Amresh Mishra of Times of India too has termed the attack on 26th November as an attempt to divert attention from saffron terrorism. He lamented that with Hemant's death have got buried many secrets. Was the attack then meant to scuttle investigations that were exposing the ugly face of Sang Parivar which, after exploding bombs at Malegoan and Samjota Express, used to get away throwing muck on SIMI, Indian Mujahedeen, HUJI and Lashkar.A Perspective from Kashmiri Newspaper (probably the most popular one): Greater Kashmir
Some analysts in India do not rule out the possibility of involvement of Bhonsala Military School or Abhinav Bharat, which have recently come under scanning lenses of ATS.
This is nothing new, during the Amarnath Land Row earlier this year, the same News paper carried an opinion according to which the way Jammu agitation was being managed, [it clearly]:
substantiates the much talked about the Mossad plan for strangulating Kashmir economically. There have been rumours in circulation for past many years that the BJP led coalition government in New Delhi had involved the Israeli intelligence agency in Kashmir for ending the “movement for right to self-determination”.This is how these Conspiracy Theories are eventually ingested and how people loose track of what they were talking about and forget the moot issues.
So how did the conspiracy theory regarding Mumbai attack start? Well, while the siege was still going on and the News was still being gathered, a fellow named Amresh Mishra went on air for some radio channel's call in program.
You can hear it out at Archive.Org.
That page lists his "insights":
- The mysterious circumstances under which the ATS Chief Karatke(sic) and the top brass was wiped out.
- The number of muslims killed which are around 30.
- The mystery behind Nariman House and his inside scoop on this place.
- The identity of Terrorists
Fascinating! The simpler people calling in on the show had pretty much the same "insight"!
And I read he's a historian having written, among other things, a book on the Revolt of 1857. I certainly won't be buying his books.
In a Hindistan Times sunday special story dated December 7 and titled 'The mourning in Malegaon', one Adbul Ansari is quoted as saying:
"Karkareji ko maara gaya hai kyonki sab khulaasa kar kar rahe the, aur kya? Ek umeed ki kiran thi hum logon ke liye, who bhi chali gayi. (Karkare has been killed because he was exposing the real forces behind the Malegaon blasts. We had one ray of hope, he too is gone)."In 29th September bombings, a bomb kept in a motorcycle blew outside his shop. The trail of this motorcycle led to arrest of some Hindu Extremists. The people of Malegaon now plan to rename that particular street after the man who was leading the investigations, they want to rename it 'Shaheed Hemant Karkare Road'.
As the conspiracy theory started doing rounds (and even as an Indian "News Channel" started to commit atrocious acts of media kabootarbazi on its sedated viewers), a commenter at a popular Pakistani Blog (I found the link to that interview at the blog) wondered even as he was being enlightened:
Thank you Doc for providing this link ,it is encouraging to see there are people ” Amaresh Misra ” who really are thinking originally to save their roots,their values and their country.
After a very long time I have read an original comment from an Asian.
His analysis can be applied to Pakistan as well and even more so because we are in direct conflict with USA.
Did not understand onething why he thinks USA will get into war against INDIA?
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also thought that it was a US operation as "people in this region cannot possibly carry out such a savage attack"...also he thinks America is now directing its arrows towards India...and possibly China.
Here's the clip from memritv.org:
Patrick French (the only writer whose every book I can claim to have read ) has this to say in his op-ed titled They Hate Us — and India Is Us for The New York Times dated December 8, 2008:
When these well-planned attacks unfolded, it was clear to anyone with experience of India that they were not homegrown, and almost certainly originated from Pakistan. Yet the reaction of the world’s news media was to rely on the outmoded idea of Pakistan-India hyphenation — as if a thriving and prosperous democracy of over a billion people must be compared only to an imploded state that is having to be bailed out by the I.M.F. Was Pakistan to blame, asked many pundits, or was India at fault because of its treatment of minority groups?
He concludes his write up with sentiment that is now reverberating in the region :
I received this e-mail message recently from a friend in Karachi: “Nowhere can get more depressing than Pakistan these days — barring some African failed states and Afghanistan.”-0-