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.