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Modi’s promise


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LAST July Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi threw a challenge to all his opponents that if he was found guilty of being involved in the 2002 Gujarat riots, he should be hanged in public.

Modi is widely blamed for his role (or inaction) during the riots for turning a blind eye, giving a free hand to rioters for several days, good enough to murder thousands of people and destroy businesses and properties of the minority.

He has refused to apologise for riots so far. Instead, he has blamed that those asking for apology are fanning trouble and hatred.

In the backdrop of a clean chit given to Modi by the Supreme Court’s special investigation team, there was a news report that former BJP minister Maya Kodnani has been held guilty in the Naroda Patiya massacre case. She is the first MLA to be convicted of murder, conspiracy and of provoking riots in the worst-ever massacre in Indian history.

Perhaps the hangman’s knot is slowly getting tightened around Modi’s neck. It is a matter of moral responsibility and one day a direct responsibility may also be proved against him. Till then, we need to keep track of Modi’s promise to be hanged if found guilty.

MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia

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Kumar Sep 06, 2012 12:01pm
Modi was exonerated by highest court in India. He did not instigate or participate in any violence. He is a very effective leader and all creeds have prospered under his leadership. Ask muslims in Gujrat if they will like to be any place else. They will say no. Will they like to be in Pakistan where life is better protected? They will say no.
Raj Sep 06, 2012 05:05pm
Till 23 April, 2002 636 Muslims had been killed in the riots (including 91 killed in police firing) 181 Hindus had been killed (including 76 killed in police firing) 329 Muslims had sustained injuries in arson 74 Hindus had sustained injuries in arson. Above statastics are officially given to Election commision of INDIA. Everbody is crying over Muslim masacre nobody talks about Hindus death. For human rights commision only muslims are human and what they consider hindus I don't know. Now think about Pakistan can somebody give last five years data of minority killed (officiallly).
Robert Sep 06, 2012 05:46pm
I live in the United States and was a project leader in the year 2007 to determine the attitude of the minorities living in Gujerat towards Narendra Modi. I spent weeks traveling in rural and urban areas of Gujerat, interviewed hundreds of minority community citizens of Gujerat. I was surprised to find a very significant support of Narendra Modi among the Gujerati minority community. They were more interested in the quality of life, such as availabilty of electricity, opportunities for business, urban and rural roads, etc. Modi was never a devil among them that we all thought that he was.
vjaiswal35 Sep 06, 2012 12:12pm
Dear Sir, I appreciate your letter. We the people of India will ensure that Modi's death wish is fulfilled for the killings and the mayhem he created to divided us to retain power
Arun Sep 06, 2012 07:16am
Will you absolve him if he is found not guilty?
Bhola Paswan Sep 06, 2012 07:11am
It is very to apologize after many years sitting in your AC rooms for what had happened, like most of the World leaders do..... Not a single Riot happened in Gujarat after 2002. When whole UP and west Bengal was flared..
P N Eswaran Sep 06, 2012 04:26pm
Strange to hear of such noble thoughts of 'justice' from Muslims. Instead of keeping watch on Modi, keep a watch on the front and back of Ummah which is on fire.
Mustafa Sep 09, 2012 10:09pm
Dear Raj, with due respect, you need to correct the numbers here. Your numbers are way below than the govt numbers let alone the actual numbers. We all need to work to for a secular India.
PN Sep 06, 2012 08:45pm
Sir, Your opinion is noted. Now truthfully answer, what should be done to the Zardari and his govt. officials who so calously let the minority killings, forced kidnappings and conversions happen. And Sir, how many such articles have you written about these happenings in Pakistan. Your vision appears to be like the one-way glass.
Gulshan Sep 06, 2012 03:02pm
Mayhem he artfully created ?? May be you need to learn what preceeded the riots in Gujrat. Muslim riotrs killed hindus returning from Ayodhya, by setting fire to the train carrying them. What followed was a reaction to that. In India, in almost all cases, riots start in area which has Muslim majority and first casualt is never a muslim. That tells you that taking Panga is in muslim mentality.
Ajay Sep 07, 2012 04:09am
The principle of justice is "innocent till proven guilty". when the writer isn't willing to extend this basic principle of justice, do you believe he'll absolve Modi even if the courts find him not guilty?
Ravi Sep 06, 2012 03:46am
Appreciate your concern. Hope you show the same concern about innocent Muslims being killed in Pakistan by various militant groups.
vjaiswal35 Sep 06, 2012 12:08pm
Dear Sir, Thanks for your letter. We the people of India will ensure that Modi's wish is fulfilled and justice is done to all those who died in the mayhem he artfully created.
Siddharth Chopra Sep 06, 2012 11:40am
I fully agree with Mr. Masood Khan. I am Indian and whatever happened in Gujarat is a sore in my heart. If Modi is found guilty he should be hanged or sentenced for life. The rule of law just has to prevail. Found guilty = Punished. I don't think his promises count, he most likely destroyed all the evidence and that's also what I read. Hats off to activists like Mukul Sinha and all the eyewitnesses who deposed despite all the threats. Really three cheers for them!!!.