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. 630
    rawinsk INDIA Says:

    Mr n…r or Mr x it logic is’s recent muzzafarnagar issue why where’s the brothers of Hindu girl toruted and killed Just asking why u missbehaved with my sister.and after this roits plundered all around .mistakes u make ,agitate or ignite the issue.
    Why’s should always the media shouts on modi.if u have guts proove them put behind bars. He is capable of control of roits in 72 hrs who can doo this.lets see roits controlled by soo called secularistics govt.
    In every incident it took more than a week too under Co.trol don’t talk on dead toll.u said raped but same was done on Hindu women to.why’s u people never ask for all.

  2. 629
    rawinsk INDIA Says:

    Mr x ,why u people never considers urself as INDIANs first
    Then after religion comes.what’s urs issues agitates does u people never
    Talk what jinna had done hindus not any violence created on hindus
    .fact is that never think of what’s is right or wrong. If 59 people burnt alive in a train
    They may be karasevak or any one .what did those done to ur community .why should 2000 peoples agitated
    And kills or burnt alive.India is only country which’s pay funds to Haj yatris to minority groups in whole world.
    The toll May be misplay or manipulated by soo called secularistic govts ,or media houses.Hindu also have been killed in roits why u people never asks abouts this nds I people never believe the pain of lifes or respectingits
    Value .if I known the values of life u will.never ask why only muslims targetEd.all are u humans respects values of all religions first.buildings mosques on the demolished sacred Temple shows ur religious attitude.

  3. 628
    Abhishek Kashyap AUSTRALIA Says:

    if there is any one to say that INNOCENT muslims were killed in Gujarat Riots, please think WHO started it???? If you place your hands in a fire, its surely going to wound you?? respect HINDUISM and get respected in turn…..

  4. 627
    Abhishek Kashyap AUSTRALIA Says:

    Sanawar Khan, as mentioned that Muslims were killed in Gujarat. i think he needs to go through proper records and data available on the internet or may consult Govt of India for remarks and data. Riots are around the world a common think and most of them are because of Islam. You people are responsible for all the terror activities around the world and after that you want ALLAH to do justice for you or your communities. god helps them who at least help others

  5. 626
    Tapan INDIA Says:

    @ Rahul and all Modi haters, I don’t agree that he is running the site, but even if he is , so what?? doesn’t he have the right to defend himself?? the media can blabber all nonsense and he has to keep quiet???

  6. 625
    Bhuvan AUSTRALIA Says:

    Dear Rahul,

    You maybe right that all the sites are running on one server and under aegis of Modi, but does that mean the facts given on this site are biased or wrong?

    If you accuse anyone wont he defend himself.

    Just prove that facts are wrong, its immaterial even if Narendra Modi gives patronage to this site.

  7. 624
    Rahul AUSTRALIA Says:,,, etc – All these websites are being run by Rajesh Jain’s team who is officially appointed by Narendra Modi to run his IT campaign. Their common roots can be seen from the fact that each one of these websites reside on the same server with the IP Address Rajesh Jain’s blog Emergic.Org is also one of these several sites sitting on this server. which is regularly endorsed by Narendra Modi on twitter also sits on this same server.
    Modi Runs through his IT Team

    Modi Runs through his IT Team

    Having shown the above network of sites created under aegis of Modi, one of the websites which is immensely note-worthy for its distortion of facts is the website. The choice of the name itself is very diablolic since any netizen who searches for information on gujarat riots is likely to use phrases which includes the words “gujarat” and “riots”. As a result all the cursory searches will end up with visits to site since it features very high in Google’s search results.

  8. 623
    आर्य समाज फेसबुक INDIA Says:

    Who killed 254 Hindus ???

  9. 622
    Sanawar Khan AUSTRALIA Says:

    RFespected Sir,the figure you are talking about is no doubt is a myth propagated by people like youreself…..
    there were more then 2000 inocent people were killed/butchered/burnt.for no reason whatsoever, but for being MUSLIM’s. Since you have power (political as well as media with you)we Muslim’s cant help but accept all torcher in this so WORLD LARGEST DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY, where Muslim’s have only right to live without proper representation,education,rights etc.

    WE believe in the all mighty “ALLAH” all that is happening is by his will as muslims have themself degraded, in terms of education,brotherhood,and the basic essence of ISLAM.

    Also would like to quote that, if you are truthful go and check the media houses, (which you are using for your support) and check the videos which clearly show the merciless killing of the innocent muslim’s and GANG-RAPE of women & girls filmed on tape but not published as you people have control over the media……..and the reason cited is to keep peace the videos are not released……what a shameless tyranny.

  10. 621
    Zafar M. Khalid Says:

    O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes
    that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allaah is the most righteous (consciousness and fear of Allah) of you. Indeed Allaah is Knowing and Acquainted.
    Al-Qur’aan Ch.49 Al-Hujuraath (The Apartments) Vr.13

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