Bhopal, September 9: (Reported by Pervez Bari) Dr. John Dayal, Member of National Integration Council, Government of India, has said that the Federal and the state governments cannot absolve themselves of their responsibility of the bomb explosions killing 38 Muslims in Malegaon after Friday prayers yesterday.
Dr. Dayal in a statement on behalf of the All India Christian Union, the All India Catholic Union and the United Christian Action, while condemning the incident said modern intelligence techniques help, but more important are winning and retaining the confidence of all communities, specially the minorities.
"There must be no religious profiling, but similarly, people must see that government agencies will not be swayed by extraneous circumstances or political vested interest", he added.
He questioned: "Who are these people who will kill the young and the old, men and women collected at a graveyard to remember their dead parents on Shab-e-Baraat? Who are these people who will plant bombs in train compartments so that strangers they have never met will die a terrible death, on the spot, or as anonymous injured bleeding to death from their wounds in a hospital?"
In the death and mayhem it generates, terrorism in India is the same as anywhere else in the world. But if the violence is perhaps directed towards the State elsewhere, in India, non-combatant communities are targetted to foment confrontation and aggravate mutual distrust, the statement added.
Dr. Dayal said patently, every community is a target in this vicious binary of death where one act of violence has in it the seeds of the next one. No single sub-text can explain or justify the motives, or defend the bloodletting.
He pointed out that while Christian community, itself the victims of a sustained hate campaigns and violence against its people, institutions and holy symbols, condemns such gruesome acts of wanton violence.
While sympathising with the kin of the dead, and with those recovering from injuries sustained in the explosions, Dr. Dayal called for peace and asked the authorities to work actively in restoring the faith of all communities in the rule of law and equity in administration.
It may be mentioned here that Dr. Dayal is National President: All India Catholic Union (Founded 1919), Secretary General: All India Christian Council (Founded 1999), President: United Christian Action, Delhi (Founded 1992) and also Member, Justice & Peace Commission Archdiocese of Delhi. (firstname.lastname@example.org)