New Delhi: The latest WikiLeaks cables have revealed that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi voiced fears about the growth of Hindu extremists groups to US Ambassador Timothy Roemer in 2009.
The leaked US diplomatic cables show that Rahul Gandhi voiced his concerns about the emergence of Hindu terror in India. He made these statements while speaking to US ambassador Timothy Roemer in 2009.
The cable contained details of Gandhi’s conversation with the envoy at a luncheon hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence in July 2009 in honour of visiting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Responding to the Ambassador’s query about Lashkar-e-Taiba’s activities in the region and immediate threat to India, Gandhi said there was evidence of some
support for the group among certain elements in India’s indigenous Muslim community,” the cable notes.
“However, Gandhi warned, the bigger threat may be the growth of radicalised Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community,” it said.
Rahul had allegedly warned the US Ambassador that ‘radicalised Hindu groups’ posed bigger threat to India than the militant group Lashkar. Rahul also said that Hindu groups created religious tensions and confrontations.
The cable dated August 3, 2009 which described Roemer’s luncheon encounter with Gandhi on July 20, 2009, noted that Gandhi was referring to the tensions created by some of the more polarising figures in the BJP such as Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
“The risk of a ‘home-grown’ extremist front, reacting to terror attacks coming from Pakistan or from Islamist groups in India, was a growing concern and one that demanded constant attention,” it said.