Why U.S. has to Worry about Hindu Terrorism?
The term Saffron Terrorism entered into the public discussions following the 29 September 2008 western India bombings that killed 8 persons and injuring 80. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram gave the spark as he alarmed the chiefs of State police forces, security and intelligence officials of the new threat of 'saffron terrorism.' "There is this recently uncovered phenomenon of saffron terrorism that has been implicated in many bomb blasts of the past," he said.According to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi reportedly told U.S. ambassador Timothy Roemer that saffron terror worries him more than the terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba. It quotes Rahul as saying, "there was evidence of some support (for the LeT) among certain elements in India's indigenous Muslim community, the bigger threat may be the growth of radicalized Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community." Sonia shared no different view as her son and said the RSS is sowing the seeds of hatred in the minds of a new generation and says, "This is the biggest danger for us." However, Congress' outspoken leader Digvijay Singh objects the use of saffron terror' phrase and says, "I have objection to the use of caste, colour and religion to describe terror." "It can be called 'sangh terrorism' instead of saffron terrorism," he clarifies.