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Modi, Gujarat riots and beyond

Updated May 13, 2014 12:05pm


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Narendra Modi. —  File photo
Narendra Modi. — File photo

THE media is lining up to interview the much anticipated next prime minister of India, the BJP nominee for the post, Narendra Modi. Since the number game will remain uncertain till the election results are announced on the evening of May 16, he has been extra careful in taking positions on crucial issues.

The questions about which Modi has been the most evasive are related to his role in the Gujarat’s Hindu-Muslim riots of 2002. He was the chief minister of the state at that time and has been in the same position since 2001, winning four elections in a row. In his successive interviews during the current election campaign, he has not given in to the calls to apologise over the worse communal killings in India’s recent past.

The courts in India have not been able to pin him down on any count of complicity in the riots. This however does not exonerate him in the popular imagination and this unforgiving position is not exclusive to common Indian Muslims alone.

“I have no doubt about the role he played in inciting violence and then letting the situation worsen to the point that communities took it to the streets. His was not the role of a hapless onlooker, for sure,” says Zahir Janmohamed in an interview with Dawn in Ahmadabad recently.

Zahir is an Indian-American or to be more specific a Gujarati-American. His grandparents had migrated to Tanzania in 1920s and set up a business in the African country. His parents were born there. At the time of Partition the rest of his Kacchi-Khoja family migrated from Gujarat to Karachi. He is the third generation of this migrant family that is raised in US. As a young man, curious about his family roots he flew to India to reconnect with his past at the most unfortunate of the times. He landed in February 2002 just days before the riots broke out.

“Since I have no relatives here, I was staying with a Hindu friend family,” says Zahir adding, “that gave me ample opportunity to see it from both sides.” He believes that Modi’s gestures and actions during and after the incident were catalytic, if not the main igniter, of the majority’s furore.

The communal riots in Gujarat had broken out when a train carrying back Hindu pilgrims from the controversial Ram Mandir - Babri Mosque site in Ayodhya was burnt down by arsonists at Godhra town, killing 59 including 40 children on the morning of Feb 27, 2002. “On the same evening Modi blamed it on ‘terrorists’ and called it a pre-planned act. That was as good as pointing finger towards Muslims,” says Zahir adding that 9/11 had happened just months ago and bracketing Muslims with terrorism was the dominant media trend. “Why were the dead bodies of Godhra victims were flown into Ahmadabad, from a distance of 300 kilometres and put on display,” he raised another grave question.

Gujarat’s capital, Ahmadabad was the worst hit by the riots that spread all over the state in a matter of days. Various estimates put the total death toll between one to two thousands. Muslims of Ahmadabad had to leave their homes and take refuge in camps set up in the city by the community. “Though he went to Godhra, he never visited a camp,” Zahir charged.

“What was even more painful for me was that the society stood sharply divided. There was little empathy on the other side of the divide. Since I have large circle of Hindu friends, I would spend the day volunteering in refugee camps and then would go attend a marriage ceremony with my hosts and friends in the evening,” laments Zahir.

Deeply scarred by the traumatic experience, Zahir went back to US late in 2002. He came back to the city nine years later to study communalism in the perspective of 2002 riots in more detail and is writing a book on the subject. “Ghettoisation of Muslims is one thing that has redrawn the map of this metropolis,” he said briefing me about the trends in residential preferences of Muslims by marking circles and lines on the map of Ahmadabad.

“This has turned Juhapura into a Muslim majority area. The minority is the majority here. That’s the only way they could feel riot-safe now,” he says. “A whole generation is being brought up in here, interacting mainly internally. They cower when they go out. They have become more conservative in their approach towards faith and society,” he says.

Zahir has been intermittently living in Juhapura since his return in 2011. The Muslim ghetto has an estimated population of 200,000. “The ghetto and the community are stereotyped and demonised at large scale,” says Zahir quoting anecdotes of the rickshaw drivers advising him to not to go to the ‘dangerous dungeon’ of a place, Juahapura. “They are aghast when I tell them in my American accent that I live there.”

The spectre of communalism has been instrumental in making the majority internalise a perceived threat of dominance by a minority. Zahir compared the situation with one in the West where white majorities are apprehensive of a ‘takeover’ by its coloured minorities. “The point of grudge here is however not Muslims’ economic condition or educational qualification but the misplaced concept that they ‘run child making factories’ and will ultimately outnumber them,” he laughed elaborating that Muslims in Gujarat are around 9 per cent while the over 80 per cent majority is of Hindus.

Zahir refused many publishers who wanted to market his upcoming book before the current elections that are marked by the so-called ‘Modi wave’. “Modi did not invent communalism. There is no doubt that he has been able to put it to personal political use but they were there in Gujarat, and in India, since at least decades,” says Zahir explaining further, “it is not right to see the whole phenomenon in the shadow of one personality and reduce it to whether he was responsible or not or to the question that whether he qualifies to be prime minister or not on this count. They won’t go away if he does not become the prime minister.”

Zahir may be right in his refusal to see communalism in India and the 2002 Gujarat riots from the eyeholes in the Modi mask, the most popular of his election campaign gimmicks. But days before the announcement of election results in one of the most important developing countries, the bigger question remains unanswered - is the world ready to see Modi without his communal past?

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prafulla shrivastva May 13, 2014 12:15pm

I trust yes, world has all ready accepted him as Prime Minister. I do agree Gujrat riot is a dark patch on India. It should never happen anywhere as all innocent people are killed in this riot. Specially poor Muslims who were not involved anywhere with Godhra incidents. Once you discuss on this issue with any educated muslim in India, they feel bad as they have suffered. It is only economic rise & education can prevent such disasters in India. More & more muslims should come forward to join main stream by educating them well.

xxx May 13, 2014 12:22pm

this article is only about the riot , where is the"beyond" ?

Raghu May 13, 2014 12:27pm

I'm not really sure how these type of authors tirelessly write the same story of Gujarat riot for the past 15 years? Don't they have anything to appreciate Modi's Administration? His ability to attract foreign investment, his ability to create more job opportunities and his easy regulations to start and establish business in Gujarat? He doesn't offer freebies to people, he provides 24 hours electricity to Gujarat. Gujarat is no 1 in water management. I openly challenge if there is any better adminstrator than Modi in Pakistan & India. You keep supporting congress for one reason that they will do anything to muslim votes even compromising on illegal immigrants. Congress is just a waste of time. Dear Author, you need to grow... We want Namo...

sumit May 13, 2014 12:31pm

More people criticize more popular he gets. I think people are criticizing him for Gujarat riots but he is cleared by all the authorities. His critics have actually does not have any strong case against him. And he is selling himself as a leader and a person who can do business, can take bold decisions and can take economy forward. People buy it... His critics are exhausted.

Manisha May 13, 2014 12:45pm

Whatever happened in 2002 was bad ! But the world forgets that there were 67 riots before 2002 and no one even looks into that ! Supreme court after all through investigations , inspite of all these NGOs, Congress govt at centre, anti- modi- CBI has not been able to find anything against this man ! Add to that - he is a nationalist and over patriotic , no-nonsense person ! He is not corruptible ! Can you imagine a chief minister of a rich state like Gujarat , for over 12 years and his mother still travels in LOCAL auto rickshaw paying Rs 10-15 from her pocket ! His wife is a primary teacher working in school at Rs 7000 per month salary ! He has just one small flat in Ahmedabad and Rs 30,000 cash in his balance ! no car ! Dont think that 55 billion people of India are mad to vote for him ! News papers must bring this part neutrally before the rich critics !

balan May 13, 2014 12:51pm

i am glad that you are taking good care of minorities in pakista

Siddharth May 13, 2014 12:58pm

@xxx Cant agree more. It was just Gujarat riots and riots and riots and for beyond...please look at the comments section below.

Anand May 13, 2014 01:12pm

Why no investigation is done on other riots in India orchestrated by Congress/SP like Muzzafarabad recently? Why single out Modi? What about development done in Gujarat? Are you never gonna move forward from 2002?

Babar javed May 13, 2014 01:23pm

Modi is a far right, hate mongerer, who was a collaborator in Gujarat riots. Such a henious criminal is now democratically elected PM, makes one re-think the way democracy works.

Ghanta Singh May 13, 2014 01:27pm

Why is that Modi is considered to be a mass murderer? Yes, the Gujarat riot is a blot. But when you do consider the agenda of development and the fact that Muslims in the sate of Gujarat are equally enjoying the benefits, then i believe there is nothing much to say. During the partition, was Md. Jinnah hold responsible for the killings of scores of hindus. On a similar note, Mr. Nehru too never had to answer for that ghastly tragedy? Riots were there too in 1984 , after the assassination of Mrs. Gandhi.

In a country where dialects, food and eating habits, religion and culture differ from one place to another, there are bound to be differences. it is because these differences exist that we as a nation stand to excel, since it is democracy and every one has the right to express their opinion. Now, its time to move on.

RPSA May 13, 2014 01:56pm

Dear Tahir Mehdi, Whenever Pakistani Media reports about Muslims in India, it hardly goes beyond Riots, Poverty and suffering, you too are producing the same theme. What you want to achieve by this? Why are you creating the insecurity in the minds of Muslims when they are far better than your own country?

I wish if you write about the welfare and achievement of Muslims in India which can encourage your government and common Muslims that same should be achieved by the Pakistani Minorities.

If you write too much about Narendra Modi from what happened in 2002, it will be hard for your countrymen to deal with him and may weaken the support of peace process.

zak May 13, 2014 01:56pm

Good article from a person who saw both sides. He has basically outlined the fact that India is only viable based on hate focus on one minority, otherwise it will just revert to many countries that it should have been. Modi is from the nation of Gujarat and his extremists attitude may not be in Hindus in other countries like Tamil and Kerala or Rajastan etc. The interesting point is most commentators here from India, either deflect, defend or deny but none will face it or acknowledge it. What was not mentioned the subsequent police report that identified the cause of the Godhara train fire as being a pilgrim cooking on compartments wooden floor which sparked it not the muslims.

anonymous May 13, 2014 02:07pm

@xxx correctly pointed Mr XXX

MOHAMMAD IQBAL May 13, 2014 02:12pm

More muslims are killed in Pakistan than in India. So it is useless to discuss time and again the gujrat riots. The indian government have excuses for the hindu muslim riots being a secular state and our Pakistani government have no excuses for the killings of muslims on daily basis, be it target killing, bomb blasts, kidnapping , acid throw , honor killings and many more versions of killings. So better stop modi phobia and concentrate to work with him.

idiocy is thy name May 13, 2014 02:19pm

Has Zahir Janmohamed and his ilk investigated the genocide in Pakistan and Bangladesh? The likes of these Zahirs in East Africa, though hailing from Guajarat and Shias at that, were diehard Pakistanis like their compatriot Jinnah. It was not until the true face of Pakistan came out with the treatment of Biharis in the former East Pakistan that they began to open thier eyes and these became wide open with the butchery of Shias in Karachi that their affiliation of Pakistan died an unnatural death. Zahirbhai go back to your Karachi and leave the Indians alone to sort out thier internal matters. We may be bad, but we have not gotten rid of our minorities wholesale which the likes of you continue to disregard with forked tongues.

Dinesh May 13, 2014 02:22pm

Personal opinions don't matter - proof is needed to nail a person. Since the Indian courts have failed to convict him, in the absence of even a shred of evidence, its obvious Modi's innocent and being targetted by Congress and other vested interests. What's surprising however is, Pakistan who's human rights record is deplorable and where Hindus dwindled from 25% during Partition to 2% currently, itself has plenty of questions to answer. People in glass houses needn't throw stones at others.

doesn't matter May 13, 2014 02:23pm

I agree the Gujarat riots are a blot in the history of India but there are a few points to be taken in consideration which the author conveniently left out

Modi had assumed office in October of 2001 and the riots took place in Feb of 2002. He had no prior experience of administration. He may have faltered in the immediate aftermath of the riots but he was successful in curbing the situation successfully in a period of 3 days. Why are we not willing to concede that Modi may have had initial hiccups but since then has led gujarat excellently on road to recovery from riots as well as the earthquake of 2001? The media had gone hammer and tongs against him, so did the government at the centre, special investigation team etc for over a decade. I believe if there was any evidence to implicate him it would have been out there already. There has been no instance of repeat of violence in the state nor any statements made by Modi against the minorities ever. When Modi talks about development he doesnt talk about development of hindus but of 6 crore gujaratis. He doesnt believe in extending an olive brach to minorities such as muslims , christians, OBCs Dalits etc but treating all citizens equally.

Indian May 13, 2014 02:30pm

His critics have nothing against him but 2002 riots that happened when he was CM of Gujrat...

Raghu May 13, 2014 02:40pm

@zak Ha because of Cooking!

Raghu May 13, 2014 02:42pm

@Babar javed : Certain people must learn to vote for the benefit nation first, not for religion. Hail Namo!!!

Sam May 13, 2014 02:51pm

@Babar javed Yes Shariyat is best way to rule any country

Indian Pakistani May 13, 2014 02:57pm

I wish if the author had thrown some light on the fact that it was Mr. Modi who saved countless Muslims from murderous mobs and that people like Babu Bajrangi and Maya Kodnani are today behind bars. When will he get the credit for bringing the perpetrators of violence to the book? Didn't he approach other states to send additional force to contain the bloodletting? Was he helped? Have those who gave him cold shoulder ever been taken to task for not assisting him?

Bipul May 13, 2014 03:00pm

Pakistan remains an igniting force to destabilize the communal fine fabric of India. One of the worst riots in India where the Sikh riots that were fully coordinated by then PM Rajiv Gandhi and his party Congress. No one talks about that. If Pakistani media is unbiased then why doesn't it account for other riots. Why only enticing the Indian muslims again and again on the same topic against Modi for which all the investigations have completed without finding proof. Isn't it reigniting another riot in Indian? Also, I hope if you are happy to comment on plight of Indian minority then you are taking full care of your minorities of Pakistan as well.

bhakkkk May 13, 2014 03:22pm

The World minus Worlwide Muslims are ready to see Modi without his communal past...

Avtar May 13, 2014 03:31pm

Nothing new in this write up. The focus could have been on has Modi's policies benefited Muslims and non-Muslims alike and going forward would everyone benefit. The Sikhs were also killed after Mrs Gandhi's killing (another sad chapter). I do not see any stories on that topic published in Dawn. One should not forget unfortunate events. Indians still remember 17th attacks on the Somnath temple by Mohammad Ghori (considered by Pakistanis to be a hero - missiles are named after Ghori and Ghaznavi and so on).

Ahmed May 13, 2014 03:39pm

Seems this article was put by Dawn for our Indian friends only who unfortunately seem obsessed with Pakistan. I cant imagine many Pakistanis visiting Indian newspaper site and openly thrashing India.

rs May 13, 2014 04:02pm

One should know that in Gujarat there were many communal riots before Modi became CM in 2001. It was just 3 months as CM when the unfortunate riots took place in 2002. It has been proved through records that the Army was called in within 24 hours and his request for help from 3 surrounding states ruled by Congress for sending police to control riots were not met. The enquiry commission set by Supreme court of India has exonerated him. If some individual wants to keep it in his mind refusing to see the reality, you cannot do any thing. It is to be seen that Gujarat once a communal riots prone state (upto 2002) has not seen a single riots since then. You have to look at facts and not go by hearsay. Modi will be PM and this will bring about growth for all communities.

AJIT MALI May 13, 2014 05:20pm

Dear Mr Zahir Janmohamed Some Body rightly said you see every thing in Jaundiced Eyes

idiocy is thy name May 13, 2014 05:24pm

@Ahmed Pakistanis have nothing to thrash India with.

Sanjeev Kumar May 13, 2014 05:31pm

Some how I find Pakistan Media to be biased against Narendra Modi . Like Congress and other opposition parties they are pointing all guns on him !!

ala May 13, 2014 05:41pm

Pl.note prosecution could not prove modi, s involvement. Why you still blame him

shantanu May 13, 2014 05:41pm

People have a propensity to simplify issues and boil down the responsibility for a problem to a single person. Gujarat riots were wrong but blaming it all on Modi is wrong. Could he have done more? Possible yes. But was he in a position to do more - the answer is more grey. From an authority perspective, yes. But from a power equation perspective - we don't know. But we also need to look at the fact that post 2002, there has been no rioting. In place like UP where the so called secularists rule, there is a riot every month. I think the recent Muzaffarnagar riots are a case in point.

We need to look beyond 2002. We cant stay hostage to a 15 year old incident. It takes a lot of courage and persistence to move away from a religious hardline stands and talk primarily about development. We need to give Modi that credit. And this is why most people want him to take charge.

DEBASHISH DUTTA May 13, 2014 05:55pm

Mr.Mehdi has been traveling through India only as a biased Muslim. How can a Pakistani talk negatively about Gujarat when as a nation Pakistan has reduced Hindus from 22% to 1% in its 67 years of independence? Talk of hypocrisy. No where has he made the efforts to highlight that Muslims have a far better life in India than in Pakistan.

MS May 13, 2014 05:58pm

@Ahmed And this article was about Pakistan?

joe May 13, 2014 06:35pm

@Sanjeev Kumar I can say the same thing for you and all supporters of Modi, Why not vote for AAP, AAM Admi Party if you don't like Gandhi.

Harish Kiran G S May 13, 2014 06:36pm

"is the world ready to see Modi without his communal past?"

The World better be because he is coming and he is here to stay and now the world will start to attend what India is saying carefully as he does what he says.

Harmony May 13, 2014 06:53pm

@Manisha @Dinesh @Rs - With the number of comments from the Indians, it

Last Word May 13, 2014 07:09pm

@Author Yawn, Pakistan please move on as all Indian Muslims and Sikhs have, after suffering some unfortunate incidences happened decades back but never repeated till date which is a testament of success of Indian secular system. As a matter of fact, Pakistan needs to follow Indian success story in Gujarat rather than dwelling in the past which has no relevance to Pakistan who itself is suffering from worst kind of sectarian violence almost on daily basis but never learnt any lessons so far which India did. More importantly, Pakistan who may have to deal with Modi in the near future should stop publishing such negative articles for better relations with its India. Pakistan should remember how India welcomed Musharraf the author of Kargil conflict, giving him a red carpet treatment on his visit to India.

HPS May 13, 2014 07:33pm

Please also note that there is no riot for 12 years in gujrat. give him the credit for the progress of the state that includes Muslims too.

Sandip Bhattacharya May 13, 2014 07:35pm

@Babar javed Yes. And what about "killing 59 including 40 children "? It was done by Hindus right?

allaisa May 13, 2014 07:51pm

@zak When it suits you, you accept the 'police report' about the fire in the train (I think it was by a committee appointed by the anti-Modi Congress government) but you refuse to accept the decisions of Indian Courts which never found him guilty of complicity in these riots. You can not pick and choose. Anyway, there is nothing any one can do now except accept Modi as the PM of India and live with it.

sam May 13, 2014 07:59pm

Muslim vote for Modi in the last Gujarat election surged a staggering 24%. The media and the opposition never talk about such facts.

waseem May 13, 2014 09:43pm

Congrats to Indians for choosing a PM who is banned to travel to USA. I hope that ban is lifted soon.

sam May 13, 2014 10:24pm

@waseem keep begging from World Bank, n USA..we dont need ban lifting...

Pramod Kumar May 13, 2014 10:54pm

I ll appreciate Tahir Mehdi for minimum having courtesy to tell the reason of Gujrat riots. I was not in Gujrat and I consider what happened after Godhra was unfortunate and Modi if not as an individual then as a CM of state was reponsible for the failure to protect the people.

But as an Individual and a teenager at that time i would like to tell you something was burning inside me when i heard 59 people in which most of them were kids burnt alive. I would like to ask from the people who are blaming Modi and India here for those riots. When you people come out in scores and attack Minority colonies just by false runmour of descretion of Quran. What would you have done if Hindu or any other minority community of Pakistan would have done that with Muslims in Pakistan. You better know the answer. I hope Dawn will publish my views as well

Pramod Kumar May 13, 2014 11:11pm

@zak The report which you are talking about was a commision formed by Lalu Prasad after few years of Godhra Incident (railway Minister in UPA govt.) and it was not even submitted by commision but leaked by Lalu Prasad for the gain in election. This report was not even considered authenticated by his own UPA govt. @Tahir if you could write about the attack on Hindus by Muslim community in Meerut just few days back where many people have been shot and some of them are serious.

Ash May 13, 2014 11:20pm

@waseem "Congrats to Indians for choosing a PM who is banned to travel to USA. I hope that ban is lifted soon."

I told them the same thing, I am an Indian with US visa. I don't understand why they won't choose me as PM. Maybe I can be PM of Pakistan? I have valid US visa!!


david May 13, 2014 11:36pm

Pakistanis have no right to talk of muslims welfare around the world , when in ur country minorities are fighting to survive as gujrat like riots happen regularly and govt either mute spectator or hand in glove with islamic fanatics

VYANAKTESH May 14, 2014 12:22am

@MOHAMMAD IQBAL very well said bhai, we want peaceful pakistan

Dipak May 14, 2014 01:32am

Absolute lies by the Muslim Gujarati American, the way I read it. I am also a Hindu Gujarati American and I had seen Ahmedabad and Godhara in those days. Modi is a true national hero of India, first ever born to truly mother India who is not afraid of rumors spread by the Islamists. I come from an area in Gujarat where Jinnah came from. We were raised without any difference between Hindus ans Muslims. It was our misfortune that Nehru, the grand son of a Muslim Ghazy, created a Muslim vote bank. The Ghazy-khan dynasty known in India as Nehru-Gandhi dynasty created the divide between Muslims and Hindus. Over 67 years of first independence the dynasty created an atmosphere where it is a crime for a Hindu to rule in Hindustan. My friends, now Modi will show the world, how a true Hindu can rule India to its glory days equally treating and working for the people of all religions. Jay Ho Modi, Jay Ho India and Pakistan too.

Sanjay Guha May 14, 2014 07:06am

Muslims living in ghettos is a pan Indian phenomenon not limited to Ahmedabad alone. I believe the `secular' media has made too much out of Modi's involvement in the riots when in reality he was a new and inexperienced chief minister who inherited a bad law and order machinery from the previous Congress government. Modi learnt from his mistakes. Gujarat has witnessed no communal riots in 12 years now

Raza May 14, 2014 08:09am

@Manisha 55 BILLION?? You seem to have your numbers mixed up!

Anidesh Madhav May 14, 2014 09:40am

@waseem . Why some one need a US visa to become the PM of India !!

Anidesh Madhav May 14, 2014 10:11am

@Harmony . The court could not find Modi guilty even all his opposers, the ruling congress party , minority commission, human rights commission , CBI tried all their best to target him. Can anyone tell on what basis you blame Modi for the riots. Has he made any hate speech ? Has he send any group to start the riots ? If so is it possible for him to remain as the PM of a state for 3 times ? Had there any violence in Gujarat after 2002 ?

Zak May 14, 2014 10:28am

@allaisa if the courts did not find him directly responsible, does not negate the polices investigation report. Any argument to suit your mindset as I said, deflect, deny, defend.

Zak May 14, 2014 10:31am

@sam check Indian debt status, third highest borrower in the world. So, if I were you, I would stay away from the begging topic. Living on borrowed money is like living on borrowed time.

Zak May 14, 2014 10:34am

@Pramod Kumar the court accepted the report but the Indian media was not interested because it would deny them the hate Muslim agenda, so it was vilified and criticized but never denied.

Arshad May 14, 2014 10:37am

That was not a riot. That was a massacre. Since when did cold blooded killing of 1000 people because of their faith become a riot? A riot is when you burn tyres and break windows.

Humanity May 14, 2014 10:40am

"Unjustified killing of one human being (Muslim or Non-Muslim) is a killing of whole Humanity" Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H

Mustaque<>> Indian May 14, 2014 11:04am

Why why should Congress will win again!!! Can anyone imagine Under the congress Govt. How many muslim had dead in india???? Its about 100 in Assam since 2012-2014, So APP KI BAAD MODI SARKAR.

siddharth May 14, 2014 11:15am

@Babar javed We think the same about your PM. The person responsible for Kargil and for the killing of thousands of pakistani soldiers has been,democratically elected to be your PM. Do you guys even think on these lines. Your PM and the army refused to even accept the dead bodies of your soldiers.

sean chow May 14, 2014 01:08pm

What about the genocide of millions and millions of Hindus in the last 1400 years? What about all those mosques built over all the Hindu religious places in India? What about the massive conversion by force in over 100s of years? What about the forced conversion of Hindu girls in Pakistan? What about all the terrorist activities in the entire World? Most Hindus are timid and still believe in the equality and love for humanity. India has never attacked any nation in the last 5000 years + of its history. We always find reasons to appease and it is the policy of appeasement that has gotten Indian in trouble. Not that I am against any person or faith, but unless you dont call spade a spade and stand up on strength and put the feet down, nothing changes. These articles and many such articles in this or Indian media are totally baseless and has no substance at all.

Sam May 14, 2014 01:53pm

So much has been written about Godhra riots, but not much about the U.C. Bannerjee commission that termed Godhra train burning as an accident due to stove explosion. Which was termed as "unconstitutional, illegal and null and void" byt eh Supreme Court of India.

So much has been written about Babri masjid Demolition. but not much has been written about Shah Bano Case verdict or The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986, by which denied even utterly destitute Muslim divorc

Harmony May 14, 2014 02:23pm

@Anidesh Madhav - Its good indeed that there hasn't been any violence since 2002 but that doesn't justify what happened before. Google the words

siddharth May 14, 2014 02:26pm

@Zak Yes India is the biggest borrower in the world. But even then no one can dare to challenge India in the battle field. No one can challenge the growth of India. We still dont give soldiers on hire for someone elses fight against terrorism. No drone strikes here and above all...we pay our dues in extentions asked no wave offs expected. Can you say the same about your Pakistan....sorry iqbal ka Pakistan.

gagan May 14, 2014 03:52pm


More people speak English in India.

gagan May 14, 2014 03:54pm


You people always find some conspiracy somewhere.

G. Din May 14, 2014 06:02pm

@Anand "Why no investigation is done on other riots in India orchestrated by Congress/SP like Muzzafarabad recently? " It was Muzaffarnagar. In the same state, ruled by a Hindu Maulana, there were more than 250 communal riots in the past year. Now, this notwithstanding the fact that the Maulana gave us our latest slogan: "Jai Kisaan, Jai Mussalmaan". In such a Muslim -friendly governance why were there so many Hindu-Muslim riots?

gagan sarkar May 15, 2014 10:34am

Mr.Jinnah started two nation theory, and he was correct. Why Muslims in India did not migrate to Pakistan, since Pakistan was created for them and them only.

gary May 15, 2014 10:36am

In India, and in every non-muslim country in the world, Muslims have only nuisance value, nothing else. Bitter truth but truth it is.

arvind singh May 15, 2014 12:46pm

@Babar javed thats why he is going to be PM , U dont need to define democracy , as u people never been part of democracy...........

RagBag May 15, 2014 01:50pm

@zak This is a false statement, repeated ad nauseum.

Perhaps you believe like Geobbels that repeating this n number of times will make it nearly true!

No: there was arson against the Hindus in the train at Godhra. People have got convicted, so where do you get your lies from>

Amir Dewani- USA. May 16, 2014 01:03am

Right from here I am blogging for the Times of India- speaking tree-spirituality section. Today I have posted 'An open letter' to Mr. Modi- The PM of India waiting in the wings. My letter contains free, frank and impartial advice to him. Good governance and 'don't befool the janata' are the subject's focus. Readers may go online to Speaking tree- Amir Dewani's blog dated 15th instant. However, I am concerned with the soft, sober and gentle people of the region, nothing doing with party politics.

Chanakya May 16, 2014 04:05pm

@balan awesome comment my friend.

tiptop May 16, 2014 06:10pm

@xxx ab beyond aa agaya.

Modiji PM ban Gaye. Congratz Modiji. Now you have ONLY 5 yrs to prove yourselves and bring some changes in India.

Mahesh May 17, 2014 09:45am

@xxx But after 2002 in gujarat there is no any single incident which violet muslim or any minorities right.... but in other part of india like Utter Predesh, Haidrabad, Mumbai there are lot of violence happen.. then why we are not blame on those state government....

Indian People vote for modi is not for his hindu extremisim face but for his developments policy and congress's currupt and wrost econmic policy....

Indian 125 crore people of all religion accepted modi.. Lets think beond 2002...

This artical is one sided....

Azeem May 18, 2014 02:41pm

Modi is no magician he cannot make Indian economy better than China or other successful country. Even Gujarat development is exaggerated as Arvind Kejriwal from Aam aadmi party. Modi past will be challenging with muslims in India and abroad as India is energy depended on muslim oil overseas.