December 16, 2002
India’s secular democracy suffered a severe setback yesterday when the fascist Bharatiya Janata Party was elected in a landslide victory in Gujarat, winning 125 out of a possible 181 seats. Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently charged being in Belgium as a
international war criminal for “Crimes against Humanity”, received an overwhelming mandate to return to power.
The Indian Muslim Council (www.imc-usa.org) joins concerned citizens of all countries and communities in expressing grave concern about what the BJP’s victory means for India’s secular democracy.
Earlier this year, Gujarat witnessed the worst communal violence since India’s independence, where over 2000 were killed, 150,000 displaced, over 800 women and girls raped, and 132 mosques and religious tombs destroyed. Nearly all of the victims of the well organized pogrom were Muslim. Eight months later, many continue to live in relief camps, fearing their lives.