To the latter I responded thus: "why assume the worst, my friend? Human goodness may be found across all lines of division. Here is a trailer for a beautiful film made by Ajay Bhardwaj: Rabba Hun Kee Kariye/Thus Departed Our Neighbours. See it and reconsider: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apYFzQCXYS0>
I have had similar reactions from Indians. About 2 years ago I posted something on FB on the great humanist and philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi. One person of 'parivar' persuasion instantly denounced him for caring only for Muslims, for which he presented no evidence whatsoever. It was with some effort that I persuaded him that Edhi sahib was devoted to the care of suffering humanity, regardless of their religious identity. We have lost the capacity, it seems, to read or understand anything about society without dipping it into communal animosity. I have analysed this habit here: The Philosophy of Number, but more than historical analysis, what is required above all is to remember that human goodness is not attached to any community or ethnic identity. If we allow good and evil, innocence and kindness to be communalised, we shall become zombies. If it touches any readers, the article posted here is a reminder that all of us know a good human being when we see him. Thank you, janab Akhtar, you have rendered a public service - Dilip
Daya Ram Gidumal of Sindh — a silent servant, a silent sufferer
Afterwards, Virumal, who also headed the Hindu Maha Sabha in Sindh, published a number of articles against Daya Ram.