Makarand Gadgil / Business Standard, Mumbai August 12, 2006
While Mumbai observed the first monthly anniversary of the 7/11 bomb blasts with tears for those who died in the serial blasts, the right-wing Hindu organisation, Bajrang Dal, was busy propagating hate across the city by distributing pamphlets inciting citizens against “Islamic terrorists”.
The pamphlets headlined “Think, Think, Think” were being distributed at Churchgate station, from where all seven ill-fated trains took off for various destinations in western suburbs.
They posed questions like why human rights organisations were keeping quiet now that Hindus were being attacked and where were activists like Teesta Setlwad, Medha Patkar, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt and Amir Khan?
The pamphlets also listed out some acts of politicians with leanings towards the minority community like Samajwadi party leader Abu Azmi and NCP leader Vasant Davkhare.
Right-wing Hindu organisations, like Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena, have a history of inciting communal feelings in the city whenever terror attacks have taken place here.
After the Ghatkopar blasts in 2003, the Sena had called for a bandh, while during the 1992-93 riots, Sena mouthpiece, Saamna, openly supported attacks on minorities and wrote a number of provocative editorials inciting communal passions.