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India's tribal schools are questioned, Boston Globe, USA, March 07, 2004
India's tribal schools are questioned Teaching promotes bigotry, fanaticism, rights groups sa

The silent wounds of Gujarat, Open Democracy, UK, January 22, 2004
A new report highlights a neglected aspect of the massacre of Muslims in India’s western state of Gujarat in 2002: brutal sexual violence against women.

Maintaining communal harmony, The Hindu, Chennai, April 01, 2003
The Supreme Court has, apart from putting the Ayodhya issue in the correct legal perspective, in effect cautioned against any attempt to disturb the status quo even on the 67 acres surrounding the disputed site.

The other face of fanaticism, NY Times, USA, February 02, 2003
The violent uprooting of millions of Hindus and Muslims across the hastily drawn borders of India and Pakistan had tainted the freedom from colonial rule that Gandhi had so arduously worked toward. Pankaj Mishra.

Open society and its enemies, Dawn, Karachi, January 18, 2003
Tell us Mr Deputy Prime Minister, how does a planned, pre- meditated killing and looting of members of a particular community become an aberration? Kuldip Nayyar

Gujarat will repeat: Singhal, The Hindu, October 12, 2002
The war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad shows no sign of dying out. Undeterred by the BJP describing the VHP as being influenced by religious extremism, the VHP today warned that Gujarat would be replicated in the entire country.

Murder in India, New York Review of Books, USA, August 15, 2002
"There are only two places Muslims can go to," says Ramchandra Paramhans, the ninety-year-old abbot who heads both a militant sect of sadhus (Hindu mendicants) and the cash-rich trust that is in charge of building a Rama temple over the site of the demolished mosque at Ayodhya, "Pakistan or Kabristan [graveyard]." Pankaj Mishra

Abnormal Normality, Times of India, July 30, 2002
Chief minister Narendra Modi's gamble recently in pitching for elections, on the plea that peace and normalcy reign in Gujarat, is a challenge to India's time-tested principles of equal citizenship and non-partisan governance. Teesta Setalvad

Kashmiris Caught in Cross-Fire, Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2002
Like most of Kashmir's victims, Halima Doie lost her life in a fight she didn't want and was powerless to stop. An illiterate Muslim woman born into the once nomadic Gujjar tribe, she and her family lived, or died, at the mercy of the men with guns.

Healing touch for Gujarat, Times of India, July 26, 2002
Interview with M Hasan Jowher, an Ahmedabad-based management and infotech consultant who founded SPRAT (Society for Promotion of Rational Thinking) with the specific aim of fighting obscurantism and superstition.

From the heart of darkness, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, July 26, 2002
The Godhra burning - communal, repulsive and criminally punishable - was not the reason why the rest of Gujarat went up in flames. Nor was it the reason why Muslims, especially women and children, have been hunted down, humiliated, forced to look on as family and friends were gang raped, cut up into pieces, blown apart, with the survivors cast away to fend for themselves, being dared to re-build their lives, their work. Part Two of Two part report. Mukul Mangalik

Hell is empty, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, July 25, 2002
More and more people, young and old, of different skin colours and cuts of face, believers and non-believers, speaking as many different languages as this country has to offer, need to get on to trains heading for Gujarat. Part One of Two part report. Mukul Mangalik

 

Cry the Beloved Country

Harsh Mander

Countercurrents.org

(Harsh Mander, the writer, resigned from Indian civil service after witnessing the state complicity in the carnage in Gujarat)

http://www.countercurrents.org/harshmander.htm

 

Reports

The Next Generation: In the Wake of the Genocide, July 2002
A Report on the Impact of the Gujarat Pogrom on Children and the Young by an independent team of citizens from Calcutta, July 2002, Supported by Citizens' Initiative, Ahmedabad.

We have no orders to save you: Human Rights Watch, April 2002
Report on state participation and complicity in communal violence in Gujarat. PDF.

Recent Communal Violence in Gujarat, India, and the U.S. Response, USCIRF, June 10, 2002
Hearing by the United States Commission on Religious Freedom.

Deliver Justice, Amnesty International
Amnesty International memorandum to the Government of Gujarat on its duties in the aftermath of the violence.


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