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Roma Gypsy murder raises ethnic tension higher – BBC NEWS | World | Europe |

A Gypsy Slave Village

“The net is tightening around the perpetrators,” says Hungarian Police Chief Jozsef Bencze. “But our main enemy now, is time.”

The short time which passes, that is, before the next lethal attack against a Roma (Gypsy) settlement.

The Hungarian police are now investigating 18 such attacks in the past 18 months, some carried out with both firebombs, and firearms. (via BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Murder raises ethnic tension higher).

A few months ago, President Sarkozy was preaching to PM Manmohan Singh of India, about managing minorities. Can you, Shri Sarkozy, look at your own backyard.

A few months ago, the Italian police started a campaign of racial profiling and persecution of the Roma – based on an isolated murder of an Italian.

This disproportionate response against a community, to a crime (I am making an assumption of guilt) by a Roma individual, smacks of persecution, racism and pogroms. After all, this is how Hitler and Mussolini too started their campaigns.

  1. mittalnitin
    May 4, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I am writing from France, Mr Sarkozy’s country. Europe is extremely racist, there is no doubt about that. This is where racism was born. However, other than this there is very little common between France and Italy, can’t blame Sarkozy for what the Italians did.

    As far as his remarks about managing minorities go, I see no harm in taking those suggestions in a positive spirit. But, if the minorities he is referring to are Indian Muslims, its a joke.

    With more Muslims in India than the population of France, I can’t see how they can be termed minorities. Its not a majority-minority issue in India, its a lot more than that. Its about religion, politics, history and also to an extent a class-war. When I look at politics, I get a sense that Muslims are the most privileged people in India.

  2. May 8, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Nitin –

    I think I have not made these points clearly – which I will elaborate further.

    1. France and Italy both belong to an organization called the EU – which now wants to teach India about Human rights.

    2. Till recently, France was head of EU. If Sarkozy can preach to Manmohan Singh, can he start with his backyard – in Italy, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

    3. Are you sure these are ‘suggestions’ and not charges and allegations – to draw away attention from their own misdeeds and to put us on the defensive?

    4. Based on these ‘suggestions’, the EU wants to tie a trade agreement with India on the condition that India ‘improves’ it human rights record!

    5. While Sarkozy is worried about Christian missionaries, we should remember Jomo Kenyatta experience in Africa: –

    When the missionaries arrived, the Africans had the land and the missionaries had the Bible. They taught us to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible

    5. Do you have the time to actually ‘take suggestions in a positive spirit’ from countries with the lowest tolerance levels, lowest ethnic diversity, the biggest mass murderers in modern history – preaching to a nation which is leader in these parameters.

    6. Muslims in India are the free-est in the world! Which country affords Muslims greater freedom?
    USA – where more than 200 Sikhs were attacked after 9/11 – mistaken for Arabs! In France, where the French fear that that if the Muslim women wear a scarf to school, it will dilute their nationhood and unity? I wont even talk about Muslim majority countries, where one Muslim sect annihilates another – Pakistan being a prime example!

    As you can see, this entire discussion is about covering the elephants in the Western history room – and not about India at all!!

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