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Soft Saffron's Litmus Test

The attack could've been planned, intended to occur after the VHP's Ayodhya meeting, and instigated by outside parties.

Soft Saffron's Litmus Test
illustration by Jayachandran
Soft Saffron's Litmus Test
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The attack by a mob on kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya on the Sabarmati Express has in a single stroke turned the clock back to 1947. Not since then has a Muslim mob waited for a train at the station, with the express purpose of killing their unsuspecting passengers. In 1947, the killing was done by Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims alike, with sticks, swords and daggers. Last week, the killers boarded the train armed with canisters of gasoline and kerosene and systematically set its bogies on fire with the intent of burning the occupants to death.

The wave of anger that has swept through the country is understandable but must be curbed. Such calculatedly aggressive behaviour is so utterly uncharacteristic of the Muslims of Gujarat and of India in general, and is in such marked contrast to the pattern of Hindu-Muslim conflict during the past three decades, that its causes need the closest possible scrutiny. It is barely possible that the dispute arose out of a fracas between kar sevaks and Muslim vendors in Vadodara, or on the train. The VHP and Bajrang Dal are not exactly known...
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