I Am A Terrorit:
Come shoot Me
By Shabnam Hashmi
26 June, 2004
ORIGINAL VERSION OF SHABNA'S ARTICLE WITH PERSONAL LETTER
A slightly edited
version of this article was published yesterday in Hindustan Times.
Some friends wanted to see the original, so I am sending it. HT by mistake
printed - Shabnam Hashmi-Secretary SAHMAT. I resigned from SAHMAT in
January 2003 and am no longer associated with the organisation. March
2003 onwards I have been working with ANHAD ( Act Now for Harmony and
Democracy), 4, Windsor Place, New Delhi-110001. Tel- 23327366/ 67/ 9811807558/
e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
coming calls from Pakistan, Dubai, Gujarat. Gujarat ? Yes from Godhra,
Dahod, Kalol, Sabarkantha, Banaskantha, Himmat Nagar, Surat, Ahmedabad,
Vadodara. Ninety percent Gujarat calls by Muslims! This number belongs
to S.., the son of the accused in Godhra case, and this one is of L..,
her mother was very active with so and so in the camp, also has to be
an accused. This call was received at midnight, this at 2am. Three days
ago a call came from US at 5am, it was a Muslim calling. Last week an
outgoing call to Karachi at 11pm and today three calls to Kashmir.
We are constantly
watching the e-mails, intercepting them. This one has come from a Muslim
organisation from USA. This one is demanding prosecution for Modi. Here
it is making fun of Advani and Vajpayee. This one is abusing VHP and
Togadia. This is some charter of demands on Gujarat. Asking for repealing
The bookshelf, there
are more than 200 books in Urdu, loads of handwritten papers in Urdu,
even the computer has the Urdu font, this looks like a book, Urdu poems,
no must be some secret behind that, an assassination plot written in
verse. There are books in Gujarati. Text books from Gujarat. Hitler's
name is underlined in this book. Didn't the e-mail say Modi is like
Hitler. Do you see the connection? There is a folder full of articles
on RSS . E-mails from Afghanistan.
And what is this.
My God hundreds of tapes and CDs- there is footage of Gujarat riots,
there are hundreds of photographs, photographs of S-6, Sabarmati, taken
from every angle. What is this footage? Mass graves? How could anyone
get this? Who could have shot, there was hardly anyone from outside
at that point? Has to be an ISI conspiracy to malign Modi.
My dear friend,
remember I called you two days ago and I said I have the information
that before the so-called 'encounter' on June 15, the 'terrorist' were
interrogated in the crime cell of the Police Commissioner's office in
Surat. You gave me a long list of 'police' proofs of their having links
with some terrorist organisation.
I request you friend,
please kill me. I am a Terrorist too. Please organise an encounter.
It will take you 5 minutes to prove that I was a terrorist. I will fit
into the latest design, an educated woman, from middle class, mother
of two, scientist's wife, connection with terrorists! Sells well, doesn't
it? Please go ahead.
Here is the proof.
I am making your life easier. You won't have to ask your local reporter
to go to the local police for information. Also you will have one person
less pointing out to you that your reporting is biased.
Yes, my mobile works
24 hours. Yes, I talk to Muslims from every corner of the world including
Pakistan, Dubai, Gujarat. Yes, families of the so-called accused, who
are arrested under POTA in Godhra , call me. They call me at 5 am and
they call me at 2am. I receive calls from different parts of Gujarat,
from all corners of the world throughout the night.
My house is full
of Urdu books, I have loads of Gujarat footage. I abuse Modi, Advani
and Vajpayee in my mails. I accuse Modi for Genocide, I talk to people
to try him for that. I carry thousands of papers with me about the Godhra
case. I have maps of every corner of not only Gujarat but other states
too. My visiting cards, my e-mail id, my mobile number is with hundreds
of people in Gujarat.
I even went to Pakistan
a few months ago. I have friends in Dubai. Some of my articles were
even picked up by Pakistani papers like Jang. I leave home early, sometimes
even at 4 and return at all odd hours. For days I come back well past
midnight. I got o Nizamuddin Basti, isn't it a basti full of maulavis.
The place from where I buy kababs, has to be a joint for exchanging
I, like all modern
terrorists on a mission, always carry my identification card, so that
the police can recover it after shooting me. Just give me time to buy
a new pair of shoes, mine are broken.
What more proof
you need to call me a terrorist?
Come, shoot me.
I will make a good