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Commentary by Buut Shikan
Hindu Crimes in the Words of a Famous Indian Woman
Bombing In Bombay Jewelry District Kills 52,
injures 150: India Blames Lashkare Taiba
Understanding India's Roots of Hatred and
Violence: Mass Rape of Muslim Women
Desecration of Mosques, Destruction of Oldest
Mosque, Genocide in
Death and destruction of anyone is ugly
has condemned the bombing in Mumbai (previously known
as Bombay). A Pakistani
American group has condemned the bombing. An
Indian American Muslim group has
condemned the bombing. India claims that a
group fighting in Kashmir, Lashkare
Taiba, is responsible, although no evidence is
available. Once the
condemnations have been issued, an effort is
needed to try and understand the causes of
violence. Why are the usually timid Muslims of
India resorting to "terrorism?"
Since India came under Brahmin Hindu rule
in 1947, the KKK-type racist
religion of the rulers has led to horrific
atrocities, largely against Muslims
but also against Sikhs, Dalits (India's Black
people), Christians, peasants
in the northeast, and women in general. NO ONE
HAS BEEN ABLE TO RETALIATE
AGAINST THE BRAHMINS other than a few attempts by
the Sikhs, including the murder
of Indira Gandhi, and a suicide attack by a Tamil
Kashmiris have been fighting back but
Kashmir is not part of India.
Within India itself, Muslims have been
victimized, terrorized, slaughtered and
subjugated in ways unthinkable in any other part
of the world. Muslim response
has been pathetic. Upper class Muslims [sort of
have gone down on their knees
before the Brahmins, some even
marrying their daughters to Hindus, visiting
Hindu idols and claiming that
Hinduism and Islam are not very different and
India must come first [sort of like
America's flag waving mosque builders].
The idea that Muslims can blow up rich Hindu
jewelry sellers and try to
terrorize upper class Hindus indicates that even
the lowliest of the low,
India's Muslims, are no longer willing to die
without resistance. The HORRORS IN
GUJRAT [March 2002] need to be looked at to
understand the emergence of
"terrorism" in India. Instead of quoting from a
Muslim or Islamic source, let us look
at a Hindu critic of India, a well-known woman
who writes with great passion
and is certainly no friend of the "jihadists."
ARUNDHATI ROY in her book WAR TALK
(published 2003) writes of the
genocide committed by Hindus in Gujarat against
totally helpless and unarmed
Muslims, thoroughly documenting each of her
statements in end notes. Here is an
"Officially the number of dead is eight
hundred. Independent reports put
the figure as high as two thousand. More than one
hundred and fifty thousand
people, driven from their homes, now live in
refugee camps. Women were
stripped, gang-raped; parents were bludgeoned to
death in front of their children.
Two hundreds and forty dargahs and one hundred
and eighty masjids were
destroyed. In Ahmedabad, the tomb of Wali
Gujarati, the founder of the modern Urdu
poem, was demolished and paved over in the course
of a night... Arsonists burned
and looted shops, homes, hotels, textile mills,
buses, and private cars...."
[Ed. Note: DARGAHs are the tombs of sufi saints
who preached peace and amity
between Hindus and Muslims.]
Ms. Roy documents a few of the cases of GANG
RAPE of MUSLIM WOMEN:
"Doctors conducted post-mortems on a number
of women who had been gang
raped, many of whom had been burnt subsequently.
A woman from Kheda district
who was gang raped had her head shaved and 'Om'
cut into her head with a knife
by the rapists. She died after a few days in the
hospital. There were other
instances of 'Om' engraved with a knife on
women's backs and buttocks." [p.117]
[The expression 'Om' is part of Hindu prayers,
somewhat like the Muslims
Can the jewelers in Mumbai who have now
been blown up be blamed for the
massacre and the rapes? According to Ms. Roy, the
entire Hindu population of
Gujarat was involved in the atrocities. [The mass
support for the killings is
comparable to the mass support for lynchings of
Black men in America.] All
aspects of the Hindu establishment got involved.
participated in the looting." The poorer people,
Dalits and Adivasis, were brought in
buses and trucks to loot the Muslims' goods.
There was police protection for the
looters, even covering fire from the police when
some Muslims fought back. It
went right to the top. Ms. Roy writes: "While
Gujarat burned, our Prime
Minister was on MTV promoting his new poems."
The Hindus used an alleged attack on a
train which was set on fire to
signal the coordinated attacks on the Muslims.
They claim that the Muslims set
the train on fire. Ms. Roy points out that there
is, even now, ABSOLUTELY NO
EVIDENCE that the Muslims set the train on fire.
In fact there is some evidence
that the fire was set from within the train
The bombings in Mumbai show that someone
is trying to get even.
Violence begets violence.
IS THERE A SOLUTION TO INDIA'S DEEP ROOTS OF
The way out is always: JUSTICE.
The ringleaders of the rapists should be put
on trial and executed.
The Muslim mosque, Babri masjid, in
Ayodhya, should be restored.
India should end its occupation of Kashmir.
The roots of violence will be cut once the
victimized communities feel
that due process of law is available and they are
equal citizens of India.
The HINDUS SHOULD REMEMBER that Islam came
to India when a Hindu despot,
Raja Dahir, captured a Muslim woman traveling on
a ship off the Indian
coastline to the Hajj in
Her appeal for
help reached Damascus and a 17 year
old fighter, Muhammad ibn Qasim, set out with a
small group of volunteers to
free the woman. He met Raja Dahir on the
battlefield and routed the Hindu army.
The rest is history.
Unless the women of Gujarat get justice and
the Hindu rapists are strung
up, is it realistic to hope for peace?
2003-08-30 Sat 17:48ct