The Former Home Ministry officer, RVS Mani, in his explosive book titled ‘Hindu Terror: Insider Account of Ministry of Home Affairs’ reveals how UPA government left no stone unturned to manufacture the narrative of Hindu Terror. In his 14 chapter book, bit by bit, he exposes how the Saffron Terror narrative was seeded. There are only very few people who have the courage to write such a book and RVS Mani is one of those courageous people. Mani was part of the Internal Security (IS) department during the UPA era. The country faced several internal security threats during that period and witnessed one of the worst terror attacks on the country. According to Mani’s account, UPA compromised with the National security for the sake of vote bank politics. UPA era was marred with serial blasts and terrorist attacks, including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks which shook the entire nation. The incident like 26/11 happened because the internal security officials were pressurized to mould the evidence to suit a political narrative. Mani writes that officers were under immense pressure as they had only two conflicting choices, either to save their job or protect their country. In his book, he states that narratives which were promoted between the periods of 2004 to 2013 had the capacity to tear apart the social fabric of India. He backs his claim by providing official records, evidence, examples and incidents. Some shreds of evidence are known to the public and have been also reported in the media and some are still unknown to the public. He has directly named several officials and politicians in the book and provided detailed insights into their workings. According to Mani, he has been targeted several times by his colleagues for not following immoral and unethical orders. He has also appreciated the good works of several officers who eliminated the enemies of the country like former IB officer Rajesh Kumar.
In the Chapter titled “Seeding of Hindu terror”, he lays special emphasis on how UPA’s political leadership forced MHA officials to manufacture the fake narrative of Hindu Terror. In 2006, first seed of Hindu terror was sown. According to Mani, “At a time when we had the best team in the IS division, the attitude of the government in power and intent to cover every terror incident as ‘saffron’ and the ambivalence in acting against the real perpetrators of the terror attacks was making this country a cannon fodder for those with evil designs against India”. He recalls an incident when the then Home Minister called him into his office to share information about terrorist attacks. Two more people were also present there, Digvijay Singh and former Maharashtra IPS Hemant Karkare. As he began to share information about the terrorist, the other two members who were present in the office were ‘sad’ because the most number of terrorist attacks were carried out by the members of only one particular religion.
He has written about Mumbai 26/11 attacks in great length and also named IAS, IPS officers and many big politicians and their lax attitude. He supports his claims with evidence and examples. When the investigation after the attack started, it was found that intelligence had already provided several credible inputs about the plan to carry out a terrorist attack on Mumbai but Ministry of Home Affairs did not pay any heed to those inputs.
Mani has dedicated an entire chapter to P Chidambaram, and how he brought about a non-existent Hindu terror narrative into existence. According to him, NIA under P. Chidambaram, “overlooked the first set of evidence and replaced it with the evidence supporting the Hindu terror narrative.” He also claimed that NIA officers who were involved in the investigation of terror cases have off the record accepted that there is no evidence of any sort of Hindu Terror. Mani has made many other shocking revelations in his book. In one such instance, when P Chidambaram was Home Minister, political quarters were against giving any hardcore evidence against Dawood Ibrahim to the United Nations. At last, he has also raised questions over UPA’s claim of surgical strike carried out under its rule.
An RTI response also questioned Congress party’s claim about surgical strikes during the UPA Government.
The most shocking aspect is the silence of Media after the release of this book. The mainstream media surprisingly has maintained a stoic silence about the explosive content of the book. It looks like they do not want to burst the myth of Hindu Terror and are siding with those who manufactured the narrative of Hindu Terror. What MHA has done is treachery and a large scale deception. Many innocent lives suffered because of their vote bank and appeasement politics. Many Hindu spiritual leaders falsely accused under terror cases were thrown behind the bars and tortured for many years. A party whose first priority is political power over the citizens of the country should never be allowed to come to power again.