Author: Rafiq ZakariaPublisher: Popular PrakashanYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 248ISBN/UPC (if available): 8179910709
Dr. Rafiq Zakria, a scholar of international repute, who has spent more than 50 years of his life trying to bring Hindus and Muslims together, delves deep into the past and present of the relationship between the two communities to discover what went wrong that brought about such conflagration of hatred and bloodshed. He also looks at the future with diffidence but hope. Why did the torching of 58 kar sevaks in the Sabarmati Express at Godhra take place? It was undoubtedly the work of some demented persons, insensitive to its possible aftermath. Worse, how did genocide on such a brutal scale in most parts of Gujarat occur? And that too in a state which gave birth to Gandhi and nurtured him! People all over the world continue to wonder-Have human relations in a country known for its broad humanism fallen so low? Why is it that Hindus and Muslims who lived together for more than a thousand years in peace, have now begun to hate one another? Never before were women and children burnt and butchered in such a bestial manner. The miscreants, incited by communal Hindus belonging to different castes and sub-castes and cutting across the rich and the poor, unleashed such a terrible reign of murder, rape and loot that history itself stood aghast at what it was forced to record.Prof.Amartya Sen of Cambridge University, one of the greatest thinkers of our times, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 1998, has written the Foreword to the book. He warns that unless the communal virus which seems to have overtaken India in such a horrendous manifestation is not destroyed, it will destroy India itself.
Dedication Foreword by Prof. Amartya SenPreface1. Godhra Massacre2. Gujarat Genocide3. Relief Camps4. Fascist Trends5. Hindu Grievances6. Historical Distortions7. Religious Misconceptions8. Muslims in the Dock9. Shivaji and Vivekananda10. Sardar Patel11. What Should Muslims Do?NotesBibliographyIndex