The Myth of Hindu Terror: Insider account of Ministry of Home Affairs 2006-2010
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The Myth of Hindu Terror-Insider account of Ministry of Home Affairs 2006-2010
What role did ministers like Shivraj Patil, P Chidambaram, A R Antulay, Digvijay Singh and officials like Karkare play in the Hindu Terror narrative?
Night of 26/11 to Afternoon of 27/11…
IT WAS COLD on the night of 26.11.2008 in Delhi. Since it was a very light day at work, I left the office somewhat early. It was a mild winter night, and I was reclining on the bed and just surfing the channels on my television set as I knew that my control over the remote would be short-lived. My wife was cleaning up after dinner, she would join me, as was the routine. While surfing the channels (mostly news and sports), I noticed that some law and order disturbance were being reported from Mumbai in some channels. I called up the MHA Control Room to ascertain what was happening. I was informed initially that it was some gang war going on. This was at about 9:00 pm.
Within 15 minutes, I received a call from the Control Room. I was informed by one of the staffers, ‘Sahib, Mumbai mein pataka baj gaya’. There had been terrorist attacks in two hotels and other prominent locations. The entire top management of the Home Ministry dealing with Internal Security was in Pakistan. They had gone there for the Home Secretary-level talks with Pakistan.
Farcically, the theme of the talks was Counter Terrorism and Combating Drug Trafficking. Both the themes, in my personal opinion, bespoke of Pakistan’s hypocrisy. Firstly, any sensible initiatives proposed/ led by any Indian delegation relating to combating terrorism in the region is always deflected by Pakistan. They find ways and means to not accept the Indian proposals. Also, they suggest such modifications which will render the entire instrument futile.
Having received the message about the terror attacks in Mumbai at about 9:30 pm, I asked the Control Room if my presence would help. He sent a vehicle and I reached the Control Room at about 10:30 pm. Upon reaching the Control Room, I took over the job of obtaining information and assessing the updated status. There was complete mayhem, those manning the Control Room were flooded with calls from the PMO, the Ministry of External Affairs, the Cabinet Secretariat, Embassies and all and sundry.
By 11 pm, two joint secretaries had also joined the team. One was the Joint Secretary in charge of Police Deployment and he had spoken to DG, NSG for immediate movement of troops to Mumbai. Another Joint Secretary was handling the dissemination of information to the PMO, Cabinet Secretariat et al. I was relatively undisturbed, focusing on getting the updates from a Senior Inspector in the ATS. This man was Dinesh Agarwal, the only surviving ATS Mumbai staffer, who was my only source of information at that point in time. Hassan Gafoor, Mumbai’s Commissioner of Police was reportedly at the Taj Mahal Hotel. His 2nd in command, K L Prasad was at Trident, overseeing the rescue operations there…