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Praful Bidwai

In: Mumbai Post 26/11: An Alternate Perspective

Chapter 6: Counter-Terrorism Must not Kill Democracy*

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Counter-Terrorism Must not Kill Democracy*
Counter-terrorism must not kill democracy
PrafulBidwai

In a season in which politicians have become everybody's punching bag and targets of vicious media attacks, it would have been a miracle had Minister for Minority Affairs Abdul Rehman Antulay not attracted ridicule for demanding an inquiry into the killing of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad Chief Hemant Karkare and his colleagues Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar. I am no admirer of Antulay. I was among the handful of journalists who exposed his brutal evacuation and expulsion of pavement-dwellers in Mumbai in 1983. Yet, the questions he posed about Karkare's death would not go away—despite his own ignominious climbdown.

Antulay did not allege that Karkare, who famously cracked the Hindutva terror network involving Pragya Thakur and Lt Col. ...

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