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That the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 that took place under the then Congress-led UPA government have grievously harmed India-Pakistan relations is a stark reality. A highly impartial and objective investigation into what happened in the economic and financial capital of India nearly 10 years ago is an effort, however modest, to draw attention of the world community in general and India's present BJP-led NDA government in particular to look into a new perspective on "India's 9/11" with a view to accepting the truth. The author of "The Betrayal of India: Revisiting the 26/11 Evidence', Elias Davidsson, is no Indian Muslim or a Muslim from anywhere else; Davidsson was born in Mandatory Palestine in 1941 to German Jewish parents. Not only has his book rejected the Indian establishment's claims, it has also effectively destroyed the impression that the Indian media had created as steno-typists for India's security establishment. In this regard, the author presents a case to plausibly conclude that all the relevant facts about the Mumbai attacks have not been reported so far. Not only does this book by Davidsson present testimonies of a large number of important witnesses whom Indian courts ignored on flimsy grounds, it also provides a highly fascinating perspective on how powerful constituencies in India and the US benefited from the mass-murder. A deeper examination of evidence produced by Davidsson shows that the Mumbai attacks were pre-planned and executed by India itself while the US and possibly Israel were complicit in conceiving, planning and executing the attacks.

In the introduction to his book, Davidsson, for example, has mentioned that "a cursory examination of the news reports regarding the Mumbai events reveals immediately four major reasons for subjecting the official account to an exacting scrutiny". One of the four reasons was that "the political class of the US showed immediate and inordinate interest in the events, although they were occurring 8,000 miles away and were not directed at Americans or at an American target". He plausibly argues that the main beneficiaries of the attacks were Hindu radical/nationalist organisations, and the civilian/military security establishments. He is spot-on insofar as his assessment that "false flag" attacks created an impression of a permanent threat to India helping her to align with the countries which are leading the global war on terror (GWOT) is concerned. The author has raised questions on the inquiry conducted by the Indian authorities into the events, arguing that "crucial information regarding the assassination of Hemant Karkare and other senior police officers is being concealed."

There is therefore no doubt about what Davidsson claims: "[I]nvestigators and judicial authorities failed, without apparent justification, to determine whether some of the alleged attackers had been British citizens or these reports were fabrications. The true identities of the persons whose bodies were presented to pathologists as those of 'the terrorists' remain unknown. These failures by investigators and the courts are compounded by the failure of the media to report this dereliction. Together, these failures reek of a cover-up. But this is just the beginning of a long story. Both Indian and Israeli governments condoned/fabricated evidence and court testimonies regarding the incident at Nariman House" or the Jewish neighbourhood.

This outstanding work of Davidsson may attract his readers to some similar objective arguments. For example, S. M. Musharif who in his Who Killed Karkare?: The real face of terrorism in India unearths the conspiracy behind the murder of top police official Hemant Karkare by coming up with some startling facts and analysis to expose the real actors. Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up by Rana Ayub, a journalist, produces sensational disclosure about cases that run parallel to Narendra Modi and Amit Shah's ascent to power and their journey from Gujarat to New Delhi. The Hanging of Afzal Guru and the Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament by Arundhati Roy examines the implications of Mohammad Afzal Guru's hanging and Indian government's relationship with occupied Srinagar. It points out that although police violated legal safeguards, fabricated evidence and extracted false confessions, India hanged Guru to 'satisfy' the 'collective conscience' of society. But the hanging of Ajmal Kasab in the Mumbai attacks case seems to have been carried out with a view to satisfying the 'collective conscience' of American and Israeli societies as well.

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