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India should have zero tolerance to Hindutva terror too: CPM

Last Updated: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 21:47

New Delhi: Demanding a thorough investigation
into terror-related cases, CPI(M) has said that the country
should display "zero tolerance" to all forms of terrorism,
including "Hindutva terrorism".

The net of terror spread by "Hindutva terrorist" groups
continues to widen, posing a "very serious threat" to the
unity and integrity of the nation, it said.
"The country should display zero tolerance. Terrorism of
all varieties only feed and strengthen each other, seeking to
destroy the very unity and integrity of our country," it said.

"To safeguard and strengthen modern India`s secular
democratic foundations, it is imperative that such pernicious
ideological methods of using terror for realising a political
objective needs to be decisively defeated," CPI(M) said in an
editorial in party mouthpiece People`s Democracy.

It said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will
probe the terrorist attacks on the Samjhauta Express and
examine the entire conspiracy behind the attack, including the
links of the accused in terrorist attacks at Malegaon, Mecca
Masjid in Hyderabad and at the Dargah in Ajmer.

A few weeks after the Malegaon bomb blast, the
Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested 11 people, the
CP(M) said adding this was the first instance in recent times
of arrests of people belonging to Hindutva right-wing outfits
on charges of terrorist activities.
Rattled by such exposures in the ongoing investigations,
it said, the RSS has reacted in its "typical fashion", saying
that all those arrested were no longer members of RSS or any
of its affiliates.

The CPI(M) also alleged that RSS is indulging in
double-speak on the issue of terrorism.

"The RSS chief questions the term Hindu terrorism
asking, "How can you club an entire community with the concept
of terrorism?" He says It is a political conspiracy to defeat
and defame Hindutva forces.

"What we are speaking about is Hindutva terror, not Hindu
terror. Clearly, no religious community, as a whole, can be
held responsible for the terrorist activities of individuals
embracing that religion," the party said.

"Same yardstick, however, should apply to other religions
as well. However, not according to the RSS. In the meeting of
its karyakarani mandali baithak in October 2008, just before
the Malegaon blast arrests, the RSS adopted a resolution
titled, `Curb Islamic Terrorism with an Iron Hand`. This is
not merely an expression of double standards," it said.

The party said this reflected the ideological roots of
converting the modern secular democratic republic of India
into the RSS version of a "Hindu Rashtra" based on "rabid"
religious intolerance.


First Published: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 21:47
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