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.

Myth 1: 2,000 Muslims were killed in the Gujarat riots

Posted on May 22, 2008 - Filed Under 12-Concocted Lies and Myths by the media | 691 Comments

 Fact: 2000 is the number of Muslims who roasted to coal 59 Ram sevaks in Godhra, including 25 women and 15 children (including babies and toddlers), on 27 February 2002, not the number of Muslims killed in the subsequent Gujarat riots.

    As per figures given by the then Union Minister of State for Home Shriprakash Jaiswal, who belongs to the Congress Party, in Parliament on 11 May 2005, 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were killed in the riots, 2548 people were injured and 223 people were missing. This was in a WRITTEN REPLY (meaning the UPA Government was fully aware of what it was doing) to a question asked by a Congress member (that Congress member was Babri Masjid Action Committee lawyer R K Anand) on the religion wise casualties in riots in Gujarat after Godhra. The report placed the number of riot-affected widows at 919 and the number of children orphaned at 606. The UPA government gives these figures, and hence they themselves could be inflated. To read the Rajya Sabha records click: or

Even Indian Muslims’ English newspaper Milli Gazette also reported this

BBC too reported the same.

The editorials of the national English dailies, and the articles published from the freelancers on the newspapers’ editorial pages are nothing but a pack of lies, akin the autobiography of former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, “In the Line of Fire”. Newspapers like The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, etc. continue to publish articles saying, “Win in Assembly elections of December 2002 does not whitewash Narendra Modi’s sins of the Gujarat pogrom of 2002 when 2000 innocent Muslims were butchered” or “The Gujarat pogrom of killing thousands of Muslims did not help the BJP in the long term” etc. etc.

But these numbers are nothing but a pack of lies. Let us see the interview given by the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to Aaj Tak’s Prabhu Chawla, excerpts of which were published in the weekly India Today, dated 4 November 2002:

“Q – Your opponents call you ‘Jinnah of the Hindus’.

A- I am hearing this for the first time though I still don’t consider you as an enemy.

Q- You are held responsible for the killing of 1,100 innocent people in the riots.

A- In our last interview, you said 900 people. Now you are saying 1,100. Are you adding all the people killed in other states like Maharashtra and Bengal to Gujarat’s account?(Narendra Modi is talking of the Solapur riots of 10 and 11 October 2002 in Maharashtra and other petty riots which occured long after Godhra and had nothing to do with Godhra and post-Godhra).

Q- So what is the correct toll?

A- There would have no riots in Gujarat if there had been no Godhra…

Q- Do you accept that you failed to provide security to the people of the state?

A- 98% of Gujarat would not have had peace if we had failed to fulfill our duties. We managed to control the riots in 72 hours…

Q- Why don’t you accept that Gujarat is being defamed because of Narendra Modi?

A- If that is true, give the people of Gujarat a chance to pronounce their verdict through elections.”


As we see, the number of people killed in the riots jumped from 900 to 1100 after Narendra Modi’s previous interview, i.e. within 4 months! Now it has jumped from 900 to 2,000. May be after 10 years, at this rate it will jump to 10,000!Already it is being said that, “thousands of Muslims were killed in Gujarat” and “3,000 innocent Muslims were butchered in Gujarat”. The death of a single innocent person, whether Hindu or Muslim or belonging to any other religion, is highly unfortunate and cannot be justified. That more than 1,000 people were killed is highly unfortunate and reprehensible. But that cannot a justification to exaggerate and inflate the number of people killed to 2,000 or any higher figure.

   That the UPA government, with Congress President and Italian-born and staunchly anti-BJP Sonia Gandhi as the UPA chief, and Communists as outside supporters, gave the figure of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus killed in the Gujarat riots inside Parliament is something worth pondering about. These figures themselves may well be exaggerated given as they are by a Congressman, who worked under Sonia Gandhi.

  India Today weekly reported in its issue dated 20 May 2002, when the riots had almost stopped that “Total dead- 972” (For details, see page 122). Out of these 972, India Today included 57 people killed in Godhra, so the death toll post-Godhra was 915. If anyone sees the English newspapers of those days, i.e. between 10 to 21 May 2002, no riots took place in Gujarat in those 10 days at all, and the Army left Gujarat on 21 May. A maximum of 20 more deaths might have happened in Gujarat after that. The death toll in Gujarat riots would thus be 935.

   The Tribune reported on 30 April 2002 that the death toll crossed the 900 mark on 29 April. The riots had almost ended by that time and maximum 50 more would have been killed by 10 May 2002.And this was 2 months after the real violence of 28 Feb, 1st and 2nd March had ended, most of the bodies of the killings of these days had been found by 30 April.

  Thus there is no way at all that the toll could be anywhere close to 2,000. The 950-odd toll was exaggerated and inflated to 2000 by the liars some months after the riots. When riots ended, the final toll was 952, by which time most bodies of the earlier riots of February 28, 1 March and 2 March had been found.

  Central India’s English daily The Hitavada also reported that 936 people were killed in the Gujarat riots after the Army left Ahmedabad on 21 May 2002. The official figures before the missing were declared dead were 952. After 7 years, missing were declared dead- the toll was revised to 1180 by The Telegraph, which did not consider the missing people found (either found alive or dead) and simply added 228 to 952 to make it 1180.

Let us, for argument’s sake, assume that the figures given by the UPA government are correct. Does that give anyone the reason to believe that more than 790 Muslims were killed in Gujarat? Why should the English dailies and the 24-hour news channels lie through the skin of their teeth that 2000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat?

Actually, the figures given initially said 228 people missing (closely matched by the UPA Government also saying 223 people missing in Parliament on 11 May 2005) and later 101 people were found alive, so the final missing people’s figure is 127 only. The official statistics show that 101 people were found alive and 127 people are still missing and hence assumed dead after the 7-year period is over. Ex-gratia was paid to 1,169 people by the Gujarat Government. The UPA Government also paid extra compensation to Gujarat riot victims in May 2008 in a special package in the final year of its first term. Even this UPA Government said ex-gratia was paid to 1169 people.

   This shows that the death toll is less than or equal to 1169 since it is absolutely impossible that the UPA Government will fail to give ex-gratia to families of people killed in the riots when the riots have been politicized so much, and when it attacked Narendra Modi on this issue so much, and when its leaders spread huge lies on the riots with exaggerations. (And if the UPA, which is a staunch opponent of Narendra Modi claims that any more than 1169 people were killed in the riots, then it itself would be admitting that it did not pay compensation to some killed people’s families!) UPA’s figures in Parliament would amount to 1171 deaths- 790 Muslims, 254 Hindus and 127 missing people (after many missing were found alive), 790+254+127= 1171. This closely matches the ex-gratia figure of 1169, paid by both the Gujarat and the UPA Government.

  Despite this NDTV reported many times during the Lok Sabha elections of April- May 2004 that, “2000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat” exaggerating and as if not a single Hindu was killed and implying that the riots were one-sided.

  2,000 is the number of Muslims who carried out the massacre and gruesome roasting alive of 59 Hindus-including 25 women and 15 children in Godhra. It is not the number of Muslims who were killed in the subsequent riots. There is no justification for violence and of even a single death, be it in Godhra or after Godhra. But why lie? Who gains by these lies? And it is everybody’s duty to correct the figure. The point is, what should be reported is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

   And it is this mentality which is responsible for them exaggerating the number of Muslims killed in the riots to as much as possible. When the total number of people killed in the riots- Hindu as well as Muslim- is 1,169, they lie that 2,000 Muslims were killed in the riots just like former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf did in the United Nations in September 2002. Teesta Setalvad increased this number to 2,500 Muslims (as if not a single Hindu was killed) in one of her articles titled What ails Gujarat” published in CPI(M) party weekly Peoples Democracy in its issue of 16 July 2006. And Tehelka reported in 2007 after its sting operation that 2,500 Muslims were killed in the first 3 days! This would imply that many more were killed in the next days of riots!!!

A must read article is on the role of the Gujarat Government in controlling violence in the riots.

Some more details are given in the book. To know the details, read the book.

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691 Responses to “Myth 1: 2,000 Muslims were killed in the Gujarat riots”

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  1. 550
    rajguru INDIA Says:

    bjp was never a secular party .i feel very angry when people say that bjp is a secular party and i will like to say here one thing india had their best relation with pakistan when their was bjp goverment and atal ji was the prime minister .

  2. 549
    Zainab AUSTRALIA Says:

    To all my dear Friends,
    I precisely want to refer to all my Hindu friends through this post of mine. I have seen many of my Hindu friends speaking ill about Muslims and Islam. 1st of all i would want to tell them that like the way they would not like their religion to be pointed out at and critized without any knowlegde. Likewise, even any Muslim would not like anyone speaking ill about their religion wiithout any knowlegde of Islam. Islam NEVER promotes fights and wars. (For proof do read few ”proper” Islamic books). Extremists are in all religion who spoil the name of their religion. There are many Hindu extremists also who have made life hell for other people. Eg; Political parties who use the name of religion to gain political mileage for themselves.
    Moreover, my friends, if someone continously keeps poking you or your community on ‘petty’ things according to them and name it as ‘Freedom of Speech’ or ‘Freedom or Expression’ and when you do the same ‘petty’ thing they make a big issue of it and start criticizing your community. So tell me my friends what will you do? Just sit and look out of the window seeing the beauty of the world?
    I dont want to act like an illiterate and pinpoint at any religion telling that they are wrong or should be eliminated. I just want to tell that under any circumstances KILLING OF INNOCENT CANNOT BE JUSTIFIED. Also, i would like to advice my immature friends who pinpoint at religions to gather some proper information and speak up infront of people to avoid getting embarrased.
    Thank You!

  3. 548

    The politicians are responsible for these kind of riots.These type of massacres happens only during the time of elections,why? because BJP wants the vote of hindus and congress wants the vote of muslims!!!my dear peaople of india,dont fight against each other.first of all we should bow for humanity!!!

  4. 547
    jatan INDIA Says:

    good modi saheb well done boss

  5. 546
    mohan INDIA Says:

    Killing of innocents are not acceptable.If we want to killing muslims,we can fight to pakistan and kill large no of muslims.B’cause muslims were killed lot of Hindus in Past 100 decades.

  6. 545
    Ramesh AUSTRALIA Says:

    The one who needs to have his checked is you- not this site’s people. Pinpoint exactly what wrong this site is saying on facts- and accept the challenge.
    700 and 2000 make a lot of difference. If they make no difference- then we can say- 2000 hindus were roasted by Muslims in Godhra after raping 10 Hindu women and cutting their breasts- we can also say this and go downtown. Exaggerating the number of people killed is violation of section 153-a creating enmity between 2 groups- and also 500- defamation.
    Nowhere has this site defended the killing of a single man. The game played by people like you is simple- accuse this site of justifying killing- (when it does not do so at any instance)put words in its mouth. PINPOINT EXACTLY WHERE THIS SITE HAS GIVEN WRONG INFORMATION or made a wrong comment. By posting comments like this- you are only destroying your own credibility.

  7. 544
    sandeep INDIA Says:

    i think whoever put together this website needs to get his head checked. you are a bunch of savages who can only think of human lives in terms of numbers. whether it was 700 or 2000 people who were killed, the fact is that people were killed; and a number of leaders from BJP, VHP and Bajrang Dal were involved. Even if some people in this great state don’t agree, there can be no doubt that Modi and his cohorts are damaging the state’s reputation beyond repair.
    if you guys noticed, the moment BJP started projecting Modi as the potential PM candidate, in the general elections, the country gave a thumbs down. wake up boys! you are defending the indefensible.
    by the way, this is my real name.

  8. 543
    Azrael Razakel INDIA Says:

    The Time will come my people, the time will come.

    And when the time comes each and every muslim scum on this planet is going to be killed by a Hindu/Buddhist.

    I will take over India by 2033 and turn it into Nazi Germany and then ITS TIME TO WAGE WAR.

    People like Arundhati Roy, Barkha Dutt and Teesta Setalvad will be die instantly and so will 200 million mlecchas of India.

    Muslims just think that the “Shaitaan” in your koran has taken birth in India.

    I have come to Annhilate Islam and muslims. Its in my destiny to butcher each and every dirty musalmaan

  9. 542
    Mehul AUSTRALIA Says:

    Millions of Hindus have been killed by Muslims in past 10 centuries.
    Millions of Hindus are forced to be converted.
    Thousands of Hindu temples been demolished.

    1 babri muzjid and few hunders in Godhra. These numbers are like one fish in the ocean.

    Read history. Hindus have suffered so much that you would have to cry for your entire life for that.

  10. 541
    Rvaidya AUSTRALIA Says:

    Actually the number 2000 came about like this.
    After few days of the riots I think it was on March 3rd or 4th the UK high Commissioner Rob young visited Ahmedabad and met with Father Cedric Prakash. Then Young pronounced that more than 2000 Muslims have been butchered and it is a pogram than a riot. Immediately Indian express [Northern Editions] published that more than 2000 have been masscared– And it became a gospel truth.
    Hence British high commissioner is more reliable than our own Home minister Jaiswal–
    R Vaidya

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