Indian politicians must stop hate mongering
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