Things are not good in Gujarat and its capital of commerce Ahmedabad and Banglore. A few years ago Narendra Modi orchestrated a vile pogrom of bigotry against the Muslims. More than 3000 Muslims were systematically targeted and massacred. More than 400,000 were thrown out the state. They still yearn to return to their villages> Mr. Modi’s henchmen refuse to allow them to return to the homes and property–under threat of death.
In February 2002, Hindu fundamentalists carried out a genocidal ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the state of Gujarat, India. The genocide was conducted in a pre-planned collusion with the police and the BJP state government of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Between 2,000 and 5,000 Muslims were slaughtered, and more than 150,000 rendered homeless and destitute. Human rights investigators, despite having visited Kosovo and Afghanistan, were unprepared for the horrors they found in Gujarat. To date, the victims have seen no real justice, and the perpetrators continue to boast of Gujarat as a laboratory for the rest of India. With passion and hope, this book documents the Nazi, fascist origins of Hindu fundamentalism; the ongoing propagation of hatred towards Muslims and Christians in the educational system; the continuing economic boycott of Muslims in Gujarat; the legal grounds for prosecuting the BJP leaders for genocide; and the campaign of horrifically violent rape against Muslim women.
The depths of sexual violence in Gujarat demand that the Hindustan of Hindu fundamentalism be renamed as Rapistan. With the rise of Jewish and Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East and Christian fundamentalism in the US, the Gujarat genocide looms large in a scenario of global fundamentalist wars. It is a story that reverberates in every corner of the globe where the wolves of religious fundamentalism howl at the gates of power. How are we to face this juggernaut of religious fascism, manifest in all religions? Prabhat Sarkar’s book is not merely a case study in communalist cleansing, but a Neo-humanistic spark of liberation from the cycle of hatred.
Genocide in Gujarat: A policeman walks past a dead Muslim stabbed in Khanpur slums of Ahmadabad India Wendesday April 24 2002
On Feb. 27th 2002, a train in Gujarat, India was attacked. In the name of that attack (though it is clear the attackers were not Muslims) the Hindu fundamentalists carried out a genocide of Muslims all over Gujarat, India. It had been pre-planned months earlier. Newspapers and cheap literature fanned the hatred of Muslims, whose only crime was to be born as part of the Muslim minority in India which has a Hindu majority. Though women were raped, heinously tortured and burnt, not one Hindi perpetrator has gone to prison for these crimes because the fundamentalist BJP party reigned supreme, both in Delhi and in Gujarat. India is now a “flawed democracy laced with religious fascism – as represented by the Hindutva, the Sangh Parivar and all its branches – the BJP, VHP, and RSS. – Garda Ghista
Gujarat ke firraq se hai khaar khaar dil
Befaab hai seenay mane atish bahar dil
Marham nahin hai iske zadhm ka jahan mane
Shamshir e hijr se jo hua hai figar dil
My heart is thorn-filled with longing for Gujarat
Restless, frantic, flame-wrapped in the spring
On earth there exists no balm for its wound.
My heart split asunder by the dagger of sepoaration!
Wali Gujarati, Sufi saint-point
Born in Ahmedabad circa 1650
Died in Ahmedabad 1707
Tomb razed February 28, 2002
A few months ago Tehelka.com published a taped conversation for Mr. Modi directing his followers to continue the carnage.