Much has been reported in the
media about the confession of Swami Aseemanand regarding the role
of certain individuals associated with RSS and Abhinav Bharat in
terrorism and bomb blasts in Malegaon in 2006, in Ajmer, Mecca
Masjid in Hyderabad and other places. However, the more serious
implications of the terror activities of the groups and
individuals involved have not yet been put in the public domain.
Swami Aseemanand’s confessions before a Judicial Magistrate (which
is admissible as evidence) only reveals partial facts at best.
Kaleemuddin’s love for the Swami could not transform him
completely after all. Let us have a brief recall of what the Swami
has disclosed after he was informed in open court of the grave
implications of his disclosure by the Judicial Magistrate and was
made to go back to his cell and reflect on the implications.
Swami has only given a sketchy account of what Sunil Joshi, who
was a RSS functionary, told the Swami about his (Joshi’s) or his
men’s involvement in the terror attacks. The Swami then confesses
that he gave twenty five thousand rupees to Sunil Joshi on his
claims. The Swami does not appear to be a star witness to the
offence of terror attacks. He is only witness to what Sunil Joshi
claimed before him. One or two more individuals are named who had
conversations with him.
Swami may be aware that at the most such confession even though
before a Judicial Magistrate may be treated as hear say evidence
implicating a dead man. Swami’s confessions may at the most be
useful to secure bail for the Muslim youth who have been
implicated in the Malegaon and other terror attacks.
Let us now have a peep into what the Swami is highly likely to
have known and whose material particulars have been with held by
him. The Swami settled in the Dangs District sometime in late
nineties and was closely linked with the Sangh Parivar and Vishwa
Hindu Parishad. In 1998 there was attack on Churches and Christian
institutions in the Dangs District, to be precise on 24th December
in that year.
Could the Swami have been ignorant on the motives
the organization/s and individual/s involved in the attack in a
small District with less than one and a half lakh population where
he settled down chosing it to be his karmabhoomi? Whom is the
Swami saving? Himself?
The Swami was well connected at the highest
political level in Gujarat and therefore in spite of attack on
Christians and his provocative statements full of hatred against
Christians and Muslims, he was given permission to organize Shabri
Kumbh Mela in Dang and who’s who of the Sangh Parivar was in
attendance at the Shabri Kumbh.
Just as the Swami revealed the role of a dead man in the terror
attacks, he could have revealed the information he was privy to
about the 2002 genocide and the people he was involved. After all
he had access to highest political offices in Gujarat and has
often been pictured to be sitting in their company. May be he was
not asked by the investigators to reveal information as they were
investigating just bomb blasts in few places.
The Swami could have given much better material particulars about
the meetings, the individuals involved, the proceedings at the
planning meetings about the ultimate objectives of the blasts
which was not to take revenge for the bomb attacks in temples and
other places targeting Hindus, and which in turn were to take
revenge for various communal riots targeting Muslims. The
investigators have recovered from the computers belonging to
Dayanand Pandey, Col. Purohit and others files recording the
minutes of the meetings of Abhinav Bharat which reveal their real
objectives. Christopher Jafferlot, a academic of repute, has
reproduced some of the conversations in the meetings of Abhinav
Bharat in his article in the Economic and Political Weekly. From
these conversations it is clear that Col. Purohit and other
members of Abhinav Bharat were in fact trying to overthrow the
Indian state that has been established by law.
Christopher Jafferlots article in the EPW quotes the report of Col. Purohit in
one of the meetings that they have been able to establish links
with the Israeli Military establishment which has agreed to train
400 soldiers every year for Abhinav Bharat’s war and that he has
sufficient equipments and resources. All Col. Purohit wanted from
others in the meeting was proper selection of targets for maximum
The terror attacks were testing the military strength and
capability of the group and keeping them fighting fit, Muslims
being soft targets. How realistic were the objectives and how far
they were is another issue but the group had a proper road map to
their destination – Akhand Bharat – a militarized authoritarian
state structure subsuming Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, Myanmar.
They were hopeful of support from the Buddhist Majority countries
in South East Asia and Israel. The more the supporters of Hindu
Rashtra stigmatize Islam and Muslims, the more they emulate them
and they emulate the worst amongst them – the so called Jihadis.
The priorities of the BJP Governments in Chhattisgarh and MP are
warped. While state used its entire might against Binayak Sen, the
groups like Abhinav Bharat were allowed to flourish.