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Tales of betrayal and Congress’ insensitivity as the 26/11 terror attack left 166 dead

The secular ecosystem at the time had floated numerous conspiracy theories at the time about the death of ATS Chief Hemant Karkare in the terror attack.

In 2013, when farmers were facing a severe drought, then Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar famously offered to urinate in the dams if people were running out of the water.

That has nothing to do with 26/11. It is just an anecdote that characterizes the arrogance and insensitivity of the misrule during the Sonia Gandhi years.

Today the secular establishment, humbled in the 2014 election, stands before the Indian people with hands folded, heads bowed and with a tilak on their foreheads. But when the terror attack of 26/11 happened at the height of their power in 2008, we saw a very different, or should we say the real face of both Indian secularism and global liberalism.

India is a young country. We must have hundreds of millions of people who were just kids at the time of the attacks in 2008. There’s no better time to tell these stories than today.

Rahul went out to party soon after the Mumbai attacks.

The attacks began on the night of Nov 26 and continued for nearly 60 hours. Counter-terrorist operations by security forces concluded somewhere around 8 am on Nov 29, which was a Saturday. Our people were mopping up the blood for days afterwards.

As the nation mourned, where was “youth icon” Rahul Gandhiji that weekend?


He spent the weekend partying at a farmhouse with friends. They say that the party lasted till 5 am in the morning. Must have been real fun.


So what if 166 innocent people have been killed, hundreds of families are in tatters and India’s security and prestige have been torn to shreds? For India’s most powerful people, the party must go on.

Please remember that this is the same Rahul Gandhi that media and intellectuals want to pass off as India’s greatest humanitarian.

The prince’s party mood after 26/11 stands in sharp contrast to his reaction after India carried out surgical strikes in Sept 2016. That’s when Rahul ji got really angry, blew a fuse and ended up calling PM Modi a “khoon ka dalal”.

Maharashtra CM personally gave his actor son Riteish and Director Ram Gopal Varma a tour of the battered Taj Hotel

We know that Rahul Gandhiji went out to party. What was Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deshmukh doing?

Well, on Saturday, Nov 29 morning soon after security forces concluded operations, Vilasrao Deshmukh personally gave a tour of the battered Taj Hotel to his actor son Riteish and Director Ram Gopal Varma.


At the time there were murmurs that Ram Gopal Varma was considering making a movie on 26/11. And what could possibly have been more important than that for the Chief Minister of Maharashtra? It’s not like he had something more significant to do at the moment.

Some were partying, some were giving tours to Bollywood actors and directors. After all, the show must go on.

Kerala CM said ‘not even a dog’ would have visited Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s house

India’s Communists have never really liked our country and have definitely never been a fan of our security forces. They have always been more likely to be favourable towards the enemy. Whether in the 1962 war or during the long-running Maoist insurgency in several states.

But seeing the overwhelming public sympathy for slain NSG commando Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the martyred son of Kerala, the Communist Chief Minister of the state felt compelled to make a show of visiting the family.

But then, some grieving people at the house of Major Unnikrishnan expressed some dislike towards politicians. The arrogant Kerala CM V S Achuthanandan left in a huff, telling the bereaved family that “not even a dog” would have visited their house.


Keeping it classy as always. This is exactly what we would expect from Communists. Drunk on power and full of hatred towards India and our valiant troops. In fact, I would have been surprised if they had managed to say anything even slightly more sensitive.

Digvijay Singh attends the release of the book 26/11: An RSS conspiracy?

Once the Congress leaders had finished attending to more important business, such as attending parties and giving tours to Bollywood actors and directors, did they finally get to the serious stuff?

Could they come together and focus the world’s attention to Pakistan’s terrorist activities?

Of course not.

This is Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh at the release of the book “26/11: An RSS conspiracy?” at the India Islamic Cultural Centre.


It wasn’t just this. The secular ecosystem at the time had floated numerous conspiracy theories at the time about the death of ATS Chief Hemant Karkare in the terror attack.

They cared about parties, tours for Bollywood folks and spreading rumours about their domestic political opponents. Who had the time to put up a united front against Pakistan?

To this day, I shudder to think what would have happened if Ajmal Kasab had not been captured alive. Would the secular ecosystem have fixed the blame for 26/11 attacks on the “Hindu terror”? Amar Balidani Tukaram Omble saved us all many more times than we might realize.

Global liberal outlets didn’t want to “judge” Ajmal Kasab, refused to call him a terrorist

Here are three headlines from three major “liberal” global outlets.




Notice anything? Not “terrorist” but “gunman”.

The global liberal outlets didn’t want to sound too “judgmental” by calling them, terrorists. Even though some of them were trying to murder sick babies in their sleep at the Cama Hospital in Mumbai, which caters to women and children.

Still not “terrorists”. That kind of label would be too “judgmental” for Kasab and his friends.

They didn’t want to stick a label on Kasab. Not just when he carried out those attacks. Not just when we saw a video of him murdering people. Not even after he was tried and convicted.

Try to remember this when one of these outlets like BBC comes calling with a piece of shoddy “research” that tries to label people as producers of “fake news”  and tries to label nationalism as the “driving force” behind the fake news.

There is so much depressing content above that I wanted to end on a note of hope.

This is Baby Moshe today.


The terrorists tried to snuff out his life when he was just a baby. But in a triumph of human spirit, Baby Moshe survived and he has become a lasting symbol of the bond between India and Israel, two nations suffering the scourge of jihadi terrorism.

Live long Baby Moshe. Live long and prosper.

When will jihadi terror come to an end? Will it last our whole lifetime? Will it last for the whole lifetime of our children? I have no idea. But let me tell you what legendary Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir is believed to have said. The conflict will come to an end when they love their children more than they hate ours.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

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Abhishek Banerjee
Abhishek Banerjee
Abhishek Banerjee is a columnist and author.  

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