Gujarat Riots: The True Story

The Truth of the 2002 riots

The Godhra Carnage

Difference between Godhra and other tragic incidents

Several people- unable to understand the sufferings of the Hindu society- have asked- “Why did riots occur only after Godhra? Why was nobody targeted after the Akshardham temple attack- or after the attacks on Mumbai on 26 November 2008?” Well- the answers are many.

Communal history of Godhra for the record

Posted on May 22, 2008 - Filed Under 01 - The Godhra Carnage | 5 Comments

        Godhra is main centre of Panchmahal district, which is considered to be communally very sensitive. Chronology of a few communal riots/atrocities is appended below:

1927-28      Murder of  P. M. Shah, a leading local representative of Hindus.

1946  Mr. Sadva Hazi & Mr. Chudighar, pro-Pakistani Muslim leaders were responsible for attack on a Parsi Solapuri fozdar during communal riots. After partition, Mr. Chudighar left for Pakistan.

1948        Mr. Sadva Hazi conspired an attack on District Collector Mr. Pimputkar in 1948 but his bodyguard saved him at the cost of his own life. After that Mr. Sadva Hazi also left for Pakistan in 1948.

                         On 24 March 1948 one Hindu was stabbed to death near a mosque in Jahurpur area. Around 2000 houses of Hindus were burnt, besides Hindu temples. District Collector Pimputkar could save the remaining areas belonging to Hindus by imposing curfew, which lasted for six months.

 1965        Shops belonging to the Hindus were set ablaze near Police Chowki – No. 7 by throwing incendiary material from near-by two Muslim houses viz. Bidani & Bhopa. It could be possible allegedly because of the MLA belonging to the minority community. PSI of this Police Chowki which was near by Railway Station was also attacked by  anti-social elements.
      
1980        A similar attack was made on the Hindus on
29 October 1980, which started from the Bus Station of Godhra. This attack was planned by Muslim miscreants; who were involved in anti social activities near the Station Road area.

                      Five Hindus including two children of 5 and 7 year age were burnt alive. A Gurudwara was also set on fire, in Shikari Chal of this area. Forty shops belonging to Hindus were also set on fire in station area. Due to these communal riots, Godhra was put under curfew for a year, which severely affected the business and industries.

1990        Four Hindu teachers, including two women teachers, were murdered (cut into pieces) by  miscreants in Saifia Madrasa in Vhorvada area of Godhra on 20 November 1990 in the presence of children. One Hindu tailor was also stabbed to death in this area. All this was done by anti-social elements allegedly at the instance of the local MLA of the area.

1992        More than 100 houses belonging to the Hindus were set on fire near Railway Station in the year 1992 to snatch away this area from Hindus. All this was done by anti-socials. This area, now a days, is lying vacant as most of the Hindu families have shifted elsewhere.

2002        Three bogies of Ahmedabad bound Sabarmati Express were set on fire on 27 February 2002 by Muslim miscreants. Municipal members, Railway officers & employees belonging to minority community, tea stall owners, auto rickshaw drivers and Muslim anti-social elements residing nearby, had a plan to set on fire the entire train but could not do so because the train was late for four hours and they could not take the advantage of darkness of night.

           (Source: Vishwa Sanwad Kendra, Gujarat and also the report of The Indian Express dated 30 April 2002- quoting the then Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home- Gordhan Zadaphiya http://www.indianexpress.com/storyOld.php?storyId=1822)

2003 September Ganesh idol immersion saw stone-pelting and conflicts between Hindus and Muslims. This was reported by rediff.com and The Times of India, but was forgotten by everyone, including the Sangh Parivar leadership.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2003-09-05/india/27208741_1_tear-gas-shells-stone-pelting-railway-station

 

   All the above details of Godhra (except 2003 Ganesh stone-pelting) are also mentioned  in an article titled-“Godhra in ferment even before Independence” in Milli Gazette magazine on Mar 16, 2002, the link for which is:
http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/15042002/1504200276.htm

This magazine is considered as mouthpiece of Indian Muslims- or at least a voice of Muslims in India. This is the Indian Muslims’ leading English newspaper and it has published these details about Godhra.

Even The Indian Express of 14 December 2012 mentions some of the incidents. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/gujarat-election-2012-deeply-divided-by-religion-godhra-braces-for-2nd-phase-poll/1045242/3

Mahatma Gandhi had also written: “There is no doubt in my mind that in the majority of quarrels the Hindus come out second best. But my own  experience confirms the opinion that the Mussalman as a rule is a bully, and the Hindu as a rule is a coward. I have noticed this in railway trains, on public roads, and in the quarrels which I had the privilege of settling. Need the Hindu blame the Mussalman for his cowardice? Where there are cowards, there will always be bullies… But I, as a Hindu, am more ashamed of Hindu cowardice than I am angry at the Mussalman bullying… ”

The source quoted is “Hindu-Muslim Tension: Its Cause and Cure“, Young India, 29/5/1924; reproduced in M.K. Gandhi: The Hindu-Muslim Unity, p.35-36.

Even Mahatma Gandhi had also written about the Muslim communalism in Godhra. V.P. Bhatia [1] writes:

 

   “The following article from Gandhiji’s article entitled “What are We to Do ?” in Young India (October 11, 1928) reveals that the Muslims were ever aggressive against Hindus in that city (as in other areas of Gujarat) in the wake of the Khilafat fiasco. There was virtually a state of war between the two communities in which the nonviolent Hindu was the real sufferer. The following are the exact words of Gandhiji in the said article.


   ” Two weeks ago I wrote in ‘Navajivan‘ a note on the tragedy in Godhra,
where Shri Purshottam Shah bravely met his death at the hands of his assailants and gave my note the heading Hindu Muslim Fight in Godhra. Several Hindus did not like the heading and addressed angry letters asking me to correct it (for it was a one sided fight). I found it impossible to accede to their demand. Whether there is one victim or more , whether there is a free fight between the two communities, or whether one assumes the offensive and the other simply suffers, I should describe the event as a fight if the whole series of happenings were the result of a state of war between the two communities. Whether in Godhra or in other places, there is today a state of war between the two communities. Fortunately, the countryside is still free from the war fever (no longer now) which is mainly confined to towns and cities, where, in some form or other fighting is continually going on. Even the correspondents who have written to me about Godhra do not seem to deny the fact that the happenings arose out of the communal antagonisms that existed there.


   “If the correspondents had simply addressed themselves to the heading, I should have satisfied myself with writing to them privately and written nothing in Navjivan about it. But there are other letters in which the correspondents have vented their ire on different counts. A volunteer from Ahmedabad who had been to Godhra writes:

 

   ‘You say that you must be silent over these quarrels. Why were you not silent over the Khilafat, and why did you exhort us to join the Muslims? Why are you not silent about your principles of Ahimsa? How can you justify your silence when the two communities are running at each others throats and Hindus are being crushed to atoms. How does Ahimsa come there? I invite your attention to two cases:


   ‘A Hindu shopkeeper thus complained to me: Musalmans purchase bags of rice from my shop, often never paying for them. I cannot insist on payment, for fear of their looting my godowns. I have, therefore, to make an involuntary gift of about 50 to 70 maunds of rice every month?’


   “Others complained: ‘Musalmans invade our quarters and insult our women in our presence, and we have to sit still. If we dare to protest we are done for. We dare not even lodge a complaint against them.’


   “What would you advise in such cases? How would you bring your Ahimsa into play? Or , even here you would prefer to remain silent!


   “These and similar other questions have been answered in these pages over and over again, but as they are still being raised, I had better explain my views once more at the risk of repetition.


   “Ahimsa is not the way of the timid or the cowardly. It is the way of the brave ready to face death. He who perishes sword in hand is no doubt brave, but he who faces death without raising his little finger is braver. But he who surrenders his rice bags for fear of being beaten is a coward and no votary of Ahimsa. He is innocent of Ahimsa. He, who for fear of being beaten, suffers the women of his household to be insulted is not manly, but just the reverse. He is fit neither to be a husband nor a father, nor a brother. Such people have no right to complain …” (extract from ‘To the Hindus and Muslims‘, a collection of articles by Gandhiji from Young India).”

These statements of Mahatma Gandhi can also be read in his Collected Works, Volume 43, pages 81-82. To read, click on the link below.

http://www.gandhiashramsevagram.org/gandhi-literature/mahatma-gandhi-collected-works-volume-43.pdf

Some more details are given in the book but not on this website. To know the full details, read the book.


1- Organiser weekly- dated 21 April 2002

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5 Responses to “Communal history of Godhra for the record”

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    esha dey AUSTRALIA Says:

    It sounds so familiar to us in Bengal which is a classic instance of ‘coward’ Hindus and ‘bullying’ Muslims. Hindus despite being Bengali speaking continue to progress towards extinction in Pak-Bangladesh and Muslims in Indian Bengal go on flourishing, increasing from 19% to 27% at present. I was a eye witness to 1946 Direct Action Day call by Muslim League govt.in undivided Bengal and seen Bengali Hindus being saved by Bihari kalwars and Sikhs.

  2. 4
    Manish AUSTRALIA Says:

    If u throw ten stones then surely 11th one will turn on u

  3. 3
    kirtan Says:

    “Others complained: ‘Musalmans invade our quarters and insult our women in our presence, and we have to sit still. If we dare to protest we are done for. We dare not even lodge a complaint against them.’

    I am not sure about this happening now but this for SURE would have happened..That is how the gujaratis were known…Peaceful to the extent of cowardice…Dare a muslim look into the eyes of alone of a hindu man, leave the woman….I personally thrashed a muslim conductor at Halol for being abusive….Things have changed drastically..Hindus are retaliating violently now…

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    Yassar Hussain UNITED STATES Says:

    From above declaration it means that, none of the Muslim was killed by a Hindu since 1927, only Muslims keep on killing Hindus. I dont know what is the problem with Godhra muslims, killing only hindus. This does not happen any where in South India. Only north Indian have most communal wars. Thank god, we south Indian are very friendly and non political. We love each other.

  5. 1
    Ishaq BhimlA Says:

    This article mentions 2000 Hindu homes were burned in 1948
    Not a single muslim home was burned?. There are atleast
    50,000 Ghanchies of Goghra origin scatterred in India,Pakistan and all around the world. Each and every one says their parents and grand parents homes were burned in 1948 precisely on March 29th 1948. What is your comment about this fact.

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