Friday, March 23, 2007

Money cures Gujarat Riot and Sikh Riot Victim Pain in India

When I read the news story below, it just made me laugh as to how trendy it is becoming to just pay the surviving family for crimes committed by a majority society instead of real justice like jail time for culprits responsible for inciting and committing those crimes. Even though I did not personally know a Sikh or a Muslim or a Hindu for the matter, friend or family member in either Sikh Riots or Gujarat riots in India, but just reading about it fills me with much pain. Comes to think of it, the whole humanity is my friend, and if one hurts the other, I think we all feel the pain. But that is the ideal World! The ground reality is that humans have killed each other for stupid things and religious fanaticism is one of them. Back to news story, I like my title of this news better than what the newspaper have printed. I know in Sikh massacre there have not been prosecutions or charges or arrests made of the top people responsible, but not sure about Muslim riots. I know the Gujarat Chief Minister is running free and is gaining popularity again because he is bringing prosperity to the state. I guess the thought here seems to be that money makes people forget everything including the pain endured by the loss of even their loved ones like sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and friends. Well, that’s India for you! Not that it couldn’t happen at other places in the World, like crimes against blacks, against Jews, against women and children, against Armenians, crimes during wars like Kosvo, Afghanistan, Iraq, World war I and II, Vietnam and all, civil wars etc. People say we humans have become so developed and advanced, but comes to think of it, it is the same old garbage gets repeated again and again all over the World. May be we haven’t learned any lessons at all from history.

Gujarat violence victims’ aid on a par with ’84 riots
New Delhi, March 22Bringing compensation for victims of the sectarian violence in Gujarat on a par with that awarded to those affected by the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the government today approved ex-gratia grant of Rs 3.5 lakh to the next of kin of each of the 1,169 people killed in that state.
“As reported by the state government, there were 1,169 deaths in the 2002 riots and the number of injured was 2,548,” Information and Broadcasting Minister P.R. Dasmunsi told reporters after a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight.
“Government is open to respond to cases which have not been reported by the state government, both in cases of death as well as the injured,” he said, adding the Union Home Ministry would “consider, monitor and review” such cases.
At the meeting, the Cabinet approved a proposal that next of kin of the 1,169 who died would be paid Rs 3.5 lakh in addition to the amount already paid by the state government. The total liability would amount to Rs 53.19 crore, Dasmunsi said.
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Blogger Prabhu Singh said...

Your title really does reflect the nature of the reality. It's plain sick. The Indian government is so corrupt and covered in the blood of innocents. Manmohan Singh may be polite, but he's got no backbone. People are still being picked up, tortured, and killed extrajudicially, under his watch. It might take huge efforts for Sikhs to change the system, but it would be a simple effort on the part of Manmohan Singh and yet he does nothing. For this I can't think of him as a good leader, but rather another puppet.

7:08 AM, March 26, 2007  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

And, worse yet, it is the Punjab I agree Prabhu Singh Ji. Government and Punjab Police under the Punjab leadership that is so ineffective and has no clue as how to treat a human being. The weak and the downtrodden of India have always gotten slapped around by the politically connected and powerful like the police, rich business people, rich farmers, politicians etc. Caste, religion also plays an equal role in this.

8:33 AM, March 28, 2007  

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