No matter how absurdly unbelievable some political conspiracies are people love making them a part of their conversations. Some of these theories feature regularly in the media when they decide to target a subject . Cough.. Elections.. Cough cough.
And these 6 political conspiracies have really helped mediawallahs to fill in their pages when they had nothing better to write about, like us today.
Sanjay Gandhi’s plane crash
Sanjay Gandhi aroused strong feelings. People either worshipped or demonised him, and this in itself indicated that he was potential prime minister material. Sanjay had boundless energy, a strong following, contacts, charisma, the best surname in India, and money—all the requisites for a successful political career. But he also had a strongly authoritarian personality and a disregard for the procedures and norms of parliamentary government. But until that June morning in 1980, Prime Minister Sanjay Gandhi was a distinct possibility. On the morning of June 23, 1980, Sanjay Gandhi, a newly elected MP, father of a three-month-old baby, and the prime minister’s favoured son and heir, attempted to do an aerobatic loop in his two-seater plane and crashed, nose first, into near the Safdarjung Airport at Delhi.
His autocratic ways meant 3 things-
- He was hated by Muslims.
- Bureaucrats hated him.
- Ministers hated him.
Last year, Wikileaks stated that there were three assassination attempts carried out on him. However, he escaped in all three attempts. But he couldn’t survive the crash. Twisting the story further is the fact that Indira Gandhi aborted the judicial inquiry into the crash.
Purulia Arms Drop Case
On the night of December 17, 1995, a Latvian aircraft (Antonov An-26 Aircraft) dropped a huge consignment of arms consisting of hundreds of AK-47 rifles and more than a million rounds of ammunition over several villages of Purulia district of West Bengal. The crew of the aircraft consisted of five Latvian citizens and one British citizen. They were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. Following the intervention of Russian authorities and British government, they were later pardoned and released. The chief accused was “Kim Davy,” who claimed that it was a conspiracy of the Indian government in collaboration with RAW and MI5 to overthrow the communist government of West Bengal. He alleged that Indian Government assured him of his safe return to Denmark. Some certificates submitted by CBI to Kolkata High Court remarked that those weapons were really meant for Bangladeshi Army. BBC’s investigation alleged that the arms were meant for a spiritual organisation from Bihar, Ananda Marg. The real motive behind this massive arms drop still remains unknown.
Earlier this year, a key witness in the case was murdered.
Death of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Recently a query to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) availing the Right to Information (RTI) Act by Mr Anuj Dhar about a secret document related to the unexplained death of the late Lal Bahadur Shastri drew a blank. The PMO did not deny the existence of the secret document. It refused to release it on the plea that it could harm foreign relations, provoke disruption in the country and cause breach of parliamentary privilege. Something seems fishy? Read on.
The circumstances surrounding Shastri’s death in Tashkent created national controversy. Shastri was a heart patient. His widow, Lalita Shastri, had alleged that he was poisoned. After sipping some water at midnight brought by a staffer he became unconscious and died. There already was a flask of water kept by his table. The Soviet government arrested the Russian butler attending him on suspicion of poisoning but later absolved him. Shastri’s meals were prepared by Indian Ambassador TN Kaul’s personal cook. No post-mortem of the death was conducted in the Soviet Union. Questions were raised in parliament by several opposition leaders including Ram Manohar Lohia, but the government continued to stonewall.
Silk Letter Conspiracy
Tehreek-e-Reshmi Rumal was a movement organised by Deobandi leaders during World War I to free India from the British by allying with Ottoman Turkey, Imperial Germany and Afghanistan. The plot was revealed when British forces captured letters between Deobandi leaders. The letters were written in silk cloth, hence the name. These silk letters are now preserved in India Office, London. The Deobandi leaders planned to convince Afghanistan to rally against British India and to obtain a right of free passage from the Afghan government. However, the leakage of the plan led to the arrest of the top Deobandi leaders. In 2013, India Post released a commemoratove postage stamp on the Silk Letter Movement.
The UFO base of Indo-China border
Kongka La pass in the Himalayas is in the disputed Indo-Chinese border of Aksai Chin. The Chinese held part is known as Aksai Chin and the part under Indian occupation is Ladakh. This is one of the least accessed areas in the world and by agreement both countries do not patrol this border. Locals on both sides of the border believe there is an underground UFO base in this region with the knowledge of both countries. Locals have seen UFOs coming out of the ground. Tourists have witnessed strange triangular lighted silent crafts rising from the ground and moving vertically up. Local guides say this is not something new and it is a very common sight in Kongka La pass. Tourists are denied entry to this area in spite of permits to travel between the two countries. This theory is given credence by the fact that in June of 2006, satellite imagery on Google Earth revealed a 1:500 scale detailed terrain model of the area in question on the Chinese side of the border. This model was surrounded by buildings resembling a military facility. Aksai Chin is a region where Eurasian and Indian plates have created convergent plate boundaries where one plate dives under the other and thus it is one of the few areas in the world where the depth of crust is twice as much as in the other places.
India still under British Raj?
The theory goes by that Transfer of Power Agreement of 1947 by which India was declared independent implied that India will continue to be the Commonwealth Nation, formerly known as British Commonwealth Nation. Therefore all the Commonwealth nations including India are still a colony of the Queen. The theory goes to lengths by saying that our national song, “Jana Gana Mana” was originally written in the praise of Queen and the names of only the territories under British India were included in our national song. It is said that Queen of England does not need a visa to visit her colonies and a lot of furore was raised in Parliament of India during her visit to India in 1997 without a visa. This theory was in particular raised by Rajiv Dixit, a social activist.