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Reasoning the Indian Mujahideen
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Issue Net Edition | Date : 24 Jul , 2013

         The Indian Mujahideen (IM) has been quiet active ever since the banning of SIMI in 2001. Almost all the blasts, starting from Delhi in 2008 to Bodh Gaya recently, they have been attributed to the IM. An important judgement on Batla house is likely to be pronounced any day which will definitely prove as a watershed in our fight towards terrorism. On 19 Sep 2008 Batla house encounter took place in which Atif Amin was killed who was the main suspect of 13 Sep 2008 Delhi blasts that killed over 30 people. As the judgement day draws close, one is reminded of the politics that this incident generated in 2008. One senior politician openly claimed this to be a fake encounter, the time will only tell if these assumptions were purely politically driven or there is something more than the eyes can meet. There is also a section which believes that there is nothing such as IM. Probably IM is serving the purpose of both, the ISI and the NIA, the former gets an Indian facade to ISI engineered terror and the later gets to hide its incompetence by nabbing a few of these operatives thus missing the larger point.

SIMI was banned on 27 Sep 2001 in the wake of 9/11 in the United States and post Godhra riots IM appears to have been formed with an initial strength of 200 volunteers

Various analysts trace the roots of IM to Jamaat-e-Islami hind (JIH) which had an alliance with SIMI and later split after the radical members of SIMI opposed the visit of Yaseer Arafat to India in 1981. SIMI was banned on 27 Sep 2001 in the wake of 9/11 in the United States and post Godhra riots IM appears to have been formed with an initial strength of 200 volunteers. The Deobandi and Wahhabi ideology form a deadly cocktail of radical Islam which is the bed rock of Al-Qaeda, LeT, Jaish, HuJI and the IM. This is also a common strain that binds together almost all other Islamic terror outfits in the complete South Asian region. All these organisations are known to carry out deadly attacks at the nerve centres of a country’s governance, finance, religion, commerce and trade centres, unlike the IM which relies on low yield explosives many a times just resulting in superfluous damage. The question are many, is this a deliberate strategy on part of ISI or is it that the IM is not at all linked to these deadly organisations and is virtually independent or is IM is part of the infamous D company. The answers to these queries are yet to be answered since no intelligence agency in India can back its claim with any credible evidence.

In the words of former NSA, Mr MK Naranayan, the Al-Qaeda mind-set is more dangerous than the Al-Qaeda itself. If this be so than, to my understanding, the ISI is plotting a greater design by simply concentrating on spreading of Wahhabi ideology, “the Al-Qaeda mind set” through the network of madrasas run by the Deobandis across the country funded by the Saudi money. The ISI under the garb of IM is concurrently carrying out low level terrorist activities when compared to those of the Taliban or the Al-Qaeda and keep the Indian Intelligence apparatus busy looking the other way. A country, with the world’s largest Muslim population, if radicalised, well spell doom to this mighty nation of ours. We have to remember that the Wahhabis ideology dictates that a true Muslim owes allegiance to Islam first than towards any nation and believes in Islamic boundaries rather than the geographical ones.

The misnomer of IM being a home grown terrorist organisation needs to be dispelled at the earliest. Our Intelligence agencies need to look beyond the facade (IM) created to cover the terrorist activities of LeT, JeM or HUJI by the ISI. The Indian government machinery and the politicians should leave no stone unturned to defeat Pakistan in its design to radicalise the Indian Muslims before it is too late. The eagerly awaited Batla house verdict will strength the resolve of security establishment of India or demoralise the fight against terror is to be seen. 

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Danvir Singh

Associate Editor, Indian Defence Review, former Commanding Officer, 9 Sikh LI and author of  book "Kashmir's Death Trap: Tales of Perfidy and Valour".

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  1. Congress is well aware about activities of IM but they dont want to upset their vote bank so giving statement like fate btla encounter or ” indian muslims feel that there is no IM exixting in India…. i dont know when these ppl will stop playing politics even on death of brave hearts…. terror affects all equally irrspective of caste, colour n creed……nice article …

  2. Yet another well researched piece. I cant agree more than what you foresee as the current modus operandi of ISI. There is no doubt our country suffers from weak governance and petty politics – where every dhoti chap has a personal agenda. I am pasting a piece of information which must make us INDIANs think…….

    Is there any leader willing to give a similar statement concerning their country?

    Putin’s Speech on Feb. 04, 2013

    This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin…. how scary is that?

    On February 4th, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia: “In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Russians.

    The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

  3. Very nicely explained and illustrated by the author .Sir, its really very educating. I totally agree that India will have to understand the tactics of SIMI that they want to gather support of indian muslims rather then foreigners .Two days after the Jaipur bombings, the extremist group sent an e-mail to Indian media in which they claimed responsibility for the attacks and said they would “demolish the faiths (all religions apart from Islam) of the infidels of India”.The biggest and boldest attack till date by the group was the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts, where it gained national notoriety with a casualty count towards 50

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