- Feb 20, 2012
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
- Very Conservative
A similar situation developed when India was partitioned into India and Pakistan by the British in 1947. A population exchange was necessary because Muslims were violently attacked by Hindus and they were impossible to live peacefully together. I think the waves of decolonization belatedly reached South Africa and white South Africans should be relocated to Australia as refugees. The Netherlands may be the first choice but Australia is the best alternative, where white South Africans could be culturally assimilated.Genocide Watch has theorised that farm attacks constitute early warning signs of genocide against White South Africans and has criticised the South African government for its inaction on the issue, pointing out that the murder rate for them ("ethno-European farmers" in their report, which also included non-Afrikaner farmers of European descent) is four times that of the general South African population.
It was 1947, and the border between the new nations of India and Pakistan had just been created.
Salahuddin and his family found themselves on the Indian side of the border.
They were Muslims in a land dominated by Hindus and Sikhs.
"I heard a shriek. I turned and I saw a Sikh with a sword in hand and my sister was running," he recalls.
"First, they entered the room of my mother, killed her, then they ran towards us."
Salahuddin fled in fear. When he returned, his mother lay mutilated.
"It was just like … a slaughterhouse," he says.
Back then, Salahuddin knew little of the political events that foreshadowed the deaths of his mother and at least a million more people across the Indian subcontinent.
But it was people like him who endured the deadly aftermath of Britain's historic decision to relinquish its Indian empire and carve it into two new nations along religious lines.
Now, 70 years later, memories of the horrors that unfolded as Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs turned on each other, remain raw in the minds of those who survived.