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 8: The Gujarat government was involved in the riots

Posted on May 22, 2008 - Filed Under 12-Concocted Lies and Myths by the media | 94 Comments

 Fact: The full details of the role of the government in controlling violence can be seen by opening the link.

Gujarat government of the BJP, headed by Narendra Modi was blind to the mushrooming of madrasas in the state. Not only that, the previous government headed by Keshubhai Patel too was equally blind to the same. From India Today we know that it was because of fear of harming the BJP’s newly discovered ‘secular’ image that the party did nothing to control the madrasas. It reported in its issue of 18th March 2002: “The general perception is that this was the venting of a latent anti-Muslim sentiment fostered by the unchecked activities of radical Islamic schools in the state. Being debated just as hotly is the question of why the authorities failed to check the blood-letting. Was it because the BJP feared its new-found secular image would suffer if it came down heavily on the fundamentalists? Or was it plain administrative inefficiency?”

   So, the BJP did not want to risk losing its ‘secular’ image. Maybe even if there was no such fear, the government would have been neutral and efficient in dealing with riots. But with the NDA allies at stake, ‘secular’ image at stake, and the powerful electronic media which was hostile, BJP Government of Gujarat was definitely determined to prevent riots.

The Gujarat government had to face the most difficult situation in trying to control the post-Godhra riots. That’s because Gujarat is an extremely communally sensitive state and often even minor things like kite flying and cricket matches are enough to cause riots.

To understand this issue fully we have already seen the horrific massacre in Godhra carried out on February 27. Gujarat has along history of communal violence-dating from 1714 AD and in the recent past saw horrible riots in the pre-Independence period of the 1940s and then again riots after Independence. The Times of India in its issue dated 13 April 2002 carried a report saying- “Trivial reasons sparked earlier riots” and begins with the sentence-

If it took a shocking massacre like Godhra to trigger off massive communal riots in the state in the 21st century, history shows that trivial incidents caused most riots in the 20th century…”

Now the situation was far worse in February 2002- after the gruesome killings in Godhra. But the Godhra killings were not the only cause. At that time, in 2002, there were war clouds between India and Pakistan following the attack on Parliament. There was great anger in Gujarat over terrorism and anti-national activity and over the growth of madarsas. Added to that was the Godhra incident and the rubbing of salts into people’s wounds after Godhra by the media and politicians.

The Telegraph, published from Kolkata, also reported on 1st March 2002: “(On Feb 28)  “There is a fire inside us. Our blood is boiling,” Mangalben, a woman from Dariapur, said. “What is the fault of those children who died? There is a volcano of anger.””

In other words-there was a volcano of anger among the masses, whose blood was boiling after the Muslims brutally roasted 59 kar sewaks including 15 children in Godhra.

Steps taken on February 27 (Wednesday)

On 27th February 2002 occurred the Godhra carnage at around 8 AM.

In brief, the steps taken on 27 February (Wednesday) were:

1)  The Gujarat Chief Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, rushed from Ahmedabad to Godhra and gave shoot-at-sight orders and imposed curfew at 9:45 am as reported by the English dailies at that time.

Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2256789.cms

2) The entire police force of 70,000 was deployed in Gujarat as reported by The Hindustan Times the next day as well as The Telegraph (UK).

3)  All companies of Rapid Action Force in the state were deployed in Ahmedabad, Godhra and other sensitive areas by the state government as reported by The Indian Express and Mid-Day on 28 Feb.Congress loyalist weekly Outlook also reported this online on 27 Feb.

http://www.outlookindia.com/printarticle.aspx?214725 (Paragraph 8 of this report).

4) The Central Government rushed CRPF personnel to Gujarat, as reported by The Indian Express and Mid-Day both the next day. The Gujarat Government had requested the Centre to send 10 companies of CRPF personnel as reported by The Times of India.

5) The state government imposed curfew in Godhra at 9:45 am- within 2 hours of the Godhra carnage and in other sensitive areas.

6) 827 preventive arrests were made. Narendra Modi said this in an interview to India Today dated 18 March 2002. India Today of 18 March 2002 admitted preventive arrests without specifying the number. Even the SIT appointed by known anti-Modi judges of the SC like Aftab Alam and Arijit Pasayat admitted 827 preventive arrests.

7)  The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Gujarat Government urged Hindus not to retaliate and maintain peace.

Narendra Modi talked to TV channels in Godhra on 27 Feb evening and urged people to maintain peace and not retaliate. NARENDRA MODI HIMSELF MADE AN APPEAL TO THE PEOPLE TO MAINTAIN PEACE IN AN APPEAL BROADCAST ON NATIONAL TV (DOORDARSHAN) ON 28 FEBRUARY AFTERNOON.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIRMR8zW0iI

8)  The RSS and VHP also appealed to Hindus to maintain peace and not retaliate. The RSS appeal was reported by The Telegraph, The Hindu along with weekly Organiser in its issue of 10 March 2002 covering events till 27 Feb (See detailed RSS statement later in Myth 14 and Chapter 2). The VHPs appeals were reported by The Times of India. Gujarat VHP leaders urged ‘Every Hindu to stay indoors the next day i.e. 28 Feb’ while VHP Senior Vice-President Acharya Giriraj Kishore said ‘Hindus should maintain calm and keep patience’.

9) CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) units were also deployed as reported by PTI.

10) The Centre sounded a nationwide alert in the evening as reported by The Indian Express the next day i.e. 28 Feb.

The Daily Breeze, a US newspaper, reported on 28 February:

Fearing the attack (Godhra train roasting) would ignite sectarian riots, Indian officials immediately stepped up security across this vast, religiously divided nation. The prime minister urged Hindus not to retaliate.”

One link: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1774&dat=20020228&id=Z4UeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=w38EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6789,2011702

Even Xinhua news agency also reported this online on 27 February 2002- that Vajpayee appeals for peace.

These were the steps taken by the Gujarat Government on February 27 itself to quell the violence- or prevent the violence. But on February 28, large –scale riots happened. That was due to the extreme anger of the masses over Godhra, the reaction from the media and politicians on it, and great anger over terrorism and anti-national activity.

On February 28 (Thursday)

Now-the government faced genuine difficulties in controlling the anger of the masses in view of the limited police force. India Today dated 18 March 2002 reported:

Ahmedabad has a police force of 6,000, including 1,500 armed personnel. In addition, the entire state has just four companies (530 jawans) of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) of which only one company could be spared for Ahmedabad. Considering that the mobs that simultaneously surfaced at nearly half a dozen places (on 28 Feb) numbered from 2,000 to 10,000, the forces proved woefully inadequate. At one point on February 28 there were at least 25,000 people targeting the Muslim localities in Ahmedabad alone...

Last Thursday (i.e. Feb 28), the Ahmedabad police received at least 3,500 calls for help from fear-stricken residents, mostly Muslims, against the normal average of 200. The fire brigade which has the capacity to handle 100 fire calls received 400 calls on February 28. Says Ahmedabad Police Commissioner P.C. Pande: “In my 32-year career I have never seen something like this. It was an upsurge, unstoppable and unprecedented. A stage came when it became physically impossible for the police to tackle mobs running into thousands.

The Hindu also reported the next day that mob fury reached its crescendo on 28 February 2002. The Times of India reported on 2nd March 2002- “Neither the Army nor the shoot-at-sight orders given to the Gujarat police could control the mob frenzy in Ahmedabad on Friday (1st March 2002) as the city witnessed a total collapse of the law and order machinery for the second straight day taking a heavy toll of human lives…”

And this was on 1st March- when the violence was much less as compared to 28 February. If even the Army and shoot-at-sight orders couldn’t control violence when it was much less, what must have been the situation on 28 February- when the Army was not present during the day and the violence was far more?

But the state government dealt with the situation firmly, harshly and effectively.

In brief, the steps taken on 28 February were:

1) The riots began in Ahmedabad at 11 AM. India Today dated 18 March 2002 reported that the Chief Minister Narendra Modi informally contacted the Central Government to send Army at 12 noon – i.e. within 1 hour in an article titled ‘Chronology of a Crisis’. Curfew was imposed by 12:20 at noon at all places and at some places right since morning, even before the riots began from the reports of The Times of India of 28 Feb.

2) As per the report of The Hindu the next day- Narendra Modi “frantically” called the Army units to Gujarat on 28 February.

3) Narendra Modi requested the Union Defence Minister George Fernandes to come to Gujarat as reported by The Indian Express & Times of India the next day as well as India Today.

4) Curfew was imposed in 26 towns and cities in Gujarat as reported by all English dailies the next day and weeklies Outlook and India Today both in their issues dated 11 March covering events till 28 February.

5)  There were around 250 people in the housing complex of Ehsan Jafri and the mob killed 69, with the police saving about 200 Muslims despite being overwhelmingly outnumbered by the mob, which was 10,000 strong and the crowd going mad by Jafri’s firing. Police shot dead 5 Hindus outside his house as reported by India Today dated 18 March 2002 and Times of India online of 28 February. The Times’ report at that time said 6 were injured of whom at least 3 were critical and 5 died ultimately.

6)  The police fired at least 1,000 rounds (Exact number 1496) in the state including at least 600 in Ahmedabad. These are the official statistics.

7)The police shot dead 10 Hindus in Ahmedabad and injured 16. These are official records and can also be seen from the report of The Hindu the next day where it said:

At least 30 others were killed in police firing, stabbing and other incidents in different parts of the city while the casualty in other cities and towns in the State was put at over 50…Till evening, police fired 46 rounds in Ahmedabad, in which at least 10 persons were believed to have been killed.” 

In fact, the BBC reported online on 28 February when the death toll reported by it was a mere 40 for the entire state of Gujarat i.e. when violence was going on-The army has been deployed there (Ahmedabad) to counter Hindu youthsThey included six people who were shot dead by police in Ahmedabad as they tried to restore calm. (Final figure was 10)”

URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1845996.stm

At least 2 were shot dead outside Ahmedabad in Nadiad and Godhra as reported by The Telegraph (Kolkata) the next day.

8) Gujarat Government requested Army deployment within 1 hour. At 4 PM- a press conference was held- in which this decision was publicly announced. All procedures needed for this were done very quickly- Cabinet meeting of Central Government was held at 6:45 PM, it approved Army deployment and Army units reached Ahmedabad after midnight from India Today‘s article Chronology of a Crisis as well as The Indian Express’ report online of 28 Feb.

9)  The Army units reached Ahmedabad so quickly that newspapers like The Hindu, The Indian Express had time to report their arrival on 28 February 2002 (Thursday) itself and publish it on 1st March 2002 (Friday)!

10)  Defence Minister George Fernandes reached Ahmedabad so quickly that newspapers like The Indian Express reported his arrival the next day!

11) Police escorted 400 Muslims to safe areas and gave them accomodation in Naroda Patiya after dispersing the mob in Naroda Patiya as reported by The Times of India. Total of 95 people were killed- at least 900 Muslims were saved, since The Times of India reports that 1,000 Muslims lived in the attacked area in Naroda Patiya.

12) The Gujarat Government requested neighbouring states to send additional police force. All these states were ruled by the Congress. Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan did not send. Only Maharashtra sent a mere 260 personnel.

13)700 people were arrested by the police in the state, including around 80 in Godhra on the very first day of the violence when situation was out of control as reported by The Tribune the next day. The official statistics show that 4297 tear gas shells were also burst, i.e. nearly 4300 tear gas shells burst in the whole state.

Nowhere was it alleged that the police deliberately turned a blind eye to the rioting. No mention of police being involved in the violence or giving a free hand to the rioters. No mention of any delay in calling the Army. These charges of “Police turning a blind eye, allowing killings for 3 days, not calling Army until 3 days had passed…etc” were made after the riots. If these charges were true- the newspapers would have screamed and gone downtown on the very next day. Nothing like this happened. And of course- no charge that the riots were being ‘sponsored’ by the Gujarat Government!

On March 1 (Friday)

The Hindu reported on 2nd March 2002-“ (On 1st March)The Army began flag marches in the worst-affected areas of Ahmedabad, Baroda, Rajkot and Godhra cities and the `shoot at sight’ order was extended to all 34 curfew-bound cities and towns in Gujarat”.

On this day- the violence was much less as compared to 28 February (Thursday). And also the Muslims started a backlash on this day, according to The Hindu dated 2nd March 2002 which reported “But unlike Thursday (Feb 28) when one community was entirely at the receiving end, the minority backlash (On Friday, 1 March) caused further worsening of the situation.”

The steps taken were:

1) On morning of 1st March, George Fernandes bravely took to streets to check violence in Ahmedabad, at a great risk to personal life. He was pummeled with stones. Later he left for Vadodara as reported by The Times of India which praised him, but not Modi who called him in the first place.

2) 24 Hindus were shot dead by police and 40 injured-these are official records. The Indian Express reported on 2nd March-“The police, its credibility lowest than ever, tried to salvage its reputation intervening in some clashes by opening fire. Twenty were killed in police firing across the state, 12 in Ahmedabad.”

There are two things to be noted from this very vital statement. First- the police did their best to control the violence and could not be accused by anyone, even The Indian Express of negligence from this day onward- the second day of the riots i.e. 1st March 2002. And second, there were “clashes” going on between Hindus and Muslims- not one sided massacres of Muslims.

The Indian Express reported on 2nd  March, 2002: “(On 1st  March) Tension escalated in the walled city areas just before the Friday prayers. There were violent clashes between mobs in Jamalpur, Bapunagar and Rakhial.” Clearly, Muslims were on the offensive. And The Times of India also reported the same day: “There were signs of retaliation in areas like Juhapura, Kalupur, Dariapur and Shahpur….”  This clears all possible doubts.

The slight difference in the number of people killed in police firing as per official records and this report is because many injured were alive when The Indian Express wrote this, and died later, so the number of killed in police firing increased. And also, The Indian Express could have deliberately kept the number of people killed lower than the true figure due to its horrible anti-Narendra Modi and anti-BJP bias.

3) The Army staged flag marches in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot’s worst affected areas as reported by The Hindu the next day.

The website www.indianembassy.org reports:

The next brigade of the Army was also deployed in Rajkot and Vadodara on 1 March 2002 itself. Three columns allotted to Godhra reached in Godhra, Lunawada and Halol on the early morning of 2 March 2002.

Thereafter the Army has been shifted in Surat and Bhavnagar as and when the situation warranted such a shift.”

URL: http://www.indianembassy.org/new/gujarat_02/index.htm

4) Shoot-at-sight orders were extended to all 34 curfew-bound cities and towns in the state.

5) 2500 (Two thousand five hundred) Muslims were saved in Sanjeli, a town in North Gujarat from a crowd of 8000 armed tribals by the police as reported by India Today dated 22 April 2002.

Official records show that people were also saved at other places- date not known to this writer. There are many other instances as well. Some of them are:

a) 5000 people from the Noorani Mosque area were saved by Ahmedabad Police

b) 240 people were saved at Sardarpura of Mehsana district and shifted to safer places

c) 450 were saved in Pore and Nardipur villages of Gandhinagar district and shifted to safer places

d) 400 were saved in a Madrasa at Bhavnagar

e) 1,500 were saved at Fatehpura village of Vadodara district

f) 3,000 people were saved and shifted from Kwan village of Vadodara district

On March 2 (Saturday)

2nd March 2002 was Saturday. On this day also Muslims were aggressive. Ahmedabad was almost completely peaceful on this day, with major violence occurring in other parts of Gujarat. The police brought the situation under control there and fired on pitched battles between Hindus and Muslims. The Tribune reported on 3rd March 2002 that:

“Ahmedabad, the worst hit by the communal flare-up in the wake of Godhra train killings, was virtually back to normal…”

That is, the Gujarat Government managed to control riots in the state in 3 days after Godhra, and in only 2 days in a communally ultra-sensitive place like Ahmedabad! Reports of The Hindu and The Telegraph of 3rd March 2002 also prove that Ahmedabad was virtually back to normal on 2nd March 2002 itself.

Thus, in brief, the steps taken on 2nd March 2002 were:

1) The police fired more than 1031 rounds and burst 1614 tear gas shells.More than this, because this was the figure till the evening after which more were fired.

2) As per the report of The Hindu- at least 47 people were shot dead by the police in Gujarat- 19 in Ahmedabad, 8 in Godhra, 6 in Vadodara, 5 in Anand, 3 each in Mehsana and Gandhinagar, 2 in Kaira and 1 in Bhavnagar.

As per The Indian Express the next day, 77 people were killed in either police or Army firing.

3) Curfew was imposed in 40 places in Gujarat as per The Hindu.

4) Border Security Force units were dispatched to Surat as reported by The Hindu.

5) 2000 Muslims (Two thousand) were saved in Dahod by the Police.

The efforts of Narendra Modi to control the violence can be clearly seen from India Today weekly dated 18 March 2002 in an article titled “Chronology of a Crisis”.

FEB 27, 2002

8.03 AM: Incident at Godhra claims lives of 57 kar sevaks

8.30 AM: Modi is informed of the carnage. (This could be 9 AM).

4.30PM: Gujarat Assembly adjourned and Modi visits Godhra where he holds a meeting, giving shoot-at-sight orders to the police.

10.30PM:CM holds meeting with senior government officials at Gandhinagar; orderscurfew in sensitive places and pre-emptive arrests.

FEB 28, 2002

8.00 AM: Special control room set up in CM’s house to monitor the situation during VHP bandh.

12.00 PM:Modi informally contacts Centre for calling in army. Cabinet Secretary T.R. Prasad tells Defence Secretary Y. Narain that army is to be mobilised.

12.30PM: Vice-Chief of Army Staff Lt-General N.C. Vij tells Narain that only twocolumns are available as the rest are deployed on the border.

12.35 PM: Prasad directs Narain to advise Chief of Army Staff Gen Padmanabhan to have troops ready due to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Ahmedabad.

12.45PM: Narain tells Vij to arrange immediate movement of troops to Gujarat.

4.00PM:Modi requests army deployment following consultations with Advani.

6.45PM: Cabinet Committee on Security meets under the prime minister’s chairmanship;approves the immediate movement of troops to Ahmedabad and other parts of Gujarat. Vajpayee deputes Fernandes to supervise the deployment of troops.

7.00PM:The Gujarat Government’s formal request for army deployment is received in Delhi.

11.30 PM: Airlifting of troops begins.

MARCH 1, 2002

2.30 AM: A brigade reaches Ahmedabad. The 54th Division’s General Officer Commanding contacts acting Chief Secretary.

9.00AM: Discussions between representatives of the army and the state take place, followed by troop flag march in Ahmedabad.”

Reports from the biased English media also proved that the real riots had stopped in the first three days. Not just that, the media knew it fully well. The following report from The Hindu dated 4th March 2002 will make it clear:

AHMEDABAD, MARCH 3. The orgy of violence in Gujarat appears to have ended. Today only two deaths were reported, one from Godhra. Officially the death roll is 431, more than half of them in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad was quiet, apart from two major arson attacks on a Muslim-owned petrol station and warehouse.

Curfew has been lifted in most areas of the 40 towns and cities where clashes were reported, including Naroda and Meghnaninagar (i.e. Gulmarg Society case) in Ahmedabad, where hundreds were killed. The state administration says that curfew will be relaxed in more areas tomorrow. There was a `sense of normality in the State’ today.

But, the smouldering remains of burnt-out buildings and the acrid smell of burning rubber, five days after the violence began, are a reminder that `normality’ in Ahmedabad is a very long way off.

URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2002/03/04/stories/2002030403090100.htm

This newspaper report clearly proves that the government claim of controlling the riots in 72 hours was absolutely true.

   After 3rd March 2002, the riots were mostly all instigated and started by the Muslims and they were limited only to Ahmedabad, Vadodara and some places near Godhra in Panchmahal district.

  Like in Sanjeli where 2,500 Muslims were saved, 5,000 Muslims were also saved in Bodeli, a town in Vadodara district, from a crowd of over 7,000. The following is another report quoted from India Today dated 8 April 2002:

When a Muslim woman was burnt alive by Hindu zealots, (in Viramgam, not far from Ahmedabad) the minorities, who constitute almost 30 % of the 70,000-odd population went on the rampage. Soon, nearly 15,000 Hindus from nearby villages encircled Viramgam and targeted the Muslim localities in the town. It took some deft handling by the police and the Army to save the day.”

And in the 22 April issue India Today said-

“…Take Sanjeli. In the carnage that ensued after the February 27 Godhra killings, 8,000 armed tribals descended on the town of 8,000 in the tribal heartland of Dahod district. Bows, stones and gunshots rained on the fleeing Muslims, killing 15. Police intervention meant another 2,500 were spared a savage death … In an identical display of insanity, around 7,000 armed tribals marched into Bodeli town in Chotte-Udepur tribal area of Vadodara district intent on massacring the Muslims who had taken shelter there after being driven out of the neighbouring villages. While hundreds were saved by the police, Vadodara District Collector Bhagyesh Jha and other senior officers were fired upon by tribals as they tried to rescue the trapped Muslims.

Tragedy was also averted by the police and army at Viramgam town near Ahmedabad where over 15,000 Hindus, mostly armed OBC Thakores, burnt 250 Muslim houses…”

http://www.india-today.com/itoday/20020422/states.shtml

That is to say, the Gujarat police and the Indian Army together saved thousands of Muslims, of the 21,000-odd of the town. If we assume that there was no police or Army presence, 10,000 Muslims of the town may have been killed. On the basis of records available to this writer, we can conclusively say that the Gujarat Police saved at least 17,500 Muslims in Gujarat. As a matter of fact, many sources have told this writer that the Gujarat Police saved 24,000 Muslims in the state in the first three days alone. They may well be quite correct, since we already have on record 7,500 Muslims saved in Sanjeli and Bodeli in the first three days.

The website www.indianembassy.org seems to be an official site of the Indian Embassy in USA. It says-

“In Mora village of Panchmahal district, SDM, Mamlatdar and police rushed to the spot where the crowd was gathered, dispersed the crowd and saved the lives of 400 people by shifting them to a safe place.

On receipt of information on 3rd March 2002 a madarsa in Asoj, in Vagodia, Vadodara district was likely to be attacked, nearly 40 persons including 22 children were evacuated to a safe place.

On the night of 2/3 March 2002, in Dahod, the police escorted over 2000 persons belonging to minority community to a safe place, rescuing them from the mob that had gathered from surrounding 28 villages.

In Surat city, protection was provided to about 60 persons and mosque in Nana Varacha area.On receipt of information that some women and children were trapped in a mosque, Surat police escorted them to a safe place.

On receipt of information that 100 persons were trapped near Rita society opposite Yateem Khana Jain Mandir, the police immediately rushed there and dispersed the mob, but found no persons trapped inside. Surat police immediately provided protection requested for by 12-15 houses of Muslims near Khoja Masjid.

See link: http://www.indianembassy.org/new/gujarat_02/index.htm

   The riots were brought under control in 72 hours. Police records and figures given by the Union Home Ministry as well as figures given by The Times of India dated 7th March 2002 reveal that as many as 98 people were killed in the first three days in police firing. We have already looked at the reports The Indian Express and The Hindu to know that the figure of 98 people being shot dead in the first 3 days is indeed true. This was a record of sorts. Never before were so many people shot dead in police firing for rioting in so few days in the entire history of communal riots in India, and certainly not in Gujarat, which saw far worse riots in 1969 and 1985.

In the entire state of Gujarat, there are 18,600 villages, 240 municipal towns and 25 district headquarters. In the entire state, riots occurred in no more than 70 places. If you include the two big cities of Ahmedabad and Vadodara, by the maximum stretch of imagination, it can be said that 2 % of the state was affected by riots, or was in flames.

The Times of India in a report dated 28 April 2002 reported that “Of the total substantive arrests made by the police, 9,954 are Hindus and 4,035 Muslims. However, in the preventive arrests column, the statistics show that the number of Hindus arrested is much higher — 17,947 as against 3,616 Muslims.”

To quell the violence:

1-Not only did the Gujarat government call the Army as early as possible but also declared this decision publicly on February 28th evening.

2-The Gujarat police arrested nearly 25,204 out of the 25, 486 accused.

 3-More than 17,000 of the 25,000 arrested were Hindus.

4-Police fired over 10,500 rounds of bullets-including around 4,000 in the first 3 days, though Army was present for 73 out of 74 days.

5-Police fired over 15,000 tear gas shells.

6-98 people were killed in police firing in the first 3 days- and 170 for the entire period of the riots.

7-The police arrested 35,552 people as on 28 April 2002 out of whom 27,901 were Hindus. About 20,000 were preventive arrests.

Far from the BJP being in any way involved in the riots, rivals of the then Chief Minister of Gujarat instigated riots in the state after 21stApril 2002 so as to target Narendra Modi in their Modi-hatao campaign. The Rajya Sabha debated on Gujarat on 6 May 2002. The NDA allies’ votes were also going to count. To get NDA allies to vote against the Modi government, the Opposition wanted to keep the riots going on in Gujarat. It also hoped for a collapse of the NDA, with allies quitting coalition because of the riots.

   Riots in the first three days were all the result of Godhra. But Godhra itself was the brain of local Muslim Congress leaders. The Indian Express of 5 March 2002 reported on Godhra that Congress leaders are accused in Godhra:

1- Mehmud Hussain Kalota, convenor of the Congress district minority cell and president of the Godhra municipality.

2-Salim Abdul Ghaffar Sheikh, president of the Panchmahal Youth Congress.

3-Abdul Rehman Abdul Majid Ghantia, a known Congress worker.

4-Faroukh Bhana, secretary of the district Congress committee.

5- Haji Bilal, a known Congress worker.

When 31 people were convicted for Godhra roasting, 2 Congress men were given LIFE IMPRISONMENT and 1 was given DEATH penalty out of the above 5. Abdul Rehman Abdul Majid Ghantia  and Farroukh Bhana have got life imprisonment and Haji Bilal has got death penalty – 3 out of these 5. http://www.rediff.com/news/report/the-men-convicted-for-godhra-carnage/20110222.htmNo 2 , 3 and 15 in this list are the above-mentioned Congress people.

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  1. 60
    Vivek UNITED STATES Says:

    To,Masiha of Muslim people,Future winner of Nobel peace award,great philosofer,second M.k.Gandhi,Former leader of congress party,President of Hindu Jalao Secularist Party,social worker,Mr.Deepakji,
    I have alread said that my political knowledge more than you.For your kind information BJP won 117 seats out of 224 assembly seats in the karnataka in 2008.In the Gujarat,BJP won fabulous 122 assembli seats out of 174 seats.and In MP,HP,BJP won sufficient majority to came into state power.and let me tell you one thing karnataka,Gujrat states are more progressive states in the Hindustan because CM of that states is not currupt.
    Mr.social scientist,without any proof,how can you say that Pramod Mahajan was kept physical relationship with his brother’s wife?if it is true then i can also say that you are also physicaly related with your sister.it is your bloody US culture not Hindustan.and how can you support to so called revenge taken by Pravin Mahajan?Agar yehi bat hain to ham bhi kahe sakte hain ki RSS ne godhra train incident ka gujarat me aur VHP leader Swami Laxmanamandji ke murder ka(jo Christian church ke kahane par kiya gaya)revenge Orrisa me liya! RSS’s lawyers proved in the high court that the rape on the christian nune was not attempted by Bajrang Dal but she was raped by church father.and now supreme court rejected the appeal given by christian loby.Get it?Madhuri Dixit is sensible woman.she used to visit Hindustan at least twice in the year.Tell me how many time you came to Hindustan since last 10 years?Hindustani kahate ho aur apne comments me Hindustan ko hi galiya dete ho yeh kounsa hindustani proud hain?
    Mr.HJSP,your faltu comments can not stop us from making Akhand Hindu Rastra.Stop your non sence and one sided views.If you have some dare then come in the Hindustan and stay at the area like Mumbra,Azamgarh,Behind the Bazar,and Malegaon where Muslim population is over 73%.them tell me about secularism.US me baith ke bate karna assan hain lekin In hindustan,social situation is far different.
    Jai shri RAM!

  2. 59
    Deepak Says:

    Well said RSS ke chamche:

    Bajrang Dal,VHP ne Gujrat me badla liya,Orrisa me christian logonko sabak sikhaya” This indeed is the truth , it WAS NO MASS REACTION TO GODHRA INCIDENT, A WELL PLANNED MASSACRE OF INNOCENTS..

    RSS BHARAT SE BAHAR ZARUR JAYEGI… ALREADY PEOPLE ARE HATING ITS IDEOLOGY… AND TALKING ABOUT ABOUT ELECTION, I GUESS YOU ARE OK WHEN YOU CLAIM BIG WINS , FOR YOUR INFORMATION YOU GUYS ARE NOT POWER IN KARNATKA, DON’T COUNT BETWEEN 2006-2009, GADHE AISE TO B/T 1947-2009 CONGRESS HAS RULED FOR ALMOST 95% !! MORON STOP MAKING BOGUS COMPARISONS, REALIZE THE TRUTH.

    GUARANTEE NEXT ELECTION BJP WILL SCORE MERELY 50-75 SEATS, those also mostly in MP, GUJARAT and may be UP because most of india’s religious slaves are in these states, people in these states on average are so poor, they are miserably deepened on GOD to SAVE THEIR LIVES AND BETTERMENT, THEY HAVE NO EDUCATION TO HELP THEMSELVES..

    I usually only debate when a person replies to main points that I have raised, but you silently miss those points and chose those ones that benefit you…

    Pathetic is your analysis that ATAL BIHARI, UMA AND PROMOD WERE SO IMPT THAT YOUR PARTY LOST ELECTION, dude ATAL BIHARI CAN BARELY OPEN HIS EYES, what benefit will it do to SLAVE OF RSS BJP?? UMA BHARTI, she is less qualified to be a politician than my pet doggy… and PRAMOD MAHAJAN?? HE DIED BECAUSE HE DESERVED IT, A GUY WHO BLACKMAILS HIS BROTHER AND SEXUALLY ABUSES HIS WIFE WILL ONLY GET A BULLET ..LOL SHAME SHAME!!

    B J P lost because of three issues:

    1. singing the fake agenda of RAM TEMPLE and hindutva

    2. Showcasing terrorist MODI as next PM, this guy if by mistake leaves Gujarat CM post, will be killed in streets of India like a mad dog

    3. Barking against leaders like MANMOHAN as weak and calling Congress at 125 year old Bhudiya…lol you idiots were shown the real face!!

    AND FOR ME LIVING IN USA, Madhuri dixit lives in LA, she is is not indian?? there are some 2 million Americans in USA, they are not Indians?? SALE JIN INDIANS SE BHEEKH MAGTE HAI DOLLARS KI, THEY ARE NOT INDIANS??

    SALE BIKHARIYON, even though I pity India for having you dumb asses in it, IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOUR STRENGTH, THEN I MUST SAY YOU GUYYS ARE COWARDS COMPARED TO TERRORIST OF PAKISTAN…THEY COME IN GROUP OF 10 AND KILL 200 OF US, YOU SLAVES COME IN PACK OF 25000 TO KILL 2000 …YEA TUMNE HINDUON KA DAM DIKKHAYA, SALE BIKHARI, YOU KILLED INNOCENTS IN GROUPS OF THOUSANDS…IN REALITY YOU CAN’T EVEN HAVE SEX WITH YOUR WIVES…THATS WHY THEY HAVE EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIRS…

    FUTURE IS TRUTH, FUTURE IS FREEDOM, NOT SOME SLAVE, 18TH CENTURY MENTALITY OF RSSS…THUUUUUU

  3. 58
    Vivek UNITED STATES Says:

    To,Future winner of Nobel peace Award,social worker,great philosofer,Masiha of Muslim community,social scientist,President of Hindu Jalao Secularist Party,Former Congress praiser, Mr.Deepakji,
    If someone read your last excellent post then he will surely offered you BOOKER PRIZE!
    Let me clear you one thing I never get frustreted by your silly,one sided views.If Hindu do not want to support RSS then why are Bhartiya Janta Party won Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh-Karnataka-Chattisgarh-Punjab-Himachal Pradesh Assembli elections between 2006 to 2009?BJP was lost last Parlimentory election due to party’s internal conflict not by rejection of Hindus.They were failed covered the issue of terrorism,electricity power etc properly.Leader likes Pramod Mahajan,Atal Bihari Vajpayi,Uma Bharti was not available in the election campaign.My political knowledge surely more than you.Agar main BJP ka Gulam hun to aap bhi Congress party ke Gulam lagate hain jaisake Aap ne Congress ki tarrif ki hain!Don’t teach me politics mr.philosofer.
    See Mr.HJSP,Akhand Hindu Rastra is our important aim.for that purpose we can do whatever as per situation demanded.No one can stop us neither you nor your congress party.Since last 600 Hindu religion tolerated lots but now our Hindu organisations can’t stand it.With the exact word of Swatantraveer V.D.Savarkar to all Muslim in the Hindustan “YEH HINDU RASRA HOGA,JARUR HOGA,AGAR AAP AYE TO SATHME,NAHI AYE TO AAP KE BINA,AUR AGAR HAMARE RASTEME AYE TO AAP KA SAMPURN VINASH KARKE YEH DHYEYA HAM PURA KARENGE”!
    Bajrang Dal,VHP ne Gujrat me badla liya,Orrisa me christian logonko sabak sikhaya,Amarnath problem ke time 3 moths kashmir ghati ka high way band kiya(only kashmir not jammu where majority of hindu are most)tab aap ke so called congress party ne hindu organisations ko ban kyu nahi kiya kyonki ye Hinduon ki Takad aur revenge tha.YOU GET IT?
    You are Hindustani?and living in USA?HA HA HA!what a joke!RSS(and I) will be thrown out of Hindustan?HU HU HU.its another Joke.Waise Din sapne dekhna buri bat nahi !

  4. 57
    Deepak Says:

    dude Vivek, you dun really have to be sarcastically respectful to me because I am not gonna give you any concessions!! So stick to the basics and call me by my normal name ye ji ji MODI AUR USKE CHAMCHON KE SAMNE ACCHA LAGTA HAI…HUM HINDUSTANIYON KO TERE JAISE GULAMO SE JI JI SUNNE KI ADAT NAHI HAI TUNNA!!

    AN SUN MERI BAAT APNI GULAMI KO CHHOD KE:

    The debates you made earlier and the sentences you are throwing at me NOW clearly show your frustration as to whenever a guy does a good research and taunts you guys with the real crimes you do every day in streets!! AND YOU SHOULD BE FRUSTRATED, BRO YOUR WHOLE PARTY IS!!

    You are telling me I have thoughts similar to a party who likes to burn Hindus? Meaning Congress?? are we forgetting that it is the same HINDUS, MUSLIMS, SIKHS, CHRISTIANS alike who got congress back to power!!

    If your BHARAJ JALAO PARTY( bjp), RACIST SEXIST SAMAJ(rss) AND VIOLENT HENIOUS PARTY(vhp) were doing any good for India, it would be you guys in power not Congress…Congress cannot win only with muslims vote, it got support of most of the country…WHAT HAPPENED?/ YOU GUYS COULD NOT JUSTIFY YOURSELF ENOUGH DURING ELECTIONS?? OH LET ME GUESS, YOU WERE BUSY DECIDING WHO WILL LAY THE FIRST SHEILA AT AYODHYA?? HAHA!!

    If anyone gave a damn about this temple issue, and it they thought it was genuine issue, you guys would have been supported, but The hindus of India themselves rooted you guys out, IN 1984 AFTER RIOTS, CONGRESS CAME BACK WITH THUMPING MAJORITY , (im not saying, this is something to be proud of) BUT THEY DID, AFTER GUJARAT RIOTS, BJP WENT OUT OF POWER, AND NOW HAS BEEN DEFEATED TWICE CONSECUTIVELY!

    You morons and your leaders got one chance in entire history of India to get in power, and what was the result? who were kicked out by the very HINDUS, who claim to be working for…dude you can propagate all you want, RSS is getting MILLIONS OF DOLLARS from outside india, not to mention all the home sick hindus who just donate blindly, yet if they can make few hospitals, and blood banks, THEY HAVE NOT DONE ANY MIRACLE…

    JUST EQUATE THAT WITH ALL THE BLOOD THEY HAVE SHED OF INNOCENTS, I THINK ALL THESE BLOOD BANKS WILL RUN SHORT….

    BETA KUCH AUR SALON KI BAAT, TERE JAISE LOGON KO AYR TERI PARTY RSS KO JOOTE MAAR MAAR KE INDIA SE BAAR KARENGE, SALON AGAR BHAGWAAN KA NAAM LE KE LOGON KE BATANA BHUL NA GAYE TO FIR DEKHNA…

    AGAR TUM LOG SACCHE HINDU HOTE, TO IT WOULD NOT MATTER WHERE YOU BUILD RAM TEMPLE, BHAGWAAN TO KAN KAN MAIN BASTA HAI, TO FIR KYA AYODHYA AUR KYA LANKA…KAHI BHI MANDIR BANAO, BUT YOU CRIMINALS WANT TO MAKE AN ISSUE THAT CAN RIP APART EMOTIONS , CONGRESS ALSO REAPS ON MUSLIMS VOTES, BUT IT IS NOT AS CHEAP AS BJP WHO REAPS FRUIT ON CHEAP RELIGIOUS POLITICS…YOU GUYS ARE FAR HENIOUS AND SELF DEGRADED THAN SAMAJ WADI PARTY + CONGRESS + CPI…

    VANDE MARTAMMMM… MODI BESHARAM…. RSS KA KUCH NAHI DHARAM!!!

  5. 56
    Vivek UNITED STATES Says:

    To,future winner of Nobel peace award,great philosofer,second M.K.Gandhi,social worker,Masiha of Muslim religion,Maha Manava,Mr.Deepakji,
    another excellent article.You should write a book on secularism.You will definately earn lot of money from its copyrights.keep it up.Should we established a new party named as ‘Hindu Jalao Secularist Party’.You will be the president of this party.Osama Bin Laden will be the spokesman of the party and myself will simple party worker.our party’s agenda should as follows 1)Party if comes in power then all RSS and her sub hindu organisation’s volunteer will send into Gas Chember.
    2)all hospitals,Anathashrama,schools,Goshalas,blood banks which are builded by Sangh Parivar in the Adivasi Sectors will be demolished.
    3)all Hindus should forced to wear cross locket arond nake.
    4)all hindus should forced to offered a Namaz at every Friday.
    5)at every temple,the lines of bible and Quran should be read loudly.
    6)Hindus should keep quite even after relatives is butured or raped by Muslim or christian people otherwise HJSP will call the tanks from border if Hindus start to defend itself.
    7)In Hindustan,Shariyat Law will be charged at all over.
    8)Muslim people will be allowed to rape at least 3 hindu women per day.
    9)JO HINDU RELIGION KO JYADA SE JYADA GALIYAN DEGA USKO INCOME TAX ME CHOOT MILEGI.
    10)HJSP will impose Zijiya tax on Hindus and it should be collected strictly otherwise hindus will get punishments.
    11)US based intellegence buero and terrorist oraganisation CIA and FBI will see if implementation of above agenda is correctly done or not.
    12)and at last but not least,HJSP HAM US ME BAITH KE HI CHALAYENGE,AC ROOM CHHOD KE KAUN HINDUSTAN AYEGA.
    Deepakji, don’t feel nervous. you can put your own more strict and cruel laws a
    gainst Hindus.
    Muze accha laga ke aap USA me baith ke muzse jyada Hindustan ki care kar rahe hain.I lost my grandfather when i was 7 year old.so i don’t remember how much my grandpa took care of my family but we never count love and affection in the dollors.O.K.?

  6. 55
    Deepak Says:

    Vivek,
    You are using IRRELEVANT, SARCASTIC and RHETORICAL arguments to make any point, even if it exist. I don’t give a damn if RSS men get married or not…they commit enough sexual crimes anyways, that marriage is a shame for these heinous criminals..

    Now let me break down your pathetic, self propagated arguments bit by bit, first of all tell me who the hell gave RSS the right to represent hindus worldwide?/ Majority of Hindus within india don’t support its existence, then how the hell they can claim they are working for our benefit??

    They have one political agenda, and that is to communally divide india and rep fruits in politics, if they had no interest in power, BJP would not exist.. I know congress and BJP are both alike when it comes to national security, corruption, development..

    BUT I NEVER SAY WHAT CONGRESS DID IN 84 WAS JUSTIFIED, whenever that debate comes up, I condemn Rajiv gandhi for letting his followers cause mayhem in delhi and elsewhere, and do I blame all congress leaders who instigated the mobs..

    Doode when VHP AND RSS say in public, this was a mass reaction, any matured and self aware person would laugh it out, given india’s present social condition, the so called “hindus who were angry” comprised of dalits, adivasi’s and begagrs who could barely fill their stomach, they were all mobilized dude to RSS hate work against minorities being done over the years, and when they got spark, they ignited it into a explosion..

    I never said, muslims or anyone else who do wrong things should be just left, those who commit crimes should be hanged or even killed, they deserve that, BUT BLEEDING INNOCENTS IS NOT JUSTIFIED YOU RSS SLAVE , GET IT??? IT IS NOT JUSTIFIED…

    BLOOD DOES NOT WASH AWAY BLOOD!!

    What muslims in godhra did was terrible, unacceptable, they should have been arrested and prosecuted, also hanged, even if there number was in hundreds, I don’t care, but killing other muslims all across GUJARAT including children is even worse worse worse criminal and barbaric crime a man can ever do…

    AND WHAT ABOUT THE SEXUAL VIOLENCE?? YOU FOOL, WHY DON’T YOU UTTER SINGLE WORD ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE COMMITTED AGAINST WOMEN?? THEIR IS UNDENIABLE EVIDENCE THAT WOMEN WERE SYSTEMATICALLY TARGETED, WAS THIS ALSO A NATURAL REACTION???

    So called RSS SHAKHAS, if they had a noble goal in mind, would only make a young person strong to defend himself and educate himself, but they preach hatred to them, by saying all muslims are enemies of US, this single ideology is enough to tell everyone, RSS is no social or welfare organization, that is just a mask they use to hide their heinous thoughts…

    Every time they come under ATTACK, they use the cloak or HINDUISM to hide behind indian people as if they have support of entire India, why does not RSS workers show any drama in delhi?? because they now, over there they will be ran down like mad dogs and killed, these cowards can only bark where PSEUDO-HINDUTVA PARTY B J P (BHARAT JALAO PARTY) is in rule…COWARDS COWARDS COWARDS…

    And don’t preach me about me living in USA and bullshit, I care more about indian than your grandfather even cared for your family… and wait for another week before i start posting about ANOTHER HENIOUS REVELATION THAT I HAVE UNCOVERED, I KNEW ABOUT THIS FROM LAST YEAR, BUT DID NOT WANT TO SPEAK UNTIL I KNEW IT WAS TRUTH FACT, WHICH IS RELATED TO VIDEO FOOTAGE RECORDED BY VHP CRIMINALS DURING RIOTS SHOWING REAL CRIMES COMMITTED BY THEM ON INNOCENTS…!!

    For months i was in shock that this can also be done by someone, by my friend in MUMBAI, after 6 months of hard work has finally ebign able to recovered few films recorded by amateur cameraman during actual riots that show the unbelievable crimes as they were happening, in his e-mail he said “MY BLOOD BOILED AFTER WATCHING FIRST 10 MIN OF THE FILM”

    JAI HIND, LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY AND DEATH TO COMMUNAL HATRED, FASCISM AND PSEUDO NATIONALIST AGENDA!!1

  7. 54
    Vivek UNITED STATES Says:

    To,future winner of Nobel peace award,second M.k.Gandhi,great philosofer,social scientist,Masiha of Muslim people,MR Deepakji,
    You are excellent person in this earth.Bhad me gaya Hindutva and SANGH PARIVAR.kya rakha hain isme.This SANGH PARIVAR’S volunteers are workless and aimless.They have nothing to do.They left their homes for the purpose of work in ADIVASI SECTOR where some of them were killed by MAOIST OR NAXLIST.yeh to pagalpan hi to hain.Rahene do un Adivasion ko waise hi illeterate,poor and let them converted into Christian or Muslim religion.Hamara kya jata hain?Hame to sirf USA me hi to rahana hain?Tyag nam ki chij iss Sangh Parivar ko malum hain kya?they are remained unmarried for Hinduism like Dr.Pravin Togdia,Sadhvi Hritambara.They are half mad thats why they are working for GOGRAM YATRA,HINDU SANGHARSH SAMITI,AND SO ON!
    Godhra train jaalan hatyakand ke bad VHP AUR BAJRANG DAL ke logon ne kahana chahi ye tha ke “Muslimbhaiyo Aap logon ne pichese hamari mar diyi hai to ab agese bhi mar di jiye ham kuch nahi kahenge.Pichele 500 salonse hamari maa bahenon ki ijjat apne lut liyi hain to ab bhi apke pass mauka hain ,ham sirf dekhate rahenge pichale kayi barsonse yahi to ham kar rahe hain.”because it is our real secularism.right Mr.Deepakji?tommorrow onward i will pray for PARLIMENT attack fame Afjal Guru and Mahamad Kasab to not hang by Hindustan,from tommorrow I myself destroyed the idol of Lord Ganesh,Lord Ram because i do not want to give pain to the hands of Muslims.I definately sure that you will wellcomed my new Avtar.
    To Chand Usman,
    Say sorry to second M.k.Gandhi MR.Deepakji.you are totally unknown about the power of Deepakji.He can change all the world by sitting in USA.We are psycho guys.
    Long live AL QUEDA AND SIMI!JAY OSAMA LADEN!JAI DEEPAKJI KI!HELL HINDU RELIGION!JAI SECULARISM!

  8. 53
    Vivek UNITED STATES Says:

    To,future winner of Nobel peace award,second M.k.Gandhi,great philosofer,social scientist,MR Deepakji
    You are great person. really great.I feel very sad about Muslim peoples in the Hindustan.I have change my mind by reading your last comments.now i decided to become a secularist.Tommorrow onwards, i will kill each and every hindus and support to SIMI and Miraz riots to appreciated their vilonce against hindus.Hindu sab Namard hain.

  9. 52
    Deepak Says:

    How come there are no other eye witnesses from other bogies of that train?? why are you talking about a LONE SURVIVOR?? There should be hundreds of eyewitnesses to the KAND.. probably she is one who is white washed like other hindus are being white washed by RSS…

    Now you are asking me , WHAT PROOF is there that RSS has killed muslims?? This is a very sarcastic and rhetoric question you sick soul… let me ask you…

    WHAT WAS THE PROOF THAT 84 RIOTS WERE CAUSED BY CONGRESS??

    WHAT IS THE PROOF THAT PAKISTAN IS THE ONE TO BE BLAMED FOR DEATHS IN INDIA ??

    The proof for all these are eyewitnesses and confessions made by people, JUST LIKE THIS SITE SAYS CONGRESS CAUSED 84 riots, same way the eyewitness accounts are enough to tell us the RSS organized these crimes…

    Of course the main leaders will not come out in open to attack people, but JUST LIKE PAKISTAN SUPPORTS TERRORIST AGAINST INDIA, RSS SUPPORTS ITS CADRES/SLAVES AGAINST MINORITIES IN INDIA. Just because the top leader did not do the killings, does not mean RSS is free from the crimes.

    All these crimes were supported by RSS AND VHP.

    There are hundreds of eye witbnesses who have said that men who were roaming the streets after Godhra were wearing saffron bands and holding kvives disguised as trishuls…

    THIS IS BIGGEST PROOF OF EVIL NATUREN OF VHP, WHICH HAD TRANSFORMED A HOLY TRISHUL OF SHIV JI, INTO A KILLING WEAPON , HAVE YOU SEEN THE SHAPE OPF THIS WEAPON, IT IN NO WAY LOOKS LIKE A TRISHUL, IT CAN ONLY BE USED TO ATTACKS SOMEONE…THIS IS THE TRUE COLOR OF VHP…

    To prove my talsk, I am going to referecne some chapters from a published report on RSS activities across india, in US based think thank, and all these claims are 100% proven claims… read carefully you MODI SLAVE READ…:

    One does not know as to what criterion the US based Terrorism Research Center, the US think tank on this issue, has used but it has gone on to label RSS, the patriarch of Hindutva organizations, BJP, VHP, Bajarang dal etc., as a terrorist outfit. RSS shares this category with other organizations defamed in different parts of the World as terrorists like Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Hamas etc. Sangh’s (RSS progeny) own definition and understanding of terrorists has been summed up by RSS pracharak
    (propagator) and current Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi in the sentence, “All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims!” How come a Muslim baiter organization itself has been so labeled!

    It seems from amongst the various definitions floating around about terrorism, the one stating, killing of innocent persons for political goals, seems to be the one followed by this center. It goes without saying that in this definition generally states are not included. Lately some states have been called as terrorist states and BJP had been urging upon US to declare Pakistan as a terrorist state. Some states have been listed as terrorists by US itself. We will not go on to discuss the violence of the state and its
    goals, which is quite a complex phenomenon. We will also not touch upon the bias exercised by those defining terrorism. In a limited way we follow the definition, killing of innocents for political goals, we will try to see whether the assessment of US based center is true.

    It is important to concede here that terrorism emerges from ideology of groups with specific goals. It is also important to realize that all those who manufacture this goal and ideology, which leads to violence are terrorists or rather they are the real ones’. And if the blame is to be apportioned, they
    should be held more responsible before the finger is pointed to those who use sword, bullets or AK 47 or who pilot the planes to ram into WTC or the like.

    No doubt the RSS pracharks will never even go to pick up arms, to kill anybody personally. Even in RSS shakhas training is given only for wielding lathis, batons. Of course keeping with times RSS progeny Bajarang dal and Durga vahini have begun to give training in the use of firearms and VHP is distributing knives, disguised as trishuls in thousands, but in RSS shakhas these are no no. Apart from the lathi wielding the other part of the training is bauddhik (intellectual). This training is based on the spread of hatred for minorities, hatred for secular and democratic values. It goes on to say that in this nation of Hindus, others, Muslims and Christians are aliens, also that Communists, Muslims and Christians are internal threat to Hindu nation.

    The venom of hate is tailor made for each community. Muslims are equated to yavan snakes. Prof Bipan Chandra narrates his experience in listening to the shakha training. While on a morning walk he overheard the young boys attending the shakha being told that Muslims are like snakes. It is easier to kill a young snake rather than the grown up one. The message of this ‘intellectual’ exercise is too clear. The inspiration and methods of Hate are picked up from the Nazi Germany. RSS ideologue Golwalkar articulated it, ” German race pride has now become topic of the day. To keep up the purity of nation and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of Semitic races-the Jews. National pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well-neigh impossible it is for races and cultures having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindustan to learn and profit by.” (M.S. Golwalkar, We or Our Nationhood defined, Nagpur 1938 p.27).

    One wondered whether RSS really means it. But to one’s utter shock one was told by a senior RSS ideologue that if a person of the stature of Gandhi could not solve the ‘Muslim problem’, what can the present small genre of pseudo secularists achieve! As per him (and apparently as per RSS) there is a single solution to this problem, what one knows as the “Final Solution”! This hate ideology, which is drilled in the heads of young recruits is the base on which the foundation of communal violence comes up. The RSS ideology’s outcome first got manifested in Godse’s murdering of Gandhi. Of course RSS never owned the fact that Godse was trained by RSS and was RSS pracharak before he decided to join Hindu Mahasabha. His brother Gopal Godse maintained in different interviews that they (his brother Nathuram and he himself) had never left RSS. Most of the inquiry commission reports on the communal violence (Justice Reddy, Vithayathil, Venugopal, Madon and others) have shown irrefutably that their has been a role of some organization affiliated to or floated by a pracharak of RSS, which has played crucial role in the violence.

    The strategy is very clear, RSS trains the volunteers who carry on the RSS work by joining or floating different organizations. The advantage of this strategy is that the blame of riots can never come directly on the RSS.

    One recalls that after the defeat in 1937 elections, Muslim Leagues and Hindu Mahsabha stepped up their Hate other campaigns as they could not win the elections on the appeal of their religion. RSS also stepped up its hate other campaign. These poisonous seeds of hatred were dormant and are bearing the poisonous fruits more so after the decade of 1980. This hate other ideology passes through different conveyor belts and its final stop is that where the poor gullible sections take up arms, intoxicated by the opium of hate ideology which is laced in the language of religion for desired effect.

    Every terrorist outfit has its own agenda. Al Qaeda was trained by CIA via Pakistan to throw away the Socialist Russia’s occupation of Afghanistan. LTTE is a reaction the Sinahala domination of Tamils, Khalistainis were the expression of deeper dissatisfaction of Sikh masses on economic and ethnic grounds, ULFA again is the expression ethnic problem handled in an insensitive way and so on and so forth. RSS and Muslim League in pre-partition times were the expression of the fears of feudal elements that their norms and values are under threat in the wake of modern education, industrialization and the values of Liberty, Equality and fraternity becoming the major ideology of the struggling masses. The same fear, existential anxiety, of another middle classes has got crystallized in the politics of RSS. And this is the coming up of dalits and women demanding social and gender justice some themselves. Whatever is the deeper societal agenda, RSS methods and mechanisms of action do give rise to the VHPs, Bajarang dals and Durga Vahinis. It is probably this deeper understanding of the dynamics of RSS functioning which must have prompted the research center to label it as a terrorist organization.

    RSS training is on twin tracks. One is the physical one, games and all that. The second is the bauddhik one. It is the latter which motivates its progeny to incite people to take up arms and kill the ‘other’, the ‘enemy’ in the ruthless fashion. The anatomy of a riot, violence, is very interesting and complex both at the same time. How the average dalit, adivasi, worker with empty stomach and non existent future is mobilized as the foot soldier of RSS agenda, is something social scientists have to explain. RSS pracharak may be at the same time sitting and giving a quiet discourse on Hindu values, Hindu rashtra while RSS ideology will grip the section of population to unleash violence, to kill the innocents. It does achieve the political goal of consolidation of section of Hindus behind RSS; it does make them come back to power or strengthen its power. The definition with which we began was killing of innocents for power or political agenda is terrorism. And that’s precisely what RSS work does.

    The only point of overt confusion some times can be that unlike Osama, or the AK 47 weilding terrorist in parts of the World, RSS volunteer will appear to be the apostle of quietness. And this is the wiliest and cleverest part of RSS operation. To achieve its goal, to get the minorities beaten and killed without taking up the arms oneself. The violence is leased out by clever social and psychological manipulation. In that sense AK 47 may miss the target but a mind poisoned and initiated by Hate ideology propagated by RSS will come out as violence some time or the other, here or there, it’s just a question of time. Culture, the cloak of this organization is the most subtly disguised cover for the terrorist goals of this organization. This terrorist outfit kills many birds in a single stone, the birds being minorities and weaker sections of society. But of course there will be much noise that name of RSS should be taken off from the list of this research center. In case of RSS, this outfits’ culture is the terror for large sections of minorities and weaker sections of society in India.

  10. 51
    Deepak Says:

    Now coming the the most fabricated stories that you tell all the time…

    THE ONLY SURVIVOR OF THE GODHRA KAND.. GAYATRI PANCHAL” this is what you wrote right?? How many boogies are usually in one train?? and how many boogies were put on fire??

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