Television viewers, on Sunday, saw the Indian Home Minister make startling revelations: he admitted, by implication, that India was a terrorist state where Hindu extremists openly ran terrorist training camps. In his address at a Congress meeting where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also present, Mr Sushilkumar Shinde accused the Bhartia Janta Party (BJP) of colluding with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in setting up such camps and spreading terrorism in the country. He did not stop there though this was enough to rouse the conscience of the world community that invariably turned a deaf ear to Pakistan’s complaints about Indian militants’ own role in terrorist acts in India; and instead, bought New Delhi’s line that bands of terrorists moved across with the tacit approval of the Pakistan government to carry out their designs. Now, the Indian Home Minister says that Samjhota Express, Makkah Masjid and Malegaon blasts were carried out by the BJP and the RSS. It must be recalled that the targets in these criminal acts were Indian minorities, and in the case of Samjhota Express, a large number of Pakistanis. For any such incidents in India, kneejerk reaction of its government, media and commentators has been to point a finger at Pakistan and so was the case with Samjhota Express. Not surprisingly, Hindu extremists are terming Mr Shinde’s charge against them an attack on Hinduism. That would whip up religious hysteria that might have serious consequences, in particular, for the Muslims in India and, in general, other minority communities.

Another exposure of Indian troops’ barbaric treatment of Pakistani soldiers’ bodies comes from Indian writer Karan Thapar who, in his article published in Hindustan Times, brings to light several incidents of Indian troops having beheaded Pakistani soldiers in Kargil and elsewhere. The article carried by this paper in its issue of Monday quotes sources of unimpeachable honesty and integrity in saying that high officials crowed over the ‘feat’ of their soldiers and nailed the heads onto trees and, in one such case, top military commander “Major-General Puri came down from Mughalpura to see it”. Karan Thapar rightly questions the logic behind the hyped allegation against Pakistani troops for decapitating an Indian soldier when the Indians themselves have been guilty of the brutality. Addressing the media, he says, “In this instance, we whipped up passion when we should have helped audiences realise the LoC is a tough place, where brutal actions often happen and both sides retaliate in equally gruesome ways.”

However, in a demonstration of India’s eagerness to establish its overlordship in the region and in utter disregard of the facts brought out in these two incidents of exposure, Dr Manmohan again said that the LoC January 8 incident could adversely affect ties with Pakistan. He unconvincingly added that New Delhi wanted friendly relations with Islamabad, but it had to make ‘equal efforts’. The situation constitutes a clarion call to world powers to act against the terrorist outfits openly operating in India and demand of its government how they were being allowed to do so.