The Indian government, which Tony Blair praised recently, has stood by while a section of its supporters carry out horrific massacres. Hundreds of people have been killed in communal violence centred on the Gujarat region.
The main victims of the violence are India's minority Muslim population. The violence erupted just days after the ruling Hindu fundamentalist BJP party suffered serious losses in regional elections in the party's heartland of Uttar Pradesh. Predominantly Hindu police have stood by or joined in the horrific attacks on Muslims.
The first deaths took place when a train was firebombed. On board were Hindu activists who were returning from a trip to Ayodhya. This is the site where Hindu fundamentalists have vowed to build a temple on the site of a mosque. The Hindus began to abuse local people, who then attacked them.
There is a close network, with overlapping personnel of the World Hindu Council, the fascist RSS and the BJP government. Supporters within the BJP admit that the unleashing of communal violence may be the only way that it can regain the electoral support lost in the recent elections.