I switched off the television. It was getting tiresome. The script’s being followed as envisaged. Narendra Modi has to answer 68 questions; he took five hours to respond to 60. He is sitting in the SIT office with a retired fellow asking him those questions and a typist. They have had refreshments. After a short break, during which he came out to address the media, he returned.
The experts in the studio are following a pattern.
Most shocking comment was by Vinod Mehta, editor of Outlook, who said that Modi has to be commended for “submitting himself to such an enquiry”. Really? We had commissions before and top leaders have appeared before it – remember Liberhan?
So, what will happen?
The typist will take time preparing the papers. Modi will not be indicted. If he is, then it will be seen as a Congress conspiracy. The same people who were upholding the judiciary will question it.
It is simple. There is no evidence. He did not go burning bakeries and looting shops and, massacring people. And as one panelist rightly said, the murdered minister Ehsan Jaffrey is said to have made 200 calls, so why is only Modi being held responsible? Even if all those calls were traced, how is one to know the contents of the conversations?
Final verdict will be: Modi expressing sorrow for “my people” who have trusted him. End of story.
Then there is L.K.Advani. The details are being repeated again. He did instigate during the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Everyone knows it (here again); his denial cannot stand on two feet.
Interesting that the two cases are timed together.
Advani has nothing to lose. Standing on a podium and shouting slogans amounts to nothing, especially if you are now ‘retired’ and have already called Jinnah secular. Modi has everything to gain.
The Aruns in the party must be very happy that the second rung leadership is being superimposed – on Advani’s rubble the Modi pedestal will be erected.