Politics of Minority-ism fuels jihad against Hindus
by Radha Rajan on 11 Oct 2013 14 Comments
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, sensing the deep anger of Hindus in the state over increasing attacks by Muslim terrorists against leaders of Hindu organizations which culminated in the brutal murder of ‘Auditor’ Ramesh, state general secretary of the BJP, constituted a Special Investigation Division of Tamil Nadu CB-CID police. P Kannappan, former IG North Zone was made IG (Intelligence) of Internal Security, a post created simultaneously with SID.


The SID was mandated to track down and arrest jihadis responsible for no fewer than ten acts of terror in just less than two years - between October 28, 2011 when pipe bombs were placed on Advani’s yatra route near Srivilliputhur, and July 19, 2013 when Auditor Ramesh was murdered. Of the ten terror attacks against Hindus in the two years between 2011 and 2013, five were fatal resulting in the deaths of four BJP functionaries and the death of state general secretary of the Hindu Munnani. Auditor Ramesh and Hindu Munnani’s Vellaiappan were hacked to death, suffering fatal cuts on their necks and the back of their heads. This is standard jihadi ‘butcher’ modus operandi.


Beginning with the murderous attack against late Jana Krishnamurthy, former BJP state president in 1984, followed by an equally murderous and near-fatal attack in the Madurai railway station on Ramagopalan, founder and state organiser, Hindu Munnani, in 1987, who suffered grievous injuries to the back of his head and neck, followed by a similar ‘butcher’ attack against constable Selvaraj in Coimbatore in November 1997 which triggered the Coimbatore communal riots, and culminating in the brutal deaths of Vellaiappan and Auditor Ramesh, and the near-fatal attack on Inspector Lakshmanan of SID in Puttur a few days ago, jihadis have used ‘butcher’ weapons like knives, sickles and hacksaws when targeting individual Hindu leaders and specific members of the police force; and this has been stated by the CBI.


Press Release

New Delhi, 09-09-2011

The Designated Judge for TADA cases at Tirunelveli (Tamilnadu) has convicted six accused persons namely Shahul Hameed; Raja Hussain; Subair; Zakir Hussain; Aziz @ Abdul Aziz & Seeni Nainar Mohammed and sentenced them to undergo Life Imprisonment with a fine of Rs.10,000/- each, relating to murder of P. Rajagopalan, State President, Hindu Munnani, Madurai.


The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case u/s.147, 148, 302 IPC & Sec.3(2), 3(3) of TADA 1987 r/w 120-B IPC on 12.7.1996 in its Special Crime Branch of Chennai. Initially the Case (crime No.2490/2004) was registered in Thilagar Thidal Police Station (Tamilnadu) on the allegation that Shri Rajagopalan, State Hindu Munnani Front Leader was assaulted with Aruval, knife etc., by five accused persons at his house in the early hours of 10.10.94. It was investigated by CB CID of Tamil Nadu Police. Then, it was transferred to CBI on the recommendation of State Government of Tamil Nadu.


CBI Investigation revealed that the accused persons had hatched a conspiracy and killed Sh. Rajagopalan with dangerous weapons by brutally assaulting him with knives, sickles and other weapons



Jihadis know which artery and which vein to cut, for instant death or for slow halal killing as the victim bleeds to death. 


Living up to their well-deserved reputation of being one of the best police forces in the country, the TN police tracked down and arrested three of the four wanted jihadis – ‘Police’ Fakruddin, Panna Ismail and Bilal Malik while Abubacker Siddique, the mastermind behind the attempt to kill Advani in 2011 and an accused wanted in seven cases under the Explosive Substances Act, is evading arrest since 1997 and is still absconding.


The three jihadis were trapped under wholly unforeseen (for them) circumstances with Bhagwan Tirupathi Balaji playing no small role in the events leading to their arrest. The Tirupathi Thirukudai Utsav is a 150 year-old tradition when in the Tamil month of ‘Puratassi’, eleven ceremonial umbrellas for Bhagwan Balaji are taken in a procession which starts from the Chennakesava Temple in Chennai and culminates atop the Seven Hills in Tirupathi.


Over fifteen lakh bhaktas, in great religious fervour line up every year across the procession route patiently to offer worship to the sacred umbrellas; and as is customary, local Hindu organizations, families and even individuals perform annadaanam for devotees all along the procession route. The Hindu Dharmartha Samiti has been in the forefront of this great religious seva for the last eight years to sustain and maintain the continuity of this century-old tradition.


Needless to say, the general secretary of TN VHP who is also the Trustee of the Hindu Dharmartha Samiti and is the driving force of the Tirupathi Thirukudai Utsav, and all senior leaders of the VHP, Hindu Munnani and the BJP were the intended targets of jihad during this year’s utsav.


Bhagwan’s umbrellas travel along a route designed to cover as many Perumal (Sri Vishnu) temples along the way. The eleven umbrellas are placed for worship in the sanctum sanctorum of the Chennakesava temple and after pujas, they are taken in a slow procession through the streets of Chennai. The procession reaches the city’s outskirts by late evening on the first day, and then travels along the Chennai-Kolkata highway to reach the top of Tirupathi Hills in the evening of the fourth day.


The umbrellas are received with great ceremony and bhakti by the Chairman, the Executive Officer, and other senior officials of the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) to be used in several processions of utsava murtis during the 10 day-long Brahmotsavam for Bhagwan Balaji in the auspicious month of Puratassi.


This year Justice Ramasubramaniam, sitting judge of the Madras High Court and R Nataraj, IPS, former Director-General of Police, TN were among the several luminaries present on Friday, October 4, at the inaugural function to offer worship to Bhagwan’s Thirukudai in the Chennakesava Temple. According to police sources, terrorists had targeted the Tirupathi Thirukudai Utsav and plotted to disrupt the Hindu religious procession with a terror attack and possible use of explosives intended to cause maximum death and damage.


The entire utsav – temple, ceremonial umbrellas, bhaktas in the procession and the procession route – were therefore placed under heavy police security shield; and all this was done in utmost secrecy. Plainclothes police men and women took up positions among the assembled bhaktas and kept a watchful eye over the gathering.


It bears mention that subsequent to the formation of SID, four Tamil Nadu jihadis, ‘Police’ Fakruddin, Panna Ismail, Bilal Malik and Abu Backer Siddiqui, who were wanted for all terror attacks between 2011-2013, were on the police radar; they were TN’s most wanted terrorists. According to police sources, the heinous plot to disrupt the Tirupathi Thirukudai Utsav through a major terror attack became known only because Fakruddin, Ismail, Malik and Siddiqui were being tracked by the SID; police suspicions about terrorists targeting the Tirupati Thirukudai Utsav were confirmed when Fakruddin was spotted and followed by the police during his recce operations of the Tirupathi Thirukudai Utsav procession route and his recce of VHP and Hindu Munnani offices in Chennai.


On October 4, the day the Thirukudai began its sacred journey to Tirupathi, Inspector Lakshmanan, who was despatched to Chennai specifically to nab Fakruddin, acting on intelligence input that Fakruddin was holed up in the Periamet mosque close to the procession route, waited for Fakruddin to emerge from the mosque. 


The procession of Bhagwan’s umbrellas was scheduled to cross the Elephant Gate point (not far from Periamet mosque) in Chennai around 4 pm on Friday. Around 2.30 pm Fakruddin came out of the mosque assuredly to position himself on the procession route well ahead of time. Inspector Lakshmanan, who was waiting for just that moment, grappled with Fakruddin on the road and soon a hand-to-hand tussle ensued. Other Muslims rushed out of the mosque and joined Fakruddin. A cruising police patrol van noticed the violence on the procession route and rushed to Inspector Lakshmanan’s help; Fakruddin was physically overwhelmed and whisked away for questioning.


During interrogation, Fakruddin informed the police that Panna Ismail and Bilal Malik were holed up in a house in Puttur town (Chittoor district) in AP. 


IG Kannappan, leading the TN commando force which included Inspector Lakshmanan, reached Puttur by around 8 pm the same evening. Joining forces with the commandos of Organization for Counter-Terrorist Operations of Andhra Police, they trapped and arrested both Panna Ismail and Bilal Malik after a tense 10-hour stand-off made difficult by the presence of Ismail’s wife and three children inside the house, besides a huge cache of explosives. Inspector Lakshmanan, who knocked on the door of the house, was dragged in by Panna Ismail and Bilal Malik and hacked on the neck and head repeatedly in what is now jihadi ‘butcher’ SOP. Now in a hospital in Chennai, he required more than thirty stitches around his neck and head, and is battling for life.


According to newspaper reports, police recovered one pistol, two bombs, timer devices, detonators and 500 gelatine sticks from the house in Puttur. It is reliably learnt that the police have been issued shoot at sight orders for Abubacker Siddiqui.


The move to crackdown on jihadis and jihadi outfits has come only after Hindus paid a terrible price and even now Hindus perceive Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s actions against jihad not as responsible action by the government in dealing with terrorism, but only as a sop to assuage Hindu anger. The fact that Narendra Modi, Jayalalithaa’s good friend, may well become the Prime Minister in 2014 may also have prodded her to take some action against the terrorists who had killed four BJP men in two years besides attacking several others.  http://www.vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?aid=2914


The writer has written often and in detail about growing Muslim visibility and assertion in Tamil Nadu. Muslim aggression in public spaces and in the polity is an unerring symptom of a strong, subaltern Islamic fundamentalist / radicalised presence linked to terrorism which sooner or later rises to the surface and strikes at Hindus.


Both the DMK and the AIADMK have been criminally responsible for this trend with their unconscionable politics of minority-ism. If atheist Karunanidhi paid his jizya by bad-mouthing Hindu religious customs and practises from one side of his mouth while drinking Ramzan porridge and eating Christmas cake with the other side, Jayalalithaa paid her jizya by demolishing hundreds of Hindu temples big and small during her previous reign and by promising now to build a government memorial in Dindukkal for jihadis Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali.


Both Panna Ismail and ‘Police’ Fakruddin were hand-picked and trained by Imam Ali of Islamic Defence Force; Imam Ali, mastermind behind the blasts in the RSS karyalaya in Chetpet, Chennai in 1993, in which 11 swayamsevaks were killed, was shot dead in an encounter with the police in September 2002, in Bangalore. According to Fakruddin’s confession to the police after his arrest in Chennai, terror acts against ordinary Hindus, Hindu organizations and Hindu leaders in Tamil Nadu was revenge for the killing of Imam Ali.


There are around 15 Muslim political parties in Tamil Nadu and at least four known terrorist organizations which are very active in the state:

1.      All-India Jihad Committee founded by Palani Baba in 1986

2.     Al Umma founded by Syed Ahmed Basha and MH Jawahirullah in 1993

3.     Islamic Defence Force founded by Imam Ali in 1997

4.     Islamic Sevak Sangh formed by Kerala-based terrorist Abdul Nasser Madhani in 1989, and after it was banned in 1992, was renamed People’s Democratic Party (PDP)


To put it bluntly, many Muslim political parties have overt or covert links to the four terrorist organizations; perhaps they cannot function if they do not have the approval of the terror outfits. It bears mention that following faithfully in the foot-steps of the Muslim League-Khilafat Committee dichotomous arrangement, MH Jawahirullah ‘broke away’ from Al Umma to found the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) in 1995. TMMK is projected as an NGO doing social charity and supposedly abjures electoral politics although it describes itself as a mass-based organization. Breaking away from tweedledum TMMK is tweedledee Tamil Nadu Towheed Jamaat (TNTJ), also a mass-based organization, and also supposedly not in the electoral arena.


MH Jawahirullah, co-founder of the terrorist organization Al Ummah, broke away to form TMMK and in 2009 formed a political party, the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MNMK), which in alliance with the ruling AIADMK won two of the three assembly seats it contested in 2011. MH Jawahirullah’s story is a shining example of the Gandhian fantasy of India’s khudai raj where despised jihadis become socially acceptable politicians.


Jayalalithaa’s electoral alliance with MH Jawahirullah’s MNMK, which is the front office for TMMK and TNTJ, has been the single most potent cause for the rising aggression of jihadis in Tamil Nadu’s public life beginning 2011 when the AIADMK dislodged the DMK to form the government in the state. Almost immediately, Jawahirullah used the TMMK and TNTJ to bare his fangs. Jayalalithaa succumbed to the threats of MNMK, TMMK, TNTJ and other extremist outfits when she


-        Allowed them run amok in the streets of Chennai over Innocence of Muslims

-        Restrained the police from stopping their march to the US Consulate to stage violent protests week after week

-        Indulged their preposterous demand that they will dictate to the director, producer and actor of the Tamil movie Thupakki (The Gun) released in November 2012 about which scenes and dialogues should be removed if they wanted the movie to run peacefully in the theatres

-        Remained mute spectator when the same violent outfits made the same outrageous demand that they will not allow Kamal Hasan’s Vishwaroopam to be screened anywhere in Tamil Nadu unless they were allowed to excise scenes and dialogues which they considered offensive to their sensibilities

-        Instead of keeping her violent Muslim political partners in check, Jayalalithaa punished Police Commissioner Tripathi for the anti-American protests and shunted him out of office

-        Instructed the police to permit goondas to stage a noisy and potentially life-threatening protest outside Blue Cross of India, an animal welfare organization, for housing around seventy goats rescued from an overloaded truck transporting them for slaughter; of course it was of no consequence to the Chief Minister that the truck had violated every guideline governing Transportation of Animals Law and that eight goats had been trampled to death when the truck was stopped by the police


Jayalalithaa’s political alliance with the terrorist-turned-politician Jawahirullah emboldened jihadis to unleash two years of relentless jihad against Hindu leaders which last killed Auditor Ramesh in July 2013.


Politics of minority-ism of the dangerous kind in Tamil Nadu has been practiced by both the DMK and the AIADMK at least since the 1990s decade. If today Tamil Nadu is sitting on the jihadi tinder box the blame has to be laid squarely and equally at the doors of both Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa. One pernicious and most objectionable act by both DMK and AIADMK in their competitive politics of minority-ism is the release of prisoners, even those incarcerated for heinous offences and serving life sentences, on birthdays; Karunanidhi released them on the birthday of his mentor CN Annadurai, founder DMK and former CM of Tamil Nadu, while Jayalalithaa, as is expected of her, released them on her birthday!


Jayalalithaa set the precedent of releasing criminals for “good conduct” or because life sentence convicts had already served more than half the time ordered by the courts. Jayalalithaa has released more than 500 prisoners to coincide with her birthday celebrations - 230 in 1992, 132 prisoners in 1993 and 163 prisoners in 1994. Emboldened by the State Government’s liberal and indulgent view of crime and criminals, jihadis struck the RSS karyalaya in August 1993. The blasts that killed 11 Hindus inside the RSS headquarters was followed by the fatal attack against P Rajagopalan, state president of the Hindu Munnani in October 1994. ‘Butcher’ jihadis attacked Rajagopalan in his house in the early hours on that fateful day in October with sickles and knives; he died on the spot.  


The cataclysmic bomb blast in the RSS office in Chennai in 1993 forced Jayalalithaa to order the police to crackdown on the Al-Ummah. Sixteen terrorists belonging to the Al Ummah, including its founder SA Basha, were arrested by the AIADMK for the blasts under Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA). But the DMK which came to power in 1996 ordered the release of eleven terrorists. Imam Ali, mastermind behind the blasts and his close friend and fellow jihadi Hyder Ali, escaped the police dragnet and with the help of members of the terror outfit SIMI, they fled to Bangladesh.


Timeline for politics of minority-ism and resulting jihad against Hindus


1.      Jayalalithaa released 500 prisoners in three years, 1992, ’93, and ’94 while Karunanidhi released 1400 prisoners in September 2009, not including Al Ummah terrorists who were released separately

2.     RSS karyalaya blast August 1993

3.     Murder of P Rajagopalan in October 1994

4.     DMK comes to power 1996

5.     In just 18 months after the DMK came to power, jihadis stabbed and/or murdered four policemen and prison officers in Madurai and Coimbatore

6.     Persisting with their soft and liberal approach towards known terror organizations and terrorists, the DMK government does not oppose bail applications of terrorists convicted for the RSS office blasts in 1993 and the Madras High Court orders the release of all 16 jihadis, including Al Ummah chief SA Basha, who walk out of prison in January 1997

7.     Release of SA Basha provokes some Hindus to hack to death dreaded terrorist Palani Baba of the All India Jihad Committee in broad daylight in Pollachi on 28 January, 1997

8.     Sporadic attacks against policemen and prison officers culminates in the brutal ‘butcher’ murder of constable Selvaraj on November 29, 1997 while on duty in Ukkadam suburb of Coimbatore

9.     Constable Selvaraj’s murder triggers police protests and police revolt and triggers violent communal riots lasting three months. The riots culminate in the jihadi Coimbatore serial blasts, 13 bomb attacks in 11 places which killed 58 people and injured over 2000; they were planted to kill Advani who was on election campaign trail and was scheduled to address a public meeting 

10. In February 2003, all eight Al Ummah terrorists convicted for the murder of constable Selvaraj were acquitted and released from jail by a division bench of the Madras High Court allegedly because the prosecution (meaning state government, then AIADMK) failed to make a convincing case against them

11.   Of the eight Al Ummah terrorists released by the Madras High Court, four were sentenced to death and four were serving life sentences

12. In September 2009, Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, the teenage human bomb who was convicted for carrying explosives and planting bombs in February 1998 during the Coimbatore serial blasts, was released by the DMK government along with eight other convicted Al Ummah terrorists, all convicted for the same terror attack and serving 13 year sentences, on the occasion of the birthday of CN Annadurai. They were released a good two years ahead of time for ‘good conduct’ in prison!

13.  Quick to take advantage of their release, some organizations and families of 40 Al Ummah terrorists, including chief Syed Basha and his son Siddique Ali, who were sentenced to life by a special court in 2007 for their heinous role in the Coimbatore serial blasts and are still in Coimbatore jail, filed revision petitions. The DMK government, playing politics of minority-ism to the hilt, sought neither to appeal against the revision nor did it seek to enhance the sentences. The Madras High Court while confirming the life sentence of 18 convicts ordered the release of 22 Al Ummah terrorists. Of these, seven remain in prison on other charges but 14 terrorists walked out of jail in December 2009. (Rubbing Hindu noses in the dirt, the released terrorists have demanded Rs Five Lakh each from the government towards their rehabilitation and to compensate for the suffering of their families when they were in jail!!)

14. Abdul Nasser Madhani, founder Islamic Sevak Sangh aka PDP, convicted in the Bangalore serial blasts in 2008, was given conditional bail for five days in March 2013 by a trial court in Bangalore to attend his daughter’s marriage. Madhani is a jihadi, a convicted terrorist, and yet a galaxy of politicians not only attended Madhani’s daughter’s marriage but also had no qualms about sitting by his side at the function. Seated on either side of Madhani were CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and Lok Sabha MP ET Mohammed Basheer of the IUML. Also seen at the wedding were Congress MP MI Shahnawaz, with former state ministers Thomas Issac and C Divakaran.


Our courts have not covered themselves in glory. When successive governments have overturned, revised, set aside orders and judgments delivered by the courts, when governments have remitted sentences, when those locked up under the NSA have been set free by politicians, when prisoners have been released en masse for frivolous reasons, our courts have not taken suo motu notice or challenged the state governments. The Madras High Court at best has been indifferent, at worst complicit in the premature release of convicted criminals and terrorists.


When Panna Ismail and Fakruddin were arrested by TN SID, a man claiming to be Fakruddin’s friend filed a habeas corpus petition in the Madras High Court asking for Fakruddin to be produced in court. The Madras High Court jumping to prove its secular credentials and the dignity of our police force be damned, immediately issued notice to the TN Police. It is all over the news that Fakruddin is a terrorist wanted in several acts of terror. If a man claims to be a friend of a terrorist, the Madras High Court in the interests of national security should have instructed the police to take in the ‘friend’ for questioning.


Emboldened by the alacrity with which the Madras High Court issued notice to the police, the wife of the second terrorist, Panna Ismail, the woman and her three children who were used as shields by the terrorists and whom the SID police escorted safely from out of the house in Puttur and for whose sake the police endured a ten hour stand-off with the terrorists, also filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court.


For governments to release terrorists for ‘good conduct’, for courts to give conditional bail, for courts to order release of terrorists blithely on the grounds of insufficient evidence – politics of minority-ism is a cancer which afflicts not just our polity but the judiciary too.


Except for the solitary act by enraged Hindus who hacked Palani Baba to death in January 1997, Hindus and Hindu organizations in Tamil Nadu have failed to check the rapid ascendance of aggressive minorities. Dravidian ideology by definition is anti-Hindu; and in practice is no worse than Gandhi-Nehru secularism which drives the country’s polity.


Politics of Minority-ism is Gandhi-Nehru secularism in action. Gandhi went to great lengths to position himself to Lord Ampthill as being made of different stuff from Tilak and Aurobindo. For Savarkar, Gandhi had nothing but contempt. Gandhi’s INC with several eminent lawyers in its ranks refused to defend Madan Lal Dhingra, Tilak, and Aurobindo in court when they were all arrested for sedition against the Empire and were jailed or exiled.  Gandhi accused Indians who picked up arms against the British, and votaries of armed resistance, of sedition in his letter to Lord Ampthill.


It was Gandhi’s position until his death in 1948 that Hindus should not pick up arms against jihad by the Muslim League and Khilafat Committee; should not pick up arms against cow slaughter; should not resist with violence forced conversion and rape by jihadis during the riots that engulfed the Hindu nation after Direct Action. Gandhi also instructed Congress not to resist with force Muslim rule over India if that were to happen.


The same passivity, the same intellectual lethargy, the same tamasic torpor that afflicted Hindus who chose to follow Gandhi is afflicting Hindus now.


If hatred is demoralising, it is also stimulating.... If hatred came, it was necessary that it should come as a stimulus, as a means of awakening.

When tamas, inertia, torpor have benumbed a nation, the strongest forms of rajas are necessary to break the spell; there is no form of rajas so strong as hatred. Through rajas we rise to sattva and for the Indian temperament, the transition does not take long.

(Aurobindo’s treatise on Passive Resistance, The Morality of Boycott, Bande Mataram , page 127)


The Hindu nation must rue the day Aurobindo abandoned his kurukshetra, the political arena, to seek refuge in spiritualism, leaving the field open to Gandhi who not only unmanned the Hindu kshatriya but also led the freedom struggle towards vivisection. Ascendant Islam in 2013 and jihad is only continuation in perpetuity of the Moplah Massacre, Bengal riots, and genocide in J&K. Hindus with political sense did not stop the Muslim League or the creation of Pakistan. They did not check Gandhi or Nehru; they are unable to check Afzal Guru, Syed Basha or Imam Ali. Perhaps the time has come for Hindus to feel hatred as a form of rajas to overcome the physical and intellectual tamas paralysing us.

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