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‘Lynch Files is bound to make a sensitive reader feel the meaning of being born as Akhlaq or Mohsin Shaikh in a non-secular/non-spiritual culture that allows the nasty politics of “gau rakshaks” to insult the foundations of a civilization nurtured by the likes of Kabir and Tagore. A must-read!’
‘Lynching is an act of terror. It is a weapon of a psychological war waged against people, Muslims in particular, but also Dalits. It is to tell their youth that they are not safe and that the killers can pick anyone they wish to, anywhere, anytime. Lynching is not limited by geography and cannot be contained as a communal riot can be by bringing in the army. Ziya Us Salam’s timely study exposes the threat and the politics. For me, it is clear: If Muslims are not safe, no minority is safe, even if their youth are not being lynched.’
‘Lynch Files makes for compulsory reading for anyone who wants to understand how the largest democracy in the world was coerced into maintaining stoic silence over the broad daylight lynching of its own citizens just because they belonged to a particular faith or caste confi guration. Ziya Us Salam succeeds in dissecting the ideological undercurrents behind these ghastly hate crimes and exposes their diabolical modus operandi.
‘Lynching is a word added to the national lexicon in the four years of the rule of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Reports of people being lynched by mobs have become routine and no longer excite the moral imagination of India. The target of these lynchings have been primarily Muslims. What is special about the murders of Muslims by the mobs is that they cannot even protest as Muslims.