The very fact that a 90s ragtag band of self-proclaimed freedom fighters, armed with most basic of the weapons and espousing the Kashmiris cause of UNSC sanctioned right of self-determination, be referred to, in the context of international terror, in the hallowed US Senate, and by a person no less than the Commander of the United States Pacific Command, is a measure of how far things have moved since the fateful occurrence of September Eleven. Admiral Robert Willard, speaking at a Senate hearing, informed the intently listening Senates Armed Services Committee: Unquestionably, they [LeT] have spread their influence internationally and are no longer solely focused in South Asia and on India. That the US frames LeT, in the context of global as well as South Asian terror, will certainly do spin doctors in India proud for conducting an accomplished propaganda campaign that has not only equated the Kashmiri resistance with terrorism, but has also successfully made an impact at the highest rung of US policy formulating mechanism. Its design has been to put a gloss on all and sundry, made in India, acts of terrorism as the handiwork of LeT and then by extension project Pakistan as a sponsor of terrorism. Two episodes, duly ignored by the US policymakers, should be revisited to understand how the well orchestrated Indian propaganda has transformed the footprint of LeT threat to suit Indias own ends. First, the attack on the Indian Parliament that has become a watershed in subverting the nature and contour of the armed resistance of Kashmir. Closely following terrorist strikes on the Twin Towers in Manhattan on September 11, the attack claimed lives of 14 people, including the five attackers, and led to the mobilisation of the Indian forces to battle locations for an imminent aggression against Pakistan. Within hours of the first shots fired, the Indians claimed to have evidence that linked attackers to the LeT and launched a full-fledged media fusillade. Holding Pakistan responsible, the Indians cocked their instrument of war for launch and started a round of coercive diplomacy that eventually toned down 10 months later with the return of Indian forces to barracks. The question, however, still rankles as to what was that the LeT related evidence, which enraged India, to an extent, to bring the subcontinent to the brink of a nuclear conflagration: A big ZERO, it turns out. Made obscure by intense Indian propaganda, and left untouched by the Indian media, is the vital verdict by its Supreme Court, delivered in 2004 that has sounded the death knell of New Delhis charges of a 'LeT Connection in the Parliament attack. According to the Supreme Court, accusations of LeTs involvement in the attack, based solely on confessional statements obtained by the police under POTA, were simply untenable: "all these lapses and violations of procedural safeguards guaranteed in the statute itself impel us to hold that it is not safe to act on the alleged confessional statement of Afzal and place reliance on this item of evidence on which the prosecution places heavy reliance." This effectively scuttles the Indian thesis of LeTs involvement in the Parliament Attack case, which was repeated ad nauseam for four years by the police, argued for by the state prosecution, propagated repeatedly in full colours by the print and electronic media, and ratified by two courts of law the Special Court and the Indian High Court. Those in the US and West, who have come to believe that LeT attacked the Indian Parliament in 2001, should read December 13: Terror over Democracy by Nirmalangshu Mukherji to apprise themselves of the basic facts about an incident that all but precipitated a war between India and Pakistan. The Indian propaganda had not been in vain though; to diffuse the mounting threat of an imminent war, Washington sought to diffuse tension with the addition of LeT to US State Departments list of designated terrorist organisations on December 26, 2001 a momentous step that Washington had long sought to avoid taking. Second, the emergence of incontrovertible evidence that a string of terrorist incidents occurring since 2002 and routinely attributed to LeT were the handiwork of Hindu rights activists, provides a method in the madness of holding LeT and Pakistan responsible for all the acts of terrorism in India. There had been explosions at Parbhani, Jalna, Nanded Thane and Malegaon, for which the LeT and by extension Pakistan - had been held responsible. It had also been named for the Samjhota Express inferno in which over 40 Pakistanis were charred to death in February 2007. The nine Muslim men, arrested and labelled as LeT operatives and charged in Malegaon I blasts occurring in September 8, 2006 and Malegaon II occurring in 2008, in which 31 people - mostly Muslims - lost their lives, provide a poignant case in point to ponder. The CBI investigations went on for three years before the investigative body admitted that there was not enough evidence to charge the accused. Yet, those arrested were not released. There is a deathly silence in India now that the LeT factor stands excluded on basis of undeniable evidence from these indigenous acts of terrorism. The recent confessions of Swami Aseemanand, leader of the Hindu extremist organisation, Abhinav Bharat revealing that Hindu groups were behind the serial blasts (including Malegaon I and II) and the Samjhota Express incident has blown the lid off the Indian propaganda that LeT was involved in these episodes. So this development has raised serious questions. Why and with what motives has India been involving LeT and Pakistan in incidents of terrorism, which were planned by the Hindu rightwing elements? Will India display moral courage to accept its indulgence in wilful propaganda to score points against Pakistan? Will the US take cognisance of this well-ingrained Indian design to equate the resistance by the Kashmiris, as an act of terrorism and then refuse to address the aspirations of the Kashmiri masses through the going on and going off forum of the Composite Dialogue Process, which despite passage of six years has failed to register progress on the core question of Kashmir? The list seems endless, but the fundamental question remains: Is the US watching the trumped up Indian accusations over terrorist involvement of LeT in India and is it pressing the corrective perceptive controls in its policy formulation circles to let the fresh air and some light in? The writer is a freelance columnist.