Another phenomenon, relatively more recent, relates to the emergence of certain radical counter-groups which have been organised with the primary objective of countering the Jihadi terror networks. It needs being noted that the activities of such counter groups have the potential of spreading disharmony and divisiveness which could generate wide spread communal violence and result in irreparably damaging the secular fabric of our democracy (http://www.idsa.in/resources/speech/FirstJasjitSinghMemorialLecture.html).
He says they are a ‘recent phenomenon’. As home secretary in the early nineties he is well aware that their existence is not ‘recent’. In his speech he talks about the problems in the federal arrangement of getting the UP government, then under the BJP, to respond to the crisis in Ayodhya. He courageously, but delicately, lays the blame for the fall of the mosque and the fallout on its foot dragging. He has also led the task force on the criminal-politician nexus after the Mumbai terror attacks post Ayodhya. Though the report is classified, it surely would not have glossed over counterpart groups to Dawood Ibrahim’s from the majority community. Therefore, Mr. Vohra’s reticence, if not mischaracterisation, is strange.