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 3: Whole of Gujarat was burning

Posted on May 22, 2008 - Filed Under 12-Concocted Lies and Myths by the media | 30 Comments

Fact: Out of the state’s 18,600 villages, 240 municipal towns, and 25 district headquarters, less than 90 places saw riots. If one includes the two big cities of Ahmedabad and Vadodara, by the wildest stretch of imagination, only 2 % of the state can be assumed to have been burning. Only 40 or maximum 50 out of the state’s 18,600 villages saw riots.  Had the state government been involved in the riots, or wanted to encourage the riots, it would have created riots in 10,000 out of Gujarat’s 18,600 villages. In the past curfew has been placed in 300 villages at the same time time. As compared to that, absolutely nothing happened in 2002.

   In this regard, some people quote a report of R Sreekumar, a police officer, of August 2002 and claim that 154 Assembly seats (out of the total 182), with 151 towns and 993 villages were affected by riots. Of course this does not mean that all these places saw riots. Some liars have tried to lie that ’993 villages saw riots’. This is trash. Curfew was needed to be imposed in only 40 villages as against 200 to 300 simultaneously in Gujarat’s past riots. The figure of 993 villages seeing violence is absolutely far-fetched and cited by R Sreekumar, the man who did not make allegations against Narendra Modi until he was denied promotion by the Gujarat Government on strong grounds and his junior was made DGP before him.

  On page 153 of SIT closure report, Ashok Narayan, ACS (Home) is quoted as saying that Sreekumar arrived at this figure by including all places where food grains and other items of relief had been provided in relief camps or other places by the government. Ashok Narayan is quoted as saying that the actual places seeing violence were lesser. Naturally, there is a vast difference in the places where the foodgrain was provided and places which actually saw violence.

  For argument’s sake, accepting the figure of 993 villages out of 18,600, we get 5% of the state affected, with 95% still peaceful.

Despite some people hell bent on trying to magnify the Gujarat riots as much as possible, there are reports from diehard anti-BJP people like Frontline which also say more or less the same thing. Diehard anti-Sangh Parivar magazine Frontline also reported: “The Bharatiya Janata Party made its greatest gains in the riot-affected areas — it captured 50 of the 65 riot-affected constituencies…In places untouched by riots, the BJP lost ground. In Kutch, it got only two out of the six seats, compared with the four seats that it had won in the previous election…In Saurashtra, where the water crisis is acute, the BJP slipped from its 48-seat tally (out of 52) in 1998 to just 37 seats this time. (out of 52)”
http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl1926/stories/20030103005900400.htm

If Frontline itself claimed 65 riot-affected seats out of 182, (this includes places like Ahmedabad district and Vadodara district which had 19 and 13 Assembly seats at that time, and also 2 other cities of Rajkot and Surat), then it shows that it is absolutely impossible for riots to have occurred in 993 villages and the correct number of places of violence must indeed be close to less than 90, since Ahmedabad and Vadodara districts themselves account for 32 Assembly seats. And Frontline also admitted that Saurashtra and Kutch were untouched by riots.

On the 1st day of the riots, 26 places needed to be placed under curfew as reported by all major dailies the next day- e.g. The Hindu. On the 2nd day, 34 places needed to be under curfew as reported the next day by dailies (these include most if not all of the 26 already under curfew). And on the 3rd day 40 places were under curfew (Mostly already under curfew from 1 or 2 days). Since the violence was controlled in 3 days, and after the 3 days, violence was limited mainly to Ahmedabad, Vadodara and some places near Godhra, we can clearly see that it is absolutely impossible for riots to have occurred in 993 villages, and that the figures of maximum 50 villages and maximum 90 places seeing riots are absolutely true.

Let us say, for argument’s sake, that some people from 993 villages went to relief camps for fears of attacks- real or imaginary fears. How does that mean that 993 villages saw riots? The above figures from the English dailies as also from Frontline clearly reveal the truth. As they say, half-knowledge is always dangerous. Those who do not know the full truth, that the figures given by Sreekumar were for all places where foodgrain was given, and not for places which saw violence, wrongly accused others of lying that riots were seen in less than 90 places, whereas in reality those who said that riots were seen in less than 90 places were telling the truth, and those claiming that violence was seen in 993 villages were lying. Half-knowledge is always dangerous!

Also, only 7 out of 25 districts of Gujarat saw any significant violence. Remaining 18 were virtually untouched by riots, according to official records. So less than half of the districts saw the riots and most areas of the districts which saw riots were peaceful.

Saurashtra and Kutch account for one-third of Gujarat. Riots did not spread to these parts, either in cities or in villages even in the first three days. These places account for 58 out of Gujarat’s 182 Assembly seats. After the first three days riots took place largely only in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and some places near Godhra in Panchmahal district. That is to say, after 2nd March 2002 riots had stopped in almost the whole of Gujarat. The real riots happened only in the first 3 days and the violence also progressively reduced in these 3 days. But in Saurashtra and Kutch, no riots took place even in the first three days even in cities. And villages of Saurashtra and Kutch were untouched by the riots.

But the media lied at that time and has also lied ever since that the whole of Gujarat was burning. Around 6 December 2002, Narendra Modi was invited on Star News- NDTV’s programme ‘Hotline’. In that programme, the anchor Pankaj Pachouri asked Narendra Modi this question. He said, “Your party always gains because of the riots. But no riots took place in Saurashtra and Kutch, so you are all set to lose there. How will you respond to this?” To that question, Narendra Modi replied,

When 2 % of Gujarat was burning, you were saying that the whole of Gujarat is burning. Now you are saying that no riots took place in Saurashtra and Kutch. So first you apologize for lying that the entire state was burning when only 2 % of the state was burning.”

These malicious lies of the media were exposed twice.  Once during the time of the riots in Gujarat in March-April 2002. And second, during the Gujarat Assembly elections of December 2002. After the BJP’s huge victory in Gujarat in December 2002, the media again ignored these facts and lied that the whole of Gujarat was burning. The BJP seems unable to ever remind the media of its own lies and its own true reporting. It has never bothered to expose the truth of Gujarat, and attack the media for lying that the whole of Gujarat, including Saurashtra and Kutch were also burning.Without exaggeration, it seems to be one the biggest ever Public Relations disaster in human history, by the BJP in general and the Gujarat Government in particular.

(An article on some facts about the media can be read here NDTV is CPM Today. And another article which is worth reading is “The channels strategy of attacks”. Note that these articles are purely the view of the blogger and not of Gujaratriots.com)

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30 Responses to “Myth 3: Whole of Gujarat was burning”

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  1. 30
    samrosh Says:

    The mere fact that you have created an entire website to cover all your leaders shit is the proof that they are guilty of he heinous and unforgivable crime. It is proved beyond doubt and time and again that what happened in Gujarat was totally a pre-planned thing done under the leadership of RSS and BJP. Not only Indian media but international media has accepted this fact. So, You barking here and giving baseless strategies and proofs and statements wont change the truth. Muslim were butchered, women were raped, children were killed and burnt and now you want to cover the truth. Modi has rose to power on the dead bodies of innocents and he will pay the price for it sooner or later. Your barking out of big blatant lies wont change the truth. The truth is clear and your attempts to make it a lie have failed miserably

  2. 29
    sunnaunga sach Says:

    and Deepak Bhai

    I am myself Hindu but says that 95 % of Hindus are fool in the case of religious politics

    and in case of ram mandir I

    I promise u one thing that either in 5 year or in 25 year I will buit it

    if u talk about brotherhood
    I tell u 1 thing

    mosque is just a place where people gather to offer prayer
    it doesn’t consist any god.

    if I am not right Muslim brother could tell me

    but if Muslims want brotherhood then why don’t they allow us build ram mandir

    as they can build mosque anywhere

  3. 28
    sunnaunga sach Says:

    I also believe in brotherhood but never seen a Muslim talking about it

    in many places cases had been seen that Muslim says that
    by hearing the sound of counch(shankha) their god run away so don’t blow it

    I ask which type of God Muslim have who run away by listening to the voice of counch

  4. 27
    sunnaunga sach Says:

    I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth.–Swami Vivekananda.

    he has told that he is proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered (provided home)theill-treatment persecuted(subject (someone) to hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of their race or political or religious beliefs.)and the refugee (a person who has forced to leave his country) of all religion and all nation of world

    he has clearly told that that provided shelter to refugee of all religion and nation and then we are giving Muslim such preferences that no other nation in world gives

    and some Muslim had thought that they can rule over us

    u all are just a mere refugee who are placed on top by our ill Constitution which is needed to be cured
    k

    if u don’t know about the behavior of nation toward refugee just go on through internet

  5. 26
    Prateek Vora INDIA Says:

    Really appreciate the facts mentioned in the article. The biggest problem in our country is sluggish and paid journalism. All the media houses are run by the black money of corrupt politicians and hence there is no quality news by any media. If the media in our country would have been real, honest and unpaid I challenge India would have been a heaven to live in with less of crime and much less of corruption. Alas, these sluggish media people don’t understand that how much ever money they make by generating paid content or hide the crimes done by influential people like Mukesh Ambani’s son it will come back to each one of them some day or the other. What goes around, does come around. The day all the media houses unite to become honest and not dance on the tunes of these bureaucrats or influential people that very day India would become much better place to live in.

  6. 25
    Sumitra INDIA Says:

    My biggest problem is with the lies and exaggerations that media houses, activists and of course the UPA created around post-Godhra riots. They went on doing this, and ultimately created a situation where even trying to point out the lies and exaggerations became proof of total religious intolerance. The effect has been so insidious that even today, there are countless among us who would vote against the BJP indefinitely just because they look ‘inhuman and intolerant’.

    I would say, listen everyone. No-one wants riots. For the love of god, NOBODY wants Muslims butchered or discriminated against. Empower them. Educate them. Help them rise to the top. Everywhere. But there will always exist an undercurrent of mistrust in both communities against each other. And that will continue till the leadership continues to appease the more powerful in both communities and exploit the weak. Deal the wrongdoers with a heavy hand. Defend the innocent fiercely. Irrespective of the caste, class or religious affinity of the person in question.

  7. 24
    pradip AUSTRALIA Says:

    media ka ajka matlab vesha ban chuka hey, gujarat mey kuch muslim mare to uni bada dukhua he, ham usi media ko puchhana chahate he,uttar bharat me etne hindu purvi bharat me etne hindu mare gaye, tab tum kaha gaye the, yaha maharashtra me miraj me riots hua, q hua o riots
    ? shivaji maraj jo ki har yek hindu ka bhagavan he unki putala lagane par musalamanone virod jataye, q? yah desh kya kisike bap ka he kya? hamare purko ne apne khun se sincha he is dharti ko, or aj usi ma ke putr usi ma ke got me sotele ho gaye he kya? na hi muslim yaha ke malik hey or nahi o soniya gandhi? ham or sirf ham hindu, yahake malik hey,

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  9. 22
    Waseem Ahmed PAKISTAN Says:

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  10. 21
    Deepak UNITED STATES Says:

    So its ok for TAGODIA and MODI to use hatred to kill innocents, but it is not ok for an American to use foul language while addressing the digusting situation of your ideology and party.

    Fine be it that way, the truth is, that you and your leaders and their ideology is a big shame on india.

    Want the biggest proof? Your leaders claim that they represent hindus of India, yet since independence, 90% of the time CVongress has come to power in india.

    Corruption is both sides, I will never take any arguments from you that congress has looted india, because if BJP was in center, they did the same time, even worse.

    Secondly, if RSS repsesnts 85 crore hindus of India, why have they not been able to built that RAM temple yet? I will tell you, because no body gives a bull’s crap about that stupid idea.

    RAM MAN MAIN BASTE HAI JINKE, UNKO GHAR GHAR JA KE HGHNATA NAHIC BAJANA PADTA..

    Sameer, you are no southie, as I knew before. You are a textbook seed of hatred and nazi ideology. So forget I will take any of your comments for a fact, there were no killings of BJP workers..WHEN YOU CLASH WITH OPPONENT PARTY and fight with them and die, that is not called killing, that is called justice to terrorist filled in BJP.

    Also, you should know, on last election, the survey revelaed that BJP had 70% candidates who either have had a criminal record in past or currently have open cases of murder, loote, kidnappin on their name.

    Now any educated indian in India can make its decision on whether to let such a TERRORIST party come to rule.

    I live in in US, but I will always request all indians to keep india safe from divided on lines on religion. BJP has no background if you remove this saffron color behind them, they cannot claim any development to their name..

    We all should know this, because BJP leaders shout all the time. PURANI KAHAWAT HAI:

    JO GARAJTE HAIN, WO BARASTE NAHI, JO BARASTE HAI WO GARAJTE NAHI.

    Please keep BJP out pf power as we have been doing since now, and eventually india will get better in economics, society and other factors, we don;t need these goons to tell us who is real hindu and what is HINDUTVA.

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