After Ghulam Nabi Fai, it may well be the turn of the Hindutva outfits in America. The slaughter in Oslo seems to be leading to some tricky questions. The American Muslims have demanded an investigation into the activities of the Sangh Parivar activities in the US. This follows the claim by the Oslo murderer that he drew inspiration from Hindutva elements. On Tuesday, the Muslim Peace Coalition in the US issued a statement in New York expressing alarm over the links between the Oslo terrorist Anders Behring Brevik and Hindutva forces.
Curiously, the statement demanded that the FBI (which nabbed Fai) and the Department of Homeland Security should investigate the activities of the Hindutva groups. They have specifically demanded that the Hindutva elements should be barred from using the premises of the Hindu temples in the US. “The Hindutva movement in the US is well-funded and powerful and has been involved in brainwashing the American-Hindu children and youth in the US with their brand of violent anti-Muslim and anti-Christian hate. These groups have been actively involved with the recent Islamophobic campaign in the US.”
“For the last 30 years, they have been busy infiltrating and gaining power among various professional and trade organisations of the Indian diaspora in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Far East. For the past two decades, they have been using the growing economic and political clout of India on the international stage to infiltrate the power centres in the US under the guise of being ‘representatives of the Indian diaspora’. The more militant among the Hindutva fronts have openly formed alliances with white American hate groups and known Islamaphobes.”
The statement no doubt has an ominous ring about it. What forces are at work behind the statement remains unclear. There have been reports from time to time in the past during the NDA rule in India that the FBI has been keeping detailed dossiers of the Hindu organisations active in the US. The reports, which seemed some sort of pressure tactic, even alleged at times that some of these Hindu organisations have been collecting funds and illegally transferring them to their sister organisations of the Sangh Parivar in India. Somehow, the FBI never followed up, though. Arguably, it is a reverse situation of Fai’s. He allegedly received funds from Pakistan whereas the Hindu organisations in the US allegedly sent funds to India through equally illegal means.
Can the FBI, which finally booked Fai, refuse to take cognisance of the alleged activities of the Hindu organisations? The blood trail of the terrorist Brevik seems to be leading to some obscure corners of the US’s regional policies in South Asia. Copies of the above statement have been sent to the Indian consulates in the US, which are of course duty-bound to transmit the document to Hqs in Delhi. The celebrations over Fai’s arrest, in the meanwhile, have proved short-lived. He has been released on bail and he promptly issued a statement that the US will never let down the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination.