MASSACRES - Hazards of Being a Minority in Modern India

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Chapter 14
As the World Looks On

What also matters is that while this saga of blood, barbarism and depravity plays out in India...

One sordid, wretched chapter after another...

One gory, fiery, inhuman, criminal, savage, barbaric, brutal, satanic encore after another...

The world looks on...

Much as it did when Hitler's hordes hounded the Jews...

And the Gypsies...

And the Catholics...

And others.

In the same petrified, immoral, dazed, dehumanized, stupefied inaction and indifference.

The entire world mostly looks on...

Without blinking an eye.

Without lifting a finger.

Often, without saying a word.

The New York Times and The Washington Post look on.

As they did until the Bombay massacres.

Time and Newsweek look on.

CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN look on.

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations look on.

The United States Congress and State Department look on.

The United Nations looks on.

Ex-president Carter of the United States and Nobel peace-prize-winner Archbishop Tutu of South Africa and sundry other human rights advocates and activists look on.

The Pope and his Cardinals look on.

Even the Muslim governments of the world look on.

They all look on.

In silence

In bewilderment...

And with indifference and impotence.

As if their sense of justice, fairness or compassion comes with a warning attached:

"Not for Indian Muslims!"

Or with a label that reads:

"Indian Muslims Need Not Apply!"

As if their penchant for fearless thought and free speech suddenly shrivels up when it reaches the magic word Muslims - Indian Muslims.

As if, in their world and value system, to be Muslim is to forfeit, ab initio, all claim to human dignity...

And to the most elementary of human and civil rights.

Including the very right to life.

Or liberty.

As if their milk of human kindness suddenly parches up and turns to dust at the mention of the word Muslim.

As if, in their view, Muslims constitute the unwritten exception to the Geneva Conventions.

And to the United Nations Charter on Human Rights

And to the universality of the principle of speaking the truth which their parents and grandparents taught them as children.

So, the whole world looks on as Muslims of India are butchered and burned alive in thousands by India's Hindu majority.

Often with help from the police and state administration.

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Chapter 15
When Silence Reigns

Yet...

It seems to be true.

Again...

And again...

And again...

So true...

When it is India's Muslim minority whose civil and human rights are violated...

No matter how viciously and brutally and barbarically.

Whenever it is India's Muslim minority that happens to be the victim...

Silence generally reigns supreme.

Deafening, roaring, opaque, all-encompassing, complete, comprehensive, impenetrable, almost conspiratorial silence...

Silence which rolls like molten lava...

From every direction...

Silence which rises in towering waves...

And engulfs...

And buries...

Newspaper and magazine columns.

Radio and television broadcasts.

Halls and corridors of legislatures and state and court houses.

Government offices and corporate boardrooms.

College and university campuses and portals.

The scholarship of the academy.

And the very conscience and compassion of religious leadership and elite across denominational lines.

Silence locks and seals the lips, pens, computer keyboards, camera lenses and microphones of sundry individuals and groups.

Groups otherwise perfectly honorable and perfectly sensitive to and vocal about the violation of every civil and human right in every part of the world at the hands of every tyrant.

From Bokassa and Idi Amin in Africa of yore to Saddam

Hussein in Iraq of today.

It matters that truth should become a prisoner of pusillanimity and politicking and of this diabolical game of rationing and selective apportionment…

That truth should be a handmaiden to partisan purpose and political expediency...

And hypocrisy.

And moral duplicity, cowardice, bankruptcy and pandering.

Of one kind or another.

It matters that others in this world should have rights...

But not the Muslims...

It matters that others in this world should have individuals, agencies, organizations and governments advocating their rights...

Standing up for them...

Speaking out for them...

But not the Muslims...

And in particular...

The Muslim minority in India.

A helpless, defenseless, voiceless minority subjected to this perpetual pogrom...

To this, perhaps, the longest-lasting holocaust in human history...

To this seemingly never-ending dance of death...

To this perpetual reign of terror, arson and destruction...

And rape...

And pain...

And humiliation...

And suffering...

And dehumanization...

And brutalization...

For so long.

In so many places.

And so repetitively.

Muslims, it would appear, have become the modern man's and woman's measure - and limit — of commitment to the lofty ideals of justice, fairness, equality, human rights and truth.

Muslims seem to have become the rock on which the ship of modern civilization's commitment to these civilized goals and ideals crumbles.

These are not people who resort to silence, in a Shakespearian sense, the more powerfully and effectively to communicate their views - and their outrage and their protests and their rejection of injustice and the trampling underfoot of the most basic and inalienable of all human rights.

The right to life.

Instead, these are people whose consciences and voices have selective wavelengths on which to operate - none of them accessible to Muslims.

In reality, they are little more than the communication homeless - refugees from communication.

And from civilization.

Trying to hide under massive steel, concrete and plastic structures of their respective affiliations from the glare of powerful searchlights that the guardians of their own conscience inside them beam at them from time to time.

These are people who are running away from their communication obligations and hoping - and pretending - no one would notice.

In that sense, they do use silence to speak - deafening, shrill, inhuman, selective silence that tells anyone who would care to listen that so far as they were concerned the massacred Muslims in India and their relatives, friends and other sundry survivors were on their own.

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