By – Akshay Kirti
Resistance from the neighbouring countries, political unrest and the ruins of the German economy with starving bellies with a dark future of the glory of Germania became the plinth of holocaust. When people only saw a barren and barbaric land of Germany with little or no economic activity, a ray of optimistic oratory became the only backbone for a future free of obscurity. It was the rise of Adolf Hitler and the foundation of the destined economic powerhouse of Europe. It was the beginning of an unappetizing doctrine of humanity – genocide or so was the term came into existence by a Polish Jewish scholar.
Although that was not the first genocide witnessed by the history of mankind the world came to know. The consumption of cyanide by the Chancellor of the Holocaust might have casted a temporary relief but that just marked the beginning of the despoliation of several castes, religions and races and even gender.
Genocide could even be partitioned into two parts – Laissez-faire and non-Laissez-faire which in economics could mean the one free of government and another under the extreme control of the government. The severity could be measured by the intervention of the government in the attempt of extermination of certain group/s. Just after the World War 2, the world history of North India got classified as ‘before partition’ and ‘after partition’, when history witnessed the massive violent population mobilisation. During the partition of the British Indian empire with the legal consent, the situation could not see further obliteration but pity rescue for those who survived the bloodiest riots. In the ashes of cadavers, a newly made Indian Prime Minister’s independence speech through a transistor to those ears which wished to hear their rescuer, meant nothing.
Hence its clear that genocide has a political and economic pattern. An authoritarian generates such episodes, as a regular check of power is vital. Taking an example of communist nation is important here as a complete centralised government leads to the formation of a genocidal bubble and it has to get busted. Turning the pages of exterminating history, it can be understood that economic fluctuations are its architects. Just after the Great Depression, one of the greatest British economists, John Maynard Keynes, gave his doctrines, collectively known as ‘Keynesian economics’, mainly revolving around fiscal policy. Just after such a crisis, unemployment rate rose to about 30% in Germany. The immoral Nuremberg law of a vigorous ruler misled the ‘fiscal policy’ and Jews boycotts began.
The killing of Biharis and the ‘anti Bihari sentiments in many states in India, the largest democracy and that too because of their poverty and illiteracy, with no prevention from an elected central government, rings the bell that the genocide is not confined only within an autocracy. This is a good example of imbalanced regional investments within a nation. Because such investment policy in the country leads to wealth accumulation in its one part and outflow of wealth and increment in unemployment rate in the other part, causing such discriminations. Jews in the then Germany or Tutsis in Rwanda comes under the latter group. These villainous acts lead to depopulation of the country which cripples the economy.
Waiting in the queue undraped to enter a gas chamber, to a large extent, kills the patriotism in one’s self. The aftermath of genocide should be peacebuilding and welcoming investments so as to generate employment from the scratch for the victims so as to create a civilisation they never witnessed. Rehabilitation of women could only be parametrize by number of abducted victims as the rape was an extensive issue during the manslaughter. The aftermath is equally devastating as it becomes the womb of vengeful culture. In search of security and prosperity it sometimes recycles the same wheels of mass killings.
Genocides, not only kill people, also kill humanity, faith and religion. This apart, barbaric incidents are also detrimental to the economic growth, political stability of the nation, and the worst, the extreme fanaticism tear apart our civilised and modern society taking it hundred years back.
History is the witness that the fundamentalism serves no purpose, benefits no one as those indulged in a massacre, themselves suffer more than the victims. The humiliations to the ‘the killers of the humanity’ in the East Bengal in 1971, are still fresh in everyone’s mind. A new nation was born from the victims’ tears and the ‘fanatic country’ suffered the severest ever jolt and paid the biggest ever price since 1947.
Another instance in 2006 showed to the world how an arrogant ‘head of a nation’, responsible for a number of genocides, had to hide, like a rat, in a six-feet long pit only to be hanged to death in the manner quite contrary to the status of a nation’s head.
So, the need of the hour, is to condemn fundamentalism in the severest manner as well as to stir up the fanatics’ conscience in the humblest possible way. For, the counter fanatic-steps only ignite the violence, whereas humane endeavours extinguish it.
A genocide not only affects a community, but also shakes up a nation and shocks the world. It makes the humanity cry, embarrasses the history and also makes a religion meaningless. No religion preaches vengeance or permits violence.