The scorching of passengers in railway compartments at Godhra railway station on 27 February 2002 and the riots that the carnage triggered has so far been analyzed only through the communal and political prisms.
All commissions and inquiries have been confined to ‘immediate causes’. Security analysts ignored the external machinations responsible for the carnage. The prevailing geopolitical environment was hardly factored.
The security discourse in this country has still not sensitized itself to the entire realm of proxy war, the type of war in which Pakistan has few equals.
Was the Godhra event just a pre-meditated ploy to ease pressure from the borders during Operation Parakram, divide Indian reaction and neutralize its capabilities to punish Pakistan for its orchestrated attack on Indian parliament on 13 December 2001?
The ISI-Jihadi combine had other immediate and long term agendas, which have been substantially realized.
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Image: Police guard the charred Sabarmati Express at Godhra Station on the 10th anniversary of carnage. (PTI)