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From a non-Muslim friend in Gujarat
|I know you are worried and there is every reason to be worried with what is happening in Gujarat. What you see on T.V. and hear in the news does put us to shame.
Yesterday, and today we, a group of organizations went around to see what we can do in the sensitive and affected areas. You will not believe but what I saw was horrible and terrifying. I can not just believe that some human beings can be so cruel and some human beings can be treated like that. Men, women and children have been just burned, raped, acid and petrol poured on their bodies, injured patients have no access to doctors or hospitals, people are full of fears and can not get out of their colony, some are hungry and nothing to eat, there is no police protection and police themselves have shot people and supported the attacking mobs. Some places where the entire Muslim colony is raised to grounds, their holy places have been destroyed and are replaced by other temples, roads are blocked, all things are made impossible for the Muslims. The Muslim community is absolutely destroyed and cornered in every sense. Every economic establishment is ruined and it will take years to regain. There are thousands of people taking shelter in Dargahs and Mosques and what we see there is absolutely unbelievable, hearing their stories raises every hair on our bodies and tears in our eyes. There is overflow of anger and helplessness too. The community absolutely feels deserted by all - the politicians, the state, the police etc... there are very few whom they can trust.... they can not even claim the dead bodies of their dear and near ones and some have no access to them! What a situation!
Just on our way, one patrika is inserted in our car by a Hindu group of young people which says in detail to cut every relations with Muslims..not to buy or sell anything to/from Muslims, not to employ, not to accommodate them in any way... terrible!
At times I feel less we talk better it is! Only pray that some good sense prevail among the attackers in the future and let us see what little that we can do.... Now we have a meeting in Gandhi Ashram to discuss the future strategy. Let us see what steps this group plans.
In general now things are under control and situation is improving, getting back to normal in the city.
with terrible shock... q
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