Mumbai Conspiracy Theory

Various websites are carrying a bizarre email purporting to be by the Indian writer Amaresh Misra, on the Mumbai terrorist attack:

An entire city has been attacked by Mossad and probably units of mercenaries…The RSS-BJP-VHP-Bajrang Dal should be banned…Muslims and secular Hindus have been proven right…A photograph publushed in Urdu Times, Mumbai, clearly shows that Mossad and ex-Mossad men came to India and met Sadhus and other pro-Hindutva elements recently. A conspiracy was clearly hatched…We will fight a civil war if need be against the pro-Hindutva, communal forces and their Israeli backers.

Misra is the author of a book on the British in India entitled War of Civilisations: India AD 1857, which claimed that the British killed 10 million people between 1857 and 1867. A (negative) review here gives us a clue where he’s coming from:

Its Mumbai based author, Amresh Misra is a freelance journalist, a political commentator, a columnist, a script writer for films and also a historian. More than that he is a political, civil right activist and leader and an anti-communal fighter. His ideological inclination is evident in his “Acknowledgments”, wherein he honours “Akhilendra Pratap Singh, ex-president of the Allahabad University Students Union (AUSU), Politbureau member of the CPI-ML (liberation) as his friend, philosopher and guide” and admits that ‘several ideas hatched in the book were formulated along with him way back in the 1990s in rugged, reflective, dusty rooms and streets of Allahabad, Lucknow, Benares and other UP-Bihar districts.” Misra’s other friend Salim Khan Durrani happens to be the anti-communal, anti-fascist resistance hero of Mumbai.”

For Misra, history writing is not a detached academic exercise, rather it is part of ideological commitment and activism. He, frankly acknowledges that “during numerous street battles with the police and anti-Muslim, anti-Dalit-fascist lumpen hordes in the late 1980s and 1990s,” he learnt that “true data lies in the non-academic, mainstream reading of real action.”

An article from the Guardian adds:

Misra’s casualty claims have been challenged in India and Britain. “It is very difficult to assess the extent of the reprisals simply because we cannot say for sure if some of these populations did not just leave a conflict zone rather than being killed,” said Shabi Ahmad, head of the 1857 project at the Indian Council of Historical Research. “It could have been migration rather than murder that depopulated areas.”

Many view exaggeration rather than deceit in Misra’s calculations. A British historian, Saul David, author of The Indian Mutiny, said it was valid to count the death toll but reckoned that it ran into “hundreds of thousands”.

One wonders whether this benign assumption that Misra was not motivated by “deceit” will survive the apparent revelation (assuming he’s not the victim of an impersonator) that he’s anti-Jewish conspiracy-mongering crank.

Incidentally, Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger did have a cosy meeting with BJP leader L.K. Advani in 2007, as I blogged here. Misra’s conspiracy theory is doubtless spun from links such as this.

7 Responses

  1. Hey all,

    Forget about all the info mentioned above, the official version of the story is that:

    1. “terrorist activities started in 10 different places in
    Mumbai Simultaneously”

    2.”9 “terrorist” are dead and 1 caught alive”,

    Now my question is if there were supposedly 3 “terrorist” in Taj and 3 in Oberoi, how the rest of the 4 “terrorist” were operating at 8 different places Simultaneously??????

    Anyone would like to reply!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Get your facts straight, open your eyesssssssss!!!!!!

  2. Mumbai Attack Conspiracy Theory:

    A fishing yatch from Gujarat was on the Arabian Sea. Some ‘N’ terrorist of ‘X’ faith captured the by unknown method by sear or air or with rubber dingy. They killed fishing crew and set the co-ordinates to Karachi.
    1. How can some people traveling in rubber dingy take over a fishing yatch?
    2. If they came by other methods like air the crew could have taken time to alert someone.
    3. If they came by another yatch they could have come without killing crew members and deploying dingy from their yatch as the Mumbai cost is not guarded.
    4. If they did not come in rubber dingy or by air or their yatch. Then the fishing yatch is their yatch or some members of fishing crew were among the terrorist. If the members of the fishing crew were terrorist the others would not have known or caught unaware for two reasons.
    5. If the fishing yatch was giving a joy ride to other nationality or student they would have had reason to suspect when they saw people carrying large backpacks. So the terrorist were no different from them – same language, same color, same faith.
    6. Setting co-ordinates to Karachi would be a foolish thing by the terrorist assuming that they will escape by the same yatch after making such a killing. It is a misleading evidence.
    7. If 10 people had planned to kill 5000 people they could have done it easily by planting bombs and detonating by remote instead of hand guns. They could have escaped with no clue.
    8. When doing open fire with hand guns and taking hostage. It clearly shows an evidence that they wanted to cause panic and they wanted to seek attention.
    9. If they were suicide bombers they need not have set co-ordinates to Karachi unless they want to mislead.

    The ‘N’ people on rubber dingy split into ‘M’ groups and attacked – Cafe, Railway station and two explosions on taxis. They then headed to Taj, Oberoi , Trident and Nariman House. According to official report it is 10 people split to 4 groups and attacked 10 places. Now the evidence emerge it may be 15 people. It took them 4 months with help of local people to move consignments and plan the operation.
    Group 1 with ‘A’ people – Attack Cafe and head to Oberoi on the way plant bomb in a taxi
    Group 2 with ‘B’ people – Attack Railway and head to Trident on the way plant bomb in a taxi
    Group 3 with ‘C’ people – Attack Cafe and head to Taj on the way plant bomb in a taxi
    Group 4 with ‘D’ people – Attack Nariman house
    They had communication centers in the Hotels and communicated with each other to co-ordinate attacks.

    1. When ‘A’ number of person with hand guns stormed into Railway station killing people. Two questions arise. Why didn’t the railway police arrest them? Why didn’t the local police arrest before they traveled to Hotels where they took hostage? It must have taken atleast 15 minutes in the busy roads of Mumbai.
    2. Why didn’t the police react fast. Is their training not upto handling a situation when a couple to men storm with rifle and shoot randomly. Or were the police waiting for orders from higher authorities before making they can charge? If they police were waiting for orders why were they not given immediately. Had the police known that this will lead to hostage situation for 3 days would they have decided to react differently without waiting for the orders. Did the police think it was a random incident that some mad person with gun is shooting and will stop with just this place. Or had the politicians knew before had of the next plans so they escalated time before giving their orders.
    3. If the attack had been planned by local group as they can as Deccan group of ‘X’ faith they they might not have needed 4 months to plan. As they know the city and it is easy to bribe any official get the layout of any hotel easily. I maintain ‘X’ because it might be Hindu or Muslim or does not matter if it was politically motivated then it is just a faith they choose to tell to misguide people either to direct hatred towards faith of secular people or gain support of the innocent people by misleading them as when they carry a faith no single person can be pointed finger but a whole community.
    4. It is said that there were Ids and credit cards. Is getting fake ID or credit card a difficult thing in Mumbai underworld.
    5. It is said few people had checked into the Taj and had many visitors. Didn’t the hotel grow suspicious about it. Didn’t the mysterious guests check out and did they come back again on the dingy. Did the mysterious guests stay in the hotel and take hostages.
    6. Need to give a gun to two trained military commandos and do a research if they can run around 26 floors and shoot heavily and keep hundreds of commandos busy with the encounter. I really doubt it.
    7. It is said that some people had given leads to group of people stocking up arms and ammunitions but nothing was done about them earlier. Why was not the intelligence acted on the lead to investigate if the information was true.
    8. If they had to kill 5000 people they could have planted bomb. With so many commandos surrounding them they are sure to die. With the ammunitions that they had let alone if they had carried a heavy bomb they could have killed more people blowing up the hotel.
    9. They seemed to have asked for British and American passport but only few foreigner died. It is again a misleading statement.
    10. Whey did they take Nariman house and the Jews in specific. Thats something I could not comprehend some secret agents or where they doing some reform such as converting and helping people in slum that underworld feared.
    11. There was news later that they did not have any communication center at the hotels from the captured gunman. There was a news that a UK lady asked CNN not to reveal their location as the attackers were watching CNN. So was there TV and mobile service still active in the area .

    1. Politically Motivated Hindu terrorist for BJP to win elections next year: It must be more than 10 people. It is politically motivated and politically supported with all the evidence to mislead people. It is planned and executed by local people and the so called terrorist are people among them.
    2. May be it is the act of US through Pakistan to get India to support its fight against terror. Initially, India points fingers at Pakistan and US mediates and advices India to direct its anger towards the common enemy global terror. NATA has been asking for increased number of troops.
    3. It is absurd to say that motive of the attack is to collapse the Indian economy, as it can be done in other ways.

  3. The family of a Chabad Center victim has refused to accept an Israeli representative in their son’s funeral, saying he was anti-Zionist.

    The family of Hasid Aryeh Leib Teitelbaum, who was killed in Mumbai attacks last week, also refused to allow the coffin of their son to be covered with Israeli flag.

    “Holding a Zionist funeral for Teitelbaum, who was a Satmar Hasid, would desecrate the dead man’s honor,” Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot quoted a family member as saying.

    “I’m sending a message from the family. We don’t want the State to meddle in our grief. Suddenly Israel has an interest to show the world that it is also a victim of global jihad, so it decides to throw a big ceremony with a coffin wrapped in a flag. We object to this. It pains us and offends our values,” Shmuel Pfenheim of the Haredi Community anti-Zionist stream was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

    He added that he himself had been an American citizen, and although he had a resident in Israel he wasn’t an Israeli national.

    Unidentified gunmen attacked Mumbai’s Chabad center on Wednesday night. At least nine people were killed in the attack.


  4. A person with an iota of analytical capability would visualise the direct connection between the murders of ATS chief, Mr. Hemant Karkare, and other officers involved in MalegaoN blast investigations and their killings … It is just not possible that only these ‘chosen’ officers were killed in the random firing in Bombay! that too within the first few hours, when the peripheral drama continued for almost 60 hours. Unless they were the targets! One must not forget that, on one hand, Advani was demanding a Narco test of Mr. Karkare himself, and condemning ATS, Mumbai, in general; and, on the other, RSS chief, Sudershan and the next ‘Advani-in-the-making’, Narendra Modi, were the first to shed crocodile tears on the loss of officers that belong to the rare creed of honest and fair Indian Police officers.

    But one has to be objective, and free from any communal biases — which Mr. Amaresh Misra is — to view the Bombay incident under this light …

  5. Good grief, one can only weep and beg for mercy to be rescued from this tidal wave of crap.

  6. People, do a timeline. Remember the dancing Israelis in the vans from 911? Remember that Tenet in a Saudi Arabian pool saying that Israel had “sold him out”. Remember that this happened after McCain lost the election here. Remember how well the Bush administration exploited 911 after it happened. The level of exploitation was such to suggest that it was planned or knew that it was going to happen. It is funny that the B administration were able to draw up the Patriot Act so quickly when they could not show the same level of efficiency on anything else which suggests that the Patriot Act was already written. Remember that the anthrax was sent to people who were enemies of the Bush administration and/or were investigating 911 and all their paper work had to be destroyed. Remember that the terrorists learned to fly at an airport owned by a friend of their family. Remember that Mumbai happened as people were clamoring for the B administration to be punished. They even had supposed new tape of Osama. If they had been successful in bringing down the hotel, there would have been so much blame on these false flag people and Pakistan’s supposed connection that it would have embroiled the whole region with conflict and taken some of the attention off the people we need to bring to justice here.

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