Friday, August 17, 2007

Massacres of the 21st Century

The fledgeling 21st Century has already been marred with massacres. We have heard of Sept. 11, 2001 the most, and indeed it was a terrible atrocity. But we have failed the people of Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Congo. Perhaps one of the most neglected and frightening systematic killings of people has been in the Indian province of Gujarat. Thanks to Amad for reminding us. In the words of the extraordinary writer Arundhati Roy, winner of the Booker Prize and more significantly the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize:

While the parallels between contemporary India and prewar Germany are chilling, they're not surprising. (The founders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh [RSS], the National Volunteer Force that is the moral and cultural guild of the BJP, have in their writings been frank in their admiration for Hitler and his methods).

Not surprisingly, she has been accused by ideologues as being both anti-Indian and anti-American, for making an association between the Right and fascism. She is so wonderfully vocal that she was censored from the Charlie Rose programme on PBS.


zanjabil said...

The other forgotten genocide is Chechnya. My new site is covering this tragedy and Russia's War on Islam:


Estimates suggest a quarter of the population has been killed so far.

sindbad said...


Yes, I've read about Chechnya. Russia and Israel were two countries that seized upon America's so-called war on terror to justify their crimes as "ethical" against those they occupy.

Of course, Chechnya has been an ongoing genocide. An interesting early article was one I read on IOL:

Chechnya: The Never Ending Conflict

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