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. 680
    Napat VENEZUELA Says:

    The delay in making chagers against Modi makes it suspect of Bhatt’s intentions as is the reported testimony of Bhatt’s driver.How does the latter know Bhatt met Modi?Bhatt may have been waiting in an ante room when DGP and CM were discussing the matter, something that happens fairly often to the junior officers.I suspect the allegations are politically motivated and made at the instance of Modi’s detractors who fear his growth as an able administrator.

  2. 679
    Gali VENEZUELA Says:

    Gujarat riots were a blot on Modi,Gujarat and India.If Modi is guilty he should be punished.Very curious that Bhatts presence in the meeting is being denied,Modi and others could have accepted that Bhatt was present but denied that Modi gave any orders that Bhatt has alleged he did….If Modi and Co are lying the strategy is stupid..if they are not..Bhatt can easily prove he was present in the meeting by having his driver say some things or forge entries in some god forsaken registers…(that we all know can be forged in 9 hrs leave alone 9 years)

  3. 678
    pooran mishra Says:

    modi is a great personality india could ever had,modi don’t even had any corruption cases,like manmohan.he left his home,wife,family for the nation.not even britishers had done so much damage,then congress did with our nation in last 67 years.talking about muslim killings, thousend lakh of hindus have been killed in last 1200 year or forcely been converted under muslim rule.2002 was happened becouse of godhra,and its nothing like u did in kashmir,mumbai train blast,terrorist attacks on temple and many more,under a nation whose 80 percent population is hindu.infact muslim are much safer in india than in any other countries,muslims are not even safe in islamic countries also like syria,afganistan,libia,pakistan,iran,iraq and egypt also.2002 was an congress propegenda.congress buyed media were also involved in seprating such fake propegenda against modi,to stop him to became next cm,but he again become the cm of gujrat and then the pm of india,and will be the pm of india.”vidhi ka vidhaan”koi nahi bdal sakta.

  4. 677
    mohammad zishan fahad Says:

    Jab koi ek hindu marta hai to puri dunia hiljati ha gunne kar ko sajja dene ke liye sab kade ho jate hai

    Ab jab 1000 innocent muslims ko behrammy se mara gaya

    Or ajeeb baat to ye hai ki…..1000 ko maarne walaa shaitaan jis ko aaj faasi pai hona chahiye tha………..wo india ka PM ……..bane baitha hai…

    Waha kya insaaf mila ham muslamaan bhaiyo ko

  5. 676

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  6. 675
    sreeni INDIA Says:

    Lets list the riots that has took place in India. If Modi has to be blamed for Gujarat who is responsible for Delhi,Hyderabad, J&K etc. If Modi is a onetime offender we have habitual offenders what should we do with them. Should we PUNISH ???

  7. 674
    sanjay sing Says:

    Modi ji beksur hai jo hua wo to hona hi tha

  8. 673
    Vb Says:

    mr Narendra Modi i don’t think had massacred 2000 Muslims( I don’t know much people really died as i was 7 year old kid at time of Godhra riots).But i know Indian media is habitual of making things.Muslims hate Mr Modi and i don’t think i ever heard a Muslim praising Mr Modi.If he is such a bad guy then he shouldn’t be PM but he stands even after years of scrutiny by media.Why was he not proven guilty by SIT if he is guilty.I don’t think a investigating team made by Supreme Court can ever be polarized on religious grounds.I haven’t think before him any Indian politician has said”Hang me on street square if i am guilty” .(Mr Fake name i absolutely agree with you UPA made living difficult for us.)Well American administration denied Visa to Mr Narendra modi.THEY MASSACRED MORE MUSLIMS THAN Mr MODI CAN EVER,

  9. 672
    Muslim Nationalist Says:

    Narendra Modi ordered the 2002 Gujarat Riots says Babu Bajrangi. Ashish Khetan, Tehelka Sting Investigative journalist went undercover, risking his life, to interview the men who did the killing and raping. He told them he was writing a book about the glorious rebirth of Hindutva in India and wanted to interview the heroes who had made it possible. Not knowing that they were being filmed, these men boasted about how they planned, executed, covered up the atrocities and escaped justice. They also explain how they were helped at every stage by Narendra Modi, PM candidate of the BJP.
    watch this video

  10. 671
    Prateek Jain INDIA Says:

    Dear All, claiming Modi, being butcher, please read the history of Gujrat post independence, show me straight 5 years w/o any riots or communal violence!

    In 1969, 5000 people were killed in Gujrat under congress rule, who was the Chief Minister then..?

    1. Mr. Narendra Modi, just became the CM of Gujrat, and he immediately faced Bhuj Earthquake, which was massive, what he did to recover it having no knowledge at all…that today, it has been a example of how you manage a place which has been hit massively by a disaster!

    2. Mr. Narendra Modi, tried his best to stop the riots, he asked for extra forces from 3 (Congress ruled) states, only one small force was provided to him.

    3. Military reached Gujrat on the very next day when violence began, shoot on sight orders issued against rioters.

    4. So many chargesheets filed, so many rioters jailed (may it be a Hindu or Muslim), tell me a instance where rioters were punished in INDIA.

    5. This man, Mr. Narendra Modi has been scrutinised ever since, under the Central Govt. of Congress, which is always anti-BJP and anti_-Modi, and you are suggesting that Evidence were suppressed..? Your intelligence and logic should be applauded.

    6. SIT, Supreme Court have given him clean chit, still you guys keep accusing him? You guys, keep shouting Muslims were killed he is communal…but tell u guys, respect your own nation…? Do you respect your Country’s Supreme Court..? If he was so much, communal, he would have been thrown out of power by the people of Gujrat, who actually suffered all this, but he was not, not even in the same year of 2002, coz he actually worked for development and betterment of people.

    7. This guy, ensures development, security of Women( do attend Navartra festival in Gujrat in october, for your ref.), a tougher stand on terrorism, growth of all appeasement of none.

    8. He is the need of nation.

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