was in progress. A terrorist was taped as shouting on Thursday, once the NSG had begun storming the building: "We have to kill one of the hostages to make a point."

    The other conversations were about changing positions and exit routes. The intercepted tapes, with conversations in what officials describe as "Hindi with a Punjabi accent" are now being transcribed and also handed over to intelligence agencies. While combing operations for vital clues is yet to begin in earnest, officials say that at least two GPS direction finders were picked up by members of the commando teams from the Taj Hotel and Nariman House.

    Why do terrorist uncles kill, Aishwarya?


    The world owes an answer to Aishwarya's observation and to make the globe safe for her and future generations.

    The most poignant statement to come out of the 26/11 Mumbai terror is that of a Class VII student: ‘The terrorist uncle was shooting.’

    Why does the uncle terrorist shoot to kill? This fundamental question has to be answered first before appropriate remedies are worked out by the civilized world which the innocent Aishwarya Gaekwad represents.

    Why does an islamist jihadi terrorist kill innocent citizens? What is the message he is trying to convey after getting trained in handling weapons of death? Why does an army without a state (Pakistan) allow the training of such terrorists? Is it because Pakistan itself was born out of the same fundamentalist religious dogma represented by wahhabi world-view that every non-believer (kufr) is fit only to be killed?

    Surely, many pundits will have many analyses and many answers and even brilliant solutions to offer. Nazi terror had its roots in sowing hatred in the minds of youth. Islamist jihadi terror also has its roots in sowing hatred in the minds of youth.

    Until the islamist jihadi foundation which is interpreted to justify killing innocent citizens is eradicated from the face of the globe, the uncle terrorists will continue to kill, Aishwarya. As you grow up, let us hope that the pundits of the present generation will do well to leave a peaceful world for you to live in.

    It is simply a fundamental philosophical problem of the meaning of life. The islamist jihadi uncle finds the meaning in death. The terrorist uncles seem to think that the non-believers have no right to life and that the terrorist uncle has a responsibility to kill and an ordained duty to create a globe full of ‘believers’.

    Uncle terrorist ain't no uncle, Aishwarya. He is an indoctrinated animal masquerading as human.

    Is there hope that Obama will be the transformational leader in-charge of the super-cop country and work with Hindusthan to rid the world of jihadist terror? Step 1 is to enrol Hindusthan as a partner in eliminating the terror central in Hindusthan’s borders and to break up Pakistan. Hindusthan herself should mend her ways of cuddling terrorists and make a resolve to eliminate terror from the globe. Let there be a Step 1 in Hindusthan to enact a Patriot Act as in USA and to build a Martyrs’ Memorial (comparable to the Holocaust Museum) to honour the brave aatman who have laid down their lives in support of freedom and dharma.



    'Mumbai has become Kashmir'

    Archana Masih in Mumbai | November 28, 2008 | 19:32 IST

    The Batliwala chawl is opposite Nariman House, where commandos have waged a 40-hour battle against terrorists. Last night, its residents were evacuated as the operation intensified.

    "The terrorist uncle was shooting. I could hear the guns and was terrified. I also saw one uncle climb up the pipe," says Aishwarya Gaekwad, a Class VII student, innocently.

    The residents of the chawl spent the first night and the next day, huddled together. They were too afraid to sleep, or look out of the window. As evening fell, they were evacuated. While others went to stay with family and friends, a group of families from Batliwala chawl, took refuge at a Shiv Sena shakha nearby.

    Over a lunch of rice and curried vegetable provided for them, they say Nariman House was regularly visited by foreigners. But never did they think it would become the epicentre of a battle with terrorists.

    They do not know when the ordeal will be over, when their lane will be secure and when things will be normal again. The last two days have left the residents of this busy Colaba market area in extended disbelief.

    "I used to walk home every night through this lane outside Nariman House and look what is happening there now?" says Rahul Rakh who works at a cyber cafe nearby. He hasn't gone for work for two days, because the cyber cafe along with other shops in the cordoned area has been closed.

    He feels he has a sort of unexplainable proximity to the horror that has unfolded around him. "I feel so weird, terrorists took over a building near my home and work place -- and Cama hospital, which became a target of their attack, was where I was born."

    Just like many others in the maze of lanes around Nariman House, Rahul and his friends have been trying to get as close as the police would allow them to see what is happening.

    Often personnel from the Rapid Action Force, clear them off and prevent them from assembling in groups but curious onlookers keep on coming.

    Vikram Singh and his friends have come from Matunga in north-central Mumbai to see what is happening. Yesterday, they went to all the other spots of the attacks -- VT, Taj, Oberoi, Cama -- "Do you want to see the firing?" he asks, "I can take you through the back lanes and show you."

    Explaining his presence, he says he has come to help but does not know exactly what to do. "For my country I can do anything, if I had a gun and was allowed to go in, I would have also gone and taken on terrorists," he says vehemently and goes on vent his disappointment at the Mumbai police.

    "They can only pull you over and bully you, they are such a failure when it comes ensuring security. They need young cops, better weapons and good training."

    Mumbai is beloved to him and its repeated destruction anguishes him. He says he sees his beloved city lurch from one terror strike to another with no government plan to confront it. "Mumbai has become Kashmir, it is so tragic" he says, getting ready to ride pillion on his friend's bike to go to another terror spot.

    Scotland Yard team to probe British link in terror attack

    November 28, 2008 | 20:23 IST

    The United Kingdom will investigate the reports claiming two of the eight terrorists arrested in the Mumbai terror attack are British nationals.

    A nine-member team from Scotland Yard has left for Mumbai to probe the British links of the arrested terrorists.
    Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had told a TV channel on Friday that two arrested terrorists were 'British citizens of Pakistani origin'.

    The attack, in which the terrorists unleashed terror in 13 places across South Mumbai before taking over two luxury hotels and a building inhabited by Israelis, has already claimed 155 lives.

    Reacting to the reports, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he would not be drawn into early conclusions, reports The Telegraph.

    Terming the terror attacks 'atrocious', Brown told Sky News, "Obviously when you have terrorists operating in one country, they may be getting support from another country or coming from another country, and it is very important that we strengthen the co-operation between India and Britain in dealing with these instances of terrorist attacks."
    He is expected to call up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the situation in Mumbai later today.
    One British citizen, Andreas Liveras, has been killed in the terror attack while seven have are reportedly injured.


    Arrested terrorist says gang hoped to get away

    29 Nov 2008, 0515 hrs IST, TNN


    NEW DELHI: The gang of terrorists who wreaked mayhem in Mumbai for three days were made to believe by their Lashkar bosses that they were not being sent on a suicide mission and that they would be coming back alive. 

    In a sensational disclosure made by Ajmal, the jihadi nabbed alive by Mumbai cops, the group had planned to sail out on Thursday. Their recruiters had even charted out the return route for them and stored it on the GPS device which they had used to navigate their way to the Mumbai shoreline.

    This suggests that the terrorists were willing to undertake a mission which they knew would be very risky, but not necessarily suicidal.

    Sources said that the bait of safe return must have been used by the recruiters to convince the wavering among the group to join the audacious plot against Mumbai.

    Ajmal made another important disclosure: that all terrorists were trained in marine warfare along with the special course Daura-e-Shifa conducted by the Lashkar-e-Toiba in what at once transforms the nature of the planning from a routine terror strike and into a specialized raid by commandos.

    Battle-hardened ATS officials are surprised by the details of the training the terrorists were put through before being despatched for the macabre mission. This was very different from a terrorist attack, and amounted to an offensive from the seam, said a source.

    Ajmal has revealed the name of his fellow jihadis all Pakistani citizens as Abu Ali, Fahad, Omar, Shoaib, Umer, Abu Akasha, Ismail, Abdul Rahman (Bara) and Abdul Rahman (Chhota).

    The account of Ajmal also strengthens the doubt of the complicity of powerful elements in the Pakistani establishment. According to him, the group set off on November 21 from an isolated creek near
    Karachi without the deadly cargo of arms and ammunition they were to use against the innocents in Mumbai. The group received arms and ammunition on board a large Pakistani vessel which picked them up the following day. The vessel, whose ownership is now the subject of an international probe, had four Pakistanis apart from the crew. 

    A day later, they came across an Indian-owned trawler, Kuber, which was promptly commandeered on the seas. Four of the fishermen who were on the trawler were killed, but its skipper, or tandel in fishermen lingo, Amarjit Singh, was forced to proceed towards
    India. Amarjit was killed the next day, and Ismail the terrorist who was killed at Girgaum Chowpaty took the wheel. 

    A trained sailor, Ismail used the GPS to reach Mumbai coast on November 26. The group, however, slowed down its advance as they had reached during the day time while the landing was planned after dusk. The group shifted to inflatable boats, before disembarking at
    Badhwar Park in Cuffe Parade. 

    From there, they mandated to kill indiscriminately, particularly white foreign tourists, and spare Muslims split up into five batches. Two of them Ismail and Ajmal took a taxi to Victoria Terminus. Three other batches of two each headed for Oberoi Hotel, Cafe Leopold and Nariman House. The remaining four went to Taj Hotel.

    He may have been motivated enough to kill innocents indiscriminately. In police custody, Ajmal Amir Kasab, the terrorist who was caught alive by the Mumbai police at Girgaum Chowpatty, has been forthcoming with details about the attack on Mumbai and his accomplices, all suspected Lashkar operatives from

    Kasab, who sustained minor injuries in the police firing that killed his partner Abu Ismail (25) on Wednesday night, was produced before the Esplanade Metropolitan Magistrate on Friday. The magistrate remanded him to police custody till December 8. Incidentally, Kasab and Ismail were the two who gunned down ATS chief Hemant Karkare, additional CP Ashok Kamthe and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar.

    Kasab told the police that he and 9 others got off a vessel about 10 nautical miles from Mumbai and shifted to two boats hijacked from fishermen.

    One source in ATS familiar with the details of the interrogation quoted him saying that in all 16 fidayeens came to Mumbai on Wednesday. A native of Faridkot in Pakistan-occupied
    Kashmir (PoK), 21-year-old Kasab told police they had done a reccee of Mumbai few months ago. He said he had come along with eight of the operatives to Mumbai as students and lived in a rented room at Colaba market, a stone's throw away from Nariman House.



    PM's terror stand comes back to haunt him

    29 Nov 2008, 0308 hrs IST, TNN


    NEW DELHI: Of all his formulations, the one that has returned most often to haunt Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is the assertion that Pakistan too, like India, was a victim of terrorism. The macabre irony embedded in the peculiar hypenation plays itself out in a ghastly re-run with every terror strike. 

    The PM's remark, made before a meeting with
    Pakistan's former dictator Pervez Musharraf in September 2006, indicated a singular failure to appreciate the nature of the terror threat and Islamabad's role in ensuring India remains in a near-permanent state of fearful expectation. In a stroke, the wolf had been turned into a lamb. 

    Not only do wolves usually don't really change colours, what was remarkable about Singh's statement was it came barely two months after the 11/7 Mumbai train bombings where the government saw a Pakistani hand. Yet, a yo-yo response — just a month earlier he said the peace process with
    Pakistan was under threat — has marked the PM's approach to terror. 

    His tough-sounding words after the massive November 26 attack on Mumbai — that he would "take up" with neighbours the use of their territory for launching strikes against India and that "individuals and organisations" behind the outrage would be hunted down — sound like a tinny, worn out record. Even the PM's aides might find the cowboy act a little hard to swallow.

    Politics can be an unforgiving line of work but the PM has chosen to ignore the perils of not learning from mistakes. Soon after serials blasts in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and
    Delhi shook the country, Singh told a governors conference that he was not opposed to tightening anti-terror laws. 

    The point really is whether the government is flexible to the point of bending before every storm. Soon, after Congress's political calculations ruled out special anti-terror laws, the PM developed an amnesia that afflicts politicians. Until the fidayeen struck Mumbai. "Existing laws will be tightened to ensure there are no loopholes for terrorists to escape," the PM intoned on Thursday. Disbelief wrestled with incredulity.

    No one really believes any laws will be added or changed. The promise of a federal investigative agency has been part of a file in PMO for many months now.

    After having bought into the political argument that anti-terror laws "target" minorities, Congress has found it difficult to retrace its steps. Yet, with each succeeding terrorist atrocity, the pressure to be seen to be doing something has increased. But the PM has sought to make concessions that Congress is not prepared to underwrite.

    Apart from the India-US nuclear deal, the PM has tended to see peace with
    Pakistan as part of his legacy. But even as he built useful CBMs with Musharraf, the bid to de-militarise Siachen shocked the armed forces which felt the plan was ill considered. Today, the "mountain of peace" line seems more tacky than it ever did.



    November 28, 2008


    Press Statement by Shri L.K. Advani, 
    eader of the opposition (Lok Sabha)

    On His Visit To Mumbai After The November 26 Terror Attack

    I visited terror-struck Mumbai on the evening of Thursday 27 November, accompanied by my colleague Shri Jaswant Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. I visited the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (VT) Railway Station, where terrorists had fired indiscriminately at innocent rail users and exploded several hand grenades causing massive panic and killing more than 50 persons last night. Later I went to JJ Hospital where 102 victims of Wednesday’s mayhem are lying in various states of injury. It was painful to hear the victims’ narrate their tale of misfortune. Sadly, over the last few years I have had to visit many such hospitals in the aftermath of terror attacks that have now become alarmingly frequent.

    Thereafter, I visited King George Memorial (KGM) Hospital to commend the valour of Assistant Commissioner of Police Sadanand Date, who volunteered to join the police action in South Mumbai although he was posted elsewhere. He has suffered several injuries from grenade shrapnel including one in his eye. But I marvelled at his grit and determination even in this condition. As I left his bedside, he said to me, “Don’t worry, we’ll get them”.

    It is this spirit of our security officials that gives me confidence that despite the Government’s pussyfooting and its politically-motivated refusal to arm the security agencies with appropriately tough anti-terror laws, we shall overcome the terrorist challenge in the end.

    It is a curious coincidence that starting with the attack on kar sevaks on board Sabarmati Express at Godhra on February 26, 2002 almost every major terror strike in India has happened on the 13th or 26th of the month. This year alone, the Jaipur blast took place on May 13, Ahmedabad followed on July 26, Delhi on September 13 and now Mumbai on November 26. It appears the terrorists have made it a pattern to strike on the 13th or 26th of every alternate month. I wonder whether we will have to resort to numerology rather than firm intelligence to anticipate terror attacks.

    The Government’s non-serious approach in this regard is reinforced by reports that the Mumbai attackers arrived in the city from the sea. Official agencies had been warning the Home Ministry for some time about such a possibility, but the Government did nothing to bolster the Navy or the Coast Guard’s capacity to intercept rogue boats. As a result, two mother ships are reported to have dropped the Mumbai terrorists off some 15 nautical miles from the Mumbai shoreline and they managed to reach their destination uninterrupted. It hardly bears reiterating that apart from strengthening and streamlining the intelligence network, the Government needs to take whatever intelligence inputs it receives seriously and act on it.

    Before leaving for Mumbai I had told mediapersons in Delhi that I suspected that the degree of planning and quantum of ammunition used, indicated that the terrorists were probably not homegrown. My suspicions been confirmed with Maharashtra Government officials telling me that the one terrorist arrested has admitted arriving by the sea route. It now appears that a mobile phone on a terrorist’s person is of Pakistani origin. This reinforces what I told the media yesterday about the intelligence agencies’ energies being diverted to nail so-called Hindu terror, which evidently enabled the Mumbai attackers plot away undetected.

    I said in my statement yesterday morning that the Prime Minister suggested that he and I should go to Mumbai together later in the day. I had readily agreed, deferring my own departure plan. However, in the afternoon I was told that it would be better if we went on Friday, as the commando operation was not over. Since my campaign schedule for Rajasthan could not be altered at such a late hour, I expressed my inability to delay visiting Mumbai by a whole day, but assured the Home Minister that I would not visit the areas where action was still underway.

    Just before leaving for Mumbai at 4 pm, I was told the Prime Minister had changed his mind and would follow a little later. I then suggested we could meet at a pre-arranged spot during our respective visits so that my appeal for a united response to the terrorist challenge could become a visible message to the people. Although I was told that we would be informed about the venue of such a meeting in Mumbai I received no word thereafter.

    I continue to hope that the Government will even at this late stage of its tenure devise a robust and zero-tolerance response to terrorism. To begin with, I again urge the Prime Minister to summon a conference of Chief Ministers of all States on the western coastline to activate a firm strategy to deal with the new threat of sea-borne terror.



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    26/11: Fits the chilling Lashkar pattern

    Wilson John

    There is nothing 'new' about the style of the latest Mumbai terror strike. In scale and desperation it carries the ISI signature

    The two-day- long siege of Mumbai by over two dozen terrorists, which killed over 125 and turned the commercial soul of India into an island of fear, was part of a global jihadi conspiracy to turn the region into a cauldron of violence and establish a pan-Islamic network over Asia.

    A key catalyst of this plan is Pakistan and its agencies like the Army and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) directorate which have been spawning and promoting terrorist and extremist groups like Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), all of which have recruiting cadres for the al-Qaida since 2001.

    There is evidence of a cabal within the ISI, which noted Pakistani scholar Ahmed Rashid calls `a ISI within ISI`. This body may be primarily responsible for formulating and executing the Pakistani State's jihadi strategy in Afghanistan and India ,while giving the cover of deniability to the Army and civilian establishment. This group has close associations with terrorist entities like the LeT, which has been used in several terror attacks in India in the past. In fact, according to the present Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, ISI had given a `severance pay` to LeT chief Hafiz Saeed after the US leaned heavily on Pakistan to keep a check on terror outfits after 9/11.

    For this cabal, Mumbai has been top of the list of targets in India primarily because of its economic importance, availability of foot soldiers among the D-Company, and the lucre of achieving a global impact. For the ISI, crippling Mumbai is part of the strategy to force India to compromise on Kashmir. This group has been successful in their first phase—using proxy war in Kashmir to force India to come to the negotiating table.

    There are several other references which can be drawn from the 11 coordinated attacks, which began on November 27 and continued until late the next day, killing over 130 persons and drawing more than a 1000 men from the Indian Army, Marine Commandos, the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos besides the local police to neutralise about two dozen young, well-armed terrorists. It is one of the most audacious attacks on India and reveals the maturing of a strongly networked terror coalition with links to Pakistan and Bangladesh.

    Two other attacks of similar nature were the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and the December 13, 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament. The latest Mumbai attack, in a way, had operational strategies drawn from both the attacks.

    The attacks point at the inevitable expansion of the radical fringe within the 150-million strong Muslim community and the increasing influence of the al-Qaida or its allies like the LeT on such men spread out across India, particularly in western and southern India.

    The involvement of the criminal underworld in Mumbai in carrying out the attacks is strongly suspected. The 1993 blasts were carried out by the members of the D-Company. The latest attack, carried out by a well-trained, indoctrinated cluster of young jihadis, had other similarities with the 1993 serial blasts and the Parliament attack. The objectives, for instance, were more or less the same.

      Draw international attention

      Cripple the economic hub of India

      Paralyse the government/political process

      Provoke communal backlash

      Invite more recruits 

    The 1993 operation had targeted some of the well-known landmarks of southern Mumbai, including The Taj and cinema theatres like Metro. There were plans to hold political leaders hostage after entering the Mantralaya (secretariat).

    A few conclusions can be drawn about the nature and strength of the group involved in the Mumbai 2008 attack.

    1. The number of terrorists involved in the attack (no less than 24) and the high level of coordination and determination they showed in holding ground for more than 30 hours against one of the world's most experienced soliders and commandoes point to the involvement of a well-established and highly networked terrorist group or alliance like the LeT.

    2. The LeT has been involved in operations like the Red Fort attack of 2000, Parliament 2001, Akshardham 2002 and Bangalore IIM 2005. The modus operandi was similar to Mumbai 2008—open attack with assault rifles.

    3. The terrorists involved in the attack, as in the past cases, are likely to be `volunteers` and not members of the suspect terrorist groups. This is the strategy that the al-Qaida has been utilising over the past seven years.

    4. The attack was carefully planned, and most likely monitored closely by the masterminds from safe distances. The targets were selected for their visibility, impact, lax security, easy accessibility, hostage taking, and to find convenient fortifications to counter police action.

    5. The attack of this magnitude need to be rehearsed and the target locations recceed several times. Most likely, the targets were recceed on the morning of the attack.

    6. The attack could not have taken place without a local support base, most likely involving the substantial criminal underworld of Mumbai.

    7. The use of assault rifles and hand grenades point to the involvement of the Mumbai underworld, likely to be the one controlled by Karachi-based Dawood Ibrahim whose association with ISI is well known.

    Given these factors and similarities in modus operandi, selection of targets and use of sophisticated weapons and explosives, the involvement of similar groups with links to ISI becomes highly probable. The suspicion also gathers strength from the role of the ISI in carrying out suicide bombing against the Indian Embassy in Kabul in July 2008. The suicide bomber was a LeT operative. The LeT has been operating several training camps in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir where, according to Heraldmagazine, recruits from Pakistan and other countries have been training in fidayeen or suicide missions since 2006.

    The LeT operates a huge empire of schools and charity organisations under the camouflage of a social and religious organisation, Jamaat-ud Dawa, based in Lahore. LeT chief Hafiz Saeed has been promoting anti-India and anti-Western feelings during his Friday prayers. As recent as October 13, 2008, he told his audience:``India understand only one language – Jihad``. He charged that ``India has blocked the water of River Chenab and constructed the Baglihar Dam. Pakistan has failed to stop India from doing so. India understands only one language i.e. the language of jihad….jihad cannot be suppressed. In fact, with little support, it can break apart India just like the former USSR.'

    The LeT is pro-Wahhabi and has been a key instrument of the ISI’s plan to sideline different Deobandi terrorist groups active in India for the past few years. One of the founding members of LeT has been Abdullah Azzam, a Palestinian jihad ideologue, more famous as the teacher of Osama bin Laden, the founder of the al Qaida.

    -- The writer is Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation.



    The Hindu, 28 Nov. 2008

    “President-elect Obama strongly condemns today’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, and his thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the people of India,” said his chief national security spokesperson Brooke Anderson. “These coordinated attacks on innocent civilians demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism,” he said.

    “The United States must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks. We stand with the people of India, whose democracy will prove far more resilient than the hateful ideology that led to these attacks,” added Mr. Anderson.

    Offer to help

    The U.S. government convened counter-terrorism and intelligence officials and offered help to Indian authorities as U.S. President George W. Bush condemned the attacks. “President Bush offers his condolences to the Indian people and the families of the innocent civilians killed and injured in the attacks in Mumbai, India,” said White House Press Secretary Dana Perino in a statement on Wednesday.

    “The United States condemns this terrorist attack and we will continue to stand with the people of India in this time of tragedy,” she said adding, Mr. Bush who had left for the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland for the Thanksgiving holiday “has been updated regularly.”


    Heroes of Mumbai

    The Pioneer Edit Desk November 29, 2008

    Nation salutes the security forces

    Although the operation to neutralise all the terrorists who took over Mumbai’s iconic hotel, Taj Mahal Palace, on Wednesday night is not yet over, the security forces, namely the National Security Guards, deserve to be commended for their outstanding role during the entire crisis. The Mumbai Police, whose personnel were the first to rush to the virtual warzone at multiple locations, has shown exemplary bravery. Despite suffering casualties, the police held the fort, so to say, till Army and Navy commandos arrived on the scene, later replaced by NSG commandos. We salute the three brave police officers, among them ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who led the counter-assault and laid down their lives battling the fidayeen, as well as the policemen who were killed in action. We also salute Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan of the NSG and Omkar Chander, a commando of the elite force, who have died in the ongoing operation. Their valour and their sacrifice will serve to enthuse those who value liberty and democracy; they join the pantheon of heroes who have fought and died for India. The cynical among us may be tempted to point out that there must be something awfully wrong if a handful of fidayeen can put up such a stiff fight against hundreds of commandos. But such cynicism is best ignored; if at all it is to be addressed, we should point out that terrorists wage an asymmetrical war in which they enjoy a clear advantage over forces of the state. Their actions are not restricted by concerns of collateral damage — in Mumbai the fidayeen have slaughtered scores of men and women (it will be some time before we are able to figure out the death toll) making a mockery of Islam’s much publicised injunction that pulpit propagandists claim prohibits Muslims from shedding the blood of innocent people. The killers were not particularly bothered about this claim; we cannot say they were equally indifferent about or not motivated by their faith. In sharp contrast, our security forces are motivated by their twin responsibilities of defending the nation from aggression and protecting the lives of innocent civilians: Unlike the ‘soldiers of god’, they do not shoot to kill at random or for pleasure; they operate within moral and legal restrictions which often place them at a disadvantage vis-à-vis their adversaries.

    Having said this, it would be in order to point out that while the NSG is well equipped to deal with crisis situations as witnessed in Mumbai, our policemen have to make do with antiquated weapons and ineffective protective gear. It is a shame that despite India being a long time victim of terrorism, the Government has not bothered to equip the police in a manner that they can meet challenges as posed by thefidayeen in Mumbai or separatists and Maoists elsewhere. It is possible that Mumbai Police would have suffered fewer casualties had its men been wearing protective gear that can withstand bullets fired from assault rifles. That nobody in authority, especially our politicians and babus who do not have to confront terrorists, has bothered to look into this aspect of counter-terrorism operations is an eloquent comment on their priorities. India does not lack the courage and wherewithal to wage war on terror; its political class lacks determination. A fitting tribute to the heroes of Mumbai would be to deny any credit for defeating the fidayeen to politicians and bureaucrats. Indeed, they are to blame for making this nation a soft target and a happy hunting ground for jihadis and assorted terrorists driven by twisted ideologies.



    Why Terrorists Kill: Explaining the Deadliness of Terrorist Violence


    “Terrorism varies in its deadliness. The 9/11 attack, for example, killed approximately 2500 people, but other attacks have been bloodless. Why? I hypothesize that the rate at which terrorist organizations kill is inversely related to the amount of competition they face from others. Groups that utilize terror vie with one another for support from the members of society they purport to represent and for new recruits. The more groups contend for support, the more they avoid attacks that might appall backers and push them into rival camps. I test this argument using a sample from the ITERATE data set of international terrorist attacks committed against the state of Israel between 1968 and 2002.” Aaron m. Hoffman


    Full text at



    Terrorists kill the man who gave them water

    Agencies Posted: Nov 27, 2008 at 1944 hrs (Indian Express)


    Mumbai The terrorists who attacked the Cama Hospital in Mumbai did not spare the life of even their benefactor who had served them water when asked for.

    After killing two security personnel in the terrace of the hospital, the two ultras escaped to the housing quarters of the hospital where they killed two persons one of whom had served them water when asked for.

    An eerie calm enveloped the maternity ward at the hospital on Thursday, in stark contrast to the usual cries of newborns there as most of the patients have left the hospital against medical advice.

    Two terrorists had entered the hospital from the back entrance with hand grenades and AK-47 assault rifles at around 0230 hours killing two security personnel, Bhanu Narkar and Baban Ugade, eyewitnesses said.

    The terrorist duo, while continuing to fire indiscriminately, went up to the fourth and fifth floors, which house the maternity ward at the five-storey hospital.

    One of the two maternity wards was locked from the inside while the terrorists tried to break into another which had been fastened by the women occupying it using a cloth.

    Twenty-five women, along with their newborn babies and three other men locked themselves inside a safety room within the maternity ward, refusing to open despite several threats by the terrorists.

    Continuing to fire while climbing further up, the terrorists reached the terrace of the hospital where they killed a sub-inspector and two constables.


    Do terrorists kill their publicists?,9565,179804,00.html


    Update 10:23PM-Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch has info posted that the Islamic terrorists may be of Pakistani origin:

    "...members of Lashkar-e-Toiba- a Pakistan-based group best known for an assault on the Indian parliament in 2001."

    In addition, been watching the updates on Fox, it appears they also are reluctant to say "Islamic terrorists" and are instead referring only to "militants" or "gunmen."

    Of course that is due to the power of political correctness, as well as the efforts of Islamic apologists who have succeeded in convincing much of the world that Islam is a "religion of peace", only a few radicals attempting to highjack an otherwise "peaceful" religion. 

    Even President Bush touts that line as well. However, I'm in agreement with Craig Winn, author of the book:

    Prophet of Doom: Islam's Terrorist Dogma In Muhammad's Own Words

    Hindusthan should wage a war on islamist jehadi 

    terrorism. Step 1: Set up a Martyrs’ Memorial.


    Islamist jehadi terrorists in Mumbai – George Kassimeris


    Terror attacks in Mumbai: Extremists 'copied al Qaida blueprint'

    Published Date: 27 November 2008




    TERRORISTS behind co-ordinated attacks on a series of high-profile targets in India followed a "blueprint" created by al Qaida, one terrorism expert said today.


    George Kassimeris, an expert in conflict and terrorism, said attacks on transport links, hotels and bars in Mumbai were "original" and "absolutely shocking".

    He said the Islamic extremist group created the "modus operandi" of attacking vulnerable civilian targets with no warning, long-term plans or demands.

    Witness accounts that gunmen were looking for US and British nationals suggest they want to grab international attention, he added.

    Dr Kassimeris said: "Al Qaida set the blueprint for terrorist operations and now we see different people, different groups in different parts of the world, copying it.

    "The underlying theme is to cause as much havoc as possible and this is exactly what has happened in India.

    "There is no specific operational or logistical plan, they just want to inflict as much damage and injury as possible.

    "The fact they have gone for western targets confirms initial fears these people are out to inflict as much damage as possible."

    India has endured a series of terrorist attacks in recent years undertaken by disparate Islamic militants, many based in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

    A relatively new extremist group known as Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for several bomb attacks in Mumbai in the past 12 months.

    Dr Kassimeris, a senior research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, said those responsible were likely to be Islamic religious extremists.

    He said: "It could be any one of them and it would be foolish to speculate so soon, but I am 99.9% sure there is a religious element to this."

    A message explaining the attacks will probably be published via email or on an extremist website in the near future, the academic said.

    He said: "Do not forget the fact that they are attacking high-profile targets means they will get high-profile publicity.

    "This is the underlying reason they went for this kind of targets instead of just setting off a bomb in a far-flung suburb of Mumbai.

    Dr Kassimeris said the terrorists might have chosen to use guns and grenades because some bomb plots have failed.

    He said: "You need expertise to put bombs together. These people went for the straightforward style of terrorist activity. It is very easy and it works – unfortunately."

    Another expert compared the attacks to the deadly bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on September 20.

    Professor Richard Bonney, the author of Jihad: From Qu'ran To Bin Laden, said the difference was that in Mumbai there were co-ordinated attacks and Westerners were singled out as hostages.

    He said: "This attack looks more dangerous and better planned, though not directed against possible government targets but economic ones and of course the 'Western allies'."

    The terrorists are believed to have entered Mumbai by sea, risk forecasters Exclusive Analysis said.

    But the company's experts said they were "resistant" to reports that the attacks bore the hallmark of al Qaida or were even inspired by the jihadist movement founded by Osama bin Laden.

    Indian intelligence has suggested the attackers may have been Pakistani, based on "loose evidence" that some of them spoke with a Pakistani accent, they said.

    Exclusive Analysis said in its latest briefing: "The terrorists, who called themselves the Deccan Mujahideen – a previously unknown group – are believed to have used the sea route to enter the city with explosives.

    "A boat filled with explosives and ammunition has been found near the Gateway of India and is said to have been safely defused.

    "This exposes a security gap in Mumbai's defence because while the roads leading into and out of the city – and the state – are regularly patrolled and guarded with checkposts, coastal security appears to be a major security loophole."

    "Deccan" refers to the Deccan plateau, which spreads across central and southern India, the company said.

    It is unclear whether the name "Deccan Mujahideen" means the terrorists are from south India.

    So far homegrown terror networks have mostly recruited members from northern and western India, Exclusive Analysis said.

    The company's experts noted that it was "highly unlikely" the attacks on Mumbai was authorised or even known about at the top level in Pakistan.



    This is war waged against the nation (Editorial, Pioneer, Friday, November 28, 2008)

    To be overwhelmed by terror would be to concede defeat to jihadis

    The final death toll in the latest terrorist outrage in the country, this time in Mumbai, will be known only after the debris of the multiple attacks — scattered over 10 places in the mega city — are cleared and the casualties tabulated. What we do know for sure is that it will be more than 100; many of those who have been lucky enough to survive the nightmare will be scarred for the rest of their lives while others will be traumatised for a long time. But tragic as these deaths are and horrifying as the experience has been for hundreds of people, statistical details only serve to highlight the enormity of the crime that has been committed. Never before has India suffered such horrendous brutality whose magnitude is matched by the scale of terror, shock and outrage it has unleashed — not only in Mumbai but across the country. For the first time, we are witnessing not serial bombings or remote-controlled explosions, but a coordinated attack on multiple high profile targets by highly trained and extremely motivated fidayeen who have slaughtered innocent men and women, held people hostage, wreaked havoc and engaged Army, Navy and NSG commandos in armed combat for more than 24 hours.

    Marking a sharp departure from previous jihaditerrorist attacks on Mumbai, including the July 11, 2006 commuter train bombings in which 209 people were killed, and the March 12, 1993 serial bombings that left 250 people dead, this time the attackers did not remain in hiding: They wanted the world to see them; they were prepared to die. No less striking is the fact that they launched near-simultaneous attacks at various places, not chosen at random but carefully selected to fit into their scheme, thus throwing the police into a tizzy and striking terror far and wide. The non-stop media coverage has served their primary purpose of demonstrating their ability to hold out against the full force of the state, thus inspiring others who subscribe to their twisted ideology of hate to follow in their bloody footsteps. The ongoing operation to flush them out of Mumbai’s iconic hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace, Hotel Oberoi and its adjacent Oberoi Trident, and Nariman House, occupied by Israeli families participating in an outreach programme, are bound to succeed. But memories of this depredation will survive long after the last bullet has been fired. In a sense, the fidayeen attack heralds the beginning of a new phase of jihadiviolence, far more devastating in terms of spreading panic and fear, apart from making the state look miserably impotent. India’s long night of terror is now set to get longer.

    Mumbai’s police, who were the first to respond to the fidayeen attacks, have no doubt displayed admirable courage and valour in the face of adversity. Senior officials, including Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare and ACP Vijay Salaskar who were slain in Wednesday night’s gunfight, bravely led their men from the front. Yet, the fact remains that Maharashtra’s police force has been taken by surprise once again. Ironically, while the Anti-Terrorism Squad was busy chasing the chimera of ‘Hindu terrorism’ and basking in the glory of media publicity, the fidayeen were planning their assault on Mumbai to the last detail. It is now being claimed that the fidayeen came from Pakistan by using the sea route and entered Mumbai through the Gateway of India, using an inflatable dinghy. But whatever their country of origin, they could not have carried out the attacks without assistance from local collaborators. Obviously, the police intelligence network failed to pick up crucial information that could have helped in pre-empting the terror strike. It would, however, be unfair to blame Maharashtra’s police alone for such failure; the police in every State where jihadis have struck have been taken by surprise. This is partly on account of the fact that the State-level intelligence-gathering mechanism is not geared up for tracking terror-related chatter, and largely because the Intelligence Bureau is in a shambles, reduced to no more than an extension counter of the Congress and made to serve the political interests of those in power today. Had the Prime Minister been even remotely serious about combating terrorism, his first step would have been to sack the Intelligence Bureau chief as well as the head of the Research & Analysis Wing, which is charged with the responsibility of gathering and processing intelligence from abroad but has miserably failed in this task. That they remain in office bears testimony to the fact that they enjoy political patronage for rendering services that are far removed from ensuring the safety and security of the nation and its citizens.

    If the Prime Minister is not convinced of the abysmal failure of these two crucial agencies in providing real time intelligence input and undertaking counter-terrorism operations, then there is no reason to take note of his laboured denunciation of terrorism, which he repeated on Thursday. The Prime Minister’s ‘pledge’ to ensure there is no repetition of the fidayeen attacks witnessed in Mumbai rings hollow: After every terrorist strike, he has made a similar promise and done nothing to fulfil it. On the contrary, through word and deed he has signalled to the jihadis that India is a soft target; that the state under his tutelage is too emaciated to respond with fury; and, that determined action against terrorism runs contrary to the political principles of the Government he heads. It is laughable that at the fag end of his tenure, during which the nation has been attacked repeatedly and hundreds of Indians have lost their lives, he should set up a task force on terrorism and ask it to come up with a blueprint to fight terror in 100 days. Had he been sincere about waging war on terror, he would have come up with a plan in his first 100 days in office, which he spent dismantling the anti-terror structure put in place by the NDA Government. Having scrapped the Prevention of Terrorism Act, which provided a legal framework for punishing terrorists and their associates, he has now promised to punish the perpetrators of the crime in Mumbai and their associates. He clearly forgets that ever since the UPA came to power, not a single terrorist has been successfully prosecuted and made to pay for his offence. Those punished by the courts are sitting pretty.

    The failure of the Government, however, must not weaken the nation’s resolve to stand united against the evil forces of terrorism. Indeed, as a people we must rise to the challenge posed by terrorists and ensure their defeat. We will no doubt have to pay a heavy price for this, but no price is big enough to protect our democracy, our liberty and our open society. To allow death and destruction to overwhelm us would be tantamount to conceding defeat to fanatics who have ceased to be human beings. We have to ensure India wins this war. 



    Nov 28, 2008


    Total Unmitigated Defeat for UPA Anti-POTA Policy


    Islamic Jihad Again in Mumbai.

    Terrorists have struck again on a savage and massive scale in Mumbai.Terrorists have ripped Mumbai apart yesterday night. Terrorists virtually took over posh South Mumbai yesterday night (Wednesday), attacking the Taj and Oberoi Hotels—two of the city’s biggest five-star hotels—as well as the Trident and the Ramada Hotels, Shivaji Terminus Railway Hub and other places with AK 47 assault riffles and granades. More than 100 people have been killed and nearly 300 others have been seriously injured. Five police officers are among those killed, including ATS Chief Hemant Karkare. He was shot dead by the terrorists outside the CST police station. Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Tamtte, Encounter Specialist Vijay Salskar and a DIG have also been killed.

    The five star hotels continue to be under siege. Speaking from inside the Oberoi hotel where at least half a dozen foreigners are being held hostage the man, identifed as Sahadullah, told India TV: “We want all Mujahideens held in India released and only after that we will release the people. There are seven of us inside hotel Oberoi." It is also understood that the terrorists inside the Taj Hotel have issued a warning making a DEMAND to the Government to this effect: “If you don’t release all the Indian Mujahideens and also the Mujahideens in all the other countries of the World outside India from prison immediately, all the hostages inside these hotels would be killed forthwith.”

    A Jewish rabbi and his family have been taken hostage by gunmen involved in a string of coordinated attacks in Mumbai. Indian Jewish Federation Chairman Jonathan Solomon has said: "The name of the place is Chabad house in South Mumbai. I hear commandos are storming the apartment block, which is a four-storey building. A rabbi is in there with his family. I don't know the number of gunmen in there. I don't know how many family members are in there." It has also been reported that the target of the Lashkar Islamic jehadi terrorists from Karachi, Pakistan is to bring down the Jewish prayer hall in Nariman House in Mumbai city.Nariman House is a 5 story dilapidated jewish building which is next to the petrol station in Colaba, where a genade was thrown last night.

    A group calling itself the "Deccan Mujahedeen" has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attacks in Mumbai that killed 80 people, and injured over 900. The outfit has sent emails to various media outlets saying it carried out the attacks across the city. Another little-known Islamic group, the Islamic Security Force-Indian Mujahedeen, had claimed responsibility for serial blasts last month in Assam that claimed nearly 80 lives.

    Six weeks earlier, New Delhi had been hit by a series of bombs in crowded markets that left more than 20 dead. Those blasts were claimed by a group calling itself the Indian Mujahedeen. It has been reported that in Mumbai blast yesterday terrorists were seen wearing a uniform with jackets emblazoned with VERSA slogan and carrying a Reebok-type sports shoulder bag.

    What is shocking and shameful is that less than a week ago our weak Prime Minister and weaker Home Minister had addressed a meeting of Director Generals of Police and other security staff from all the States of India in New Delhi and had made it very clear that the Central Government had no intention whatsoever of re-introducing POTA in order to counter or put down terrorism in India. They were addressing a conference which had been organized to discuss "LEFTWING EXTREMISM, TERRORISM AND INSURGENCY". The Prime Minister said “Our country cannot afford to have a repetition of the kind of terrorist attacks we have witnessed in recent months. I only wish to emphasise here that time is not on our side. We cannot afford a repetition of the kind of terrorist attacks that have recently taken place in Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Guwahati and some other urban centres. We should understand that a networked security architecture is essential as risks are often unforeseen and threats are often hidden. This has made the work of law and order professionals far more challenging than ever before. We need, therefore, to be able to anticipate better".

    The Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister have been coming out with the same pseudo-secular nursery rhyme after each terrorist attack during the last four years. According to Union Home Ministry figures, the country has witnessed 64 bomb blasts in less than six months this year, which left more than 215 dead and over 900 injured.

    Ever since the UPA government under our effete Prime Minister assumed office in 2004, the menace of organised terrorist crimes has been on the increase. Ever since the POTA was revoked in 2004, there has been no effective law in the country to effectively control the organised crimes. All our major cities have become targeted centres of Islamic terrorists who hoard money through illegal means. Islamic Terrorism knows no national boundaries and is fueled by illegal wealth generated by contract killing, extortion, smuggling in contrabands, illegal trade in narcotics, kidnappings for ransom, collection of protection money and money laundering, etc. The existing legal framework i. e. the penal and procedural laws and the adjudicatory system were found to be rather inadequate to curb or control the menace of organised crime. All these aspects have been brilliantly explained in the great Memorandum that was submitted by Narendra Modi to our Prime Minister in the last week of July at Ahmedabad.

    Against this background, in July 2008 Narendra Modi in his Memorandum to the Prime Minister, drew his attention to the following important issues:

    1. The Central Intelligence agencies should not behave in a casual and routine manner that too in a reactive manner. Getting inputs and justpassing on to the states will not serve the purpose. There has to be pro-active, sincere, organised, and continuous efforts to unearth the terrorist activities, networks and their designs.

    2. There has to be a national consensus for zero-tolerance against terrorism and necessary political and administrative will has to be mustered to bring this spirit into action.

    3. We need to strengthen the legal provisions to fight terrorism. The POTAact has been repealed without any adequate alternative provisions to deal with terrorist acts and threats. Therefore, on the one hand, the states have been rendered helpless without any effective legal mechanism to deal with terrorism and on the other; different states have been dealing similar terrorist acts differently.

    4. There is a need for modernisation of the police force and intelligence machinery. The states have to be particularly assisted adequately by the government of India if the terrorist acts are treated as national concern. In case of Gujarat, unfortunately, the grants in this regard have been reduced in spite of State’s good performance in physical and financial terms and in spite of Gujarat being a sensitive border state.

    5. Gujarat’s requests for strengthening of the coastal security have not been taken seriously. The State has been repeatedly representing to strengthen the chain of Police Stations and to provide boats for effective surveillance of the coastal security. Similar is the fate of Border Fencing, which is being done in a casual manner.

    6. Government of India should create an All India Intelligence Service just like IAS and IPS so that professionalism is inducted into the intelligence wing, which will help the country on a long-term basis.

    Let me quote the words of Narendra Modi spoken to the Prime Minister in person in Ahmedabad: ‘I am anguished to note that the government of India has not given any serious thought to any of my suggestions. Let not another city be added in the list of terrorist attacks. Let not more people lose their lives and limbs. We have no time to lose and we have to act and the union government must be visibly seen leading from the front. I am willing to offer my services, both on a personal level and in my official capacity as Chief Minister, for conceiving and formulating any suitable and effective strategies to fight terrorism’.

    I spoke to Dr. Subramaniam Swamy and he said that he would like to highlight the following points in the light of what has happened in Mumbai:

    1. The 1600 days of the UPA regime has seem the maximum blasts making this country the highest globally in terror attacks.

    2. Mrs Sonia Gandhi had thrust a Home Minister on our helpless country who is the most inefficient Home Minister we have ever had after our Independence.

    3. For the sake of Muslim votes the Congress and its allies have abetted terrorism by their soft policy.

    4. India has become a safe haven for terrorists.

    5. Money from abroad is flowing to fund these terrorists.

    6. For power the Congress and its allies are prepared to allow innocent people to be sacrificial goats.

    7. I have no doubt that the ATS in Maharashtra was instructed by Sonia Gandhi (informally through her Security Advisor) to target the Hindu leaders like RSS Chief Sudharshanji and VHP Chief Ashok Singhal Ji. As the ATS in Maharashtra had diverted most of their staff for doing ‘political’ work as directed by Sonia Gandhi, the ATS was not in a position to effectively deal with the terrorists who chose the right moment to attack Mumbai.

    8. The UPA Government have unsettled everything on every front and settled nothing.

    Against the above background, the Lok Sabha should demand an immediate Parliamentary Inquiry into the Mumbai blasts which took place yesterday. The House should immediately appoint seven or eight independent members, responsible, experienced and discreet members drawn from major parties, to visit Mumbai and to find out what happened and report to the House. Parliament of the past days in which our country was abuilding would never have hesitated to take such a course of action. We shamelessly talk about our Parliamentary institutions and Parliamentary Democracy. But if these are to survive it will not be because the Constituencies return the same, docile, subservient Members, and try to stamp out every form of Independent judgement.


    Target of the Lashkar Islamic jehadi terrorists from Karachi, Pakistan: Jewish prayer hall in Nariman House.

    Terrorists wear a uniform with jackets emblazoned with VERSA slogan and carrying a Reebok-type sports shoulder bag.

    Jewish rabbi, family being held hostage by Mumbai gunmen: group
    27 Nov 2008, 1013 hrs IST, AGENCIES

    MUMBAI: A Jewish rabbi and his family have been taken hostage by gunmen involved in a string of coordinated attacks in India's financial capital 


    Mumbai, India's Jewish Federation told. 

    "The name of the place is Chabad house in South Mumbai. I hear commandos are storming the apartment block, which is a four-storey building. A rabbi is in there with his family," Indian Jewish Federation chairman Jonathan Solomon said.  

    "I don't know the number of gunmen in there. I don't know how many family members are in there," he added.,prtpage-1.cms


    From Times Online

    November 27, 2008

    'Free our Muhajideen' demand Bombay terrorists



    Guests escaped down ladders from the fire that gutted parts of the Taj hotel

    Anne Barrowclough


    The gunmen holding dozens of hostages in two of Bombay's luxury hotels are demanding the release of 'Muhajideens' held in Indian jails before they free their prisoners.

    Speaking from inside the Oberoi hotel where at least half a dozen foreigners are being held hostage the man, identifed as Sahadullah, told India TV: We want all Mujahideens held in India released and only after that we will release the people."

    He added "There are seven of us inside hotel Oberoi."

    The demands came as the death toll in the terror attacks rose to 101, with six foreigners among the dead, according to police. Another 287 people have been injured.

    As dawn broke over the country's financial capital after the night of carnage, gunfire could still be heard in the country's financial capital.

    Police with loudspeakers declared a curfew around the Taj Mahal hotel, where at least two gunmen are still holding a number of hostages, many of them British and American.

    Green uniformed soldiers were seen entering the Taj hotel and the Oberoi. Ambulances were moved close to the Taj in what might signal the start of a police assault on the building and its occupiers.

    The attacks began late on Wednesday evening, when militants swept through the south part of the city late attacking a railway station, a back packer hotel and the two hotels with automatic rifles and grenades.

    A taxi was bombed near the international airport. At Leopold Café, a bar popular with tourists and backpackers, witnesses described pools of blood and bullet-scarred walls.

    Eleven police officers, including the chief of Bombay’s anti-terror squad, were killed in stand-offs with gunmen. Police later said they had killed four suspected terrorists and arrested nine.

    A police spokesman said: “We have only a very tenuous grasp on what is happening so far. People are scared. The incidents being reported are so many. Gunmen are under siege at several locations but we are worried about hitting civilians.” Later, police said that they had killed four suspected terrorists and

    The iconic Taj Mahal hotel was set on fire, gutting the upper floors and this mornng it was still ablaze. Soldiers and firefighters helped her and several others to climb down ladders and escape the blazing edifice as the firing continued inside.

    A clutch of weeping Spanish, Italian and British guests huddled outside the hotel this morning, clutching bottles of water and haversacks.

    A few miles away across town, eyewitnesses said gunmen hijacked a police van then opened fire on crowds that had collected near two hospitals close to the police headquarters.

    "We heard a car speed up behind us, it was a police van, but the men inside were firing at us," said Manish Tripathi, at a police cordon near one of the hospitals.

    "Men were screaming that they had lost their fingers. There was blood all over," he said. "I feel they are still screaming."

    The ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch was re[portedly attacked overnight. Shots have been heard coming from the building and witnesses say a Jewish family is being held hostage.

    Schools and colleges have been ordered to close today, and the stock market will remain closed for at least the next 24 hours.

    *Foreign Office phone line for concerned relatives: 020 7 0080000.



    From The Times

    November 27, 2008

    Terrorists wanted to destroy symbol of Indian splendour


    Jeremy Page


    It felt like India’s 9/11. Even in a country whose experience of terrorism dates back to its independence in 1947, the sight of Bombay’s Taj Mahal Palace hotel in flames after last night’s attacks was something that no one could ever have imagined.

    For this was one of the nation’s most famous landmarks, an iconic building that encapsulated both the pomp and grandeur of the British Raj and the enduring vibrancy of India’s film and financial capital.

    It was built in 1903 by Jamsetji N. Tata, the Indian industrialist, who believed that Bombay needed a grand hotel to take its place among the great cities of the world.

    As thick black smoke billowed from its domed roof, and flames poured through its gothic arched windows, one Indian television anchor summed up the feelings of millions of watching Indians. “If America cannot forget the images of the World Trade Centre, this image of fire billowing out of this beautiful structure which represents Mumbai and its free spirit will not be forgotten here,” he said.

    The symbolism was clearly no accident. The gunmen who stormed into the Taj last night appear to have set off a series of explosions with the specific intent of destroying the building.

    Police suspect that they arrived by boat, mooring by the Gateway of India that was built in honour of King George V and Queen Mary in 1928.

    They began their audacious assault at around 9.30pm by bursting into the hotel that was built in the Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles on the waterfront overlooking the Arabian Sea. They opened fire indiscriminately on the crowd of well-heeled Indians and foreigners milling around the ornate lobby, with its famous cantilever stairway, onyx columns and crystal chandeliers.

    As the masked gunmen started to move through the hotels’ corridors looking for foreigners, staff managed to warn many of the guests to stay in their rooms.

    At 2.30am the army surrounded the building and began to storm it. At about 3.30am the fire started on the top floors of the hotel after a series of explosions and intermittent gunfire.

    Firefighters tried to douse the flames but they were still raging by around 5am when there was a pause in the shooting.

    Police said that nine gunmen were arrested and two were killed at the Taj. As about 100 terrified guests were finally evacuated from the hotel, the firefighters emerged too and described the scenes of devastation inside the pride of Bombay, with up to 100 guests still unaccounted for. “There’s major damage inside,” a fireman said as he emerged from the heritage wing of the hotel.

    These were the rooms that had entertained everyone from Maharajahs and foreign heads of state to rock stars and billionaire industrialists.

    The Beatles stayed in the hotel during their obsession with India, and John Lennon famously stayed with Yoko Ono in the hotel’s Rajput Suite, eating only from a macrobiotic menu specially prepared by the Taj’s chefs.

    Royalty has often used the hotel, and members of the British royal family including Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Prince Phillip have stayed there, as have the King and Queen of Norway.

    Other pop royalty has checked in, including Mick Jagger and Elvis Presley. Bill Clinton, the former US President, was also a guest.

    Last night the corridors echoed with the sound of gunfire and explosions as the gunmen battled with the Maharashtra state police’s elite Anti-Terrorism Squad.

    Hement Karkare, the squad’s head, was shot in the chest in the operation and soon succumbed to his wounds near the spot where Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, founded the Goa Liberation Group in the 1950s to demand the return of the Portuguese colony.

    In its opulence, the hotel was often cited as an example of the contrast between the poverty-stricken slums of Bombay and the lavish grandeur of hotels that charge up to £2,000 per night for a room, over double the average annual income of an Indian citizen.

    But even to ordinary Mumbaikers, as Bombay’s residents are known, it was a source more of pride than of envy — a majestic reminder of their city’s place in the world.

    “Home to the royalty, heads of states, tycoons, captains of industry, corporate nomads and jet-setters, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower is a living tribute to Mumbai’s cosmopolitan ethos and dynamic spirit,” says the Taj’s website.

    Now it stands, perhaps, as a monument to Indian terrorism — and the thousands of victims it has claimed since the country’s independence.



    Police have seized a rubber boat, which anchored off Mumbai harbour. It carried explosives. (Times Now channel).


    Israel concerned about safety of its nationals in Mumbai


    Jerusalem, Nov 28 (PTI) Israel is concernedover an unspecified number of its nationals missing in Mumbai, which was struck by coordinated terror attacks in a dozen areas, including Nariman House, a building owned by thereligious Jews' 'Chabad' movement.
    Members of the Israeli consulate in Mumbai are conducting searches in city hospitals to look for injured or missing citizens, Israel Radio reported.

    The 'Chabad' movement on its websiteexpressed concern over the welfare of its representativein Mumbai, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka Holtzberg, who could not be contacted since the attacks.

    Its activists are "working closely with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the US government" to locate the Holtzbergs and other missing persons in the Chabad House area, the website said.

    Mumbai's Chabad House is said to be a popular stop for Israeli tourists wherethe Holtzbergs offer visitors a host of programmes, including providing kosher food.

    At least 80 people, including Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, were killed when terrorists struck with impunity in Mumbai in coordinated multiple blasts and gunfire in a dozen areas across the city.

    Besides the crowded CST railway station and five star hotels -- Oberoi and Taj-- firing was also reported at Colaba and Nariman Point among other areas. PTI




    Firing at Nariman House in South Mumbai intensifies


    MUMABI SHATTERED: Window panes on third and fifth floor shattered.

    Mumbai: Exchange of fire intensified at Nariman House, a residential complex with a Jewish prayer hall, where also a hostage situation was prevailing. There were unconfirmed reports of a similar situation in Cama hospital. Window panes on third and fifth floor shattered.

    Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said the situation was "grave". He remarked that the terrorists could have come by boats.

    Maharashtra deputy chief minister R R Patil said nine suspected terrorists have been detained.

    Five police officers, including Anti Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, were killed in the terror strikes that in all claimed the lives of at least 11 police personnel.

    The motive for the onslaught was not immediately clear, but Mumbai has frequently been targeted in terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic extremists, including a series of bombings in July 2007 that killed 187 people.

    Media reports said a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen had claimed responsibility for the attacks in e-mails to several media outlets.




    Thursday, November 27, 2008

    Terror attack planned by Lashkar

    New Delhi: Ten people reportedly sneaked into Mumbai via the sea route from Karachi and carried out a pre-planned and well-orchestrated strike in India under the aegis of the dreaded Lashkar-e-Taiba militant outfit.

    A report on Times Now quoted intelligence agencies as saying that the timing of the terror attack coincided with efforts at peace talks between the newly elected regime in Pakistan and the authorities in India.

    The militants reportedly used speed-boats to get from the coast of Karachi to Mumbai and then spread out into the southern part of the city and spread mayhem around the central business district by storming two major hotels and opening indiscriminate fire at several places.  

    The report quoted the intelligence agencies as saying that this information came from one of the captured terrorists after last night's heist in India's financial capital that saw more than 87 people lose their lives and 200 being injured with a few hostage dramas continuing for nearly 12 hours.  

    The report also said that there was no group called the Deccan Mujahideen and the e-mail has been traced back to a fictitious IP address in Russia. It said that the hawkish elements in Pakistan stage-managed this terror attacks to coincide with the visit of Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who was to visit Chandigarh today in the company of his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee, a trip that has since been cancelled.


    Commandos enter Taj, Oberoi; Nariman House in Colaba 

    To end the terror impasse in Mumbai, trained commandos have entered the National Security Guards and Marine commandos entered the Taj and Oberai hotels. The terrorists are holding up in these hotels since last night and are firing intermittently.


    CJ: Abhishek Behl ,  1 hour ago   (27 Nov. 2008, 10 AM)


    INDIAN ARMY commandos on early Thursday morning moved into Oberoi and Taj Mahal hotels of Mumbai to flush out the Fidayeens (suicide bombers), who have taken control of the hotels since late Wednesday night. Three to four heavily armed suicide attackers are said to be inside the Taj and Oberoi hotels and have held several people hostage in there.


    At least 60 people are held hostage in the historic Taj hotel, where security forces are planning to launch a coordinated attack.


    An eyewitness revealed that terrorists were looking for people with British and American passports and wanted to take hold of them. At least 30 to 40 people are said to be taken hostage by the fidayeens in the two hotels, he added.

    Latest reports said that National Security Guard personnel have also been brought in to get inside the hotels and neutralise the terrorists. Both Taj and Oberoi hotels have been encircled by the commandos to ensure that no one enters or escapes from there.


    In a brazen Fidayeen attack, 80 people were killed and more than 250 were injured when a group of heavily armed terrorists attacked crowded places in South Mumbai. First to come under attack was the popular Mumbai cafe Leopald, which always remain crowded even on weekdays.


    In an unfortunate incident, an entire building in the heart of Colaba called Nariman House is now held hostage by five suspected terrorists. It is being feared that lives of Jewish families, who live in the building is under serious threat.

    Four people were killed after terrorists struck in the highly crowded area and fired gun shots indiscriminately. National Security Guard commandos are planning to attack the house from behind to ensure that they are able to free the hostages.

    Initial reports said that a group of terrorists escaped in a police vehicle and reached Colaba, where they threw a grenade on a petrol pump.


    After disembarking from the police car, they entered the Nariman house, in a preplanned manner and held the Jewish and Israeli families as hostages.


    They also started firing indiscriminately after taking positions in the house and are still holding out. Security forces have cordoned the house and commandos have moved in from behind in the highly crowded area.

    Maharashtra deputy chief Minister RR Patil informed that nine suspected ultras have been arrested. He also informed the death of 11 policemen, including some of the top cops of the Anti-terrorists squad.


    Chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that operation was still going on and highly trained commandos have been brought in to end the hostage situation. He admitted that it is not known whether how many terrorists were involved in the attack and who was responsible for the same.

    School and colleges have been shut in Mumbai city and government has asked the people to stay away from the affected areas.


    Mayhem in Mumbai: Terrorist attacks claim at least 80 lives; hundreds taken hostage


    By Anand Kumar (Dawn, Pakistan, 27 Nov. 2008)

    MUMBAI, Nov 26: Heavy exchanges of gunfire were taking place at around 2 this morning between police and terrorists, who were holed up in two luxury hotels in south Mumbai, after the worst terrorist attack in India had seen at least 80 people killed and over 150 injured.

    The army was called out as terror attacks swept through the city late at night, with a third 5-star hotel in a suburb also having came under attack. Police claimed to have killed two terrorists, even as a police vehicle was hijacked by the attackers.

    The terrorists opened fire at nearly half a dozen places in south Mumbai at around 10pm on Wednesday, and soon took hundreds, including foreigners and businessmen, hostage. Gunmen opened fire from AK-47 rifles at the city’s busiest railway terminal, CST, killing nearly 20 people.

    Fear swept through the city, as frequent gunfire was heard from public places. Explosive-laden vehicles, including a taxi near the international airport, blew up. The authorities decided to call in the army early this morning and sought additional commandos from Delhi.

    Terrorists took hundreds hostage in the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels in south Mumbai, minutes after they had fired with their AK-47 rifles. They threw hand-grenades at the Oberoi hotel, setting two floors aflame.

    Commandos tried unsuccessfully to enter the two hotels for at least three hours. At around 1am, a fierce gun-battle broke out at the historic Taj hotel outside the Gateway of India, and flames could be seen leaping out of the dome.

    The terrorists also entered a hospital and fired at patients and police. Later, they hijacked a police vehicle and disappeared into the night.

    Police were clueless about the number of terrorists, their identity or their background. The surprise attack took the city of 15 million by surprise, with gunshots being heard in the tourist district of Colaba at around 10 pm.

    Soon the city streets were deserted as policemen with bullet-proof vests took over south Mumbai. All roads were sealed to prevent the terrorists from escaping.

    Eyewitnesses at the two hotels and at the CST railway station said the terrorists were firing indiscriminately. At the busy railway terminus, scores of passengers fell victim to the bullets. Even after midnight, the blood-stained platforms were uncleared and injured passengers could be seen lying there.

    Police warned residents to stay at home as more attacks are feared.

    Agencies add: Indian TV channels reported that the chief of Mumbai’s police anti-terrorist squad, Hemant Karkare, was among those killed.

    Attackers also targeted the Cafe Leopold, a famous restaurant and hang-out for tourists in Mumbai. “I guess they were after foreigners, because they were asking for British or American passports,” said Rakesh Patel, a British witness who lives in Hong Kong and was staying at the Taj hotel on business. “They had bombs.”

    “They came from the restaurant and took us up the stairs,” he told the NDTV news channel, smoke stains all over his face. “Young boys, maybe 20 years old, 25 years old. They had two guns.”

    Maharashtra state chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that an encounter was going on at the two hotels and the situation was grave. “Our men are on the job,” he added.

    Maharashtra police chief A.N. Roy said: “These are terrorist strikes in at least seven places.”

    Some of the injured were evacuated from the Taj on the hotel’s golden luggage carts, while waiters in black and white formal wear and chefs were seen leaving the Oberoi.

    “The lobby of the Taj hotel is on fire,” a police spokesman said. “We are trying to find out how many people are inside the hotel.”

    Sourav Mishra, a Reuters reporter, who was with friends at the Cafe Leopold when gunmen opened fire around 9:30pm, had suffered injuries.

    “Fifty-eight bodies have been brought in. There are another 50 who are injured, some critical, who have been transferred to the nearby J.J. Hospital,” a spokesman for the city’s St George’s Hospital said.

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the attacks and said the Maharashtra state government would be given all the assistance required.

    The head of the Madrid regional government, Esperanza Aguirre, was staying in the Taj hotel at the time of attack but she and her delegation escaped unhurt, a government spokesman in Madrid said.

    The BBC News website said a British member of the European Parliament, Sajjad Karim, was also in the hotel at the time and saw a gunman open fire in the lobby.

    “All I saw was one man on foot carrying a machine gun-type of weapon -- which I then saw him firing from and I saw people hitting the floor, people right next to me,” he was quoted as saying.

    One British guest told local Indian television that he had been among a dozen people herded together by two heavily armed men and taken up to the hotel’s upper floors.

    “They were very young, like boys really, wearing jeans and T-shirts,” the guest said.

    “They said they wanted anyone with British and American passports and then they took us up the stairs. I think they wanted to take us to the roof,” he said, adding that he and another hostage had managed to escape when they reached the 18th floor.As he was speaking, there was a loud explosion from the roof of the hotel.

    It was not immediately clear if some hostages were still being held.

    British Foreign Secretary David Miliband “unreservedly” condemned the attacks, saying they were yet another reminder “of the threat we face from violent extremists.”




    This refers to the 'frontpage' of the TNIE dated 27 NOV.

    Three 'HEADLINES ' on the frontpage read:






    (C) - Attack to impact MP elections

    At a time when there is an "UNDECLARED WAR ON INDIA" FROM THE "JIHADIS", all that your maudlin newspaper could think of 'frontpaging' - "Attack to impact MP elections"!! That's "NEHRUVIAN SECULARISM" for you and me!!

    On Deepavali you publish an arrant nonsense of an Article by Seema Mustafa, as later events have proved. Today there is another 'seditious' piece by that 'SECULAR' Jyoti Punwani. That's your sense of proportion!! And an "anticipated" edit on 'freedom of expression and Goa'!!

    Your reporting of date reminded me of an Article written by Gurumurthy in your paper of 14 Jan 2005, entitled: " Will the `secular' media heed Justice Reddy's warning? ":  " Finally, the highest court intervened in the Shankaracharya case effectively, and soothingly too. The media had to highlight the Supreme Court judgment, and did it well too.But it kept out of print an earlier and profound judgment of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on the very Shankaracharya issue. Since the High Court had indicted the `secular' media, the judgmentwas effectively censored by the media, understandably."

    It is worth quoting at length excerpts from Justice L.Narasimha Reddy's judgment, in so far as it concerns the ' SECULAR MEDIA'.

    " In a way and in a sense, this writ petition demonstrates the extent to which the institutions of ancient origin as well as the concept of public interest litigation have become vulnerable. It also indicates the abysmal levels, to which the norms of journalism have drifted."

    " Not only individuals but also a section of institutions, such as, the State and Press, appear to be determined to be belittle and besmirch the Peetham."

    " In the recent past, the freedom of the prosecuting agency, and that of the Courts, to deal with the cases before them freely and objectively, is substantially eroded, on account of the overactive or proactive stances taken in the presentations made by the print and electronic media.  Once an incident involving prominent person or institution takes place, the media is swinging into action and virtually leaving very little for the prosecution or the Courts to examine the matter.  Recently, it has assumed dangerous proportions, to the extent of intruding into the very privacy of individuals.  Gross misuse of technological advancements, and the unhealthy competition in the field of journalism resulted in obliteration of norms or commitment to the noble profession.  The freedom of speech and expression which is the bed rock of journalism, is subjected to gross misuse.  It must not be forgotten that only those who maintain restraint can exercise rights and freedoms effectively."

    " If the press clippings filed as material papers in this writ petition are examined, it indicates the miserable levels to which the glorious profession of journalism was brought to. A section of the electronic medium has reduced the entertainment and journalism to nauseating levels.To say the least, the said news items and the presentations in the networks disclose the way of thinking or the standards set for themselves in the field of journalism, by those, who are running the same.  The persons who have contributed the news items and those who published them have forgotten basic values of life, leave alone that journalism.  Unfortunately,they are not rare exceptions."

    " Freedom of speech and _expression is a concept "deduced" (to adopt the words of Sri Soli Sorabji) by courts from the provisions of the Constitution of India.  Though there is no direct provision in the constitution, the Courts, particularly the Supreme Court and High Courts recognized the necessity and importance of a free press, to sustain a healthy democracy and the corresponding right was carved out, through the process of interpretation. It was nourished and nurtured by the Courts by protecting it from the onslaughts, from time to time.  However, with the passage of time, the freedom came to be grossly misused by certain agencies.  Thanks to the contribution of a section of the press, such a sacred freedom was brought to nauseating levels.One has only to realize that the courts which have "deduced" freedom of speech and _expression and nurtured it for the past few decades, may not find it difficult to redefine it, if it is found to have been misused by certain persons or institutions, to the point absurdity.  It is the cumulative effect of the various instances of the type referred to above, that may bring about such a situation or rethinking in the entire matter, and if that happens, the society may have to pay the proportionate price.  The reason is that, freedom is always replaced by tyranny."

    Gurumurthy concluded his above referred Article by stating: " Understand why the `secular' media have not spoken a word about Justice Reddy? Because, it would shame them."

    I will go a stp further and state that the 'secular English media' in India IS THE PROBLEM. IT IS NOT THE SOLUTION.

    THEREFORE - " BOMBS GALORE ". Army denigrated. Now the Navy. Probably tomorrow the IAF.

    Your paper was a 'nationalist' one to the core in the days bygone.


    Today it is a 'secular dishrag ' and I won't mind adding - 'secularly seditious'.






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    Is Purohit the man who knows too much?

    27 Nov 2008, 0539 hrs IST, Pranati Mehra & S Balakrishnan, TNN


    MUMBAI: Maharashtra's ATS chief Hemant Karkare met the national security advisor (NSA) M K Narayanan and the chief of Army intelligence in Delhi on Tuesday along with two of his officers, sources told TOI on Wednesday. 

    Parambir Singh and Sukvinder Singh, both additonal commissioners working with Karkare, accompanied him to

    The meeting came a day after the ATS lost face in the MCOCA court of Mumbai when the special judge Y D Shinde refused to give ATS the custody of the Sadhvi and Lt-Col P S Purohit though it was the first court hearing after the police had invoked MCOCA.

    The MCOCA hearing had been marked by allegations of torture in ATS custody by most of the accused. But the meeting in
    Delhi could have been on weightier issues. The ATS's faux pas in the Nashik court last Saturday when it alleged Purohit's role in the Samjhauta train blast of February 2007, has put the Indian government in a bind. 

    The meeting of home secretaries of
    India and Pakistan is taking place in Islamabad this week and the ATS's allegation against Purohit may come handy to that country to debunk India's claims that the Samjhauta blast was the handiwork of the ISI. 

    Sources also say the role of Purohit was discussed in further detail. The officer's lawyer had argued in court that he had done some of the best operations in the country and the Indians should be proud of him. Purohit has worked in intelligence in J&K and would have been privy to some very sensistive information.

    The Centre fears that if Purohit discloses to the court or to the media, after his release on bail, details of covert operations carried out by him for military intelligence then it would internationally face a major embarrassment. Purohit had taken part in several sensitive operations in J& K and Northeast.

    What is also worrying the Centre is the disclosure made under narco-analysis by both Purohit and another accused Chaturvedi that non-Wahabi Muslims had taken part in the conspirary to plant bombs in
    Malegaon. If this is true then it reveals a nexus between fanatic Hindu elements and certain Muslim groups. The Centre is also concerned that so far the exact source of RDX believed to have been smuggled by Purohit has not been identified so far.