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World on Fire

“From the hole in the box, I could see them beat Abba until he couldn’t move. Ammi begged them to spare him but they held her back by the hair and one of them tore her clothes and laughed.

Then they tied Abba in a sack and dragged him out. We couldn’t find him after that. I’m afraid they threw him in a nullah to drown, like Zameer bhaijaan next door and Imran bhaijaan who ran the bicycle shop.

They were crying ‘Jai Shri Ram!’ (Victory be with Ram). I wonder who this Ram is and how he could win by killing those who weren’t even fighting against him.”

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay



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3 thoughts on “World on Fire

    1. A lot of kids have witnessed it all without the box too, John. The Delhi riots were one of the shameful parts of Indian History where the government itself participated in ethnic cleansing. And it was all done in the name Ram, who would destroy the culture of his greatest enemy.


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