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.

Attacks on Muslims

Posted on August 31, 2008 - Filed Under 05-Attacks on Muslims | 30 Comments

   Outwardly it may appear that this book attempts to highlight the attacks on the Hindus and to pinpoint the lies of the political opponents thriving on Muslim votebank, of the English media, and of the so-called social activists and human rights organizations. To read it so grossly, to assess it so superficially is to commit another serious mistake. This is not to suggest that the Hindus alone suffered in the Gujarat riots. The Muslims also suffered in retaliatory violence in the first three days- i.e. on 28th February, 1st March and 2nd March 2002. Despite this, in many cases, they were also on the offensive at some places even in the first three days, and in some cases were at the receiving end even after the first three days. Let us here deal with the attacks on Muslims in the Gujarat riots.

   The cause of the retaliatory riots has already been discussed at length in the first chapter. But there were also many more causes. The weekly India Today in its issue of 18th March 2002 discusses many of these causes. This is what India Today correspondent V. Shankar Aiyar reported from Ahmedabad:

  “The immediate provocation for the riots may have been the Godhra inferno, but the savagery of retaliation belies a resentment spanning years. The Hindu-Muslim gulf has been widening since the 1969 Ahmedabad riots, the 1989 rath yatra on the Ayodhya Ram mandir issue and has been fuelled by the Kashmir conflict. The heightening Indo-Pakistan tension and Islamic terrorism in the past two years—from cross-border terrorist attacks in Kashmir to the December 13 Parliament attack—have given Hindu militancy both momentum and respectability. In fact, Gujarat is perhaps the only state where the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) resembles a mass movement.

  The past few months have seen mounting public opinion on the lack of action against Pakistan—over Kargil and more recently the Parliament attack. In fact, during his attempts last week to pacify Gujarat, Union Defence Minister George Fernandes was not only pummelled by stones, but also queries like, “Why isn’t India attacking Pakistan?”

  Indifference to or perhaps ignorance of global compulsions has fuelled hostility and the state’s Muslim population is being held responsible for Pakistan’s jehadi policies.

  Another aggravation has been the mushrooming of Deobandi madarsas in the border state over the past two years. The lackadaisical attitude of the Keshubhai Patel and Narendra Modi governments in curbing their growth has widened the gulf between the communities. In fact, police officials attribute the ferocity of attack at the Gulmarg Society and former MP Ehsaan Jafri’s house to the presence of one such madarsa in the complex”.

  In the first three days in Gujarat, really, the Muslims were at the receiving end.There was unimaginable anger in the people’s minds after the mind-numbing Godhra carnage. As the same India Today correspondent put it in the same issue:

  “Last week, what marked the slaughter of people was the unprecedented intensity as well as societal sanction. The underclass was supported in the looting by the middle and upper middle classes, including women. They not only indulged in pillaging but openly celebrated the destruction and mounting death toll. Residents from posh localities in Ahmedabad didn’t balk at taking to the streets at the slightest hint of an approaching mob. By the chief minister’s own admission, the pattern of rioting didn’t correspond at all to Gujarat’s 100 most sensitive localities. New areas joined the sectarian frenzy.”

  This clearly shows that, in the first three days, the masses were enraged with Godhra. No Sangh Parivar organization could be blamed for the riots.If any was involved, it was purely incidental. And incidentally, 25 Congress leaders were also accused of attacking Muslims in the post-Godhra riots as per a report in The Times of India dated 9th August 2003.

  The Council for International Affairs and Human Rights sent a study team to do field study and submit report on the communal riots in Gujarat. Justice D.S.Tewatia, Vice-Chairman of the Council and a former Chief Justice of Calcutta and Punjab and Haryana High Courts, was the leader of the team. Other  members were:Dr.J.C Batra, senior advocate, Supreme Court of India, Dr. Krishan Singh Arya, Academician, Chandigarh, Shri Jawahar Lal Kaul, former Assistant Editor,  Jansatta,  Delhi, and Prof. B.K.Kuthiala,  Dean, Faculty of Media studies, G.J.University, Hisar. The team left for Gujarat on 1st  April and returned on 7th  April,2002.

    The report “Godhra and Afterof the Council says:

    “…3.Hindu mobs, especially during the first week of March, comprised a mix of people belonging to lower, lower middle and upper middle socio-economic strata of the society.

   4.Involvement of upper middle class Hinduin arson and looting is a phenomenon seen for the first time in the country.

    5.The Hindu mobs appeared to be more interested in destroying the property of selected establishments of Muslims.It was reported that a  chain  of restaurants with  Hindu  names and owned  by a Muslim family was targetted because of the perception that lot of money from the gulf countries had been invested, thereby putting  Hindu  competitors at a disadvantage.

    6.Another new phenomenon reported to the Study Team was the presence and active participation of women in the mobs.”

Attacks on Muslims

   Attacks by large mobs began in the districts of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Saberkantha and, for the first time in its history, Gandhinagar on February 28. Violence spread to the largely rural districts of Panchmahals, Mehsana, Kheda, Junagadh, Banaskantha, Patan, Anand and Narmada the next day. Over the next two days, Bharuch and Rajkot and later Surat were hit.

   To understand exactly the attacks on Muslims, it is necessary to read the English as well as the Gujarati newspapers of that time. The weekly India Today’s report on that in its issue dated 18th March 2002 is also useful. A report from that issue reads thus:

   “… Aware that people would shy away from blatant aggression in their own areas, outsiders were recruited to attack pre-targeted localities. In most cases, the locals didn’t protest and actually egged on the rioters, so intense was the hatred of the “other”.

   There was also a deliberate attempt to mar the economic interests of the Muslim community. Not only were shops and establishments with obvious Muslim names attacked, but in a chilling revelation of the meticulous planning, so were those with names like Aashirwaad or Saffron that were jointly owned by Hindus and Muslims. Armed with information on share-holding and partnerships, they swooped down on establishments that variously included a medical shop near EllisBridge, the Honda franchisee on Gandhi Nagar road and the truck operator who carted Opel cars at Halol. The approximate loss suffered by business in six days of violence: Rs 500 crore a day.”

The same report also says:

In a week of a vengeful spree following the February 27 Godhra carnage, more than 600 people have died across the state and 20,000 rendered homeless in Ahmedabad alone. Mosques and dargahs have been burnt or damaged, and several have been converted into Hulladiya Hanuman temples or Godhadiya temples in honour of the Godhra victims. Fluttering saffron flags signal a perverse victory. Despite a past pockmarked by communal riots, Gujarat has all but lost its moorings as a tolerant society.”

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The above is the beginning of the Chapter “Attacks on Muslims”. To read the full chapter, read the book “Gujarat Riots: The True Story”.

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30 Responses to “Attacks on Muslims”

  1. 1
    atul INDIA Says:

    nice one its really an eyeopener

  2. 2
    kabir malhotra AUSTRALIA Says:

    muslims only understand the language of violence.they started it.muslims shouln’t forget that this is India n not your country pakistan or some nation arab.

  3. 3
    deepak UNITED STATES Says:

    Kabir malhotra…

    And australia is not country either you slave…get out of there and go back to India and be a slave to MODI AND ADVANI

  4. 4
    vikas INDIA Says:

    HI,
    Deepak is mad guy.he can’t do anything for hindustan.

  5. 5
    Ramachandran Nair INDIA Says:

    Riots have been a regular feature in the history of Gujarat. Its mainly because of the fundamentalistic attitude of one section of the population who openly flouted the ‘Indianness’ and merily indulged in anti-Hindu activities. Those who were witness to the Sept 1969 riots of Gujarat can vouchsafe that the 2002 riots also occured as a genuine retaliation to the Godhra incident. But this incident gave the non-BJP formation a much touted ship to bash up Hindu feelings and sentiments. Why there were no similar cries in Sept, 1969. Any sensible indian will understand the gameplan of the Congress and its allies.

  6. 6
    Arvind[Hindu] INDIA Says:

    Very Good I am so happy . I Have really enjoyed,

    Dharmo rakshitha rakshitha haa” Our Modi is like Lord Sri Krishna I request all the Hindus to vote the BJP and make Modi as Prime Minister of India , Varuna Home Minister of India

  7. 7
    indian INDIA Says:

    WORLD WOULD CONSIDER HINDU HIZRAH IF NOT COUNTER ATTACK AFTER GODHRA,HINDUS HINDUS HINDUS??????? UNITE UNITE UNITE??????? MUSLIM HAS DONE HUGE HUGE ATROCITIES ON HINDU INDIANS AND WE HAVE BEEN SILENT SPECTATOR,SINCE BEFORE WE USE TO BELIEVE IN NON AHIMSA,BUT MOHMEDDANS HAS TAUGHT US BLOOD BATH & T=ATTACKS RAPES WE ARE FOLLOWING IT TO ATLEAST TO DEFEND IN CASE OF ATTACK.
    GOD BLESS THOSE HINDUS WHO HAVE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY PARTICIPATED AND SAVED PRIDE OF COMMUNITY.

  8. 8
    Max UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Says:

    How hard u try…..U CAN NNOT COVER THE SIN the people did in Gujarat
    4get all facts and figures…..There will be one day, when all the truth will come out. Then, all the wrong doers will pay for it…

    And by the way…Hindu’s or Muslims don’t own India…and no matter no one does…Its god’s land and belongs to all…

    GET A LIFE GUYS….talking about religion and cast…If u believe in a religion keep it for yourself.

  9. 9
    uDickSuckers Says:

    history repeats..

  10. 10
    Kiran Says:

    Those who has the opinion that Muslims should go to pakistan are kindly requested to go to Nepal. Because India is not Hinud country.

  11. 11
    Mohit Sharma AUSTRALIA Says:

    Nepal is also not a Hindu country. India was partitioned in 1947 for Muslims. Their leader Jinnah is on record demanding transfer of population. Pakistan has already done its part by throwing out and killing or converting all Hindus. Jinnah in his letters to Rajendra Prasad had said in 1947 that India has the right to treat Muslims as aliens. Hindus have no homeland. Muslims have no locus standi to stay in India after 1947 and their treatment of Hindus in their homeland.

  12. 12
    basit(true indian) UNITED STATES Says:

    We shud nt discrimenate in any caste ,religion .We all know that the gujrat roits was political.After this above 2000 die.l am a muslim it nt mean i not love india or nt respect non muslim even i live in muslim majority area of j&k.

  13. 13
    Doom UNITED STATES Says:

    I am sorry about what happened.

  14. 14
    ahraz athar(muslim) Says:

    the writer is a biased person.even in the chapter on the attacks on muslims he is not able to hide his biased charecter giving in details of attacks on hindus.i think he is a member of hindu terror outfits like vhp.THE HINDUS WERE SO AFRAID OF MUSLIMS THAT THEY ATTACKED SUCH AREAS WHERE MUSLIM HOUSES WERE ABOUT 100 OR 200 OR AT THE MOST 500.THEY WERE NEVER ABLE TO MASSACRE MUSLIMS IN HIGHLY MUSLIM DOMINATED AREAS.THEY FACED STRONG RETALIATION.THEY WERE SUPPORTED BY POLICE.IN PITCHED BATTLES THE POLICE FIRED TOWARDS MUSLIM SIDE TAKING THE SIDE OF HINDU MOBS.I LOVED MY INDIA A LOT BUT AFTER I LEARNED THAT MY BROTHERS(MUSLIMS)HAVE BEEN BUTCHERED SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST AND AFTER 2002 GUJ CARNAGE THAT LOVE IS SLOWLY GING AWAY .I WANT TO BRING BACK THAT LOVE BUT SOMETHING IN MY HEART IS STOPPING IT.IHAVE LIVED MY WHOLE 18 YEARS OF LIFE IN HINDU AREAS BUT NOW I LIVE IN MY AREA.I WAS ONLY 10 YEARS WHEN GUJ CARNAGE HAPPENED. AND I WAS HORRIFIED.BUT NOW WE WILL NOT BELIEVE IN POLICE OR IN GOVRNMENT.BUT ON OUR POWER AND ON ALLAH

  15. 15
    ak(pride hindu) INDIA Says:

    Jai Sri ram………………
    Watever happened is wat dey deserved….

  16. 16
    chinese Says:

    who on earth want to follow muslim religion? i read allah did so many nasty things with a girl who is on menses , there must be so many things like this in kuran ?

  17. 17
    Satyashrava Says:

    Even though in numerical terms the no. of Muslim lives lost in the post Godhra events turned out to be apparently higher than the number of Hindus killed, it is important to note that the totally unprovoked jihadist Islamist atrocities on Hindu girls and old women were singularly distinguished by the ghastly nature of sheer Pishachic cruel savagery manifest in them. There was, of course, a “pattern” to them, typical of countless Islamist ravages against humanity in all societies across the globe. A Muslim columnist writing in the pro-Congress HT unequivocally stated that (in his opinion) the karsevaks themselves ought to be criminally prosecuted for forcing the devout Muslims to mercilessly burn them all to death by chanting slogans in praise of lord Ram, considered intolerably sacriligeous in Islam. The sheer nature of unabated brute savagery of emboldened rioting Muslims even in days after the gory massacre of 50 karsevaks(whom Teesta Seetalvad continued to blame solely for their fate) is what finally evaporated the patience of the innately peace-loving Indian masses in Gujarat, resolutely restrained and of tender compassionate temperament. That led to some reaction, which it would be unrealistic not to expect of any society comprised of humans possessing human mental nature, notwithstanding the endlessly debated issue of howsoever morally or legally wrong it may have been.

    The beastly pattern in Islamist killings post-Godhra was evident in the same old ritual, repeated over and again upteen times.
    The methods mentioned above were the ones used by Aurangzeb and Allauddin khilji on the cowherds like Gokul Jat and on farmers like Banda Bahadur whose only crime was that they were Hindus who refused to worship the licentious sex-godess Allatum/Ereshkigal of 2000BC Assyria. That was the fashion in which very poor Hindu commoners, denizens of Radhabai Chawl, in Mumbai, were mercilessly burnt alive by Muslim jihadi neighbourhood mobs much before the demolition of a dilapidated structure wrongly called Babri Masjid. (The Supreme court let off most accused for mysterious reasons, by advancing the argument that Muslims present at the venue throughout the orgy of the Hindus’ torment cannot be assumed to be the perpetrators in absence of solid evidence; whereas judges have been sermonising Modi and pronouncing him culpable exactly for not punishing Hindus found to have been present for some moments outside buildings in which Muslims perished in Gujarat.)

    That was superlatively cruel the fashion in which thousands of Hindus,especially Hindu saints and village women, in both Jammu and Kashmir provinces of J&K were tortured to death by Muslims in 1990 to 1991. Gory details are available from the contemporaty archives of all national newspapers. And later the Muslim administration announced financial recompensation packages to “rehabilitate” the families of those Muslim terrorists killed by security forces. Hindu Assamese were massacred in Assamese villages by upto 5000-strong terrorist Bangla Muslim mobs year after year right upto the late 1990′s without any befitting reprisal from the patient Hindus. Of course, the imbecile Christian fundamentalist slaves of Western corporate hegemony are swift in joining the chorus of Modibashers, because they see common interest with Islamists in decimating Hindus like the Reangs and Meitis in Mizoram and Manipur. The reangs in mizoram were raped and massacred by the thousand by christians in Islamist fashion, while the Manipuris are routinely done to death by Christian terrorists controlled by overlords granted asylum in Denmark and backed by the BAPTIST CHURCH.

    In final analysis, there was a “method” not to the “complicity of Modi” as alleged by those bereft of all morality, but to the methodical beastly savagery of the killings perpetrated on Hindus throughout Gujarat including but not limited to Godhra, which all bore the unmistakable imprint of ferocious Islamist savagery inherited from 2000BC and sanctified by the Ulema and pious Caliphs. The gory brutality was such as would revolt the conscience of any genuine human being. Had it not been so, there would not have been a single Muslim victim of Hindu rage in the post-godhra days.

  18. 18
    Sunil Says:

    mr admin either you remove cmmnts such as by mr mohit sharma who looks like someone anti-nationalist running some acts from foreign land because such cmmnts are unacceptable in democratic societies. To put further light these people call aussies racists when they get curry bashing there and support same kind of incident in their homeland even though that particular community is staying for 100 of years.

  19. 19
    unmai Says:

    I am very intersted to see another earth quake in Gujrat….even then people of Gujrat will not iimprove…

  20. 20
    jecky Says:

    still the godhra incident not avenged, there is lot more left

  21. 21
    YOUR FRIEND AUSTRALIA Says:

    “What happened there WAS extremely painful…Dear friend I AM TOO BROKEN TO SAY SSORRY TO YOU PEOPLE THAT WE HINDU CAUSED YOU SUCH A GRIEF …but I AM WITH YOU NOW …Please HAVE FAITH because that is the only way I see clear to have peace and love amoung us…I AM AS BROKEN AS YOU ARE…SO SOOORRY YAAR…”

  22. 22
    fakar zaman Says:

    i,being a muslim,have realized that riot was started by us and i deeply appologize to all hindus and believe dat may god will make us pay for wat we did and lead us to a path which will help us to contribute towards nations devolopment rather destruction

  23. 23
    Tufayl Says:

    The people who were responsible for the godhra train burning should be responsible of the deaths during gujarat riots. 137 hindu’s,77 more and 60, total 274 add 245, the total deaths of hindu’s are 519 . I hate people the people who were responsible of the deaths of hindu’s and Muslims.

  24. 24
    Tufayl Says:

    Do not hate hindu’s, the people who are responsible for the godhra train are probably laughing at us and for the killing of 645 Muslims and 519 hindu’s. They are probably think we are fools because we were equally killing each other.

  25. 25
    d Says:

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  26. 26
    d Says:

    fff

  27. 27
    Arshad Aaqib Says:

    so horrific

  28. 28
    rachel Says:

    we cannot change wat had happened yesterdae bt v can change ourself todae..let us nt blame each other bt also not forget dat hatred can lead to slaughters,love can conquer d world wid just smiles,no cry.

  29. 29
    Vianney INDIA Says:

    I don’t believe that the Muslims had to do with anything in aggravating the riots because the reaction wouldn’t have been so sudden. Mobs of 10,000 and more do not happen spontaneously and indeed have been planned from a considerable amount of time. The first action taken place by the Muslims has just been used as a coincidence because the reaction was so agitating and the attackers are in denial.

  30. 30
    Sham Says:

    I think this website is created BJP Party….Best of luck to them….

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