The presence of political manipulators in India has long been suspected as behind attacks on Muslims in that nation. An Indian government investigation into the 1992 rampage by Hindu mobs which resulted in the death of over 2,000 people reveals mobs were urged on by leading Hindu nationalist politicians. The report accused politicians for stoking religious hate for electoral gain and blamed security forces for standing by while hundreds of innocent people were killed by the mobs. “They(security forces) could have at least attempted to stem the tide of communalism and the rape of democracy. But they chose to remain deaf, dumb and blind throughout,” noted the report. The outburst of Hindu fury led to the physical destruction of a Muslim mosque and the death of thousands.
Naturally, Hindu nationalist politicians condemned the report and once again argued Muslims had constructed their mosque over what was a Hindu temple. I am always fascinated how men of God invoke God’s name to murder the innocent. Who cares which was the first to build a temple in a particular place, does that, under any conditions, justify killing and raping? Who are these “Hindu religious figures?” They may be of the Hindu religion, but they certainly are not very religious.