MASSACRES - Hazards of Being a Minority in Modern India

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Simply speaking, it serves to kill facts.

And it serves to cover up and compromise the truth about these mostly one-sided and almost always pre-planned and systematic massacres.

And it does so as a corollary, prelude or ground preparation for killing and destroying people.

And in doing so, it obviates the need, occasion and the stimulus for the outbreak of a spontaneous and widespread revulsion and outrage on the part of civilized and decent people in India and around the world against this horrendous holocaust.

An outrage and revulsion, which when expressed actively and in a timely and forceful manner, would potentially deter or slow the beasts and monsters in human shape that perpetrate these horrors with such impunity, over and over again, against their weak and defenseless Muslim victims.

Such outrage on the part of decent people globally would also tend to jolt and awaken the Indian society and government which routinely tolerate, condone, rationalize or cover up these barbarities.

Otherwise, devoid of its barbarous and murderous Indian context, the word riot is a fairly neutral, even innocuous word in the English lexicon.

It has implications of a certain level of evenness, balance, symmetry and reciprocity, whether in responsibility and blame or in damage and losses.

But in the Indian context, this otherwise innocuous word becomes a codeword for the crime of mass murder.

A pattern of mass murders that rises to the level of genocide on a continuing basis.

It also becomes an instrument for the equally heinous crime of cover-up and miscommunication.

In fact, it becomes a password for the pre-planned and mostly one-sided orgy of mass murders of mostly unarmed and defenseless Muslims by rampaging and fanatical Hindu mobs.

Murders, massacres and pogroms, often committed under the very noses and eyes of the police and the bureaucracy.

If not with their tacit approval.

Or at their actual instigation and behest.

Or with their active collaboration, support and participation.

The word riot, therefore, is a key weapon in the communication arsenal of those who want to cover up the crime of ongoing and perpetual genocide against the Indian Muslims.

This book is a closer, a more personal and reflective look at the anatomy of a so-called communal riot in India.

But the real question for everyone to ask is this:

If this is a riot, what then is a massacre?

A pogrom?

A holocaust?

A genocide?

A crime against humanity?

And what were the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals all about?

At the end of World War II?

Trials that were undertaken by a self-professed civilized world suddenly shamed into remorse, guilt and contrition - a little too late for most of the victims.

Not only over the Nazi atrocities themselves, but also over its own all-too-long and all-too-willing-and-complicitous apathy and indifference to them.

And over all the cover-ups, hedging, hesitation and prevarications behind which the civilized world hid when the atrocities were in progress.

And over its own impotence and inability to act forcefully, decisively and in a timely manner to protect the victims even as the crimes were in progress.

Or at the least to speak out in a clear, firm and loud voice in denunciation of those atrocities and crimes, even as they were occurring - at a time when speaking out mattered most and would have stopped or slowed them and would have helped the victims.

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Chapter 5
What Communication Covers Up

What many people don't understand about communication is the fact that it is an effective tool not only for conveying information and revealing truth but also for concealment and cover up.

That communication is also the instrument of choice for propaganda, for creating confusion in the minds of the people and for conveying falsehood and disinformation.

That communication could be a deadly weapon in the hands of those without conscience, morality and scruples.

This makes it necessary that we go beyond the words that are used and ask what those words really mean.

And see not only what words and expressions reveal but also what they cover up and conceal.

Therefore, looking deeper, here is what really lies behind the euphemism riots.

What the whole thing really means.

In practice and in its proper context.

Here is a quick glimpse of some of the horror, savagery and depravity that communication conceals and covers up.

Every time we use the expression communal riots to describe the repetitive and pre-planned massacres of the Muslim minority in India by fascist and fanatical elements from India's Hindu majority.

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Chapter 6
Anatomy of A Communal Riot in India

In a city...

Any city...

In a town...

Any town...

In a village...

Any village...

Anywhere in the heart of India...

A land that many Indians call Mother...

The home of peace-loving Buddha...

And the just ruler Asoka...

And righteous Rama...

And wise Krishna...

And eclectic Gurunanak...

And compassionate Chishti...

And bounteous Nizamuddin...

And the great humanists and visionary poets Iqbal and Tagore...

And that remarkable Indian apostle of peace and nonviolence, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi...

And countless other sages and noble souls.

India...

The land of countless numbers of Hindus...

And Muslims...

And Buddhists...

And Sikhs....

And Christians....

And others...

For countless generations...

And centuries...

The name of the place does not matter.

The location does not matter.

The size does not matter.

Suffice it to say, people live here.

Ordinary people.

People just like you and me and everyone else...

Babies, children, grandparents, husbands and wives.

Fathers, mothers, widows and orphans.

Students, teachers, farmers, bankers, entrepreneurs and workers.

And, of course, the cripple, the sick, the elderly, the weak, the helpless.

And all sorts of others.

Just like any other place anywhere else.

Ordinary people!

Just like you and me and everyone else...

Not so long ago, many more people used to live here.

In this town, city, village, whose name and location do not really matter.

They were also ordinary people.

People just like you and me and everyone else...

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