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I happened to be in Iran when the stampede took place in Saudi Arabia and bodies of the pilgrims were returning to Tehran. There was clear anger and resentment among the Iranians against the Saudi government, and Iran's supreme leader threatened Saudi Arabia with "tough and harsh" retaliation.
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Saudi Arabia's health minister Khaled al-Falih blamed "undisciplined" pilgrims for the deadly stampede, adding that the tragedy would not have occurred had they "had followed instructions". The "public" is a large, heterogeneous and scattered audience. (At least this is what Mass Communications taught me at university.) The people comprising the "masses" differ from each other. For Hajj, they are united by their religion - Islam -- and the fact that they are humans. And yet the health minister decided to label the pilgrims "undisciplined" in general.
Fourteen Indian Haj pilgrims have been confirmed dead and at least 13 injured at the Mina stampede in Saudi Arabia, according to India's envoys in Jeddah. Nine of the dead were from Gujarat, two each...