More Inhuman Stories From Gujarat
By Shabnam Hashmi
10 October, 2009
Gujarat: During the past three months from two villages in Mehsana Muslims families have been forced out and in one of the villages women brutally beaten up by the police. In baroda 5 young men illegally detained, tortured in a farm house and then shown arrested after 6 days after underdoing third degree torture and then implicated of possesing a rocket launcher which the poilce has not shown till today.
The latest in the series is building a road in the middle of a grave yard in Dahod with human remains still sticking out. The stories of capturing of grave yards, religious and cultural spaces along with various other ways of very systematic and planned discrimination keeps pouring in from all corners of India.
Those in power as well as the so called secular parties and a sizeable portion of the media has just become deaf and blind. While we celebrate our democracy and India moving into the 21st century , a large section of the population has become second class citizens in their own land. The other marginalised poor -tribals, dalits also facing similar situation. Religion has become the biggest industry with huge turn over and the new age gurus its ambassadors. Indian Middle class conciousness is sliding into medieval time. Indian middle class was never so irrational , superstitious and prejudiced as it has become today.