Trains and the Holocaust were inseparable – and the images will haunt humanity forever.

Hitler’s Germany killed scores by stuffing them like cattle in trains and on roads in harsh weather conditions.

Trains were the final component of Nazi Party’s ‘final solution’ to ‘free humankind of ‘Jews and other unwanted races’ – as Hitler and his collaborators saw them.

Trains – that make a significant part of every Holocaust narrative – of books, of memoirs, of autobiographies, of documentaries, of movies – the Holocaust trains.

For millions who lost their lives and for millions who somehow survived – trains were the last nail in their coffin – beginning a ride to hell – ending in concentration camps.

Yes, it is nothing like that today.

The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, the second biggest mass migration since the World War II (or since the days of the ‘final solution’) to the world’s wealthiest continent (and in the wealthiest continent) is not even remotely indicative of the inhuman ways of the Holocaust.

Except the images showing migrants being loaded into trains to stop them from entering a European nation (or European nations) – with rough treatments by Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Croatia!

And now, the ‘welcoming’ Germany too, has started showing regressive signs with closing its border and demanding ‘fair distribution’ of refugees’.

Yes, we can say the incidents were and are an aberration and the European leaders will find some solution – either in their meeting tomorrow – if they can build consensus – or in a follow-up meeting based on the outcome of the meeting tomorrow.

Yes, the images are not suggestive of those frightening years seven decades back, but they reveal, once again, a primeval mindset every human being has – that we are so easily swayed to the extent that we start disregarding the other human life as if it is non-existent.

Had it not been so, we would never have something called the Holocaust or other reasons behind assassinations and massacres.

The primeval mindset – that so easily makes us to act selfishly to the extent that we start thinking that those who are running from certain death – would start sharing some of the space shared by us – even if it doesn’t affect us in real terms – something that is happening in many countries of Europe.

Europe’s wealth can easily take care of some one million migrants including refugee from the worst humanitarian crisis hotbeds like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yes, the countries need to sit and resolve nagging and divisive issues – and they must do it soon – possibly in the meeting tomorrow.

The world has already seen many bad images from a Europe that is peaceful for decades and has tried to send a message of harmony to the world by creating a unified documentation free travel zone of over 25 countries.

People, in search of life, are looking to a peaceful and financially well to do Europe to seek a passage to be able to remain alive – something that is ‘basic’ to every human civilization – and fundamental for us to remain humans.

And Europe, and its people – need to give them that ‘life’.

And yes, it is not just the responsibility of Europe. We all, in every part of the globe, must extend helping hands.

We all need to be ‘fair’ in distributing our responsibilities.

Keeping in mind the reality that we cannot do anything about partisan, irrational and selfish ways of geopolitics on international issues!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –


What is the limit to one’s debasement?

What is the threshold of one’s deliberate insensitivity to hurt someone’s sensitivities?

No limit!

No threshold!

Humanity, with all its civilizations, extinct or extant, has been the aggregated reflection of individual viewpoints, morphed, modified or aligned – with changing times.

The viewpoints have been human. And there are the viewpoints that have been anti-human.

And civilizations are stories of struggles between these two types – pushed by their carriers – embodied in human beings.

Humanity has survived all along – through the thresholds of the debasement of this anti-human block that has manifested itself in varied ways since the dawn of the human civilizations – weathering direct and targeted assaults.

Surviving the fangs that know nothing but the crude blow of crushing everything to pieces.

Civilizations have seen, all along their existence, mass acts of barbarism, acts of ethnic cleansing, imperial wars, religious crusades, violent sectarian movements, terrorism and what not.

Humanity has suffered them all. And humanity will survive them all.

Though it will continue to bleed, as it has always bled!

Because human debasement has no threshold. It can mercilessly push a three year old child in an ocean to die or it can kill thousands of them in gas chambers or it can have scores of them shot in one go in the name of ‘race superiority’.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –


No one can explain, not even the person who took his/her life, the circumstances under which he or she was forced to take his/her life.

At the same time, there cannot be any possible endorsement for such an act.

Anyway, the only thing that can be said the person could not withstand a pressure the scale of which only he could gauge and that made him to go beyond any sane sense of disappointment to choose to end the life in a desperate effort to put an end to the ensuing misery.

Death in peace or peace in death, debating this is ugly and must be avoided in such cases, philosophically or morally.

No one can ever scale the severity of the pain behind such decisions but being the fellow human beings, we all need to feel shameful that it happened in a society that proclaims to be a congregation of human civilization groups built on the concepts of humanity.

A humanity that we tread and trade, time and again!

But even after that, we, like some debased survivals, manipulate all the barriers of humanity by making such a death a subject of hot discussion being laced with words that pushes one’s conscious to a moral graveyard where nothing else but the ‘selfish Self’ matters.

How painful it is to hear the rumour windmill and the gossip treadmill about some departed Soul.

Welcome to the new age of the human civilization compressed in a globalized world of information chaos in pockets of its populations dangling between oddities and extremities on the poor balance of ‘have’s’ and ‘have not’s’.

It is in such pockets that we come across the merchants of the human conscience who sell and purchase everything, from their souls to others’ souls even if departed, if they see a point to reap a profit from that.

Privacy being the most compromised human right, as many ditches as possible are dug to sensationalize a human calamity into an even of profiteering. Died in pain, the soul is not even allowed the elusive peace that it was looking for by these mercenaries of human conscience.

And if the departed soul was a known face, someone with a wider public identity, it invites a maddening deafness where everyone speaks and everyone says but no one thinks about the soul departed and the people really grieving for loss of someone close to them.

The natural inquisitiveness on a life tragically lost is the immediate casualty in such cases. Spin doctors juggle mercilessly to stretch the periphery beyond the unthinkable. They carry out yet another post-mortem of the life lost, of the soul departed, visiting and revisiting the haunting details that pushed the soul to the extremities, the details that grill the grieving people close to the person departed even more.

Shocked and made inert by the loss of their close one, they are hit by rounds and rounds of canards, analytical punditry and hyperactive communication marauding.

They come across it at a time when they don’t even understand the ‘what, why and how’ of what just happened. The departed one needed answers but couldn’t find. Now they need answers but no one cares enough to let them have the moments to come to terms with what just happened. Lost in thoughts and scrambling to get anything into the countless ‘whys’, they plead to be left alone.

But who will tell them that this is an increasingly inhuman human civilization where every such life lost is seen from the eyes of a merchant who doesn’t see anything but the monetized returns on the exploits of the quantitative detailing of a human disaster.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –