Subcontinental Drift: Fear Over The City

Thursday, March 7, 2002

Of all the gruesome tales to emerge from Gujarat this past fortnight, the one that chilled me to my bones came from a friend there who witnessed the Hindu mobs run amok. One particular group of thugs had gathered near his home, self-appointed vigilantes who claimed they were there to protect Hindu families from attack by Muslim killers. My friend was under no personal danger—the louts knew him to be a Hindu—but as he listened in on their conversation, he couldn't help but feel frightened.

"They were talking about the...

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