The violent side of Indian democracy
The image of India for many western citizens is exotic, having no point of contact with the reality of that huge Country, the seventh bigger in the world, according to number of inhabitants. The economic growth of the largest Asian democracy hides an unspeakable profile of which little or nothing can reach us. Our record is almost entirely occupied at present by the issue of the Italian soldiers or, increasingly, by the gruesome details of rapes and killings of young women in the country.
Very few information are given on the killings and intimidations against independent authors by ultranationalist Hindu extremists, with connections to the current government. Or on the fierce neoliberal recipes that are stealing land and water resources, deporting and harassing the Adivasis, the native people from India, formally protected by the constitution, in the exclusive interest of multinational corporations. Adivasis were defined by British colonialists as Scheduled Tribes, and today they are estimato be more than 80 million of individuals.
Even fewer we know on the condition of Dalits, known to us as untouchables or outcasts, whose suffrances are the result of the perverse system of castes
At last, we do know almost nothing concerning the struggles against inequalities, and the actions of resistance and emancipation involving millions of women and men in the country, increasingly distant from the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
Whoever thinks that what is taking place in that distant country does not concern him is committing an unforgivable mistake, under underestimating thos phaenomena. The worldwide match between nature protection and Human Rights crosses the streets and the paths of India, today more than yesterday.