'Yes, it was meant to divide us...'
Surfers question why names of possible suspects have been kept hidden.india Updated: Sep 10, 2006 11:47 IST
Terror has raised its head yet again. On Friday, powerful bombs went off near a mosque in the communally sensitive Malegaon town of Maharashtra, just two months after the Mumbai blasts.
The incident left 38 dead.
We asked our surfers if they thought the blasts in Malegaon were meant to foment communal trouble. Almost all who wrote in said that it was indeed the case, but many added that the government was indulging in double standards: in Mumbai they rushed to point fingers at SIMI while in this case nobody was named.
Here's how it went.
Aamir from New Delhi said, "It is a deliberate attempt to foment the communal riots and widen the rift between the two main communities of India. The two communities should trust each other because no religion teaches murder of the innocent."
Jayaprakash from Surat, too, thought on those lines.
"This was done only for creating communal disturbance. Nobody has claimed the responsibility of the incident. It shows the intention clearly."
Ahmar from Karachi was deeply saddened on hearing this news.
"I am a regular reader of all leading newspapers of India. I would like to make comments on a few points. India's home secretary VK Duggal called a press conference on Friday in which he said that he was not in a position to say if there was involvement by any organisation in the blasts. But, if we recall, all media and the government blamed Muslim organisations and Pakistan behind the blasts in Mumbai two months ago."
"I want a ask a simple question to all Indians - Will you blame any Hindu organisation like VHP, RSS, Bajrang Dal for these blasts?"
Mohammed from New Delhi, too, felt that the Hindu Right wing was responsible for this act of terror.
"The Bajrang Dal and VHP culprits are behind these blasts and government has to take necessary action rather than blaming LeT and ISI."
Mansoor from Bhopal, too, felt the blasts were meant to cause riots, but added that policies of coercion were doing India no good. He cited the recent Vande Mataram controversy to add that forcing people was hardly ideal.
"Let's be very clear that these indications are very dangerous for the country. If Muslims have not been tamed by world powers like USSR, USA, UK and Israel, what is Bajrang Dal?"
"Let us all think about it seriously. We Muslims love India and wish to live here peacefully with our Hindu brothers. But threats and intimidations are not acceptable."
"Now 'they' will not arrest any culprits (as they did after Mumbai blasts) because they are from majority community," wrote Syed.
Ayaz from Toronto, Canada, hoped the investigative agencies would show the same degree of urgency is naming the suspects as was done after the Mumbai blasts.
"We hope our police and intelligence agencies will show the same efficiency as they showed to catch the 'suspects' for train bombings. There is a strong possibility that these blasts are a revenge for the train bombings."
"The innocent paid the price on both the occasions. I wonder what sort of a mindset a person doing such a heinous act has? What kind of a world are our children headed for?"
Azhar from Dubai agreed to the question we asked.
"This is the handiwork of some bad elements who committed this heinous crime and want to create trouble within our country."
Many surfers wrote to ask what the government was doing to prevent the frequent recurrence of such incidents.
Geetika from Hyderabad was sick of the recurrence of these blasts, here, there, everywhere.
"It's the next major blast after Mumbai blasts. After every blast the security gets tightened but just for few days and as the security looses its grip, another blast occurs.
"I want to ask for how many days will this continue? Why don't all the countries get united and find out a permanent solution of this horrible problem of terrorism?"
Anna Naidu wanted to how these agents of death get about doing their work.
"How do criminals manage to gather bombs, transport them and blow them? What is the police intelligence doing? The suicide bombers are mercenaries. But who paid them?"
Vijay from Canberra was angry at India's inability to control terror.
"It's terrible and makes me very angry. I personally feel that the government of India has to come up with some kind of strategy to control such happenings. Otherwise our Mother India will be in lot of trouble."
Ajith from Bangalore, too, was equivocal is denouncing all kinds of terror - Islamic, Hindu... just about any.
"All of us as Indians need to condemn those responsible for these attacks regardless of one's religious background. The people who carried out these attacks must be caught and punished severely."
"The attacks were carried out by extremists (Hindu or Muslim) who are trying to tear India apart. We, as Indians, need to stand up to this and prove these ignorant, cowardly people wrong."
"India should not tolerate terrorism , regardless of which religion carried it out."
Then there were those who felt Pakistan was behind this to create more tension in India.
"It is all Pakistani secret agency's work to destabilise the existing levels of communal harmony and understanding between Indian Muslims and non-Muslims," felt Ravi from New Delhi.
Agreeing to the above line of thought, VC Bhutani from New Delhi opined it was unless talking peace with Pakistan.
"There cannot be peace between Pakistan and India."
"At the very least, India should call a halt to the so-called peace process. In any case, it is leading nowhere. Agreement is possible only between parties that approach problems in a spirit of willingness to resolve and stick to decisions mutually arrived at. This cannot be said of Pakistan."
"Besides, how can we talk to a country which is acknowledged by an ever-growing world opinion as the source of terrorism?"
All views and opinions presented in this article are solely those of the surfers and do not necessarily represent those of HindustanTimes.com.
First Published: Sep 10, 2006 11:47 IST