Massive evidence collected by law enforcement agencies on Sanatan Sanstha

This second part will throw light on the massive evidence collected by the law enforcement agencies On Sanatan Sanstha’s open proselytization of terror. The evidence was ignored by Congress-led UPA and now the BJP-led NDA.

Sanatan Sanstha is a terrorist organization. But the Congress-led UPA government in the past and the current BJP-led NDA government have demonstrated utter helplessness in allowing law enforcement agencies to do their job. Yesterday, on national television a Sanatan Sanstha member accepted and admitted that the organization’s member set off Improvised Explosive Devices to “make noise”. Another spokesperson said the organization “does not believe in violence” and its actions aren’t intended to hurt people.

Canary Trap in an earlier article revealed evidence of Sanatan Sanstha providing financial assistance to families of two individual — Ramesh Gadkari and Vikram Bhave — for setting off bomb blasts in Thane and Vashi on June 4, 2008.

Sanatan Sanstha allegedly runs terror training camps for its members in the guise of “self defence training”. The Maharashtra and Goa police have tons of documentary evidence on this. Canary Trap makes public a selection of the voluminous evidence that is gathering dust in the police headquarters of these states and in Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s office.

Back cover of book on commando training

This extremist Hindu cult organization promotes terror and violence in the name of self defence training. Sanatan Sanstha’s self defence training manuals teach its members how to fire a gun, exhorting its members that ”the gaze should be towards the evil doer”. No guesses for who the evil doers are – rationalists, anyone the organization perceives as anti-Hindu, Muslims and Christians.

how to shoot text from self defence book

Book on Self Defence Training

Sanathan Sanstha’s self defence books represent Pakistan and Muslims as demons who the Sanstha says are bent on destroying India. When questioned by media, Abhay Vartak, Spokesperson, Sanathan Sanatha said: “We are protecting the Hindu way of life. We help people at physical level and combating corruption. This can’t be called extremism.” But the organization evades questions on why its publication calls for the creation of “Hindu Terrorists”. For some years now, strategic affairs commentators have rued the use of term “Hindu Terror” because it connotes some sort of similarity with “Islamic Terror”. However, the fact is that it was organization’s like Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti who openly promoted the idea and terminology of “Hindu Terror” as a means of combating “Islamic Terror” emanating from Pakistan.

write up on become a hindu terrorist and extremist

These images below amply demonstrate how Sanatan Sanstha rationalizes its terror activities:


The Mindset of Pakistan according to SS

The Hindu extremist cult’s revivalist campaigns have resulted not only in its members undertaking terrorist activities, but sparking riots in Maharashtra.

Riots in Sangli due to calling Mohammad Paigambar an incarnation of Demon Tripurasur

For several years now intelligence units of various agencies have been regularly reporting on Sanatan Sanstha’s worrying proclivity to openly justify its terror methods and radicalize Hindu’s to take up violence as a means of countering perceived insults to the Hindu faith. How and why did the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra and the current BJP government turned a blind eye to announcements in the cult’s newspaper, Sanatan Prabhat, exhorting its members to become “Hindu naxalites” or its aggressive posturing to form a Hindu nation.

Call to become Naxalites

Call to form Hindu Nation

Sanatan Sanstha is an organization that believes that the Hindu community, despite being the majority community, is weak and unable to defend itself. Therefore, according to this extremist Hindu cult, “commando training of its members is mandatory.”  Even groups like the Shiv Sena and MNS will have to explain why they continue to speak up for and support an extremist Hindu organization, which openly proselytizes terrorist acts as a way of protecting the Hindu faith.

Canary Trap Editorial: A big window of opportunity has opened up for the BJP-led NDA government to take legal action against all forms of religious extremism because religious fundamentalism has no place in a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, progressive and liberal society. Congress, Left parties and caste-based parties have pandered to religious extremism for vote-bank politics. The BJP, with its decisive positioning as the confident voice of the majority Hindu community in India, must purposefully and meaningfully cleanse its stable by allowing law enforcement agencies to take action against extremist fringe elements within its fold. This will provide it the credibility and legitimacy to effectively deal with other forms of religious extremism in India and promote communal amity.

Recommended Reading:

Part 1: Sanatan Sanstha financially supports families of Thane blast accused 

Part 3: Sanatan Sanstha wants to wage a war within India to eliminate “evil-doers”

Part 4: BJP govt in Maharashtra should act against Sanatan Sanstha

Sanatan Sanstha financially supports families of Thane blast accused

In series of investigative exposes, Canary Trap will report on the proof dug up by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad between 2008 and 2011. The former Congress-NCP government and the current BJP government just sat on the evidence for politically expedient reasons. 

BJP MP and former Union Home Secretary R K Singh says during his tenure in UPA II the Maharashtra government did not any furnish any proof justifying law enforcement action against extremist Hindu cult group Sanatan Sanstha. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik questioned the integrity of the former home secretary by alleging that Singh refused to take any action on the then Maharashtra government’s recommendation in 2011 to proscribe outfit. “UPA government is criticised for not accepting the state government’s request to ban Sanatan. But if people like Singh sit on the file, the decision cannot be taken,” Malik alleged.

Irrespective of whether the state government furnished proof or not, fact is that Singh would have certainly known that the Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in 2008 filed a 1,020-page chargesheet against six members of Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate Hindu revivalist group the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS), for setting off bomb blasts in Thane, Vashi and Panvel. Here’s the proof linking members of Sanatan Sanstha with the blast accused.

Cult Honorarium to Members

Cult Honorarium to Members 2

Cult Honorarium to Members 3

Cult Honorarium to Members 4

In August 2008, Vikram Bhave, father of Thane blast accused, while speaking to media eulogized his son’s involvement in this manner: “Whatever these people have done, they have done it for hindutva.” He said he is proud of his son Vinayak’s role in the bomb blast at Thane’s Gadkari Rangyatan. Bhave is a veteran and active member of Sanatan Sanstha from Varsai, infamous as the hometown of Nathuram Godse. Bhave says he did not know of his son’s plans to bomb the auditorium, but was not prepared to condemn the attack.

One of several pieces of evidence in the ATS chargesheet are several documents that show Sanatan Sanstha’s payments to its members. In the document scooped by Canary Trap (photos above), Bhave’s name is clearly visible as one of those in the payroll of this extremist Hindu cult organization. Bhave’s only regret when he spoke to the media in 2008 was if he knew his “son was planning to do this I would have advised him to wait because Hindus have become sensationless”.

Across large tracts of Maharashtra, especially in Chiplun, Satara and Nasik, Sanatan Sanstha has established its deep presence. Several retired police and armed forces personnel have joined its ranks. Stories about how members of this extremist organization have brainwashed youths to leave their jobs to join the cult are legendary. But these stories and voices of victim families haven’t yet made it to the media.

Sanatan Sanstha’s modus operandi is to entice semi-educated and educated youth in the hinterlands of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka to join the cult as brave defenders of the Hindu faith. After the recruitment the youngsters are put through a training schedule, which churns them out as hardcore extremists who are required to take revenge on anyone the organization deems as having brought disrepute to their version of Hinduism.

Even though the former Home Secretary has conveniently escaped accountability by suggesting that during his tenure Maharahstra government did not offer any proof, the fact is that the government of the day in the state is run by the BJP. All that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh need to do is go through the evidence submitted by the ATS in 2008 and take appropriate action.

BJP must ensure that extremist Hindu fringe groups do not bring shame and disrepute to India’s democracy. India’s ruling party must acknowledge and act on those Hindu extremists who believe in killing those who oppose their views.

Canary Trap Editorial: A big window of opportunity has opened up for the BJP-led NDA government to take legal action against all forms of religious extremism because religious fundamentalism has no place in a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, progressive and liberal society. Congress, Left parties and caste-based parties have pandered to religious extremism for vote-bank politics. The BJP, with its decisive positioning as the confident voice of the majority Hindu community in India, must purposefully and meaningfully cleanse its stable by allowing law enforcement agencies to take action against extremist fringe elements within its fold. This will provide it the credibility and legitimacy to effectively deal with other forms of religious extremism in India and promote communal amity.

Recommended Reading:

Part 2: Massive evidence collected by law enforcement agencies on Sanatan Sanstha

Part 3: Sanatan Sanstha wants to wage a war within India to eliminate “evil-doers”

Part 4: BJP govt in Maharashtra should act against Sanatan Sanstha

At the expense of Armed Forces!


No sooner the country got its independence the Indian Army was mobilized to save Jammu & Kashmir. Thereafter, its direct and indirect threat was used to integrate Hyderabad, Junagarh and for the liberation of Goa. Despite this nation-building role, India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru was always suspicious of his own Indian Army. While Pakistan treated its army as the savior of the newly formed State, Nehru in his subconscious perceived his army as a colonial relic. All these years, the bureaucracy or the ‘brown sahebs’ ruled the roost and continued to degrade and humiliate the Senior Army Officers.

1962 was therefore waiting to happen.

Nehru was paranoid about an army takeover, because between the years 1958 and 1960, countries like Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia and many other countries of Asia came under military/dictatorial rules.

The 1962 War compelled the Indian leadership to address the imperatives of the armed forces both qualitatively and quantitatively. The result was therefore favourable in 1965. The Indian Army acquired a new height by 1971. The result was the stupendous victory in the war against Pakistan, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh.

Mrs Indira Gandhi emerged as a formidable leader after the 1971 war, but for probably the same reasons or perceptions like her father, she embarked on the exercise on the emasculation of the armed forces. General Sam Manekshaw, the hero of 1971 war, was elevated to the rank of Field Marshal, but the Indian Army was consciously devalued in status and benefits. Strangely, the status and pension benefits of the victorious military were reduced from 70 to 50 percent, and for civil bureaucracy it was enhanced from 30 to 50 percent. Mrs Gandhi allowed her bureaucracy to run amuck vis-à-vis the armed forces. Such was the level of humiliation that any Undersecretary of the Government of India could issue his own ‘warrant of precedence’. This author has seen one such ‘warrant of precedence’ signed by an Undersecretary, who equalized a Captain with a clerk. The situation was never arrested thereafter. The senior leadership of the armed forces beyond the rank of Major General never raised their voice against this because they were somewhat comfortably placed vis-à-vis the bureaucracy. There was however one exception, Lt Gen SK Sinha, who as Adjutant General constantly and cogently raised the issue. He was superseded.

Mr Vajpayee also did not address these issues.

The situation had become hopeless for the Indian Armed Forces. The only solution was in bypassing the bureaucracy and reaching out to the political class. It was not easy. In this respect, however, a large enough window appeared in form of Mr Narendra Modi.

This is straight from the mouth of a serving Lieutenant General. When Mr Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the Southern Command Headquarters instructed the Lt Gen, who was then a Brigadier posted in Gujarat, to seek a personal appointment with him and request for lowering the VAT in respect of CSD items, as they were relatively prohibitive for the serving and retired personnel. On a given day, an appointment was given, and Mr Modi walked in with some officials and inquired the issue at hand. The Brigadier requested for some relief with regard to VAT. Mr Modi then turned to his officials and asked them ‘in Faujion se aap kitna paisa kama lete ho’ (how much money do you make from the faujis). The official ranted out some figure in few crores. Mr Modi’s next remark was ‘Zero VAT’. He then asked the Brigadier to collect the letter by a given time and confirm to him, as he maintained that the babus were quite capable of mischief.

In many of his political rallies, the Prime Minister mentioned as to how he served tea to the soldiers during 1965 war on railway station. Here is a Prime Minister, whose heart beat for the armed forces. Here is a Prime Minister, who was not catapulted to his chair by internal and external powers. He has been a successful Chief Minister of a state and has reached his position through the electoral route. As an experienced Chief Minister, he exactly knows how to deal with bureaucracy.

Narendra Modi was therefore the window of opportunity of reaching out the political class to address the mountain of accumulated problems with regard to the armed forces.

In one of the public meetings at Rewari during the election campaign, in which there were overwhelming number of Ex-Servicemen on the dais, Mr Modi turned around, bowed to all the Ex-Servicemen and used the word ‘naman’, a very sacred gesture in Indian culture. But some of the mercenaries will never understand this. One leader at the Jantar-Mantar was mimicking the same gesture and drawing applause from some of his own ilk in attendance. This has been captured on camera by one of the news channels. It may be added here that the Indian media, particularly, the audio-visual media has acted very responsibly during this entire OROP agitation at Jantar-Mantar. It is very well known that there was another camp under the banner of PBOR (Personnel Below Officers Rank), who were raising filthy slogans at a much higher decibel level against their opposite camp. The entire media imposed self-restraint from airing this phenomenon, otherwise we all know what amplification affect can the audio-visual media have. The entire Kejriwal agitation under the garb of Anna was a result of this amplification effect. When the cameras were removed the agitation also died.

Coming back to the issue, the Prime Minister spoke about OROP in ‘Mann ki Baat’, wherein he takes up two or three issues after very careful deliberation. He said that OROP was ‘not a matter of politics for him but one of the commitments’. On his Independence Day address, which the whole world watches, the Prime Minister confirmed his commitment to OROP and invoked the sacred National Flag and 125 crores Indians in the backdrop of Red Fort. No Prime Minister in most parts of the civilized world can politically survive by retracting his commitment on an issue of such importance and magnitude.

Ordinarily, as has been the Indian experience, such agitations are called off, once such solemn promises are made by the highest authority of India or even a State. There are civil trade unions in some of the Army installations as well, and they too call-off their agitation once the military commander concedes or reasons out with the striking lot.

Curiously, the very next day on 16-August, the agitation at Jantar-Mantar was ratchet-up. It is not inexplicable. There were vested political interests, who did not want Mr Modi to get the credit for OROP. Probably, they were being manipulated not only by internal players but external players as well. It may be noted that most self-appointed leaders of the Ex-Servicemen sought Lok Sabha Tickets from more than one party. One of them contested and lost his deposit. The others are preparing ground to contest the forthcoming Punjab Assembly Elections. One political party, which has made very heavy inroads into this entire agitation is known for its links with inimical powers.

Meanwhile, Rs 8,300 crores were earmarked about four weeks back for OROP. This was based on extensive calculations. Strange, after this was earmarked, the self-appointed leaders of the Ex-Servicemen kept questioning the Prime Minister about his inability to provide the sum and ridiculed him for announcing Rs 1,20,000 crores for development of Bihar and 1 billion USD to Mongolia. No educated Army Officer, who has even a rudimentary sense of geopolitics and strategy will ever question the latter. As far as the allocation to Bihar is concerned, it is not going to go to the Chief Minister’s pocket but for expansion of railways, roadways, health, education, agriculture etc. in the state.

Moreover, all Biharis are not covered by pension.

Therefore, when these self-appointed leaders now say that they had full faith in the Prime Minister and not in so-and-so, they are lying through their teeth and are now trying to wriggle out.

At the Jantar-Mantar, religious slogans were raised. The uncouth slogan borrowed from a movie was adapted, i.e. ‘Sadda Haq Ithe Rakh’. The inflection and nuances of the particular slogan appeared to be “You bloody deliver my ‘right’ now and here”. This language was never used when a Punjabi knowing Mr Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister. Mr Manmohan Singh’s government increased the pensions of Other Ranks & JCOs in 2009, allocating more than 7,000 crores. But he like his predecessors played the diabolical game in doing so. Retired Officers were deliberately excluded so that Mr Manmohan Singh and his mentor could drive a wedge within the ranks.

So with the advent of the new government, here was an opportunity for the Armed Forces to reach out to the political class through none other than the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was a historic opportunity to settle many larger and pressing issues for the institution of armed forces like status, warrant of precedence, Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU), lateral induction, integration of service headquarters and MoD, and the question of CDS.

It may be reminded that when a young man joins the armed forces, he is full of enthusiasm, dreams, ambition and aspirations. Every soldier and every officer dreams of the highest positions attainable. No young soldier thinks about pensions. If he thought as much he will be a poor fighter. For him his honour and status in the society is prime concern. Of course, he expects salary commensurate to that. His entire focus is on his service life. When he is young he has a concept of time, which is long. A month or a year may be a very long time for him because he is impatient. As he grows in life the same months and years get shorter and of course many other concerns are added, post-retirement being one of them. However, this phase is very small. If a serving soldier or an Officer, who is also essentially a soldier, does not enjoy the expected status in the society, the lot of the Ex-Servicemen will be far worse.

With the coming of the new regime, a bridgehead (foothold) in the polity of India had been made. This opportunity should have been utilized to enlarge this bridgehead and restore the status and dignity of the armed forces. With the political class on the side the armed forces, the speed of decision making could have been accelerated on matters concerning men and material.

The self-appointed Ex-Servicemen leaders have however destroyed that bridgehead with the political class due to the influence of some vested interests. This agitation without doubt has created a sense of distrust for the Ex-Servicemen amongst the political class across the political divide. The shadow of this distrust will immediately be felt on the Seventh Pay Commission in respect of serving personnel.

Well ‘Sadda Haq Ithe Rakh’ has materialized not because of the slogan but because of the nationalist commitment of the present dispensation. But in this somewhere the ‘future Haq’ (right) of the serving personnel have been bartered, and the most worrisome scenario would be this ‘Sadda Haq Ithe Rakh’ phenomenon travelling to the units of the armed forces. This author requests the media not to fan this phenomenon. Let the authors of this phenomenon live and die in wilderness.

(RSN Singh is a former military intelligence officer who later served in the Research & Analysis Wing. The author of two books: Asian Strategic and Military Perspective and Military Factor in Pakistan, he is also a Guest Blogger with Canary Trap. The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Canary Trap or any employee thereof)