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 14: Sangh Parivar organisations like VHP organized the riots

Posted on May 24, 2009 - Filed Under 12-Concocted Lies and Myths by the media | 25 Comments

Fact: Out of Gujarat’s 18,600 villages, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had units in 10,000 villages at the time of the riots of 2002. If it had wanted, it could have easily organized retaliatory riots in many of these 10,000 villages. Instead, only 40 out of the state’s 18,600 villages saw riots. The then VHP General Secretary Dr Praveen Togadia is a Patel and hails from Saurashtra region of Gujarat- just like Keshubhai Patel. And yet, no riots happened in Saurashtra at all- even in the first 3 days!

   On the other hand, the scale of the riots on February 28 in Ahmedabad was so large, that no organisation or group of organisations, like the Sangh Parivar could have done it alone. It was a spontaneous mass reaction to the Godhra killings.

   Many people have asked-“On one hand you say nothing happened-hardly 40 villages saw riots. On the other hand you say that the riots were so enormous that they could not have been organized by anyone”.

   Both these things are simultaneously true. On February 28 in Ahmedabad- there were 17,000 people attacking Muslims in Naroda Patiya area- as per the report of the then Police Inspector of the area- K.K. Mysorewala. India Today weekly also reports in its issue dated 18 March 2002 that the Charas had attacked in Naroda Patiya leading 3 mobs of at least 4 to 5 thousand each. At one point of time in Ahmedabad there were at least 25,000 people targeting Muslim localities. The mob outside Ehsan Jafri’s house was 10,000 strong. The police force of 6,000 for Ahmedabad out of which only 1500 were armed and the Rapid Action Force and the CRPF jawans could not control the violence. The Hindu also reported the next day that the situation seemed to slip out of control. Ahmedabad Police received 3,500 calls instead of the normal 200. It was beyond the means of the Sangh Parivar- or anybody to organise mobs on such a large scale in Ahmedabad within 24 hours.

   However, the VHP could have easily organised riots in many of the 10,000 villages in Gujarat where it had units, either on February 28, or days after that.

   On February 27 occurred the Godhra massacre. That same day the RSS gave a statement saying- “RSS condemns the killings and calls for restraint”. The Hindu also reported in its report on Feb 28 that the “RSS appealed to the people to exercise restraint”.

The then RSS Joint General Secretary Madan Das Devi said-“Now is the test of the patience of the Hindu society…These killings are a ploy of the terrorists to create riots…”. This was reported in weekly Organiser, the weekly mouthpiece of the RSS, in its issue dated 10 March 2002, which covered events till 27 February.  In the 10 March 2002 issue itself, two RSS leaders- Madan Das Devi and Mohan Bhagwat gave statement’s asking the Hindu society to maintain peace. The Telegraph reported on 28th February 2002-

The RSS rallied behind the Prime Minister, pleading for restraint. Joint general secretary Madan Das Devi said: “The tolerance of the Hindu society is a litmus test. Instead of taking the law into their hands, people should cooperate with the state government in dealing with the serious situation.”


See the statement by Madan Das Devi in the topic- “Nation faces trial by fire” 9th paragraph from the top.

The scanned copy of the full statements of RSS given by Madan Das Devi, and Mohan Bhagwat, given on 27 Feb 2002, reported in weekly Organiser dated 10 March 2002 (covering events till 27 Feb in totality) is given below:

Organiser weekly dated 10 March 2002, statement given on 27 Feb 2002

This was the then Deputy General Secretary (Sah-sarkaryawah) Madan Das’s statement.

The VHP also appealed for peace. The Times of India reported on 28 February 2002 even before a single major riot had taken place: “VHP international Vice-President Acharya Giriraj Kishore told reporters here at Sola Civil Hospital, where 54 out of the 58 bodies of the train attack victims were brought, that: “Hindus should maintain calm and keep patience. I appeal to Muslim brethren to condemn the attack and ask them not to put Hindus’ patience to test. Hindus are keeping a restraint but if such incidents do not stop, there can be a counter reaction which may be uncontrollable”.” 

On 2nd March 2002- reported quoting Agencies:

“RSS,VHP appeal for peace in Gujarat

In the wake of mounting violence in Gujarat, the RSS and VHP on Saturday appealed to their volunteers to avoid any action that would disturb peace in the country and expressed hope that ‘good sense will prevail’.

“I appeal to all RSS volunteers, sympathisers and friends who have faith in Hindutva to do their utmost in preventing any activity – like sloganeering and stone-pelting – that would disrupt peace, keeping in view the disturbed situation in the country for it would only strengthen the hands of anti-national terrorist elements,” RSS general secretary Mohan Bhagwat said in a statement in Delhi.

He urged followers of other faiths not to fall prey to the instigation of terrorist elements and ‘to conduct themselves as children of India along with their Hindu brethren’.(This statement of Mohan Bhagwat was reported in weekly Organiser in the 10 March 2002 issue. This statement was given on 27 Feb itself).

Meanwhile, the VHP also made an appeal to put an end to the ongoing violence in Gujarat, saying ‘any kind of violence against anyone’ was a matter of concern.

Talking to reporters in Delhi, VHP spokesman Veereshwar Dwivedi said: “The Godhra incident and the violence that followed was tragic. Any kind of violence against anyone is a matter of concern.”

Calling for an end to the ongoing carnage in Gujarat, he said: “Good sense must prevail soon.”

Dwivedi also condoled the deaths and expressed sympathies for those affected by the violence in the state.

He, however, regretted that opposition parties had decided to send a delegation to Gujarat to assess the situation but did not consider it appropriate to do so after the Godhra killings.

Dwivedi said this was being done taking vote bank politics into consideration.


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25 Responses to “Myth 14: Sangh Parivar organisations like VHP organized the riots”

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  1. 20
    jeetendra INDIA Says:

    Why modi or RSS to be blamed?. its tit for tat action.Like newtons law every action has an equal and opposite reactions…

  2. 19
    manohar Says:

    @Omar…..If rss has to be renamed so as to be yours community be renamed from Muslim to Terrorist…..

  3. 18
    manohar Says:

    The Godhra on the first hand happened because Muslims burned the Kar sevaks. Never has any Hindu burnt any person after they perform Haj. So its wrong on their part to first burn these hindus.they expect that they can do anything and hindus will keep quiet. That’s not anymore. First before modi has to say soory for the roits they muslims must first accept their mistake. No party will ever enquire this.

  4. 17
    Omar INDIA Says:

    RSS should be renamed as Riots Shiksha Sangathan!

  5. 16
    Ak INDIA Says:

    Ek Hi sapna Shand sundar Bharat aapna basssssssssssssss…Baaki sab desh me jhagde lagane waalo bhaaaaaaaad me jao….

  6. 15
    pradip Says:

    dear rupika , darasal bat yeh hey ki ,a.c mey baith kar comunity or yekta key bate karna asan hey, agar tumhe kuch malum nahi hey to bakvas mat karo, agar aj pure hindustan mey kahi bhi riots hote hey ,to tum dekho ge key muslim logonke pas ,petrol key bom tayyar honge , revolver milenge , kaha se aye ye? or etni jaldi kese mile tumko? , are dosto enke ghar mey hey, ye sub,

  7. 14
    rupika INDIA Says:

    @pradip its really shamefull to see that people like are really spoiling the community.hindus muslim like divisions are created by these bloody politicians SITTING AT YOUR HOME SOMEWHERE IN UK AND POSTING BULLSHIT COMMENTS wont change the truth that thounsands of lives were lost including children irresepective of riligion everybody was killed first go and learn some respect for human being LIVNING SOMEWHERE ELSE AND TALKING ITS QUITE TOO EASY. AND regarding the true story??? nobody knows yet f***king politicians getting CLEAN CHITS on this issue.

  8. 13
    pradip AUSTRALIA Says:

    muze lagta hey ki hame hamesha tayyar rahena chaye ,q ki ye muslim kabhi bhi koi bhi sabar mati jala sakti hey, or koi bhi kasab ko bula sakte hey, esi liye jagte raho, sadhavi pradhya sing je ki jay

  9. 12
    Dipesh patel UNITED STATES Says:

    Hey bushcoli,,u seems to be brainwashed by some muslim clerics or fanatics.,u r talking about hindu targetting muslims,where were u when kashmiri pandits were butchered by muslims,go to google n scan the history howmuch hindus (80 millions so far) have been massacred by muslims…u r anti hindu like tahelka news who always portraiting hindus as criminal n muslim an innocent..n why do u forget that nearly 300 hindus were killed in 2002 gujrat riots…

  10. 11
    kirtan INDIA Says:

    bushcoil- u never attended any RSS classes.Had u done so,u wud have been in awe of RSS.The poison dripping in ur sentences is the direct fruit of a bible or a kuran reading guy.And I personally dont even care to bother about people like you.

    Every action has an equal reaction.Muslims suffered caused they burned hindus.Christians suffered cause they convert hindus by force.

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