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.

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

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  1. 600
    kumar INDIA Says:

    Politicians like lalu prasad, devegowda, sibu soren, mulayam singh, mayavati,karunanidi and seudo secularists should migrate to any gulf countries(muslins are more) and obtain its citizenship. And start serving muslims by
    begging votes in the name of minority hindus.

  2. 599
    asf Says:

    very well done. these muslims have gone crazy. they are forgetting the meaning of being muslims. and because of this all muslims name are getting bad. i dont know why are they making things like muslims mean killing. i too hv many muslims frnds frm past 12 years. they are true muslims. but as we know when we classify our living in terms of caste all these problems always arises. whatever happened was shameful for muslims and hindus and very very shameful and wrong. but as we know if we are born with division that we are muslims and we are hindus its better that we live divided. because what we learn we do that only.

  3. 598
    admin AUSTRALIA Says:

    This is how Hitler’s socialist party shared their propaganda’s. Modi is no different. I am pretty sure this website was designed by Modi’s ppl.

    Wah! What a scholarly, point by point refuting of our arguments! No matter who wrote this site, you have to refute this on facts. Since you cannot do that, you are resorting to wild criticism and ‘propaganda’

  4. 597
    Gopi Says:

    This is how Hitler’s socialist party shared their propaganda’s. Modi is no different. I am pretty sure this website was designed by Modi’s ppl.

  5. 596

    Some people are busy talking the Gujarat roits!
    Think about the kashmiri pundits. They had to leave their motherland Why? What is their fault ? No one says about it , No one knows about it. The print Media does not write on it,on the ground that the image of the country will be destroyed .Even Vinod Dua / Barkha Dutt / Sardesai and many others does not have time to find out the truth as they are scared of being called RSS Supporter.
    As evident from the present Vidhan Shabha Elections all the leaders are busy appeasisg the Muslims , none ever dared to care the country. One of the leader even prefered himself to be hanged rather than stop demanding the reservation quota for the Muslims .Do you remember Varun Gandhi’s speech of Pilibhit? .Do you remember the Media’s active participation.
    These are the things of the past,now the time has come for everyone to think over again and vote NARENDRA MODI TO POWER

  6. 595
    R.S.Gadasalli Says:

    Major news papers like The Times of India, the Hindu and other papers have beocme foreigner owned proeprties. The TV stations like NDTV has major shares owned by anti Hindu missionaries. These people want to reenact the role of east India company which gradually took over India in about 100 years. Now with the power they have in tv and press and with the help of vatican friendly madam in New delhi, India may come under the bible belt by 2050.(Pope’s predictions in New delhi), The nationalist forces inspired by RSS should start janata awawkening movement to save the nation. corrupt politicians have allowed the missionries to own billions of worth properties and land, they own numerous hospitals, schools and colleges and are converting our people every day increasing their vote bank. A day may come when people like Mulayam will form a govt with minority muslimsa and christian support and ruin India and India may again become like afrcia where there are clashes and wars between muslims and christians every day. will the people of India raise their voice and get united to save our dear mother land?

  7. 594
    Satyashrava Says:

    On the one hand the Supreme court bans the release of the Radia tapes to the public, which show the unholy nexus between some anti-national industrialists who are famed for exploiting both their own employees and the masses and the corrupt stalwarts of Western-managed TV media(who have boasted in the tapes of “fixing up” even a judge); on the other hand the respected and aged Mr. Sawant, chairman of the PCI and also ex-Justice of SC, pontificated about the (perverse and crazy) sanctity of “right of mediamen(?Western corporatist disinformation warrior goons) of access to public figures & persons holding public office”. This Sawant made those indefensible and perverse remarks after English -media hunchos had received a beating when they forcibly attempted to make unauthorised entry into a private estatate and tried to force UP chief minister Mayawati to “make a statement” (We all know how Barkha Dutt and gang try to put words into the mouth of invitees in Reality-Game-style “BIG FIGHT”-shows while shamelessly reserving the better part of the showtime for her own “Moderation.” Sawant does not seem to have the moral integrity to realise that in a civilised society, it is a grave transgression of one’s human rights to have him “Forced to express his opinion” about anything. There are guarantees to such effect in the Constitution of civilised countries. On what grounds can untruthful journalists the likes of B. Dutt and R. Sardesai claim “previlige of access” in respect of RADIA TAPES when it is known that as “opinion-moulders” for the Westernised Christian-convent-educated Elite they exercise considerable unhealthy influence (ala kingmakers) with potential to impact the life of millions of ordinary Indians. THE public has a right to know of their income sources, whether bonafide or illicit, as also all shady anti-people foreign/corporatist influences that might lurk beneath the veneer of altruism.

  8. 593
    Umesh Pandey INDIA Says:

    It is a well established fact that every accident,however small or big has a reason behind it. Let us try to find out the same by a nationwide survey from all over the copuntry as what was the reason behind the Gujrat roits. Electronic media (espically)should realize their responsibility . They should be fair to the countrymen . The TRP increases with the facts shown and not with the rumours .The fact will come out one or the other day .Patience is the best medicine.
    Did anyone 7-8 years ago ever thought of Narendrabhai Modi to become the Prime Minister ?
    Today 50% of the voters are saying YES,
    After 7-8 months (100-20-10 =70%)will say YES and vote for him.

  9. 592
    Satyashrava AUSTRALIA Says:

    The Supreme Court has proscribed the release of the Radia tapes into the public domain for mysterious reasons. These tapes are of paramaount public interest as they expose the tainted character and shady dealings of compulsive haters of Narendra Modi like Barkha Dutt & Rajdeep Sardesai, whose crafty & vicious “hate Modi”-campaigns are suspected to have been motivated by hatred. The Indian masses should not forsake the struggle to make these tapes public through legal means one day because the final arbiter in matters of justice is not some self-styled court but the sublime conscience of India’s 800 million Devata masses.

  10. 591
    shyam chandra INDIA Says:

    let god save the country from psedosecularists. they believe in igniting the hatrade among countrymen to rule for scams. performance of government is no criterion for them. infletion , which is direct outcome of curruption is fostered and life of general public has become pitiable.

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