What is the Character of Those Who Protect Us?

blastNote: This is a translation of Pratap Simha’s piece entitled ??????? ????????? ???????? ????, ???? ???????? ?????????????? ??????? that appeared in Kannada Prabha on 23 February, 2013.

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2 May, 2011

Osama Bin Laden who was hiding in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was flushed out by the United States and gunned down. Not only did the US extract its revenge, it didn’t cremate Laden’s body—it simply chucked his dead body in the sea. Predictably, everybody did expect Al Qaida to take their revenge against America in turn. Al Qaida didn’t disappoint them: on 6 May, Al Qaida uttered words of revenge and bravado on its website after confirming that its leader, Bin Laden was indeed dead. So did Pakistan’s rogue Tehrik-e-Taliban. An atmosphere of fear and anxiety prevailed. Even non-Americans were nervously confident that Al Qaida wouldn’t sit still.

Almost two years have passed since this incident. How many terror attacks have happened on American oil?

Forget the situation after Bin Laden’s death. Tell me, how many terror attacks have happened, how many terrorist bombs have exploded inside America after Sep 11, 2011? Give me just one instance. Who has emerged victorious, who has proved stronger—the murderous hands of Al Qaida and Tehrik-e-Taliban or the protective hands of the US Government?

But what has happened back home?

On 21 November 2012, Ajmal Kasab, one of the 26/11 terrorists was hanged to death. On 9 February 2013, Afzal Guru, one of the masterminds of the Parliament Attack too, was hanged to death. Barely 14 days had elapsed, the Indian Mujahidin blew up a bus in Hyderabad killing 14 people and injured about 119. How was the Indian Mujahidin able to strike so swiftly and avenge the death of these hanged terrorists? It seems the Intelligence Bureau had prior information. It seems the IB had already alerted the Hyderabad police. Despite this, how did this carnage happen? Who do we need to blame here? The hands that executed the terror attack, or the hands that are responsible for protecting us, the hands of this impotent Government?

What did the United States do after 9/11?

When 3000 Americans died in 2001, the then US President, George Bush declared that “the most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our No. 1 priority and we will not rest until we find him.” And on 7 October, 2001, barely a month after the attack, he officially launched war against Taliban. Simultaneously, he fortified US borders. Also, by the time the Taliban was demolished and an interim Government installed in Afghanistan, the US set up the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, which later became the National Counter Terrorism Cente (NCTC) by law in 2004. The NCTC included about 20 agencies including the CIA and the FBI. The reason Al Qaida and Tehrik have failed to carry out their 6 May, 2011 threat is because of the efforts of the NCTC. Forget bombing or attacking the US, these terror outfits have been unable to even touch a single American citizen anywhere in the world. However, this doesn’t mean such attempts haven’t been made—either outside or within the US. About 50 such terror attempts have been made but they’ve all been nipped right at the planning stage.


How has the Manmohan Singh Government behaved since Mumbai was attacked on 26/11/2008? If the former Union Minister A.R Antulay blamed the Sangh Parivar for 26/11, the then Home Minister Chidambaram spoke about “Saffron terror” keeping a steadfast political eye on the Malegaon blasts. That’s not all. Ajmal Kasab’s capture fully exposed the sinister role of Pakistan behind 26/11. Despite this, a fundamentalist named S.M. Mushrif wrote a book titled Who Killed Karkare in which he tried to pin the blame for 26/11 on the Sangh Parivar. Guess who graced the book release? Congress party’s General Secretary, the pathetic Digvijay Singh.

What do you think this man, who is the direction-giver and conscience-keeper of Congress party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi, has been doing all along?

The Mumbai attack happened on 26/11/2008. About two months prior, that is on 19 September, 2008, a police encounter occurred in Batla House at Jamia Nagar, New Delhi. Two terrorists, Atif Amin and Mohammad Sajid died in the encounter while two others, Mohammad Saif and Jishaan escaped. The police began their operation based on confirmed information that Atif Amin, an IM commander was staying on rent at Batla House. Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, known as an encounter specialist and a decorated officer (he’d won 7 gallantry medals) died in this episode. Yet, what did Digvijay Singh do? Instead of mourning this brave officer’s death, instead of visiting his family and assuring them of his support and condolence, the eminence of Digvijay Singh visited Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh from where the terrorists hailed. He met the terrorists’ families and consoled them. If that was not enough, he declared that the police had staged a fake encounter. As if on cue, our self-styled intellectuals and  sickularists peddled a fiction which ran as follows: Mohan Chand Sharma was killed because of intra-departmental rivalry and that his own team members shot him from behind. They further hollered for an inquiry from the National Human Rights Commission. Finally, the NHRC did conduct an investigation and gave (surprise!) a clean chit to the police. It also dismissed the false allegation that Sharma was shot from behind by his own colleagues.


When Uttar Pradesh polls were announced in February—March 2012, this selfsame Digvijay Singh crawled out of the woodwork with yet another bout of Muslim appeasement. He repeated again, the fiction that the Batla House encounter was fake. Not just that. He went on to add that the Prime Minister also supported his fake encounter fiction!

And then we have the Samajwadi Party, which thrives on Muslim appeasement.  One of the first things that Mullah Mulayam Singh’s son, the present UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav did was to withdraw cases against all those terrorists imprisoned in Azamgarh on the charge of the Batla House conspiracy. Additionally, he has withdrawn cases against all those imprisoned in the serial blasts against the CRPF in Varanasi, Gorakhpur, and Faizabad in 2007. Thus, when the Government itself tells the court not to proceed with cases which have already been chargesheeted, what message does this send to the police force, which is tasked to maintain law and order? What does this do to their morale? What does this tell the police who have risked their lives—and in many cases, lost their lives—to apprehend terrorists and traitors? What does it do to their spirit when the Chief Minister orders the withdrawal of cases after evidence has been painstakingly gathered and when they’re sure of getting a conviction?

Madani, the mastermind of the 1998 Coimbatore blasts was released by both Karunanidhi’s Government in Tamil Nadu and the Communist Party Government in Kerala merely by passing a Resolution on the floor of the respective assemblies! When the Government is itself in the hands of such worthless scum, what can the police do? Why would they in future risk their lives? Why would they volunteer to make widows of their wives?

The Hyderabad police aren’t incompetent. When terrorists hatched a plan to eliminate prominent people in Bangalore, it was the Hyderabad police that tipped off their counterparts in Bangalore. After the Lumbini Park blasts on 25 August, 2007, the Hyderabad police evolved their own innovative system of monitoring and tracking terrorists and terror conspiracies. Given this, the fact that blasts occurred on 21 February, 2013 simply means this: those who rule us are unworthy.

This however, doesn’t mean that we don’t have any responsibility. When people come to rent out your house, it makes sense to do a background verification of the person instead of asking his/her caste, community or how much rent you can get from him/her. Keep a vigilant eye on strangers who come to your locality. When you decide to sell your property, don’t think about the kind of money you’ll make; instead, think about whose hands your property will pass on to. Today, alarming developments have occurred in the Western Ghats region, all the way from Coorg to Shimoga. Control of land has passed on to alien people. Only your vigilance can prevent this from growing. Do you think that a Government, which became an impotent spectator when Yasin Malik went to Lahore and shared the dais with the terrorist Hafiz Sayeed, will come to your aid? A S.A.R Geelani comes all the way to the heart of Delhi and makes a highly inflammatory speech against India and coolly returns. The Manmohan Singh Government is spineless to throw him into jail right away.

While the US set up the NCTC post 9/11, the UPA obliterated the POTA. Finally, in the face of massive public anger, the UPA was forced to set up the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2009. But what was the use of setting it up? While the NCTC has successfully prevented 50 potential terror attacks, our own NIC has managed to merely file 48 cases. Of this, it was unable to file a chargesheet in 23 cases. As for the remaining 25, although chargesheets have been filed, the NIC has failed to apprehend the 45 perpetrators responsible for the crimes mentioned therein. A paltry two cases have been awarded with convictions. Of this, only two people have been sentenced while two have been acquitted.

What does all this show?

That this is a system devised by a Government, which has been busily looting the nation. What else can we expect? There’s a proverb which holds that the hand that protects is greater than the hand that kills. But then what kind of knaves have we have entrusted our safety and protection to?

18 comments for “What is the Character of Those Who Protect Us?

  1. CC
    March 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM


    This is the full sentence again:

    “Forget bombing or attacking the US, these terror outfits have been unable to even touch a single American citizen anywhere in the world.”

    ANYWHERE in the world does not mean WITHIN the US mainland.

    And whether it’s murky or not, Americans were killed in Benghazi by terrorists affiliated with Al-Queda.

    I just don’t understand why these facts are being twisted around.

  2. Reluctantly Indian
    March 2, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Thank, you, Sandeep, for these translations of Pratap Simha’s articles. I don’t think there is a single journalist of his caliber in the “sickular” mainstream media today.

  3. socal
    March 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    CC: Pratap implies attacks on US main land. They are fighting a war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of course casualties are bound to happen but these are people (Americans) trained to defend themselves not innocent civilians. What happened in Benghazi is highly murky. Obama admin failed to gauge the extent of that terrorist attack and didn’t respond when they could have. Again, it wasn’t for lack of resources, but will or judgement.

  4. jetlag
    February 27, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    11 years ago today, was when a Muslim mob set fire to a coach in the Sabarmati express killing 58 Hindu pilgrims. Not a peep in our sickular press

  5. February 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Americans worry about AMERICA.
    In India,we worry about indivduals in a dynasty.Unfortunatley,minority appeasment is the base of indian polity.

  6. February 27, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Well, our esteemed judge Katju, instead of learning from the clobbering that he recieved at the hand of anti-MSM media, went to a Pakistani newspaper and repeated the same lie in almost the same world, if not less.

    So, it is really hopeless to expect anything better from him. Though ignoring him is one way, but his lies are so over the top that it doesn’t serve the purpose if he is given a free space to write. He can literally rape the facts with his brilliant ability to twist the truth.

  7. February 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    2014 is make or break for India. Will decide India’s fate for sure.

  8. February 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Congressis have played the game very beautifully till now.
    They will keep the hindus divided, muslims united. That is there strategy, and ball is now in the court of Hindus to show whether they would stand up and fight or keep lying down, and wiped out.

  9. Proud Kafir
    February 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Dear Sandeep,

    I shall only suggest that each one of us must & must analyize our own constituancy to check how many of our Hindu brothers do not vote on the Govt holiday for voting. We may cry & beat our heads with pain but the Congress Govt gives a damn. These sons of jehadi bitches would only realise their mistakes when maximum hindus vote against them. Guys we must don a political suite in our respective constituency & ensure maximum hindu voting. For starters let the Internet hindus start meeting each other personally & form a unique group in each constituency. We might just create an impact within next 1 year if we start now. NOW !

  10. February 25, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    US seems to have followed the old Indian rule “Takshakay swaha, … Indra is protecting him ? Indray Swaha”

    February 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    @CC ya u are right PRATAP’S words might be exaggerating but such words are necessary to make people think in right direction and one thing PRATAP doesn’t mean INDIA to behave like U.S but at least we should protect ourselves think and at least nobody has entered AMERICA and insulted if somebody has come to INDIA and insulted our MOTHERLAND isn’t this our duty to ensure nobody again dares to talk against us in OUR COUNTRY

  12. harshad
    February 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    its so strange that on 9/11 few terrorists stole planes and attcked US and after that not a single attack. Again the war on terror is such a joke. highly trained and technologically advanced americans fighting with a army of taliban which is 20/40 years behind them technologically & number wise. Again attack on Iraq under the lie that they have WMDs. What are you talking here? you want india to behave like that? Frankly our politicians make money in land and not in defence equipment. Ands thats the reason we are not attracted to playing wars. Americans loves wars because that spins huge amount money in contracts and equipment purchases. War on Terror is a lie. Its just a tllte under which they can keep fighting. Everyone knows Taliban can never attack america nor threaten America. its also true that terrorists can attack on will in anywhere in india. Its simply impossible to stop that in India.

  13. Vijay
    February 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    @SB, the situation is already there. The primary reason is mentioned in the article. People sell/rent to these elements for a few extra thousand rupees. Why only western ghats, go to any of the outskirts of Bengaluru, be it towards Bidadi, Ramnagara, Kanakapura, Rajanakunte, Doddaballapura etc Land owners are ready to sell their land to complete aliens if they pay more. And their MO seems consistent, and I am sure the police and other agencies are aware but their hands are tied by politicians who only want to protect their vote banks.

    Mr Simha,I would not draw parallels between US and us, but its should be easier for us to weed these people out bcz, its our home and recognizing a cockroach shouldnt be difficult. All that is required is : give the agencies a free hand for a month. Obviously we can expect collateral, but reducing it should be possible.

  14. CC
    February 24, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Mr. Simha, with all due respect, I’m not inventing things. The attack on Benghazi was not because of the movie as initially thought by the CIA. The US state dept. later clarified that the terrorists (who were Libyan Al-Queda affiliates) took advantage of the protests happening there to carry out that attack. It was planned ahead to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton herself said this on the record during the congressional hearing. Susan Rice who went on TV claiming the attacks were believed to be caused due to the incendiary movie, but came under heavy fire because of this very fact because it was later determined to be baseless. She even lost out on being the next secy of state…

    And since you only mention 2 terrorist outfits in your article, other terrorist organizations that attack and kill Americans don’t count? Al-Queda affiliates are also terrorists in my view. Thousands of Americans have been killed in Afghanistan due to these suicide bombers and terrorists. Of course they don’t carry a name-tag saying exactly those two names that you have listed in your article.

    And please don’t mistake me, I do agree with the basic premise of your article that the Americans have very effectively guarded their country and citizens against terrorist attacks on their own soil, where as India has completely failed in that regard.

  15. February 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    CC, Pls carefully read my article again, I am talking abt only two terror outfits that threatened US after Laden was eliminated. Benghazi attack was not d handiwork of Al-Qaida or Tehrik-I-Taliban, but local outrage against coz of the movie, pls understand. As far as Iraq is concerned, when u are in a alien war zone, such killings does take place, but cannot equate with terrorism. If u can, do understand d tone n implicit MSG of my article. If u r out there to invent something, all the best.

  16. Shashank
    February 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    MR.CC: We all know what happened in Benghazi, Please give some facts if you have, which happened inside America, The article is about the hollowness of our anti terrorist agendas and the difference in approach to terrorism of us and America. Please understand the nature of article before finding faults.

  17. CC
    February 23, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    “Forget bombing or attacking the US, these terror outfits have been unable to even touch a single American citizen anywhere in the world.”

    Pratap Simha is wrong on that. Thousands of Americans (military and civilian) have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. When the Americans took the fight to the terrorists, it wasn’t without casualties and incurring billions of dollars in expenses.

    How could Simha not take into account the latest attack in Benghazi where 4 Americans were killed by terrorists INSIDE the US embassy???? And this was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. So it’s not like the Americans are invincible and Simha should use FACTS and not just indulge in hyperbole.

  18. SB
    February 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Thanks for the translation, Sandeep ! The situation in this country is getting from worse to worst.

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