The attempt of deporting, displacing or even mass killing of unwanted ethnic groups from a given region in order to establish ethnically homogenous geographic area is what we know as ethnic cleansing.  This deliberate and forced removal of population leads to group’s destruction and partition or division of ethically and religiously mixed states. Ethnic cleansing have been existed throughout the history, between ninth and seventh B.C. and was not continued on large scale but often to produce slave labors. During the Middle Ages, Jews (the largest minority in the European countries) were expelled in a large population from Spain in 1492 and Muslims in 1502. Those Muslims who remained were forced to convert to Christianity and named Moriscos, though the entire Muslims convert were expelled in early 17th century.

The episodes of religious cleansing continued in 19th century when Homestead Act of 1862 came and most tribes such as Sioux, Comanche and Arapaho–were brutally crushed. During 20th century, both in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda members of the majority Hutu ethnic group massacred hundreds of thousands of people, mostly minority Tutsis in 1990s. 20th century also witnessed the most prominent example of extremist nationalism-fueled ethnic cleansing, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in Germany and its ceaseless campaign against Jews in German-controlled territory from 1933-1945. Nazi regime caused the horrific destruction and deaths of some six million Jews.

Despite being the secular and religiously tolerant country, India too hold some serious acts of ethnic cleansing. Between 1989 to 1990 in the Kashmir region approximately 300 Kashmiri Pandits were killed and upto 300,000 to 500,000 pandits have migrated outside Kashmir since 1990, making it as the largest case of ethnic cleansing since the partition of India.  Though we are in 21st century, ethnic cleaning did not end here a new case in Myanmar is up where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are massively and brutally treated. In response to their current situation they are effectively stateless as  Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.

Lets raise our voice against these unjustifiable act towards the minority population because every life as its own value and no such religion permits the killing of innocent lives. No such religion exist which asks to shed blood of innocent lives, destruct their homes and families, and disrespect their worship place. Lets raise our voice to raise humanity, and abate the feelings of hatred and violence.

 

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