By Dr Javed Jamil
The Patna blasts raise several questions. Why did these low-intensity blasts on Sunday (Oct 27) in the Bihar capital coincide with the timing of Narendra Modi’s much anticipated rally? Why even the news of the series of blasts did not make the organizers of the rally think of urgently calling off the rally? Did they not fear that if a bomb went off in the crowd, it could cost huge loss of life, not only by the impact of the blast itself but by the stampede that would follow?
Why did the Bharatiya Janata Party not fear that a wide spectrum of their national leaders could be killed in the blasts? Why did the organizers of the rally not try to shorten the whole affair? Why speakers after speakers continued to speak without any signs of tension?
Why Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial hopeful, gave an unusually long speech though the circumstances demanded a brief speech?
Why Modi chose to play down the communal card, and instead spoke about the Hindu-Muslim harmony and “progress” of Muslims in his state? Why throughout the whole series of blasts that lasted several hours, did the BJP leadership not panic at all? Did they not care about the lives of the people?
Did they not realize that if the casualties become big, that would swallow the whole country in communal violence? Why did the bombs planted right in the middle of the venue not explode when the public meeting was on, despite the fact that it lasted for several hours? If timers were involved, why the culprits did not use them to cause the maximum damage, which would have been remarkably easy under the circumstances?
And finally, who would benefit from such low-intensity blasts? Will Muslims, who have not yet recovered from the Muzaffarnagar riots in the neighboring Uttar Pradesh, benefit? Would Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s government or his Janata Dal (United) draw mileage out of it? Would it benefit the ruling Congress, which very well knows that such blasts could unite the majority community behind the opposition BJP led by Modi?
While each of the above questions needs to be answered, he motive factor is the biggest question that cannot and must not be ignored.