I would just like to point out to everyone discussing Muslim-Buddhist sectarian violence that as of this posting the perpetrators of the bombing are unknown
. No group, Islamic or otherwise, has claimed responsibility for the violence. Thus any talk about linking these attacks to Islamic extremists is purely speculative at this point.
Perhaps it says something about certain people's assumptions that the perpetrators are believed to be Muslim, and that this discussion has so quickly degenerated into posts about whether Islam is inherently violent, clash of civilizations, etc.
If the culprits are the Indian Mujahedin or a similiar Islamist group, it seems odd to me that they are not taking credit for their actions. If their goal is to retaliate for sectarian violence in Myanmar, as some posters here have speculated, one would think they would want to make this known, to draw publicity for their cause.
Personally, I think a more interesting line of speculation is the one brought up by Rakshasa, which so far nobody has commented on:
Rakshasa wrote:It is even possible that it was perpetrated by some Hindu fundamentalist outfits like VHP, Bajrang Dal etc to stir some shit or take revenge from Bihar's CM's ceasing the alliance with BJP. Usually such low intensity home made explosives are the work of Hindu fundamentalists who have been caught many times in the past already while manufacturing them across India.
The Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, recently ended a political alliance with the BJP party. The BJP is now trying to frame this as a failure of Mr. Kumar's administration as well as a broader failure of Bihar's government and the rival Congress party. From The Hindu
The BJP on Sunday attacked the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar for not acting on repeated intelligence inputs regarding possible terrorist attack on the revered Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya town.
Two weeks after the 17-year-old alliance between the BJP and the Janata Dal-United snapped, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the Nitish Kumar-led government has to answer why it did not take any action despite being warned that terror modules were planning to attack the 1,500-year-old temple annually visited by millions from across the world.
This may simply be a case of a political party taking advantage of an event to attack a rival. But it also strikes me as quite possible that the BJP was somehow involved in the attacks with the intent of making Kumar's government look bad. The attacks will of course be blamed on Muslim groups, leaving the BJP free to pontificate against both Kumar and the threat of Islam.
Perhaps there even was a Muslim group involved, and the BJP either turned a blind eye or perhaps provided them with some kind of logistical support. I could imagine a scenario where a small, weak, unknown jihadist group collaborates with a more seasoned network of Hindu fundamentalists with the understanding that the jihadist group will eventually take the credit/blame for the attack (boosting their image and notoriety in jihadist circles) while the BJP gets a perfect opportunity to take down a rival. Politics can make strange bedfellows.
We will, of course, have to see what the investigation turns up, if indeed it turns up anything at all. Security is a joke in many places in India and there is no doubt some truth in the BJP's criticisms of the Bihar government.