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12 dead in stampede at popular Hindu shrine in Kashmir

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A tragic lost of lives at the beginning of a new year.

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Some North Americans may still find it odd to use “stampede” for “a surge, rush or panic of people”. It’s repeated throughout and thus, appears Oxford, and now Cambridge, have assimilated the etymology of the Mexican-Spanish origins of “estampida” and/or the Germanic “stamp”.

Still, seems it would be more sensitive to the fact these were humans who lost lives, were injured and not cattle or livestock.

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Failure of administration to control the crowd.

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Hindus are truly in danger like the right wing propaganda goes. But the danger is not of their own being converted to Islam or Christianity in a country where 80% are Hindus as the right wing propaganda proclaims.

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India is divided based on religion in 1947 and I guess they don't want this happening again. I don't understand why Pakistan is created if so many Muslims are still in India.

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"India is divided based on religion in 1947 and I guess they don't want this happening again."

Not just on religion, India is divided along lines of caste, language and region as well. That is why the right wing Hindutva brigade point their ire at Muslims, because the only way to unite Hindus (among whom there is no unity otherwise) is to create an imaginary enemy. Its called a boogeyman, and folks like yourself are like little children who fall for it.

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That is why the right wing Hindutva brigade point their ire at Muslims, because the only way to unite Hindus (among whom there is no unity otherwise) is to create an imaginary enemy.

Their enmity is not aimed only at Muslims. Christians are under assault in India as well. Churches are being attacked by Hindu mobs and lawsuits are being filed against them claiming they are forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity. Catholic charities in India have seen bank accounts seized by the state for accepting foreign funding. Christian church services are frequently disrupted by Hindu mobs and some churches have been ransacked and/or burned. Several BJP controlled states are passing laws prohibiting religious conversions, which they call "religious freedom" laws, so they can prosecute Christian pastors and lay people.

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