Gorakhpur and beyond

via H.Balakrishnan published on February 2, 2007

The Indian Pseudosecualar medias on ‘Gorakhpur’ reporting once again delved exclusively into UP politics,regrettably missed the larger
canvas of  ‘communal riots’ in India and its causes. The trigger for these riots are inavariably the same all over India.


In a painstakingly researched treatise by a retired IB official,MR.RNP Singh,entitled ‘RIOTS & WRONGS’,one gets to understand the genesis of these riots.A more appropriate name for this book could have been “Everything you wanted to know about communal riots but were afraid to ask.”


The author has dispassionately analysed the historical and cultural roots of Hindu-Muslim animosity which,lie unattended in normal times owing to the apathy of the pseudo-secular ruling elite.Blaming the RSS and the Bajrang Dal as the source of all problems seems not only fashionable, but also a tradition to which inquiry commission heads and self styled “objective” scholars and journalists dutifully conform.


However,historical records show that the FIRST COMMUNAL RIOT in India occured in 1713!!Long before the RSS and allied ‘saffron organizations’ came into being!! And,the cause then was the same as Gorakhpur!! Says Singh:”Seen through this prism,the basic logic of communal conflict, not only in India but also at the international level, raises certain basic questions which go far beyond the majority-minority syndrome.” The author delves deep into
the Islamic psyche and finds the germ of intolerance within the holy book of the community as the ‘root-cause’ for all the riots.
This may be dismissed as selective quoting by apologists who never tire of deflecting the searchlight to tangential issues.


The Western media has started airing views on ‘Islamofacism’.Will our media follow suit in the larger interests of the Nation?

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