Look at the distance the anti-national discourse of Indian politics has travelled. A film actor serving sentence for aiding and abetting terrorism is the beneficiary of parole with vulgar regularity and brazenness and Col Purohit, a patriotic soldier continues to languish in prison.
His cardinal sin being his infiltration into the network of Indian Mujahideen and its patron LeT.
More than two dozen concerned officers have vouched in Court-of–Inquiry that in pursuit of his duty, by no standards ordinary, he had kept the organization in loop.
Purohit, in keeping with the imperatives of country's security, shared Intelligence with sister agencies including the Maharashtra ATS, which invited him on several occasions to deliver lectures.
By now it is clearly established by some prime plotters and participants of 26/11 like Ajmal Kasab, David Headley and Abu Jundal, that a painstaking diligence was invested by the planners to portray the attack as handiwork of 'Hindu Terror' organisations.
If Ajmal Kasab had not been caught alive the plot had nearly succeeded. It was a sort of divine intervention that Kasab developed cold-feet and failed to destroy himself as per the instruction of his handlers and jihadi indoctrination.
The network of plotters included some politicians and journalists in India.
Readers may find out who wrote a book, (to apologize later) about 26/11 being a handiwork of Hindu groups and which politician was the chief guest during the release of the book!
Fabrication of 'Hindu Terror'
Few days before 26/11, I was solicited by the Tehelka magazine to write a column on my views on the arrest of Col Purohit. My initial response, knowing the unabashed pro-establishment proclivities of the magazine, was that my views would be repugnant.
Only when, I was assured of my intellectual freedom, I relented. I must say, my views were not only respected, it was carried as the very first item on 22 Nov 2008 issue. Without the benefit of hindsight I then wrote:
“It is a travesty to paint Purohit as the Indian Osama Bin Laden. Going by the selective and flip-flop leaks by the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra, and the manner in which the media is lapping it up, it appears that there is a concerted bid to make an 'Osama bin Laden' out of Lt Col Purohit, and prove that Sadhvi Pragya and her accomplices are the new 'Hindu Jehadis'.
The credulity of the general public is being stretched on various scores.
Image: Hindu priests pray for those killed in the November 26 Mumbai attacks outside the Taj hotel in Mumbai on December 11, 2008. (AFP)