Fearing Inside Job, India Plays Wise, So Far, On Mumbai Blasts


Almost all low-impact terror attacks in India in past three years were the work of Indian extremists; extremists inside the military have tried unsuccessfully to provoke a war with Pakistan. Now US has an interest in opening the Indian front amid tensions with Pakistan.


NEW DELHI, India—Indian authorities in the city of Mumbai have taken the wise step of not characterizing the three blasts in different parts of the city today as terrorist attacks, which could have political implications.


They have also refrained from accusing Pakistan, although Indian and American news outlets were quick to insinuate a Pakistani link by referring to alleged Pakistani hand in the terrorist attack of November 2008.

Reports indicate 21 Indians have been killed and dozens injured. The numbers could rise in the next few hours.

Diplomacy is not the only reason behind Indian official restraint.

In the past four years, a majority of similar low-impact blasts have been the work of Indian terrorists. This means the involvement of extremist elements within Indian military working in concert with Hindu terrorists to create tensions with Pakistan. Another goal has been to force Indian government to go after Kashmiris and Indian Muslims.

Some parts of the Indian media have been highlighting this disturbing development. But American and British news outlets have largely censored any news highlighting Hindu terrorism. India is a close ally of the United States, which is building New Delhi up as a regional bulwark against China.

Probe into the murder of 43 Pakistanis – burned alive in a train blast near New Delhi in early 2007 – revealed the involvement of serving Indian military intelligence officers, and several terrorists from Hindu extremist groups. But in June 2011, after three years of investigations, Indian authorities protected eight suspected Indian intelligence officers by limiting the indictment in the case to Hindu extremists.

Indian military intelligence is cooperating with local terrorists to mount attacks inside India to be blamed on Pakistan.

A series of attacks in public places between 2007 and 2010, including an attack on a German bakery, were blamed on either Kashmiri freedom groups fighting Indian occupation, or on Pakistan. But Indian investigators ultimately uncovered more sinister Indian links. [For details on the exact blasts and the evidence uncovered, see Hindu Terror: The Mirror Explodes, an excellent investigative report by Indian Outlook magazine.]

The Mumbai Taj Mahal hotel attack of November 2008 was partially planned in Pakistan. The plot’s largest portions took place outside Pakistan, including inside India. Indian authorities are loath to probe these aspects and have been using the terror attack to get back at pro-Kashmir groups.

In recent months, Pakistani officials said in private talks with Indian counterparts they stopped short of demanding the custody of two Indians, a serving Indian army officer and a Hindu extremist, for their role in killing 43 Pakistani visitors near New Delhi in 2007.

Pakistani experts have been predicting that Washington and New Delhi would try to open an Indian front against Pakistan amid Pakistani tensions with the United States over Afghanistan.

The ideal scenario for this would be a couple of blasts in India followed by India joining US in blackmailing Pakistan.

India has many domestic enemies. Most of northeastern India is plagued by violent separatist movements. The Indian army has been involved in massive violations bordering on genocide in Kashmir, where more than half a million Indian soldiers are suppressing Kashmiri demands for self-determination under UN supervision.

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