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 | 688 Comments

 Fact: 2000 is the number of Muslims who roasted to coal 59 Ram sevaks in Godhra, including 25 women and 15 children, 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 to a question asked by a Congress member on the religion wise casualties 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 may 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.

All these numbers again came into the picture when Narendra Modi was denied a US diplomatic visa in March 2005 by the USA and his earlier tourist visa, issued in 1998 was revoked just one day before his scheduled visit to the USA. Why the USA took as many as three years after the Gujarat riots to revoke Modi’s earlier visa is not told.

But these numbers are nothing but a pack of lies. Let us see the interview given by the 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.

What these lies have done to well-meaning people

 It is generally believed, even in the Sangh Parivar, that the post-Godhra riots were one-sided. Even a correspondent of RSS weekly Organiser once believed the bluff that 2,000 Muslims were killed in the riots. He actually reported- “Over 2,000 Muslims were killed in Ahmedabad”. This when the correct number of Muslims killed for the entire state of Gujarat (including Ahmedabad) was 790, along with 254 Hindus.

Most leaders of BJP seem to be blatantly ignorant of the truth of the Gujarat riots. Whenever Congress leaders or anti-BJP journalists raise the issue of the Gujarat riots on TV, the BJP leaders generally fail to give befitting reply. They falter in speech. They merely try to point out that the Gujarati electorate gave a huge mandate to the BJP and to Narendra Modi in the December 2002 Gujarat Assembly polls, and mention the Godhra incident as a cause of the riots. None of them ever points out any instance of Muslim aggression, sufferings of the Hindus in the riots, police firing deaths, or the fact that only 60 places out of 18,600 saw riots. This is because of ignorance and blind belief on media lies.

In March 2005, the Pakistan cricket team was on a tour to India. It refused to play a Test match in Ahmedabad on ‘political’ grounds, i.e. for ‘the killings of Muslims’ in that city. All this is clearly the result of stark lies concocted by the biased media, which it itself may have started to believe by now. All these lies and myths need to be thoroughly exposed.

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 works 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. 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.

  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 missing were declared dead- the toll was revised to 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. Even this UPA Government said ex-gratia was paid to 1169 people which 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 if the UPA government 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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688 Responses to “Myth 1: 2,000 Muslims were killed in the Gujarat riots”

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  1. 610
    Jimmy INDIA Says:

    Read this. And keep justifying it.

  2. 609
    Jimmy INDIA Says:

    And if you want to go back to ’cause’, didn’t Advani and his aides destroy the Babri Masjid, because they believed it to be the ‘janmbhoomi’ of Ram?

    If I even made a disgraceful remark in public about a Hindu god, they’d cut me to pieces and probably start a pogrom.

    And as I said, nobody has any proof whatsoever about who actually burned the carriage.

  3. 608
    Jimmy INDIA Says:

    A.B Vajepeyee took a month to visit Gujarat after the riots.
    Advani said ISI burned the Sabarmati carriage. There has been no proof till date.

    There has been no evidence about who did burn the carriage.

    Jafri was cut to pieces in public, because he had opposed Modi in the elections at Rajkot?

    Vajpayee said: “Wherever Muslims live, they don’t want to live in peace with others.” Seriously? This, from the Prime Minister of your country?

    Real India? Everyone is a part of India, Muslims, Dalits, adivasis and Hindus and everyone else.

  4. 607
    Jimmy INDIA Says:

    Yeah, you forgot Babu Bajrangi I guess?
    Or the killing of Ehsan Jafri?
    This is obviously a page made for and by the BJP and its supporters.
    It was genocide, remember that.

    Some guy here says Hindus and Muslims were both punished. Babu Bajrangi went and got himself caught on tape. The rest are Muslims. Nobody has ever been tried for actually participating in the genocide, but those are caught who burnt the train.

    Women were raped, with ‘Om’ carved by knives on their bodies. 150,000 Muslims had to leave their homes, and the toll of dead people goes up to 2,000 if you count the missing people. There have been witnessed reports by “Hindu” bystanders that the Police actually gave cover to many rioters.

    Atal Vajpayee was, the next day after he visited Gujarat, had flown off to a foreign location to play some golf.

  5. 606
    Sandeep Singh INDIA Says:

    There is limit for creating Hegemony. Hindus are getting worse life in Porkistan Bangladesh while these are enjoying in Political assylum in India. Go to hell. Now Muslims are killing muslims & bombing mosques, have you ever seen any Islamic protesting over it. No. But they created mayhem for Myanmar. The way these islamic creatures annihilated Buddhists from Afgandistan & Porkistan, Myanmar Buddhists are now alert very much & giving these savages tit for tat.

  6. 605
    Shashi INDIA Says:

    My dear Nasir, you seem to be hell bent in distorting information (just like media like the times of India has previously done).The writer never mentioned that 2,000 people were killed. He mentioned that 2000 is a mythical figure (like you are mythically still trying to blame Modi for the riots). He clearly mentions that the figure is 935. Both muslims and Hindus have been found guilty and sentenced by the courts. How come you did not mention that the burning of 59 karsevaks by actually started the riots ? Or do you feel that the life of a Hindu is worthless and that only a life of a Muslim is valuable ? Please learn to think like an Indian (you have an Indian flag as your profile pic) and treat all religions as equal like the Indian constitution. o not blindly take sides with people who happen to be from your religion. Please use evidence and logic to reach a conclusion. Thanks.

  7. 604
    admin Says:

    @Kumar, this website was started in May 2008. Its 4 and a half years since its on the net.

  8. 603
    Kumar INDIA Says:

    I believe this website and campaign about actual facts should have been started much earlier.Yet its not too late – T.ruth comes out usually much later – so it took its own time as destined.Thank You – Thank God

  9. 602
    GURU INDIA Says:

    All my friends are said good things…………some politicians is son`s and daughters of muslims,JDS in karnataka,Congress,RJD etc………….

  10. 601
    m nasir INDIA Says:

    dear sir,
    Congrats#for providing excellent datas on killings of kar sevak and death toll on muslims.applying the same logic given in the article,we take the report of 2000(max number report accepted by the writer)required to kill 59 muslimsthen killing of935*200o= 1870000,how many hindus r being tried,where r these people,has narendra modi ever launch to identify theseculprits?has his soul everdrove him that these killers be tried on fast track basiss as the muslims perptrators were pronounced death penalties muchearlier to hindu perpetrators.IS there damage of property evaluation on either side and lets narendra modi say that we r very rich state we will come out with the policu to rebuild the homes,business,safety to such level that the culprits will be jealous to see their progress and never think of becoming riotiers ? THe article is true reflection of biasm:for the favor of guj gov he is hellbent ignoring all reporting including rss, ready to accept one reporting of 2000 muslims for killing 59 karsevaks???? can the writer dare to ask from the viewer the reliability of govt swhat the writer is trying to do .

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