2002 Gujarat Riots : Myths & Realities


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 19, 2015           09.00 P.M.

Few days back I read this post by Mr. Tapas Ranjan Baral. He posted it on the timeline of his facebook. Since Gujarat Riots of 2002 refuse to fade away from the minds of some secular, Left-Liberal intellectuals of our nation, I found Mr. Baral’s observation very interesting. Therefore I am reproducing his post verbatim on my blog.

I thank Mr. Tapas Ranjan Baral for his endeavour and express my profound gratitude for reproducing his writing without his prior permission.

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Mr. Salim Khan ( father of the actor Salman Khan ) had said to a senior journalist in an interview:

“Does anyone remember who the chief minister of Maharashtra was during the Mumbai riots which were no less deadly than the Gujarat riots of 2002?

Does anyone recall the name of the chief minister of UP during
Malliana and Meerut riots or name of the Bihar CM when the Bhagalpur or Jamshedpur riots under Congress regimes took place?

Do we hear names of earlier chief ministers of Gujarat under whose
charge, hundreds of riots took place in post-Independence India?

Does anyone remember who was in-charge of Delhi’s security when the 1984 massacre of Sikhs took place in the capital of India?

How come Narendra Modi has been singled out as the Devil Incarnate as if he personally carried out all the killings during the riots of 2002?”

No speck of doubt about what Salim Khan has said.

When one says Gujarat’s agriculture growth is 10-11% since last decade, the other says 2002 Riots!

When one says he made the Asia’s biggest solar plant, the other says 2002 Riots!

When one says Gujarat is the only state in the whole of India to
provide 24×7 and 365 days electricity to almost all of its 18,000
villages, the other says 2002 Riots!

When one says the world bank’s statement of 2011 said Gujarat roads are equivalent to international standards, the other says 2002 Riots!

When one says Gujarat is the first State in country to have “high
speed wireless Broadband service in it’s all 18,000 villages,” the
other says 2002 Riots!

When one says Forbes Magazine rated Ahmadabad as the fastest growing city in India and 3rd in the world, the other says 2002 Riots!

When one says Gujarat Tourism is growing faster than ever before, the other says 2002 Riots!

When one says according to central govt’s Labour Bureau’s report,
Gujarat has the lowest unemployment rate in country, the other says 2002 Riots!

When Narendra Modi is being chosen as the best current Indian leader in almost all surveys polls again and again, the other says 2002 Riots!

When one says 2003-2013 are the only 10 straight years in Gujarat
history which are totally riot-free, The other STILL says 2002 Riots!

But when we remind them about riots which occurred during Congress and in Communist Party rule :

1947 Bengal …5,000 to 10,000 dead …CONGRESS RULE.

1967 Ranchi …200 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE.

1969 Ahmedabad…512 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE.

1970 Bhiwandi…80 DEAD …CONGRESS RULE.

1979 Jamshedpur…125 DEAD…CPIM RULE (COMMUNIST PARTY)

1980 Moradabad…2,000 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE.

1983 Nellie Assam …5,000 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE.

1984 anti-Sikh Delhi…2,733 DEAD …CONGRESS RULE

1984 Bhiwandi…146 DEAD …CONGRESS RULE

1985 Gujarat …300 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE

1986 Ahmedabad…59 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE

1987 Meerut …81 DEAD …CONGRESS RULE

1989 Bhagalpur…1,070 DEAD …CONGRESS RULE

1990 Hyderabad …300 PLUS DEAD…CONGRESS RULE

1992 Mumbai …900 TO 2000 DEAD …CONGRESS RULE

1992 b…176 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE

1992 Surat …175 DEAD…CONGRESS RULE

they become totally deaf…because they have no answers.

Congress is a government of hypocrites. The youth of India says:

“We are NOT interested in 2002, we are interested in 2022”

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I had written one more blog on April 28, 2011, where I had collected data of all the communal riots of India after independence. I am posting the link of that blog :

This is the second one.

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Rastra Dharma Rakshak : A Denunciation


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 17 , 2013           00.30 A.M.

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it .”  – Voltaire

I was closely following the political turmoil which gripped BJP after its Goa National executive Committee meet . I was particularly peeved when some disgruntled youth protested in front of Advaniji’s house in New Delhi . The banners they used informed us that they belonged to a little known organization called Modi Sena .

One can draw the inference that officially BJP or Shri Narendra Modi has nothing to do with it . But I remember one more protest of the same nature against Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee . When there was a rebellion against Shri Keshu Bhai Patel , Atalji went to Gandhi Nagar to broker peace . Keshu Bhai Patel was removed and Suresh Mehta was anointed as Chief Minister of Gujarat . There were protests against Atalji . When he was heading for airport , his car was gheraoed by few slogan shouting youth . At that time also protesters shouted obscene slogans against him . At that time also we were informed that they were some disgruntled youth and they don’t belong to the party . And we believed .

But some disgruntled youth again appeared and shouted slogans against Advaniji . Coincidence can’t happen again and again . Who is responsible for this act . How come few disgruntled youth appear on the scene when something happens which is not liked by someone . And yes , they have audacity to protest against Atalji and Advaniji and that too with impunity .

Apart from the protesting disgruntled youth , there is one organization called Rastra Dharma Rakshak also in the arena . If you write or say anything against a leader which is not liked by them , they will hurl abuses and post extremely obscene comments on facebook . You can visit their facebook page to get first hand knowledge :

http://www.facebook.com/hindudharma.rakshak

I am curious to know about the Rastra Dharma Rakshak and Shri Dhiraj Desmukh , who seems to be heading this organization . They proclaim to admire Shri Anna Hazare , Baba Ramdev and Shri Narendra Modi . But in order to admire above mentioned great personalities , you need not ridicule or insult the other ones .

English: Hon. Anna Hazare in Nanded , Maharastra .

Hon. Anna Hazare in Nanded , Maharastra . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Photo of Baba Ramdev taken by me whil...

Baba Ramdev (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Image of Narendra Modi at the World E...

Narendra Modi at the World Economic Forum in India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Previously they used to post obscene comments and insulting  pictures of Shri Manmohan Singh and Shrimati Sonia Gandhi . In democracy you can oppose any person or leader and even criticize them . But it should be done in a decent , civilized way . To Photoshop any leader’s photo and then posting it on social networking sites is unethical .

Their bent of  mind is puzzling . Is it necessary to support everyone whom they support ? Are we duty bound to acquiesce to their dictates ? If it is so , is it good for democracy ? Or it is democracy at all ?

If Advaniji says that he is not well , so he is not well . If he doesn’t want to go to a particular meet , it is his choice . He doesn’t need Rastra Dharma Rakshak’s nod for that or their permission to skip the meet . Any one wanting to know their bent of mind can send them friend request on facebook and see what they write . It is filthy . It is vulgar . It is uncouth . It is demeaning to even reproduce those postings here .

English: cropped photograph of L K Advani with...

Shri Lal Krishan Advani

Yesterday the man to be abused was Shri Lal Krishan Advani . Today the goal-post has changed . It is now turn of Shri Nitish Kumar . I also wish that in the interest of the nation BJP and JD ( U ) should work together . But if  JD ( U ) wants to break the relationship , it is their choice . But all of a sudden according to Rastra Dharma Rakshak , Nitish Kumar is supposed to be getting money from Pakistan . May I demand to know  why was it not reported earlier ?

English: Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In politics it is your right to criticise . But to rebuke , ridicule or insult is neither your right or your prerogative .

I denounce Rastra Dharma Rakshak . They have no place in democracy . Their autocratic behaviour poses dangerous signal . I do respect Shri Anna Hazare , Shri Narendra Modi and Baba Ramdev . But I won’t allow myself to be forced to like or admire them . In fact years ago , when the embers of Gujarat riots were still hot and burning , I wrote two blog post in support of Shri Narendra Modi . Anyone can visit the Political Category of my blog post and can read the blogs .

1 – In Defence of Narendra Modi : March 24 , 2010

2 – Narendra Modi & His Detractors : December 20 , 2012

There was another post which I wrote when Kokrajhar riots happened :

1 – Kokrajhat & Tyranny of Distance : September 06 , 2012

But I refused to be dictated by Rastra Dharma Rakshak and its patron Shri Dhiraj Desmukh . To admire Shri Narendra Modi , I need not be ridiculing Shri Advaniji . As I have written in the beginning :

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it .”  – Voltaire

If it is right of Rastra Dharma Rakshakt to admire someone , then it applies to me also . They cannot dictate terms or force me into subjugation . I may be small . I may be alone . I may be in minority but I still have the mind of my own which refuses to be cowed down by a Rastra Dharma Rakshak . I finish my blog by remembering a poem written by Dr. Dharam Vir Bharti .

मैं
रथ का टूटा हुआ पहिया हूँ
लेकिन मुझे फेंको मत !

क्या जाने कब
इस दुरूह चक्रव्यूह में
अक्षौहिणी सेनाओं को चुनौती देता हुआ
कोई दुस्साहसी अभिमन्यु आकर घिर जाय !

अपने पक्ष को असत्य जानते हुए भी
बड़े-बड़े महारथी
अकेली निहत्थी आवाज़ को
अपने ब्रह्मास्त्रों से कुचल देना चाहें
तब मैं
रथ का टूटा हुआ पहिया
उसके हाथों में
ब्रह्मास्त्रों से लोहा ले सकता हूँ !
मैं रथ का टूटा पहिया हूँ

लेकिन मुझे फेंको मत
इतिहासों की सामूहिक गति
सहसा झूठी पड़ जाने पर
क्या जाने
सच्चाई टूटे हुए पहियों का आश्रय ले !

…………………… धर्मवीर भारती ……………………

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