The details were later published at the recommendation of the National Human Rights Commission. Voices from Narendra Modi’s Gujarat, Manushi Publications, Delhi 2014. p.209, Kishwar, Madhu (2014). “Dalits suffered heavily during Gujarat riots. HEIDELBERG PAPERS IN SOUTH ASIAN AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS. As soon as the media persons moved away, she instantly stopped howling. ... the appointment of the U.C. It was a pogrom, not a riot, and on a scale never seen before or since 1947. These details are corroborated by eyewitness accounts. The Gujarat High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence awarded to 11 convicts to life term in the Godhra train burning case of 2002. p.301. I handed over to the Nanavati Commission the entire list of charges they had listed in their memorandum. The television news channels showed the pictures of the burning S/6 coach and the dead bodies throughout the day. The victims included 15 children, including some toddlers and some old people of above 65. But those victims whose lives are cut down for no reason, are they not “human” enough to get some rights too? My idea was to bring out whatever lapses occurred either by way of decision-making or in the implementation of orders in both these cases. But something was missing. Mr. Modi paused for a little while and then started explaining to me in detail the events which happened on that day and thereafter. Because of this inconvenient implication, most authors propagating the "secularist" viewpoint before ignorant Western audiences have simply left out the detail that the victims were "mostly women and children", so as to make the allegation of "militancy" more credible, along with the justifying suggestion that those fanatics had it coming to them. The Godhra burning was investigated by a SIT and on March 1, 2011, a special court convicted 31 people and acquitted 63 while accepting the prosecution's argument that there was a conspiracy to burn Coach S6 of the Sabarmati Express. A total 223 people were reported missing. By all means, preserve the Godhra articles and columns in a special folder, one day they will be the object of a spectacular case study in the human capacity for doublethink. The court, has, however, upheld the life sentence awarded to 20 others by the special SIT court. Justice D. S. Tewatia, Dr. J. C. Batra, et al., Godhra Carnage-Justice Tewatia Report, Council for International Affairs and Human Rights, Delhi, April 2002, Quoted in Kishwar, Madhu (2014). The court’s verdict came on appeals filed by the convicts and the prosecuting agency. Best Bakery case (1 March 2002) It involves burning down of the Best Bakery, a small outlet in … Unfortunately, these bizarre stories about the self-ignition of the coach were given respectability by the then Railway Minister Lalu Yadav who appointed the one-man committee in September 2004 under retired judge U.C. Baldeep Singh photographer was with me. The Banerjee Committee submitted its report on March 3, 2006 just ahead of the Bihar assembly election with the barely-veiled purpose of consolidating Muslim votes in favour of Lalu’s party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and its ally, the Congress Party. The plan was to burn the entire train with more than two thousand passengers in the wee hours of February 27, 2002. Godhra city had communal riots in 1947, 52, 59, 61, 65, 67, 72, 74, 80, 83, 89 and 90. Violence Spreads Across Indian State By ASHOK SHARMA,Associated Press Feb 28, 2002 (URL: That the survivors of the February 27 Sabarmati Express blaze at Godhra are a bitter lot will be an understatement. The plan was to burn the entire train with more than two thousand passengers in the wee hours of February 27, 2002. For all the latest What Is News, download Indian Express App. Do we hear the names of earlier chief ministers of Gujarat under whose charge hundreds of riots took place in post-Independence India? Modi, Muslims and media: Voices from Narendra Modi's Gujarat. Narendra Modi on the choice of Nanavati to head the commission. That would help us learn from our mistakes. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines. Some individuals who had participated in the conspiracy appear to be involved in the heinous act of setting coach S/6 on fire. They were interested in continuing with the camps because they had started siphoning off a portion of government funds and relief. The claimants would have to provide details of the deceased and their relations with them, address proof, contacts, other government documents to the State Legal Service Authority … These included 26 women and 12 children. There was fire inside and armed Muslims outside. (p.287). The Union Home Ministry's Annual Report of 2002-03 stated that 40,000 Hindus were in riot relief camps. p.198. Ch. The Sabarmati Express had begun its journey from Muzaffarpur and was on its way to Ahmedabad. Hindus started with pelting of stones on Muslim houses in Naroda Patia area. Inside the coach, 58 charred bodies were found. This inflamed the Hindus and they went on a rampage. HRW’s most extensive publication on India was its 2002 report on the Gujarat violence. July 21, 2002. If I’m a chief minister or not, I’m a human being. Therefore, keeping camps going had become a lucrative business for some. They named Nanavati because he had headed the Commission of Inquiry into the 1984 riots. It was a terrorist action plan that partly failed. This case has also been registered in court but no action has taken place over it. After handfuls, dozens or hundreds of Hindus were massacred, Hindus all over India maintained calm and refused to take their anger out on their Muslim neighbors. By and large, Hindus have shown remarkable self-restraint in the face of violent provocation, a fact for which they are given insufficient credit. BJP leader V.K. 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I have always criticised violence in my speeches but the way the trouble in just two per cent of the area is blown up and used against us should be countered. The average victim of communal violence in independent South Asia is a Hindu, though you wouldn’t say it if you trust this book, let alone Indian secularists’ writings. This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 04:29. How to classify those 250 victims? But when persons belonging to the majority are subjected to similar perpetration of heinous crimes, not a single political leader has so far issued a statement condemning this barbaric crime. Rioting did not start in the morning of February 28. The Godhra Train Burning was an incident that occurred on the morning of 27 February 2002, in which 59 Hindu pilgrims and karsevaks returning from Ayodhya, were killed in a fire inside the Sabarmati Express train near the Godhra railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat. This was followed by serial bomb blasts. Abdullah Ibrahim Syed, quoted from Madhu Purnima Kishwar: Modi, Muslims and Media. ‘I don’t know what happened in 1984,’ she said, ‘but I was in Ahmedabad in 2002 and I know what happened and blame Modi for it.’ It was a response I had heard many times and yet it never failed to annoy me. The train had arrived at Godhra station in Gujarat just then. Police came within 20 minutes. Return of the Swastika: Hate and Hysteria versus Hindu Sanity (2007). That is their only agenda. Yakub Pataliya is accused of being a part of the mob that torched the coaches of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station on February 27, … Upset over the verdict in the 2002 Godhra train burning case in which 11 convicts were sentenced to death and another 20 given life term,Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JUH) on Monday pledged to help all the 31 convicts appeal in a higher court. The February 2002 Sabarmati train fire, which killed 59 kar sevaks and triggered large-scale riots, was part of a "conspiracy" hatched by Congress's elected members from Godhra, according to … The majority have rights too. And completely dwarfed by the treatment the Pakistanis gave the East Bengali Hindus in 1971, where the death toll was at least a million, the immense majority of them Hindus, with even the Bengali Muslims killed for anti-Hindu reasons (Sanskritic language and script, non-Muslim dress habits, non-Islamic linguistic nationalism, secularism). HRW, however, did not provide one iota of evidence in the report to back up its assertion of the state having planned the violence in advance. Was even one family of Hindu victims interviewed following the criminal burning of the Sabarmati Express? Nor were they as one-sided as they came to be projected. Justice Nanavati and Mehta quoted from Kishwar, Madhu (2014). There were several instances of stone-throwing on Hindus passing through Muslim dominated areas of Ahmedabad. K. Srinivas quoted from Madhu Purnima Kishwar: Modi, Muslims and Media. There is no evidence regarding involvement of any definite religious or political organization in the conspiracy. NDTV, the most steadfast mouthpiece of the Congress Party, played a key role in creating a distorted discourse on Godhra carnage because of the prestige it then carried. The Problem with Secularism (2007). The Indian Express, dated 7th May 2002, also written by Palak Nandi: “With no relief, they turn to religious places for shelter Palak Nandi. Elst, Koenraad. Of course it is. On 3 rd or 4 th of March, I entered Shah Alam dargah, which had been converted into a refugee camp. Muslims also retaliated with stones. Justice Tewatia Committee report. To seek protection from whom? July 2003. They were very annoyed that the Gujarat carnage was so unambiguously started by Muslims with their massacre of Hindu pilgrims, mostly women and children. Voices from Narendra Modi’s Gujarat, Manushi Publications, Delhi 2014. In the third incident in Naroda Gam, a group of Muslims murdered a Hindu cyclist. Madhu Purnima Kishwar: Modi, Muslims and Media. Kay Benedict, “Bad PR Charge on Atal, Modi” The Telegraph. There was no Hindu retaliation to the Mumbai bomb blasts of March 1993; to the numerous group killings of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir; to the mass killing of Hindu activists in Coimbatore in February 1998; to the frequent reports of pogroms on Hindus in Bangladesh; or to the attacks on the Parliament buildings in Srinagar and Delhi in the autumn of 2001. 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