Monday, October 29, 2007

Expose in Gujarat

THERE WAS no spontaneity to what happened in Gujarat post- Godhra. This was no uncontrived, unplanned, unprompted communal violence. This was a pogrom. This was genocide


Tehelka's recent sting operation has shone light on the premeditated massacre that took
place in Gujarat in 2002. Caught in video confessions are a motley crew of thugs and officials who describe the mass murder, rape and the orchestrated cover up with pride.

The spin cycle has begun, the accusations of a Congress Party set-up flung back at the video confessions.

Amrita Rajan deconstructs the fallacies of these attempts.

I'd like to say a few words here - although, if you're of the rightist, particularly Sangh Parivar, persuasion, you might want to save yourself an ulcer or popped vein or two and skip it because you're not going to hear anything you like. To start in reverse order:

I recall a round table conference on the BBC where Ramachandra Guha (acclaimed author of India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
) stated the need for justice in these cases not just on principle but in perception as well- this to preserve the health of the Republic which would demand that all its citizens have reason to believe in its founding principles.

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