Mumbai Terror Strike: India’s Government to Fall?

We are told that India’s government could fall as a result of the Mumbai terror attacks.

Political analysist inside India said the weak government of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could probably not gracefully accept the criticism bound to come after the Mumbai attacks. 

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

These analysts expect resignations among top security and intelligence officials almost immediately.

Experts in India’s politics say that in public you won’t hear the real truth about the Mumbai terror attacks.

Already on Sunday India’s interior minister resigned as anger grew over intelligence failures leading up to the devastating attacks on Mumbai.

Indian interior minister Shivraj Patil seen in New Delhi on ... 
Indian interior minister Shivraj Patil seen in New Delhi on November 27. Patil resigned Sunday as anger grew over intelligence failures leading up to the attacks on Mumbai and investigators focused on a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group.(AFP/File/Raveendran)

Two professors in New Deli and Mumbai told us that the terror attacks on Mumbai could well be just more of the brutal side of Indian politics.

In South Asia, where assassinations, violence and warfare have played a huge role in politics in every decade since the partitioning of Pakistan and India, some regional scholars say this week’s bloodshed in Mumbai could have been instigated by the opposition political party.

Our sources, which wanted to remain anonymous, said the opposition parties to India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could well have engineered the violence to help end the PM’s hold on government.

Manmohan Singh
ਮਨਮੋਹਨ ਸਿੰਘ
Manmohan Singh

“Manmohan Singh is the George W. Bush of India’s politics.  People want him discedited, disgraced and out of office.  If the opposition is responsible for Mumbai, they will say ‘Look, the PM cannot even assure security,'” said a reliable source to Peace and Freedom.

one of our sources is a native of Mumbai and a professor of politics in India.

“One cannot over estimate the hatred for this [Indian] government from the opposition.  And elections are on the way.  The new government will claim credit for reestablishing security and India’s business greatness, if they are elected and the economy changes,” said the professor.

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This article from the Indo Asian News Service just two months ago shows the level of dissatisfaction with India’s current government from the opposition. 

September 28, 2008

Guwahati, Sep 28 (IANS) Top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Sunday launched a personal attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, calling him the ‘weakest and most unsuccessful’ premier in the country’s parliamentary history.

Lal Krishna Advani
Lal Krishna Advani

‘I have seen 14 prime ministers since the first parliamentary elections and I am sad to say that Manmohan Singh is the weakest and most unsuccessful among them as he is a puppet in the hands of Sonia Gandhi (chairperson of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government),’ BJP’s prime ministerial candidate said.

Advani was addressing a public rally in Assam’s main city of Guwahati as part of the BJP’s Sankalp Yatra, a campaign pledging support for the party ahead of next years general elections.

‘Manmohan Singh has devalued the office of the prime minister as he is not only weak, but has failed on all fronts while dealing with crucial issues confronting the country,’ he said.

He said terrorism and inflation were the biggest threat faced by India today and lashed out at the central government for failing to tackle these twin problems.

‘There are terrorist attacks almost every other day, but the government is clueless. The common people are at their wits end due to soaring prices of essentials and on the agriculture front we have seen how farmers are committing suicide,’ he said.

‘The Congress party has betrayed the trust of the Aam Admi (common man).’

Advocating the slogan of Hindutva, Advani said the BJP believes in true secularism and want Hindus, like other faiths, to practise the religion without any fear.

‘True secularism is all about respecting each others faith where Muslims, Christians and Hindus could practise and espouse their religions without any bias.

‘And as Hindus we should not be called communal when we say we would construct Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. This is a pledge and our right to do so,’ he said.

Appealing to the people of Assam to vote the BJP during the upcoming parliamentary elections, Advani said the twin problems of illegal Bangladeshi infiltration and floods were the biggest challenge for the state.

‘The Assamese people are in great danger due to unabated influx of Bangladeshis and unless it is stopped, the indigenous people would soon be overwhelmed by foreigners,’ he said.

He also announced that an electoral understanding was being worked out between the BJP and Assam’s main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).

Advani is due to address party workers in Shillong Monday afternoon and would leave for New Delhi Tuesday.

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Officially, heads of state are speaking in the cool tones of diplomacy.

“The killers who struck this week are brutal and violent,” Bush said on the South Lawn with first lady Laura Bush at his side. “But terror will not have the final word. The people of India are resilient. The people of India are strong. They have built a vibrant, multiethnic democracy. They can withstand this trial.”

At a layer below the heads of state, officials are blaming Pakistan for the most part.  But insiders from India say the Mumbai violence could well be another example of the ugliest side of Indian politics.

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Officially, “India Inc.” Says There Will Be No Mumbai Terror Fallout on Business
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Press Trust of India

 

India Inc on Saturday exuded confidence that business will be back to normal from Monday and heaved a sigh of relief as the 60-hour terror horror got over this morning.

While urging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for tougher laws against terrorism so that dastardly acts witnessed in the financial capital since Wednesday are not repeated elsewhere in India, apex industry chambers said the economy will recover fast from the blow.

“Even yesterday stock market in the midst of the battle showed some resilience, this is an indication as to how India and its people take these dastardly activities of terrorists in their stride. We expect that by Monday the regular financial parameters and fundamentals will come back into play,” FICCI Secretary General Amit Mitra told PTI.

Mitra, however, reminded the Prime Minister to keep his words for tough action against terrorism.

“We expect that the commitments made by the Prime Minister of tougher laws against terrorists and centralised single agency for dealing with such situations will come into force sooner or later,” he said.

Singh, on Thursday, had stated that “strongest possible measures” would be taken to deal with terrorists and their supporters.

Expressing confidence that the attack would not have any long lasting impact on foreign investments in India, Mitra said: “India is a natural destination for potential investors in the future. 25 billion dollars have come as FDI, we expect the flow to continue even if slightly muted, given the global circumstances.”

Assocham Secretary General DS Rawat also expressed confidence that India would recover fast from the blow although it could face a temporary setback.

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