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26/11 The Facts Bharat should Never Forget

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Fifteen years ago, on this day, ten LeT terrorists broke into Mumbai with the intent of creating havoc. For four days in a row, Mumbai was under attack and around 170 individuals, including foreigners, lost their lives and 304 were left injured as a result of this terrorist attack by Pakistan. However, there are certain lesson and facts which Bharat should never forget-

  • Kasab was wearing “Kalawa” (saffron thread) to make it appear “Hindu terror”– Kasab was one of the ten terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November 2008 and the only member of Lashkar-e-Taiba to be apprehended alive. They were all given saffron wristbands to put across their wrists along with Hindu names. According to the retired IPS officer Rakesh Maria, in his memoir “Let me say it now”, the LeT wanted him to be killed as a Bengaluru resident ‘Samir Dinesh Chaudhari’, with a “red thread” tied around his wrist to portray the attack as a case of ‘Hindu terror’, but their plan apparently did not succeed as during investigation it was revealed that he was Ajmal Amir Kasab of Faridkot Pakistan.
  • Those who look at such attacks with their secular eyes and claim that 26/11 – as an act of terrorism, must remember the terrorists “original names” and the phone call records of these terrorists (published in the Hindu newspaper) wherein the remote handlers were directing – “Everything is being recorded by the media. Inflict the maximum damage. Keep fighting. Don’t be taken alive,” said one handler at 3.53am on 27 November.

    Another interjects:

    “Kill all the hostages, except the two Muslims,” before adding: “Keep your phone switched on so that we can hear the gunfire.”

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  • Even before the tears of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s mother could dry up, Rahul Gandhi had partied at a sprawling farmhouse at Radhey Mohan Chowk while his party that is, congress had stayed mum when Lashkar E Taiba had issued a statement after 26/11 threatening India of dire consequences, if they tried to attack Pakistan in retaliation. Indian public expected some kind of action like a surgical strike on LeT terror camps but the then Congress Government did nothing to avenge the gruesome attacks on our soil. It was too obsessed with proving that there was something called as Hindu Terror and creating fake narratives to appease Muslim vote banks in India that the question of Islamic Terror remained aside. Even a terrorist like Hafiz Saeed could stand up and point fingers on India that it was harboring Hindu terrorists just because the Congress was busy with its vote back politics. In fact, right after 26/11 the then Congress CM Vilasrao Deshmukh walked on the site with Film Producer R. G Varma and the then Maharashtra Home Minister R.R Patil and had remarked in Srk style- “Bade bade shehron mein aisi choti choti baatein hoti rehti Hai”. Congress also tried to reinforce the doctrine that Pakistan if provoked can resort to nuclear strike and therefore Pakistan is “untouchable” it was left to only Modi to demolish this doctrine through Balakot strike in 2019.
  • The Mumbai police did not even have bulletproof jackets forget about the obsolete weaponry to match the terrorists advanced automatic weapons. The UPA Government did nothing noteworthy to modernize the armed forces. However, the Congress Government did try to introduce a Communal Violence Bill in Parliament in which it tried to paint the picture that the Indian majority was complicit towards making violence against the minorities. This bill was thankfully thwarted by the BJP in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as it was then in opposition and thankfully to the efforts of late Mr.Arun Jaitley and others this vile bill never saw the light of the day.
  • Evidence suggests that various agencies of government were not acting in synergy, hiding behind bureaucratic walls. It is the present government that has brought synergy in them resulting in no bomb explosion anywhere in India except in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • There was an entire cabal of NGOs and media which worked only for their own selfish interests and against the nation. Coverage of 26/11 attack is a classic example of the same. The media coverage during the Kargil war and during 26/11, points that there was no lesson learnt! Both times media choose TRPs over national interest.
  • A wholly low sense of pride in the nation could have led to some amount of low synergy in the various organs of governance and the media. It may be noted that a sense of pride in the nation is a cultivable quality and it needs to be cultivated and supported by the government. It is only now that this seems to have just started happening post 2014 elections. For example – there’s a big difference in the attitude and the sense of pride in NRI’s before 2014 and after 2014.

All in all, the purpose of this article to remind that such blunders should never be repeated in future! We should remember that in such cases, restraint is not a sign of strength; it is perceived as a symbol of weakness. Moreover, one must never forget and forgive for nation is above all!

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