While Muslims are being murdered in India, the rest of the world is too slow to condemn : INDEPENDENT


By Patrick Cockburn

On 9 to 10 November 1938 the German government encouraged its supporters to burn down synagogues and smash up Jewish homes, shops, businesses, schools. At least 91 Jews – and probably many more – were killed by Nazi supporters egged on by Joseph Goebbels, the minister for public enlightenment and propaganda, in what became known as Kristallnacht – “the Night of Broken Glass”. It was a decisive staging post on the road to mass genocide.

On 23 February 2020 in Delhi, Hindu nationalist mobs roamed the streets burning and looting mosques together with Muslim homes, shops and businesses. They killed or burned alive Muslims who could not escape and the victims were largely unprotected by the police. At least 37 people, almost all Muslims, were killed and many others beaten half to death: a two-year-old baby was stripped by a gang to see if he was circumcised – as Muslims usually are, but Hindus are not. Some Muslim women pretended to be Hindus in order to escape.

Government complicity was not as direct as in Germany 82 years earlier, but activists of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, were reported as being in the forefront of the attacks on Muslims. A video was published showing Muslim men, covered in blood from beatings, being forced to lie on the ground by police officers and compelled to sing patriotic songs. Modi said nothing for several days and then made a vague appeal for “peace and brotherhood”.

The government says that Judge Muralidhar’s transfer had already been announced and claims that its speedy implementation of the move had nothing to do with his remarks.

The rest of the world has been slow to grasp the gravity of what is happening in India because the Modi government has played down its project to shift India away from its previous status as a pluralistic secular state. The sheer number of people negatively affected by this change is gigantic: if the Muslim minority in India was a separate country then it would be eighth largest state in the world by population.

The violence in Delhi this week stems from the fear and hatred generated by the government-directed pincer movement against Muslims in India. One pincer is in the shape of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), under which non-Muslim migrants can swiftly gain Indian citizenship but Muslims cannot. Even more threatening is the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is likely to deprive many Indian Muslims of their citizenship. It was the non-violent protests and demonstrations opposing these measures that provoked the Hindu nationalist mobs into staging what was close to a pogrom earlier this week.

Just how far Modi and the BJP will go in their anti-Muslim campaign is already in evidence in Jammu and Kashmir, the one Indian state with a Muslim majority. It was summarily stripped of its autonomy last August and has been locked down ever since. Mass detentions and torture are the norm according to the few witnesses able to report what they have seen.

For 150 days after the government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, the internet was cut off and it has only been restored to a very limited degree since January. The security forces detain who they want and distraught family members complain that they cannot find their relatives or that they are too poor to visit them in prisons that may be 800 miles away.

There has been an encouraging, though fiercely repressed, wave of opposition in India to the degradation of its non-sectarian traditions. The danger here – and the mobs in Delhi may be a sign of this – is that Modi and his government will respond to these protests by playing the Hindu nationalist card even more strongly.

In one respect, Modi is in a stronger position than Germany after Kristallnacht. President Roosevelt responded with a statement denouncing antisemitism and violence in Germany and promptly withdrew the US ambassador. President Trump, on a two-day visit to India at a time that Muslims were being hunted down and killed a few miles from where he was sitting, said he was satisfied that Modi was working “really hard” to establish religious freedom. SOURCE : The Independent

15 thoughts on “While Muslims are being murdered in India, the rest of the world is too slow to condemn : INDEPENDENT

  1. Violence in any form should be condemned, I believe. But where was your wisdom lost when in the past so many innocent Hindus were killed in riots at different times in different places ?!The reality is that you and others like you are a damn Fu..ing pimps of those who have an agenda to break India based on religion.

  2. New failati rho galat salat.ek din yhi chal tm pe bhari pdega. Kyuki modi tmlogo ko atanki ghosit krke marega.phle hindu se shanuvuti lega aur phir se ghodhra kand wala hi reaction milega.

  3. Many people died in riots both hindu and muslim. Violence is not siloution for any problem. AAP leader tahir hussan is master mind of this riots.

  4. Why you people are so fake,do your quran teaches to propagate fake and false news.In India all riots are initiated by Muslims only like in other part of the world 80% of the people died in this riots are Hindu .you people making the world hell

  5. Stop spreading fake news. Here are some facts.
    1. On the rooftop of Mashid stones, petrol bombs, acid bombs were found by police.
    2. Muslim guy named Shahruk fired couple of rounds in public.
    3. Stones, bombs, arms and dead body found in muslim politician Tahir khan’s home.
    3. Muslims are chanting “Bharat tere tukde honge”, “Hindutva ki kabr khodegi”, “Jinha wali azadi”, “Hindu se azadi”, “fuck om”.
    4. Muslim mobs throwing acids on army.
    5. Muslim guys brutally raped minor girl.
    6. Muslims killed a guy by snaching knif 400 times.
    7. Muslims killed head constable of Delhi police.
    8.Muslims are violating law and order.
    9. Muslims illegally blocked Shaheen Bagh road for more than 60 days
    #Muslims are terrorist. #Islam is terrorism #islamicterrotist #go away Islam.

    1. No facts, just more Hindu lies…Muslims were defending themselves from Hindu terrorists aided by the police. Hinduism is terrorism, filth and slavery. In order for peace, Hinduism will have to be flushed down the toilet. Hindu extremists and terrorists must be prosecuted, and executed for crimes against humanity.

  6. Very wrong news you are doing this only to add more fuel into fire and trigger.muslim.ppl against our country..
    No place for Muslims in this world except India..u r spoiling a safest country and truning it into Syria

  7. Each and every thing u mentioned in your article is factually wrong ..may be Muslim mirror dont see non muslims as human

  8. Don’t spread such fake news.
    Media houses like you not publishing fare news what is exactly happening.
    I think reporters of such media is being pressurised by their owner or organisers to report like this and target to special one within their agenda.

  9. Dear accusers of “fake news”: You may not be aware that The Independent us an internationally respected newspaper, based in the UK. And Mr Patrick Cockburn is held gobally in very high esteem as a neutral but very brave, honest and incisive journalist.
    There is no fake news here. You all can check from different non-Muslim international sources. And even non-Muslim INDIAN sources.

  10. caa accepts non muslims being persected in muslim countries-does not discriminate against
    indian muslims.

    however muslims looking at any reason -non reason- toconfront the govt- shaheen bagh type of protests-blocking roads-inciteing hate against govt, hindus can not be tolerated.

    in the end muslims will suffer most-no govt in west, china will tolerate such beviour- nor will muslim countries. saud,iran woul put down such behaviour with an iron hand.

    1. Its the right of Indian citizens to protest against measure taken by Hindu extremists and terrorists to subvert the constitution. Hindu RSS bhangis are anti-national and don’t believe in the constitution of India. This is the why Hindu are rightfully disliked wherever they go, they are dirty hypocrites who want rights but don’t want others to have rights.
      This is the result of electing an illiterate RSS terrorist for PM…by backward primitive uneducated Hindus who are incapable of civilization and good governance.

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