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Secularists to blame
Author: Editorial

Publication: The Free Press Journal
Date: March 2, 2002 


The naked dance of death in Gujarat must stop forthwith. If the frenzied mobs do not stop, they must be made to stop. That is the least the administration in Gandhinagar can do. For, whatever the provocation - and, we must grant, it was indeed great - no government worth its salt can allow marauders to take the law into their own hands. Chief Minister Narendra Modi owes it to himself as he does to the people of the State to restore order at the earliest. Already, the alleged laxity of the authorities on Thursday caused anarchy-like conditions in large parts of the State. In particular, Ahmedabad, that old cauldron of religious hatreds, bore the brunt of violent attacks. Incensed by the horrendously inhuman attack on the train bringing back 'kar sevaks' from the Ayodhya, on Wednesday morning, tens of hundreds of people in the Gujarat capital took to the streets, targeting shops, homes and other establishments of the minority community. 

In the surcharged mood of anger -when reason goes out of the front window - these mobs torched men and materials belonging to the minority community. Over one hundred people were reportedly killed in this macabre death of dance. The forces of law and order were found wanting in taming the tempers of the mobs who were provoked into action by the killing in cold blood of their co-religionists a day earlier in Godhra.

While the reaction of the mobs in Ahemdabad and elsewhere in the State could be ascribed to the red-hot passions generated by the torching of the two compartments of the Sabarmati Express, the insanity behind the torching itself was hard to understand. What kind of a human being can set fire alive to young women, children and unarmed men in cold blood. And without any provocation. That of the 60-odd people killed at the Godhra station over 40 were women and children speaks of the barbaric mindset of the perpetrators. 

They were more like biped cattle than human beings. They had deliberately chosen to target the particular compartments because these were mostly occupied by women and children. And there was no denying a pre-meditated plan to torch them. 

After all, you cannot produce cans of incendiary material like petrol, diesel, etc. at the spur of the moment. A deeper conspiracy to cause a wide-spread communal conflagration in the country cannot be ruled out. The ISI finds it easy to penetrate sections of our people precisely because it uses the Islamic card to the hilt and deploys currency notes, genuine and counterfeit both, to turn Indians into traitors against this country. 

Unfortunately, this seditious compact between the ISI and a section of the Indian Muslims is wittingly or unwittingly aided and abetted by our misguided secularists. Notice the muted criticism of the horrific incident of cold-blooded massacre at Godhra by the so-called secularists and compare it with the hue and cry raised by the same people at the doubtless gruesome killing of the Christian missionary Graham Staines a couple of years ago. Nobody in his right mind could have justified the killing of Staines. No, nobody. But, then, can anyone in his right mind justify the dastardly attack on 'kar sevaks' at Godhra? It seems our secularists have two sets of standards to gauge human tragedy. 

One is for people like Staines and other members of the minority community. And the other is for the large majority community. The cold-blooded massacre of the 'kar sevaks'does not evoke angry comment from the secularists and their accomplices among the editorialists precisely because they were 'kar sevaks'. That would explain why the secularists did not stall proceedings in Parliament on the Godhra outrage though they were foremost in creating a nation-wide shindy over the tragic killing of Staines. 

In this context, the statement issued by the AIADMK Supremo, J. Jayalalitha, is most apt. Chastising political leaders for making a crass differentiation between violence perpetrated against the majority and minority community, she said the Godhra outrage should be viewed as a crime against humanity. " 

It is very strange and saddening to see that when such acts are perpetrated against the minorities, all political leaders rush to issue statements of condemnation. But when persons belonging to the majority are subjected to similar perpetration of heinous crimes, not a single political leader has so far issued a statement condemning this barbaric crime. Such acts of senseless violence should be condemned no matter who is responsible for them and no matter who the victims are..." For once, we whole-heartedly endorse Jayalalitha's sentiments.

Indeed, the failure of the secularists to condemn unequivocally the Godhra incident may well have exacerbated further the feelings of the majority community in Gujarat. Ordinary people felt so angry that they took to the streets to wreak vengeance on members of the minority community some of whose members had perpetrated the foulest of foul deeds in Godhra. 

The secularist argument that the minority community needed special treatment and protection has over the years created a Hindu backlash. The secularists with their blind opposition to anything which respects the sentiments and wishes of the majority community have only helped to justify the rise of militant Hinduism. The mealy-mouthed arguments of the secularist establishment fail to convince ordinary Hindus when they contemplate the grisly wreckage of the Sabarmati Express. Given the fact that Muslim communalism has acquired a sharper edge in recent years thanks to the influx of petro dollars, the ISI penetration and the general misuse of madrasas to foment anti-national sentiments, our secularists should pause and ponder the folly of their deeds. 

They have inflicted untold damage by wittingly or unwittingly providing succour to those who mastermind heinous crimes like the burning of innocent women, children and men in the Sabarmati Express. They need not have died merely because they were 'kar sevaks.'




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