Friday, October 3, 2008

Rantings of Mindless Men and the Decadence of a Great Civilization

I really did not have any intention to write this article. But I had too.The India I was born in seems to be changing. And the great civilization that once was India, seems to be fading away into decadence. Barbarism seems to be the order of the day, and sound minds letting the unsound minds to rule.
To those who wonder what I am talking about, well I am talking about the recent violence against Christians in certain states of India, specifically Orissa. There is a difference between the terrorist attacks in some parts in India, and the concentrated efforts to terrorize people of a specific community. In the case of the latter, the terrorized lose their homes and are in constant fear. I could have just left it as such, justifying it as the actions of a few uncivilized, uneducated barbarians who just do not know right from wrong.
But reading through the comments of readers at news websites, and also the justifications of right-wing politicians over this issue, I really began to wonder how anyone in a right frame of mind can justify what has and still is happenning in Orissa. No one can justify driving away people from their homes, burning and pillaging villages, and killing those who could not escape, definitely not in the name of any religion whatsoever. That the governments we elected could even tolerate such lawlessness, is indeed a national shame.

To those who seem to have lost their voice I would like to quote something:

First they came for the Communists, - but I was not a communist so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists,- but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews,- but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.

And to those who have no conscience whatsoever, I would like to leave them with this thought:
An eye for an eye would leave the whole world blind.