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False flag attempt in Jammu and Kashmir by India

Pulwama in 2019 was the site of an incident that sparked the Abinandan debacle for the Indian security agencies; in 2020 it is the site for another incident that has all the makings of a false flag.

On May 28 this year, media in India reported the security forces in the Pulwama district of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) had spotted a vehicle loaded with an improvised explosive device (IED) – most likely a false flag operation.

The attacker left the car and was able to escape from the security forces of the world’s largest American economic aid recipient, the second-largest arms importer, and the fastest-growing nuclear weapons country. And later, the bomb disposal squad team destroyed the locally made explosive in a blue drum attached with a detonator.

Another false flag operation by India

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar, without any material investigation, immediately called a briefing and laid down a couple of interesting assumptions in front of the media.

First, he suspected that 40 to 45 kilos of explosive material was fitted in the car because it went up 15 meters above the ground when the device was exploded.

Second, he said that explosive was fitted in the car jointly by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Muhammad militants.

Now, we all know that it is an unethical Indian tradition, or in fact, a fallacy, to point fingers and blame others without verification, but Indian media should have asked him; was he present there when those militants were jointly fitting explosives in the car? Then why didn’t he take action or arrest them at that time? Or was he actually supervising them, and they were not militants but personnel from Indian armed forces? This whole operation seems to be a perfect example of a false flag operation.

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There is one Indian security personal, who is either from the police, paramilitary, or the army for every 30 civilians including women and children in the whole IOJ&K. Pulwama district is one of those areas where the deployment of Indian armed forces and security checkpoints is massive.

India was getting pressure from the international community over human rights violations and was failing in portraying the peaceful Kashmiri freedom movement as terrorism.

Therefore, it decided to conduct a false flag operation in order to project itself as a victim of terrorism as it has done quite a few times in the past.

Deep state in India orchestrating the show

IOJ&K has been under strict lockdown since August 5 last year and several areas are under strict curfew.

Only Indian security forces can move such weight of explosive around easily, so maybe they fitted it in a car and asked their driver to place the car at decided location at night with an understating that later in the morning, they would defuse the bomb in a Bollywood style camera work from a drone and do a press briefing for chest-thumping.

All of this because politically Hindutva torchbearers will get international sympathies and locally, they will spread hate among people for Muslims and Pakistan.

Indian media, which is playing a major part in realizing the Hindutva objectives, has termed this incident as a 2019 Pulwama-style attack. So, if the 2019 Pulwama attack was also a false flag operation then the only difference is that the Hindutva leaders in 2019 decided to kill 40 CRPF men as collateral damage or sacrificed martyrs for a greater cause. It will be interesting to find out what greater cause that could be?

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If it was to conduct airstrike in retaliation then Hindutva’s suicidal ideology is the biggest threat for India itself, because it gained only humiliation for the Indian Air force. If it was to revoke Kashmir’s special status, then it is a violation of UN resolutions and Simla agreement, and this decision is going to haunt India in the long run.


Kulbhushan Jadhav now in the custody of Pakistan is one example of Hindutva regional terrorist activities and now just like other terrorist organizations, it is demanding his release. Domestically it is spreading dreadful terror with the intent to strike fear in the people of India.

Understanding the essence of Hindutva

It is important to understand Hindutva, its objectives and structure. Equally important is to understand what it is doing to destabilize the peace and how Hindutva terrorism is posing the biggest threat to the world than any other form of terrorism that exists.

There is a lot of literature available, but to cut it short, Hindutva has no similarity to Hinduism. Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor says that “Hindutva seeks to impose a narrow set of beliefs, doctrines, and practices on an eclectic and loosely-knit faith, in denial of the considerable latitude traditionally available to believers.”

Hindutva is a racial and extremist ideology that believes in the superiority of upper-caste Hindus and their Holy land. The rest of the people whether they are lower caste Hindus or other religious minorities (like Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, etc.) have no rights and no privileges.

During the independence movement against the British, along with the Muslim League and Congress, Sangh Parivar was one prominent movement. It means “family of organizations” and it has as in structure (like the group of organizations make a mafia) central organization called Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is its militant wing while its political wing is Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), currently ruling India.

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Narendra Modi is one of the leading torch bearers of Hindutva terrorism, he was accused for the Gujarat massacre of 2002 and was sanctioned by the US.

RSS has terrorist camps all over India, in which, men, women and children are brainwashed to work on their agenda of supremacy and hatred, and trained to use arms, conduct illegal activities, like sabotaging, civil unrest, and insurgencies.

The Hindutva terror network since 2000 has been dominantly involved in conducting false-flag terrorist attacks across India.

All major terrorist attacks, for instance, parliament attack in December 2001, arson in train at Godhra leading to Gujarat Carnage in 2002, Samjhauta Express arson in February 2007, Mumbai attacks in November 2008, Pathankot in January 2016, Uri attack in September 2016 and Pulwama in February 2019 were inside jobs.

Even the investigation officers of these terrorist attacks are either dead or imprisoned, who found out that inside hands were involved.

Legal cover given to Hindutva cause 

Hindutva pressure groups when in government have made changes in the Indian laws to benefit their activities, for instance, after the parliament attack the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) was passed, under which several Kashmiri leaders have been detained without trial, and Mumbai attacks led to amendments in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Likewise, the Indian Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act was brought in to brutally tackle Sikh’s freedom struggle in Punjab. Indian retired Justice Abhay Thipsay has termed such anti-terrorism acts as draconian.

India wants to be recognized as a major geopolitical player internationally, but the shift from a diverse and secular society into a repressing and stifling society is a concern.

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The US and its allies are today arming and funding this radical Hindutva terrorism as a counterweight to China.

If Hindutva religious fanaticism goes on rising, it will destabilize peace not only of India or the South Asian region but also of the globe.

The international community will then be fighting against Global War on Hindutva Terror (GWoHT), instead of Global War on Terror (GWoT).

We cannot allow ourselves to be quiet in the face of such a danger.

Ahsan Ali Zahid is a researcher at the School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University. He can be reached at ahsanalizahid@hotmail.com. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space