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It's such a shame

It's such a shame

Author: R.S. Bhargava
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: May 7, 2002
URL: http://www.indian-express.com/full_story.php?content_id=2195

Introduction: The majority community in this country has been rendered silent and defensive

The nation today is clearly divided into two groups. The electronic and print media, as well as the so-called secular politician, are clearly siding with the minorities, obviously to appease them and to secure their votebanks. On the other side of the divide, the majority community remains as ever the silent sufferer - unable to raise its voice for fear of being dubbed as Hindu fundamentalists. All kinds of crime committed by anti- social elements in Gujarat are being attributed to the members of the RSS, BJP, VHP, without any investigation or verification. This only creates further hatred and divisions in society.

Yet, it is a known fact that these very groups have always remained on the forefront during times of any natural calamity in any part of the country, or indeed when politicians tried to impose the infamous emergency upon the people and when all democratic rights were suspended at the stroke of a pen by these very secularists. At that stage, the media crawled when they were only asked to bend.

It is extremely painful to read any editorial or writings by columnists on the Gujarat riots, as none of them, to the best of my knowledge, has even tried to go into the Godhra issue in depth and discover and dare to publish the real motivations behind such a horrendous human tragedy. By no stretch of even the wildest imagination could a crowd of more than 2,000 people collect with petrol bombs, pull the chain of the train and set a bogie on fire within a few minutes.

The prime minister, who raised the issue in his famous speech at Goa, was labelled a Hindu fundamentalist. The reports of the speech that were carried were very distorted. One would like to ask these people whether it is a crime to demand to know who the attackers at Godhra were, and what there motivations could have been. To my mind, the reasons for such extreme actions have been provided by one of the tallest personalities on the world stage, the former president of the US, Bill Clinton.

In his famous lecture series in the UK, after the September 11 attack on the WTC, he said - and I take the liberty to quote from his speech -''There are a 100 million kids who never go to school. Part of our problem in Afghanistan and in the Muslim world is all these kids could not go to public school, so they went to madarasas where they were indoctrinated instead of being educated.'' He further adds: ''It is no accident that most of these terrorists came from Muslim countries that were not democracies.''

It is these very madarasas which have been consistently producing quality products over the years in the form of the Ghaznis, Ghoris, Babars and hundreds of other invaders. Today, they continue to produce bin Ladens, Omar Sheikhs, and Shahi Imams, who do not feel an iota of shame in regarding themselves as Islamic heroes.

It is people such as these who draw great strength from the unstinted and assured support they receive from our media - and secularists - for obvious reasons. These people are also confident that in India they will not only go unpunished but it will be the majority community who get all the blame.

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