The BJP members are cheering. Why? Because the Supreme Court, the final destination for justice, has washed its hands off the petition filed in the Gulberg Society massacre during the Gujarat riots of 2002.
They are cheering because it has found no “prosecutable evidence” against Narendra Modi and his cohorts. There is absolutely no remorse or shame expressed about the actual incidence of riots that took place.
Here are a few comments:
“Never in history of India has there been misinformation propaganda against any political leader as it has been against Modi”
He said the Gujarat chief minister has been maligned in an unfair manner and described him as an outstanding leader, capable of discharging every responsibility assigned by the party.
Strange that he was never assigned any responsibility of note. Were they too concerned about his reputation and the “misinformation”?
Sushma Swaraj, leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha:
“Narendrabhai has passed the agnipareeksha. My heartiest congratulations to him. Satyamev Jayate. Varsho baad aaj satya ki vijay hui hai” (truth shall prevail. After years the truth is victorious)
What agneepareeksha? Did he go away to the forests? Was he suspected by his own parivar? Did they put him through a trial by fire? Get your Ramayana references right at least. He is the inheritor of the Ram Rajya PR guys and did his burning of Lanka with his tail to come out looking like a saviour and get those brownie points.
Arun Jaitley, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha:
“BJP has throughout maintained that allegations against Narendra Modi are totally false and there is no shred of evidence against him to connect him with the unfortunate riots…Propaganda is no substitute for evidence.”
What about the propaganda by the saffron parties that he was innocent – is that a substitute for evidence?
If Mr. Jaitley describes the riots as unfortunate (had the same number of people been killed in a bomb blast would it just be “unfortunate”?), then has the BJP attempted to make sure the culprits are brought to book? Have we ever heard any senior leader from the Hindutva parties call for an inquiry into the riots?
Why is it only about being “vindicated” because Modi has passed muster?
Now that the SC has given the case to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and will not even bother to monitor it, we really need to consider that this is not just about the widow of Ehsan Jafri, Zakia Jafri’s petition. It is about the several other cases as well, including encounter deaths, that will get such “clean chits”. Let us not forget that the Godhra train probe acquitted the maulvi who was considered the “mastermind”. Should we see Modi in a similar light?
Not possible. Ms. Jafri’s petition is a call for accountability that every Anna and paisa is tom-tomming about these days:
“The constitutionally elected head of the state (is) responsible for fundamental rights, right to life and property of all citizens regardless of caste, community and gender. Alleged to be the architect of a criminal conspiracy to subvert constitutional governance and the rule of law; unleash unlawful and illegal practices during the mass carnage and thereafter protecting the accused who played a direct as well as indirect role and abetted commission of the crime.”
This is accountability. Have we seen ‘evidence’ of it?
To jog the memories of those who forget, after the Godhra verdict, the head of the SIT, R. K. Raghavan, had said, “I have a mixed opinion on the judgement. I am satisfied with the Godhra train burning verdict, but I am pained as so many lives were lost due to the incident.”
And this is what I had written in response: How can a person in his position have a mixed opinion on a ‘judgement’? A judgement is declared after cases of people who have died are brought to court. It still has eight cases of post-Godhra rioting pending before it, including Naroda Patia and Gulberg Society. Hope he is ready for more pain.
Now, what do we think the SIT will do? The trial court will decide on the basis of the its findings. The SIT is to take into account the report of the amicus curiae. There are bound to be differences. So, who will prevail? Will it consider the number of dead?
We are seeing a disgusting display of victory by the party leadership, instead.
Modi himself has said “God is great!” Did he say that when his state was burning? What about god’s greatness where the victims’ families are concerned?
It is ironical that this man is going on a three day fast. Here is his letter in full; my responses are embedded:
My Dear sisters and brothers,
Yesterday, the Apex Court of the country delivered an important judgment regarding the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.
Touché! He accepts these were communal riots.
Everyone is interpreting this judgment in his own way. For political analysts it has one meaning and for legal experts it has another meaning. Someone is interpreting it as victory someone else as defeat. Everyone has his own point of view.
The few hundreds who were killed have no point of view. Don’t sit on this liberal bandwagon when it suits you. There was a concerted massacre and that is not a point of view.
One thing is apparent from the Supreme Court's judgment. The unhealthy environment created by the unfounded and false allegations made against me and Government of Gujarat, after 2002 riots, has come to an end. For the past ten years, it has become fashionable to defame me and the State of Gujarat. These elements who could not tolerate any positive development of Gujarat have not left any stone unturned to defame Gujarat. It is difficult to say whether this campaign of defamation will stop even after the judgment of the Supreme Court. But one thing is certain that the credibility of those who have been spreading lies and defaming Gujarat has come to its lowest ebb. The people of this country will not trust such elements anymore.
One does not expect better than such reductionism from you. Asking you some questions, expecting you to prove yourself wrong and express even an iota of concern is not defamation and most certainly not fashionable. Is it fashionable when you and your friends go on and on about ‘progress’? You think it is hard work. Well, it is hard work for those fighting for justice too.
After 2002, Gujarat has not spared any effort to march towards peace, harmony and progress even amidst false propaganda, lies, conspiracies and allegations.
'Six crore Gujaratis' has not remained merely a word. It has become the mantra of unity and human endeavor. Every citizen of Gujarat has internalized peace, harmony and development. Gujarat has experienced an unparalleled phase of peace, harmony, and development in the last decade. Gujarat is committed to march forward on this path only.
You are talking about the creamy layer and the cats that lick it. How has the ordinary man benefitted from this progress? Tell us about how the conspiracies have come in your way? You don’t have an answer because they have not. You are running a shackled ship, so this harmony is the prototype of what you want.
There is a famous saying, "Hate is never conquered by hate." The real strength of our country is its unity and harmony. Unity in diversity is the defining feature of India. It is our responsibility to strengthen unity in our social life. We have got an excellent opportunity to proceed with a positive attitude. Hence, let us come together and contribute in enhancing the dignity of Gujarat. I humbly submit before you that, as part of this responsibility to strengthen social harmony and brotherhood, I am thinking of starting a movement of "Sadbhavana Mission."
Did you not hear about the famous saying in 2002? If you had, then you would not have talked about the action-reaction theory. Will you deny that you said it like your buddies did about the Babri Masjid demolition when there is ‘evidence’ that they were there pushing the kar sevaks? One would like to be part of the positive attitude, but only after the business of justice and accountability are dealt with. Peace and economic progress cannot act as whitewash jobs. Dignity lies in how you treat the citizens’ woes and not by showing off shining streets and humming factories.
As part of this Sadbhavana Mission, I have resolved to fast for three days from, Saturday, the 17th September 2011. My fast will conclude on 19th September. I deeply believe that this fast will further strengthen Gujarat's environment of peace, unity and harmony.
Sadbhavana Mission is completely dedicated to the society and the nation. I hope that, our effort to take Gujarat to new heights of development through peace, unity and harmony will contribute immensely in the progress and development of the nation as well.
Why are you going on a fast for it? What will three days of going hungry mean to those who have suffered? Heard about Best Bakery?
Or it this just another publicity stunt? Probably you are the BJP’s answer to Anna. A well-fed leader on a fast just might take away some of the superficial thunder from the faux Gandhian.
Always at your service,
This is what many in the service industries say. I hear from reliable sources that if the customer gets on their nerves, waiters and airline crew do not hesitate to spit in the water or juice. There are many ways to be at service with a smile, as you can see.
I cannot even say I am disappointed that there is not a word about the victims or the destruction in the riots. Not a word. Always at the service of denial.
Welcome to Sharampur, the world of the shameless…