Inflammatory & defamatory lies of 5 ‘secular intellectuals’ nailed

‘Secular intellectuals’ with political, religious and ideological bias and well thought-out agenda, have for long used their stature and name to propagate lies. Often, lies peddled by such ‘secular intellectuals’ are used to brainwash the unsuspecting public. The larger goal, of course, is to lend credence to lies that are told repeatedly, at times by people who’ve held important positions of responsibility in government, academia or judiciary, until people start believing in them. In this article, we will examine the baseless, inflammatory and defamatory lies circulated by some liars on Narendra Modi and on the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Justice Hosbet Suresh 

Justice Hosbet Suresh, former Judge of Bombay High Court Monday said that CM Narendra Modi was the main conspirator of the 2002 Gujarat riots and was not a suitable candidate as Prime Minister of India. His Concerned Citizens’ Tribunal (CCT) made a voluntary study of the Gujarat riots in 2002; the CCT came up with a report in Nov 2002. It had absolutely no authority to do so, went on its own, and gave a report full of lies.

On 17 Feb 2014, Justice Suresh, one of the members of Concerned Citizens’ Tribunal that probed into the 2002 Gujarat riots and prepared a report, was speaking at the launch of a book in the city. Justice Suresh added that it would be dangerous for the country to have Modi as PM. Turning down the clean chit given to Modi by a magisterial court, Justice Suresh also said that there were many evidences against Modi and the issue was still to be adjudicated by the High Court and Supreme Court. “Supreme Court has not given him a clean chit,” he said. He also said: “He is like Hitler. What happened after Hitler came to power? World War broke out. I do not rule out the possibility of (something) similar if he becomes the PM.” [Source] 

Now, there was a Concerned Citizens Tribunal headed by Retd. Supreme Court Judge, Justice Krishna Iyer, which conducted its own ‘study’ and report on the Gujarat riots and, as expected, held the government guilty.  Sadly for it, the tribunal also made a fool of itself by trying to absolve Muslims of the crime of Godhra by suggesting that the fire was set ‘from inside’ (as if it was an inside job!) and denying outrightly that any mob had torched the train.

The judges were members of the fact-finding team headed by veteran jurist and former Supreme Court Judge, Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, which had gone to Gujarat in March-April 2002 after the post- Godhra riots.

The report of PTI on 22nd  November, 2002 said:

“With less than a month  to go for the assembly elections in Gujarat, a tribunal  of eminent citizens, including retired Supreme Court judges, on Thursday,  held Chief Minister, Narendra Modi and Sangh Parivar outfits  directly responsible for the post-Godhra violence and said he was ‘liable for prosecution for genocide’.

The nine-member ‘Concerned Citizens Tribunal, Gujarat 2002’, headed by Justice (retd.) Krishna Iyer, also said that the fire in the Sabarmati Express coach that triggered the violence was ‘set from inside’.

Releasing its findings at a joint press conference in Ahmedabad, Justice P.B. Sawant and Justice Hosbet Suresh, both retired, and senior advocate K.G. Kannabiran  said Modi, his cabinet colleagues and organizations like the BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal are ‘directly responsible for the post-Godhra carnage’.

It said the chief minister ‘is liable for prosecution for genocide for refusal to take any preventive measure and protect the lives and properties of minorities in the state.’ 

Notice how these biased judges called the riots a ‘genocide’ ignoring the hundreds of Hindus killed, defended the Godhra carnage by  ruling out that any mob attacked the train (and made a fool of themselves by stooping this low) and did not pin-point what Narendra Modi did wrong. They also, of course, ignored all the steps undertaken to control and prevent the violence like 827 preventive arrests, appeal for peace made on 27th  February, etc.! reported later on the same day, quoting PTI:

“…the nine-member tribunal, comprising eminent citizens and headed by former Supreme Court Judge, V.R. Krishna Iyer, has demanded the arrest and prosecution of Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, saying the large-scale violence that followed the Godhra carnage was directly related to his decision to ‘carry Godhra to the whole state instead of containing the issue therein’. Along with Modi, the tribunal held his cabinet colleagues and organisations like the BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal also ‘directly responsible for the post Godhra carnage’.

Noting that the tribunal has no statutory authority to conduct an inquiry in such a matter, a State Government release said the findings of the panel were ‘one-sided and not based on facts established in accordance with constitutionally sanctioned legal processes’.

The release issued by the state home department cautioned people against being ‘misled by self-appointed agencies’ and await the report of the Gujarat Government-appointed Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice G.R. Nanavati to probe the Godhra carnage and the subsequent violence.

‘It is not proper for any other organisation or institution not empowered by law to comment on issues, which are under the purview of the commission,’ it said

Outlook reported that a certain Gujarat Minister (at that time, it did not name him,  but after his murder, named him as Haren Pandya) was interviewed by this CCT and he revealed that in that 27th  February meeting, Modi told officials to allow Hindus to vent their anger.

The Outlook reported in that article in its issue dated 3rd June 2002:

“The minister told Outlook that in his deposition (before CCT), he revealed that on the night of 27th February, Modi summoned DGP K. Chakravarthy,  Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad, P.C. Pandey, Chief Secretary, G. Subarao, Home Secretary, Ashok  Narayan, Secretary to the Home Department, K. Nityanand  (a serving police officer of IG rank on deputation) and DGP (IB) G.S. Raigar. Also present were officers from the CM’s office: P.K. Mishra, Anil Mukhim and A.K. Sharma. The minister also told Outlook that the meeting was held at the CM’s bungalow.”  [Notice that Sanjiv Bhatt comes nowhere in the picture]

There are glaring factual errors here. The report names Chief Secretary, G. Subarao and an officer in the CM’s office, A.K. Sharma, as among those present at the meeting. Neither of the two was present in that meeting. That day, Subarao was on leave; it was acting Chief Secretary S.K. Varma, who participated in that meeting.  This one big goof-up alone is enough to dismiss the claims of the Outlook or the CCT concerning the meeting or assumptions that late Pandya did make such allegations. 

Let us assume that Pandya did tell CCT that Modi told officials to allow Hindus to vent their anger the next day in that meeting. What credibility does Pandya have when he was not even present in that meeting? And when he could not even correctly tell the people who were in the meeting, wrongly naming two people as being present there, how can anyone believe that he would know what happened at the meeting? Justice H Suresh and CCT’s objective thus begins to surface now. They wanted to crucify Narendra Modi by hook or by crook, and held Modi  guilty without bothering to cross-check if the information provided by the Minister (Pandya) was correct or not, assuming that Pandya did speak to CCT.

Was it not CCT’s duty to cross-check the facts before making such a serious allegation against a Chief Minister? Haren Pandya was demoted in the Cabinet, from Home Minister to Revenue Minister. There were reports of his personal grudge against the Chief Minister. It is said that after he became Chief Minister in October 2001, Narendra Modi wanted to contest a bypoll from Ellisbridge (which is one of the safest seats for the BJP in Gujarat and in the country) which was represented by Pandya. It is reported that Pandya refused to vacate this seat for Modi and, hence, Modi had to contest from Rajkot II, which Narendra Modi won.

But neither the tribunal nor Outlook have given any evidence that Pandya met them or told them anything of this sort. Outlook claims that it has a taped interview of Haren Pandya of August 2002. In its issue dated 19th  August, 2002, Outlook reports:

“Modi’s pet theory was that the man, who went to the tribunal, was his then revenue minister, Haren Pandya. He even asked his intelligence officials to get proof to nail Pandya. But the intelligence wing, Outlook learns, gave no conclusive proof to Modi. Yet, he sent Pandya a show-cause notice through the state BJP president, asking him to explain if and why and with whose permission he went to the tribunal.  Pandya, in his sharp reply that unmistakably ridiculed Modi, denied he went to the tribunal.

So, neither Outlook nor the tribunal have any evidence that Pandya told them anything, and Pandya himself denied the charge!

There is no evidence in public forum of Pandya ever telling Outlook anything before August 2002, or of him deposing before the CCT. Till date Justice H Suresh has never given in public any recording or any evidence of Pandya’s deposition. Most importantly, even if Pandya did tell anything to CCT, what merit does it have when:

  1. Pandya himself was not present at the 27 Feb meeting
  2. He never claimed to be present either
  3. He could not even correctly list the people who attended the meeting?

But despite being a former judge of the Mumbai HC, Justice H Suresh throws justice to the winds and cites this as ‘evidence’. The full truth of that 27 Feb meeting can be read in Myth 19 on

Amazingly, Justice Suresh, called the riots a ‘genocide’ ignoring the simple fact that hundreds of Hindus were also killed. His approach was simple – cite this testimony of a man like Pandya as ‘evidence’, say that the government and administration was ‘inactive’ and  ignore well documented facts like hundreds of preventive arrests, 5450 rounds fired in the first 3 days, 6500 tear gas shells fired in the first 3 days, 98 people killed in police firing, etc.

For the complete period of rioting, despite the presence of the Army for 73 out of 74 days, the police fired as many as 15,369 tear gas shells, and a total of 10,559 rounds. Out of the total people killed in the riots, 199 have been killed in police firing- 101 of them in the first week.

According to figures given by the UPA Government inside Parliament in a written reply on 11 May 2005, 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were killed in the riots. Ex-gratia was paid to 1169 people. At one point of time, 228 people were missing but later 101 were found alive and hence the number of missing people is 127 who are presumed dead after the expiry of the 7 year period. A large number of Hindus were also killed even after Godhra. There have been convictions of 80 Muslims for attacking and killing Hindus even after Godhra, which proves that Muslims were also on the offensive. Justice Suresh should try to find flaws and shortcomings and criticize, but on facts, not lies. It doesn’t befit a former judge to resort to such lies.

Dipankar Gupta

He writes:  

“In the March 2002 attacks against Muslims in Ahmedabad, the killings were many more and the violence lasted for nearly four months. At least 1000 Muslims died during this period in Gujarat. The pretext in this case once again was that the Muslims had instigated Hindu reaction and the finger pointed to the Godhra train massacre. The complicity of the Gujarat state was clearly visible at every stage of the killings, from start to finish. The report of the Concerned Citizens’ Tribunal on the Gujarat carnage5 gives a detailed account of how Muslims in Ahmedabad were helplessly exposed to Hindu mobs as the state not only did not protect them, but many important state actors actually supported and encouraged the killers.”

First, he quotes the CCT report which has been refuted many times, has gone to laughable levels like denying the fact that any mob burnt the train in Godhra, and which had absolutely no authority to make any report.

Mr Gupta further lies that “At least 1000 Muslims died” as if no Hindu died, and ignores the UPA Government’s figures of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus. There was a lot of action to prevent and quell the violence –  all of this was ignored completely by Mr Dipankar Gupta.

27th Feb – Godhra carnage takes place at around 8 AM.

On 27th February 2002 (Wednesday) the steps taken were:

  1.  The Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr.  Narendra Modi issued shoot-at-sight orders and rushed from Ahmedabad to Godhra.
  2.  The entire police force of 70,000 was deployed in Gujarat.
  3.  All the companies of Rapid Action Force in the state were deployed in Ahmedabad, Godhra and other sensitive areas by the State Government.
  4.  The Central Government rushed CRPF personnel to Gujarat.
  5.  The State Government imposed curfew in Godhra and other sensitive areas.
  6.  827 preventive arrests were made.
  7.  The Prime Minister, Mr.  Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Gujarat Government urged the Hindus not to retaliate and maintain peace.
  8.  The RSS and VHP also appealed to Hindus to maintain peace and not retaliate.
  9.  CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) units were also deployed.

The Centre sounded a nationwide alert in the evening.

On 28th Feb, began the retaliatory violence. In brief, the steps taken on 28th February were:

1. The riots began in Ahmedabad at 11:00 a.m. The Chief Minister, Narendra Modi informally contacted the Central Government to send Army at 12 noon, i.e. within one hour. Curfew was imposed by 12:20 at noon at all places in Ahmadabad. In many places, it was imposed much earlier.

2. As per the report of The Hindu, Narendra Modi “frantically” called the Army units.

3. Narendra Modi requested the Union Defence Minister, George Fernandes to come to Gujarat.

4. Curfew was imposed in 26 towns and cities in Gujarat.

5. There were around 250 people in the housing complex of Ehsan Jafri and the mob killed 69 with the police saving about 200 Muslims despite being overwhelmingly outnumbered by the mob, which was 10,000 strong, and the crowd  going mad by Jafri’s firing. Police shot dead five Hindus outside his house.

6. The police fired 1496 rounds in the state, including at least 600 in Ahmedabad.

7. The police shot dead 10 Hindus in Ahmedabad and injured 16. At least two were shot dead outside Ahmedabad in Nadiad and Godhra.

8. The Gujarat Government requested Army deployment within one hour. At 4:00 p.m., a press conference was held, in which this decision was publicly announced. All procedures needed for this were done very quickly.  The meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security of the Central Government was held at 6:45 P.M. under the Prime Minister’s chairmanship, it approved Army deployment immediately and Army units reached Ahmedabad after midnight.

9. The Army units reached Ahmedabad so quickly that newspapers like The Hindu, The Indian Express had time to report their arrival on 28th February, 2002 (Thursday) itself and publish it on 1st March, 2002 (Friday)!

10. Defence Minister, George Fernandes reached Ahmedabad so quickly that newspapers like The Indian Express reported his arrival the next day!

11. Police escorted 400 Muslims to safety in Naroda-Patiya after dispersing the mob in Naroda-Patiya.  Total of 95 people were killed, at least 900 Muslims were saved, since The Times of India reports that 1,000 Muslims lived in the attacked area in Naroda-Patiya.

12. The Gujarat Government requested neighbouring states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to send additional police force. All these states were ruled by the Congress. Only Maharashtra sent 2 columns (less than 500 personnel). Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan did not send at all.

13. 700 people were arrested by the police in the state, including around 80 in Godhra on the very first day of the violence when the situation was out of control. Tear gas shells were also burst. The exact number of tear gas shells burst on 28 Feb was 4297 in the whole state. The total number of tear gas shells burst is over 15,000 and it is 6,500 in the first three days.

But Mr Dipankar Gupta ignores all this and cites a completely un-authorized report to malign the government and concoct defamatory lies.

Prafull Bidwai 

He has committed violation of 153-A and 499-500 by outrageous lies repeatedly.

He wrote in October 2012:

“The massacre followed riots, which were themselves a reaction to a fire in a train, declared accidental by a railway inquiry, in which 59 Hindus died. According to well-corroborated accounts, including some 40 independent reports, including one by the Concerned Citizens Tribunal, composed of former senior judges, Modi had the bodies of the train-fire victims brought over a long distance to Ahmedabad, and displayed in a procession. Unsurprisingly, this provoked violence in Gujarat’s charged climate. Modi has denied this, saying that the bodies were taken to a hospital to avoid any tensions, and that the violence was simply a natural “reaction” to the train fire.

According to independent accounts, denied officially, police stood by as the killing proceeded, and refused to register the crimes properly. The BJP, in power nationally, did not use the constitutional powers they have which could have helped restore confidence. (In India, if there is a breakdown of order in any state, the central government can sack the provincial government and impose its own rule until the situation improves and fresh elections can be held. In March 2002, a majority of Indian parties demanded that Modi be sacked and central rule imposed in Gujarat, but the BJP-led government refused.) Gujarat’s climate has remained vitiated ever since, allowing Modi to win two state elections.

Modi claims he’s innocent and has never expressed remorse for the violence. His recent overtures to Muslims are viewed with suspicion.

Despite official efforts to shield the culprits, and corrupt or destroy evidence, more than 110 people have been found guilty and sentenced by the courts – a small fraction of the culprits’ number. Some evidence, as in Kodnani’s case, was provided by conscientious policemen, including a detailed mobile-phone log that establishes frequent conversations between ministers, Hindu fanatics and police at specific sites.

Gujarat’s victims have still not received justice. Thousands haven’t been rehabilitated. Large numbers have been driven into ghettoes, and effectively disenfranchised within a communally polarised climate. Without justice, there can be no reconciliation or forgiveness.”

Wow, Mr Bidwai! Let us examine every point. First, one can notice how he describes Godhra. When everyone knows the truth, confirmed by the Nanavati Commission report in September 2008 as well as the trial court in Feb 2011 that it was a pre-planned attack by a well-armed Muslim mob, he as late as  Oct 2012 tries to describe Godhra as ‘ fire in a train declared accidental by a railway inquiry’ when the inquiry itself was declared null and void by the courts long before. He hides the bitter truth that some Muslims committed an act that is indefensible and brutally roasted 59 Hindus including 40 women and children in Godhra. Mr Bidwai tried to whitewash Islamic fanaticism to suit his agenda.

Secondly Mr Bidwai again cites the credibility-less, unauthorized, and many times-refuted CCT report. He further lies dangerously on displaying the bodies, while hiding the following facts.

Bodies of the karsevaks killed in Godhra were brought to Ahmedabad. This was necessary, because most of the killed karsevaks were from Ahmedabad and keeping the bodies in Godhra could have inflamed the situation there and Godhra too was under curfew. So, it was necessary to get the bodies out of Godhra as soon as possible. The bodies were brought to Western Ahmedabad’s isolated Sola Civil Hospital, where the Muslim population was negligible. Had the government wanted to instigate Hindus, it would have brought the bodies to Eastern Ahmedabad’s main civil hospital from where most of the killed karsevaks resided and from where it would have been ideal to instigate the violence against the Muslims.  

The bodies were brought at 3:30 a.m. of 28th February in a sombre atmosphere (as reported by India Today dated 18th March, 2002 and Times of India online on 28th February). The time 3:30 a.m. is very difficult to instigate riots with most people asleep and is also very inconvenient for the relatives. Had the government wanted to, it would have brought the bodies at 2 p.m. or 12 noon, which would have been convenient for relatives and easy to instigate riots. The government, thus, should be praised for:

  1. Bringing the bodies to Ahmedabad instead of keeping them in Godhra so as to calm the matters in Godhra and for relatives’ convenience.
  2. Bringing them to Ahmedabad at midnight instead of in day-time so that chances of retaliation were very low.
  3. Bringing them in a sober atmosphere instead of ceremonial procession.
  4. Not just that, the SC-appointed SIT also observed that even from the hospital, care was taken to transport the bodies to the places of the relatives inside covered vehicles. The bodies, once brought to the hospital could have been transported on foot. But deliberate care was taken to transport them inside the vehicle not visible to public. As a journalist, it is every man’s duty to report the truth, and not pen articles hiding crucial facts.

Third lie that was told time and again was that the police did not do anything or did not register crimes properly. We have already seen in the lies of the first two liars what the police did. His fourth lie that ‘Despite the attempt of the administration to corrupt or destroy evidence 110 people have been convicted’. Mr Bidwai is miles away from the truth. He claims that ‘110 people convicted is a small fraction of the culprits’ number’. That is true, that when 10,000 rioters attack, the number of convicted persons seems to be small.  But is it possible to arrest and convict all 10,000 attackers in a riot case? The number of convictions should be seen in respect to convictions in other riots in India, like 1969 Gujarat riots, 1985 Gujarat riots, 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The number of people convicted for violence in Gujarat in 2002 is a record-high. There have been as many as 443 convictions in 50 cases- 332 Hindus and 111 Muslims. Now adding all those convicted, we get 111 Muslims convicted in all, 31 for Godhra and 80 for post-Godhra violance.  And we have at least 332 Hindus convicted. Total 443 convictions were there, which shows the efficiency of prosecution and sincerity in prosecuting. It is a world record to see so many people convicted.

Here, we must remember that for horrible past riots of Gujarat, 1969, 1985, 1990-91, 1992 in which far more people were killed and which were far more serious than the 2002 riots, hardly three to four convictions took place under, the previous Congress governments (and Janata Dal in 1990). In the 1984 riots, where 3,000 Sikhs were killed, no action was taken against the rioters and only about 16 or 30 people were convicted. Information given till now was 16 convictions in 7 cases, but TV channel CNN-IBN claimed in August 2012that there were 30 convictions in 12 cases for the 1984 riots. So I have said either 16 or 30 convictions. 

Some would lie again that these convictions were possible because of SIT and not Gujarat administration. This is again rubbish. Out of the 443 convictions, 148 have been in SIT-seen cases- 117 Hindus and 31 Muslims. Out of the remaining 295 convictions, 21 have been outside Gujarat, 274 have been in Gujarat. 274 convictions under Gujarat Government’s prosecution is still a record, and far more than the 3 or 4 convictions managed by previous Congress governments for 1969 and 1985 riots.

Even in the cases supervised by the SIT, most of the convicted had already been arrested by the Gujarat Police. For example, in the Sadarpura case where 31 were convicted, 29 had already been arrested by Gujarat Police, only 2 were arrested by the SIT. On the contrary, out of the 21 arrested by the SIT, 19 were acquitted, only 2 were convicted. Even in the Naroda Patiya case, out of the 32 convicted, 21 had already been arrested by the Gujarat Police.

Convictions of Muslims is direct evidence that riots were not one-sided. Despite this, the media refuses to budge and accept the truth. And it continues to lie, causing immense damage to the country. Mr Bidwai should criticize on facts, and not hide anything.

Fifth lie was that Modi did not express sadness for the violence until October 2012. Further nonsense. Narendra Modi has expressed regret for the riots and termed the riots as ‘unfortunate’.  In an interview  to Aaj Tak‘s Prabhu Chawla on its program Seedhi Baat, the excerpts of which  were published in India Today weekly dated 4th  November, 2002, Narendra Modi  was asked “Prime Minister, Vajpayee and Home  Minister, Advani have said that whatever happened in Gujarat was wrong”, to which  he said,

“I say the same thing. The communal riots in Gujarat were unfortunate and we are sad they took place”(Source)

After the 2002 Gujarat riots, Narendra Modi made a statement in the State Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) in March 2002. One paragraph from that statement is

“Are we not supposed to soul-search ourselves? Whether it is Godhra incident or post-Godhra, it does not enhance the prestige of any decent society. The riots are a stigma on humanity and do not help anyone to hold his head high. Then, why is there a difference of opinion?”

When Narendra Modi went on his “Sadbhavana fast” in Gujarat in 2011, some newspapers said, “In a statement interpreted  as his first sign of regret over the 2002 post-Godhra violence, Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi Friday said the pain of anyone in the state is ‘my pain’ and he had a duty to do justice for everyone.

‘Constitution of India is supreme for us. As a Chief Minister of the state, pain of anybody in the state is my pain. (Delivering) Justice to everyone is the duty of the state,’ Modi said on the eve of his three- day fast.”

It was not merely this paper (DNA); almost the entire media parroted the same thing. What a ridiculous interpretation from the media, and how factually incorrect there reporting has been! The entire self-styled secularists and activists have carried on this myth in their hate-campaigns against Modi.  Gujarat Congress leaders too have repeated this terrible lie.

The Factory of Lies 

Act Now for Harmony and Democracy is a new organization that says it will be ‘absolutely action-oriented’. And Shabnam Hashmi is the force behind it.

To pressurize the Gujarat government in matters concerning the post-Godhra riots, Anhad organised a seminar titled ‘Rebuilding Justice and Hope in Gujarat: The Agenda Ahead’ in the main auditorium of India International Centre in New Delhi on July 29, 2004.

Some were famous personalities like actresses Sharmila Tagore and Nandita Das, lawyers Indira Jaisingh and Nitya Ramakrishnan, and journalists Praful Bidwai and Rajdeep Sardesai.

Also present were about 100 students and some known critics of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The audience got a large dose of views, albeit completely one-sided, on the Gujarat issue and how Modi could be fixed by legal means; if he could be made accountable for the ‘genocide executed with State complicity’; if the Gujarat government could be forced to give compensation as much as that received by victims of the riots in Karnataka [over sharing of Cauvery river waters with Tamil Nadu] and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots; and how to stop abuse of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, which is allegedly used against Muslims in Gujarat.

The seminar opened with a question by activist-journalist Farha Naqvi during a debate on ‘Subversion of legal justice’: Is legal justice in cases of Gujarat relevant at all? For one Bilkis Banu [a rape victim whose 14 relatives were murdered by rioters] an army of lawyers is required, and even then in her case investigation is not completed yet. What can be expected of other cases?

Jaisingh told, “

Delhi’s 1984 anti-Sikh riots are forgotten today without any leaders getting punishment. The Bhopal gas tragedy is a classic case of injustice. Here courts have opted for ‘settlement’ and not ‘judgment’ to deliver justice. Why is our legal system not making anyone accountable for crimes against masses? Why is Narendra Modi not at all accountable for the riots that killed thousands of people? How can you strengthen democracy without its leaders being made responsible for the breakdown of democracy?”

“A person who is in command of a riot situation must also be made an accused. In a case filed in Gujarat, we have made Modi responsible for the deaths of two non-resident Indians who were murdered by rioters,” she said.

The case relates to the complaint of Bilal Dawood, a British citizen whose brother Fareed and cousin Shakil were killed while they were visiting Gujarat.

Jaisingh said it would be a challenge to establish the chain of command.

“Let us probe everyone from the chief minister, home ministry, commissioner of police, sub-inspector and constable… how did messages percolate?

“India is signatory to the Genocide Convention. Today in Rwanda and Yugoslavia such international law is evoked. Why not in Gujarat?” she asked.

See the exaggeration, hyperbole, outrageous lies and suppression of the truth! Ignoring Godhra, and ignoring the attacks and killings of Hindus, and of course the role of the administration in controlling violence!

Siddharth Varadrajan

He implied in August 2004 that the post-Godhra riots would have happened even without Godhra!

He writes:

“Far from being a spontaneous mass reaction to the attack on the Sabarmati Express at Godhra the day before in which 58 Hindu passengers died, the killings across most of Gujarat seemed scripted. So well chosen were the targets that it is almost as if there was already in place a plan to do something dramatic as part of the ongoing Ayodhya agitation, probably in order to polarise the state on communal lines in the run-up to state elections that the BJP might have had some difficulty winning on the basis of its actual performance.

If Godhra hadn’t happened, would it have been necessary to invent it? I don’t know, but the Godhra incident itself is so shrouded in mystery that it is almost as if the official narrative which emerged within minutes and hours of the train being consumed by fire is an invented one, conveniently conjured up to provide the “rationale” for the pogrom which had simultaneously been ordained.”

To what extent can one go? Denying the bitter truth that Muslims roasted the train in Godhra, and implying that maybe post-Godhra would have happened even without Godhra! And calling the riots a ‘pogrom’ ignoring killings of Hindus completely!