I really don't get it.
Let us consider any modern collective human activity - if more than 20 presumably fit young men performing physical labour die every month, (die, that is, not be disabled or be otherwise unable to carry on) - would we be able to suggest that this was a normal state of affairs and get away with it?
Ali bin Sumaikh al-Marri, the head of Qatar government-affiliated National Human Rights Committee, told the news agency on Tuesday: "Indians make up the largest community in Qatar... twice the number of Qatari nationals.
About 500,000 Indians live in Qatar, which is experiencing a constrution boom staffed primarily by young men from South Asian countries.
"If we look at the numbers of Qataris who died ... of natural causes ... over the past two years, we see that numbers of deaths among the Indian community are normal."
Official figures confirmed by the Indian embassy in Doha reveal that 237 Indians working in Qatar died in 2012 and 241 in 2013. A further 24 Indians have died in January 2014.
These come after the Guardian revealed last month that 185 Nepalese workers had died in Qatar in 2013, taking the total from that country to at least 382 over two years.
As in African slavery, the nexus of the Qatar slave market runs deep within our societies - from our villages, where contractors scour workers from the weakest sections, to the marketeers and traffickers, to the contractors, and ultimately the paymasters, and finally the organisers, advertisers and the sport-watching/paying public. And yes, this is a global happening. The FIFA World Cup is the most watched and followed single event on Planet Earth. At the rate of 500 deaths per year, the next 8 years could end up with thousands of dead workers.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has warned that up to 4,000 workers may die before a ball is kicked in 2022 without meaningful reform of the kafala system, which ties workers to their employers, and stringent control of the myriad construction companies and subcontractors involved.
The ITUC, which has campaigned consistently for better rights for migrant workers across the Gulf, has called the publication of the charter a sham because it does not deal with structural problems created by the kafala system.
Not that we are bothered, naturally. No news organisation or media group from our side, has, so far, bothered to investigate this story. The only reason we know about this is because Right To Information legislation forced the hand of the Ministry of External Affairs - by AFP.
The Indian embassy in Doha revealed this information in response to a Right to Information request that was filed by AFP.
The Indian embassy has not provided details regarding the causes or the locations of the deaths. Neither did it reveal its correspondence with the government in New Delhi regarding the overall condition of Indian nationals in the Gulf country.
Many workers arrive in Qatar already heavily in debt, having paid huge sums to middle men to secure contracts in the fast growing Gulf state.
We have seen and condemned military invasions on fake pretexts. How can a leisure activity with an enormous death toll not attract the same degree of media attention?