Anwar was like every other 16 year old of his age who loved music, movies and spending time on the Internet playing games and surfing on Facebook. A topper in his class, he was full of life and had many friends who loved him for his affable nature and his ability to keep everyone happy. Little did his mom know that when she was making his breakfast today, it would be the last time she would be making something for him. Anwar always hugged her before leaving for school. She couldn’t have even imagined in her wildest dreams that it was the last time she was hugging him.
There were hundreds of Anwar’s today. They were full of life and came to school with happiness and joy lit on their faces. They had heard about terrorists and such attacks in other parts of Pakistan and the world. But for them school was a place to study, make friends and learn the lessons of life. Dressed in neatly ironed uniforms with bags containing books and their lunch boxes, they got out of their buses and walked to the classrooms for another exciting day.
Tanzeem is the fourth and final installment (After Lashkar, Salim Must Die and Blowback) in Mukul Deva’s series of military thrillers. He has written these books at such breakneck speed that he released the 4 books over a span of 4 years from 2008 till 2011. I like many others am in love with his Tom Clancy style writing. And ever since I read Blowback, I was waiting for the day I could lay my hands on Tanzeem.
The book begins where Blowback ends. After the confrontation with the heads of the Indian Mujahideen, Iqbal, the undercover Force-22 operative decides that he needs to go into the heart of Pakistan and take out the killing machines with his own hands. Despite attempts by the top brass to prevent him from taking such a decision, he doesn’t heed their warnings and takes on the arduous journey. The rest of the story deals with how he succeeds in finding and befriending the group of terror masters waiting to unleash a wave of urban global terror. Does he succeed? Is he killed? You got to read it. Continue reading →
As our lovely home minister, P.Chidambaram was busy boasting about how Mumbai has not been attacked by terrorists in the last 31 months since the 26/11 incident, terrorists were laughing at his statement. They must be discussing among themselves on how lucky they are that such politicians are ruling the roost in this country. They must be wondering at the idiocy of such horrible claims when all citizens themselves agree that terror attacks are prevented not because of good intelligence but terrorists themselves not planning any such acts.
Swami Aseemanand has recently accepted responsibility for his hand in the Mecca Masjid, Lumbini Park and Gokul Chaat shop blasts in Hyderabad in 2007 as well as the blast on Samjhauta Express! The fact that there are reports that he is an Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh man (RSS) has given cannon fodder for the Congress government to beat their own trumpet on so called Hindu Terrorism.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was started off as Hindu nationalist and culturalist organization more than 75 yrs back. But over the years it’s critics have accused it of supporting militancy while others have called it as a totally extremist organization. But BJP supporting it directly / indirectly has always accused Congress of bringing up the concept of Hindu Terrorism. On the other hand Congress has always been accused by the BJP of pleasing the Muslim minorities in a bid to get more votes and therefore not solving the hundreds of terrorism related cases in the country.