In­dian politi­cians must stop hate mon­ger­ing

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It took 14 years for a court to con vict 24 peo­ple for the ri­ots in Gu­jarat, a mas­sacre that has haunted In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Narendra Modi, who was the chief min­is­ter of the state when the vi­o­lence left more than a thou­sand dead. While the rul­ing came late, there is hope: Those ac­cused of atroc­i­ties have been found guilty by the law. Hu­man rights groups al­leged Modi looked the other way as peo­ple were slaugh­tered. He was cleared of any wrong­do­ing in 2012. Now, the judge has ruled 24 peo­ple are guilty of hack­ing to death and burn­ing 69 Mus­lims who were tak­ing refuge in a res­i­den­tial com­plex in Ahmed­abad in one of the bloodiest mas­sacres of the week-long ri­ot­ing. For­mer Con­gress law­maker Eh­san Jafri was among those hacked. The sen­tences will be an­nounced next week.

Re­li­gious ri­ots have plagued In­dia since Par­ti­tion in 1947. The hor­ror of Par­ti­tion seemed to have been for­got­ten when ri­ots rav­aged In­dia af­ter the de­mo­li­tion of the Babri Masjid in 1992, re­sult­ing in the deaths of 2,000 peo­ple. And ten years later, more than a thou­sand were butchered dur­ing the Gu­jarat ri­ots, all this gory vi­o­lence in the name of re­li­gion. It is the pol­i­tics of re­li­gion that is dev­as­tat­ing In­dia. In­dian so­ci­ety must now rise up against this dan­ger­ous tide that di­vides and burns the na­tion. The mas­sacres must stop. Politi­cians who ex­ploit re­li­gion wait for a sliver of an op­por­tu­nity to pounce on. They must be stopped. — Gulf News

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