Sunday, September 28, 2008

IK Shukla Is No More, May IK Shukla's Soul Rest in Peace!

IK Shukla author of Hindutva and Hindutva, Treason and Terrorism and a fearless voice against communalism and religious atrocities passed away in the US, he was eighty. Here's an article he had written about the veiled fascism that goes on for democracy in India.

We didn't know IK Shukla, we only know that he and us were members of a literary message board called SASIALIT (The full form beats us). The board is quite lively discussion on everything related to South Asian literature and we participate in the pow-wows more often than not.

Seeing as to how communalism is progressing in India, here's a rehash of something we had read long ago:

When they came for the Muslims, we said nothing because we weren't Muslim;
When they came for the Christians, we said nothing because we weren't Christian;
When they came for the Sikhs, we said nothing because we weren't Sikh;
When they came for the Jains, we said nothing because we weren't Jain;
When they came for the Buddhists, we said nothing because we weren't Buddhist;
When they came for the Zorastrians, we said nothing because we weren't Zorastrian;
When they came for the Bahai's, we said nothing because we weren't Bahai;
When they came for the Confucians, we said nothing because we weren't Confucian;
Finally, when they came for us, there were nobody left to say anything for us!

May the soul of IK Shukla rest in peace!

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