Age of Kali – A Little Known Faith


While we are still waiting for reports on the people who caused last Thusday’s terror attack that was under 8 Km away from where I live, we have to turn our eye towards the Northh East.

So far 29 people have died either hacked to death by mobs or burned alive. 

Their only crime was to believe in Islam. I am rather critical of Muslims but I do agree that Islamophobia exists. Mostly it may be talk, but sometimes it is action. The blame is on the Bodo people.

The Bodos are a tribal group that is recognised under a tribal council within India. They aren’t Hindus but follow a form of ancestor worship (Unlike the very “polite” Anjem Choudhary who is utilising this tragedy to drum up more support for his anti-everything stance) that is different.

The Bodos however are like Native Americans. Their tribal lands are being eroded while their rights are generally ignored due to the lack of involvement in the greater dialogue. Unlike the Khmer or the Naga they have not politicised as heavily so often are ignored in any dialogue.

The Bodo see the Muslims as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh encroaching on their tribal lands. To them it was probably war in the same way that Native Americans would eliminate settlers who encroached on their lands.

However this is no longer the past and such is a crime. So far there is a curfew and no, I am not going down to the region. Due to the terror attacks in Chennai, I am effectively grounded from all travel.

So far 22 people have been arrested but more are on the lose.

Now the issue is justice.

See if Justice is not done properly, more Muslims will turn to other methods to get it. This will encourage a feud between Muslims and the already oppressed Bodo. There is a long history of Police mismanagement of such incidents. It remains to be seen if this will be handled as well.

Comments

  1. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    First time I’ve heard of this – or the Bodo people – at all here in Oz.

    Sounds like a complicated and horrible situation.

    So far 29 people have died either hacked to death by mobs or burned alive.

    Nothing justifies doing that to others. Nothing.

    Sorry to do this Avicenna I’m not sure it makes sense to in one line blame Islamophobia for this and then in another line say its because these Muslims are taking the Bodo people’s land and mistreating them, am I not getting something there because that’s how it seems to read to me.

    PS. May I ask what terror attacks in Chennai? First I’ve heard of that too – maybe I have missed earlier post explaining that?

  2. says

    Yep. that’s the one.

    The Bodo are losing land to encroachment and so are lashing out against anyone they can get their hands on. There were prior riots where Muslims attacked Bodos a few years ago too adding an element of revenge.

  3. kraut says

    “The Bodo are losing land to encroachment and so are lashing out against anyone they can get their hands on”

    Which has exactly what to do with the “islamophobia”? A pernicious term to silence critics of islam, conflating the believer with the religion they adhere to, as is “antisemitism” used to silence critics of various forms of zionism.

  4. says

    The Rhetoric of the traditionalist BJP has always been of encroaching Islam and in recent times Muslims have been the victims of sectarian attacks in India. Islamophobia DOES exist, but it is a label also used to label genuine criticism.

    I wrote an article a few days ago about the rise of Wahabbism in Saudi Arabia and how it has rewritten the history of Islam by destruction of information and monuments. That was also considered Islamophobic as is the actual attacks by Bodo separatists who have killed 29 people or the Gujurat riots which killed hundreds.

  5. says

    Great post and website! The topic is interesting and I haven’t seen as depth about Bodos as this article. Please visit The Candid Nation and follow on Google+/Facebook.

  6. says

    A pernicious term to silence critics of islam, conflating the believer with the religion they adhere to, as is “antisemitism” used to silence critics of various forms of zionism.

    I’m so tired of hearing this crap when its irrelevant. I could use a screwdriver to tighten/loosen screws. I could use it in a manner not normally intended by the manufacturer as a chisel, or something to pop hinge pins out of door hinges. Or I could use it to stab you.

    No one has been stabbed here.

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