Humanity At Crossroads in Gujarat
Humanity At Crossroads in Gujarat
Title : Humanity At Crossroads in Gujarat
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Humanity At Crossroads in Gujarat is compiled by Daniel O"Malley

The burning alive of 58 men, women and children at Godhra in the fateful morning of the 27th February 2002 was a hideous, repugnant and unpardonable act. The subsequent retaliatory butchering spree, which engulfed the State of Gujarat, leaving behind a Dante-esque trail of death, destruction and fear defies all sense of humanity. Each and every adjective used to try and capture the bestial and inhuman nature of this carnage inevitably seems to fall short o fits objective. As repulsive as the atrocities themselves is the fact that most of the independently collected and assessed evidence has undermined the claim that these were the result of a, perfectly justifiable for some, spontaneous reaction, pointing instead in the direction of a cynically designed and clinically executed plan. Gujarat’s carnage does not represent a reprehensible collapse of the state machinery, overpowered by the wrath of the uncontrollable mobs, but quite the opposite it highlights the degree of penetration of the Hindu nationalist forces into all levels of the public administration as well as sizeable sectors of civil society. Gujarat, in sum cannot be seen as a bolt on the landscape, an abnormal deviation from India’s political and social reality but as a particularly gruesome chapter of a story in the writing – a story whose foreword can be traced back to the development and institutionalization of the concept of Hindutva and whose epilogue will depend on the capacity of Indian society to respond to the challenge thrown upon it by its authors.
The report’s main objective is thus threefold, namely, (a) to outline with the highest accuracy and fidelity possible the key events that followed the Godhra carnage, the build up to the Gujarat massacre, its execution and the aftermath of the riots – in doing so, it takes stock of the vast amount of material produced by human rights, social and humanitarian organizations, which have carried out a most laudable task in documenting the atrocities committed but whose efforts have unfortunately not been as widely disseminated outside India as it would have been desirable; (b) to present the efforts carried out by the CI in the immediate relief, rehabilitation and advocacy fronts; and (c) to invite to reflect on alternatives of future action and raise awareness about the potential dangers entailed in the present unchecked growing influence of fascist ideologies and policies in India.
 

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