Zachary opines “I think the Gujarat mass riots were in themselves a global event, more so than other comparative South Asian events.”
There will be a fair few Sikhs who will dispute that ordering as well as Lankan Tamils and others. I would not presume to ask the Nepalis ethnically cleansed from Bhutan (as Zachary has highlighted in the past) to stand behind any other community in the “mass riot victims” queue. Regardless of how point-scoring happens (as is inevitable in SA discussions) the golden rule should be that crimes in India (against muslims) cannot be justified away by crimes in Pak (against hindus).
Now it is undeniable that one political unit (in India) has been (sort of) consistently for communal harmony. The Communists maintained law and order with an iron hand during 1984 as well as 1992. They have an advantage because as “godless” people they have no skin in the Hindutva-Islamist supremacy game. They correctly see the whole right-wing agenda as a cultural bribe to get hold of economic power (which is essentially the story of the various partitions and riots).
The problem I see with the communists is that in their own way they are prisoners of ideology. Secular crimes committed in China don’t seem to excite them as much. If the politburo decides that a one-child policy should be in place, they would not mind carrying out abortions (even infanticide) by the millions. Indeed during the Emergency days they did collaborate with Sanjay Gandhi for mass scale “nashbandis.” What if they had adopted a “forward” policy for India?