||In February 2002, a mob of Muslim men in the town of Godhra (India) attacked and set fire to a train carrying Hindu activists. A three-day retaliatory killing spree by Hindus marked India's worst religious bloodletting in a decade. The episode was not an isolated one; its seeds had been sown in several years of rhetorical discourse containing Hindu nationalist ideology. The rhetorical act is a weapon that, in events like the Gujarat carnage, is used to achieve human self-transcendence. This weapon, though nominally aimed at another person or group, is primarily aimed at the finitude and fragility of the human condition. I use the views of Ernest Becker and Kenneth Burke to theoretically explain rhetorical situations of violence---there is something fundamental in the human environment that drives humans to commit acts we define as "evil", and this anxiety better explains why rhetorical discourses appeal to people's sensibilities.