With such media, who needs rumors? The court also acquitted 63 people in the case. Justice Nanavati and Justice Mehta, “Part I: Sabarmati Express Train Incident of Godhra,” , quoted from Kishwar, Madhu (2014). A special SIT court today gave life imprisonment to two accused in 2002 Godhra train carnage. Ch. There was no one to ask them for accounts. Voices from Narendra Modi’s Gujarat, Manushi Publications, Delhi 2014. Three others were acquitted by … I have always criticised violence in my speeches but the way the trouble in just two per cent of the area is blown up and used against us should be countered. By and large, Hindus have shown remarkable self-restraint in the face of violent provocation, a fact for which they are given insufficient credit. I personally didn’t know Justice Nanavati. The Gujarat riots were not the worst communal riots even by Gujarat’s own standards. The plan was to burn the entire train with more than two thousand passengers in the wee hours of February 27, 2002. There was no Hindu retaliation to the Mumbai bomb blasts of March 1993; to the numerous group killings of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir; to the mass killing of Hindu activists in Coimbatore in February 1998; to the frequent reports of pogroms on Hindus in Bangladesh; or to the attacks on the Parliament buildings in Srinagar and Delhi in the autumn of 2001. Those who criticise me for that statement, never mention that within months of Godhra, there was an Islamic terrorist group attack on Akshardham and yet my Gujarat remained peaceful. The court, has, however, upheld the life sentence awarded to 20 others by the special SIT court. Voices from Narendra Modi’s Gujarat, Manushi Publications, Delhi 2014. Munshi, Indian Constitutional Documents: Pilgrimage to Freedom, 1902-1950, Internationally influential media like the Washington Post copied from an Islamist website rumors about Hindu provocations behind the Godhra carnage, falsely claiming a Gujarati journalist as source, and never publishing a correction when the journalist in question denied ever having put out such a story. Madhu Purnima Kishwar: Modi, Muslims and Media. I saw flames everywhere. Many more people had been killed in communal violence in successive routine riots that sometimes led to more than 200 days of curfew, as happened in 1989, but because the violence in 2002 was India’s first televised communal riot it had come to be known as ‘the worst communal violence anywhere in India since 1947’. What they narrated to me showed that the media, particularly, English-language media were lapping up one-sided news portraying Modi as the Demon and all his opponents angels. Trials in the case started over eight years after the incident on June 1, 2009. Justice Nanavati and Justice Akshay Mehta submitted the final report of the Nanavati-Shah Commission that same year describing the train burning as a conspiracy. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines. It is not as though a crime is a crime only if it is committed against the minorities and not so if it is committed against the majority community. (p.204). Most horrific was the attackers’ act of not allowing anyone to escape and watching with their eyes 59 Hindus roasting to death, crying with pain, pleading for mercy... Can anyone imagine 2,000 Hindus burning to death 59 Muslims at Karachi Railway Station in Pakistan? The details were later published at the recommendation of the National Human Rights Commission. They needed the Gujarat carnage, and they thanked Heaven when it finally materialized. Banerjee Committee was both unconstitutional and against the government’s own rules and regulations. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad.". New Delhi: On Sunday morning, a railway bogie was set on fire in Vadodara to recreate the 2002 Godhra train burning – so that makers of biopic on … Afterwards, the Supreme Court constituted a Special Investigation Team. Does anyone remember who the chief minister of Maharashtra was during Mumbai riots which were no less deadly than the Gujarat riots of 2002? Ayodhya and after: Issues before Hindu society. The bias is further confirmed when the report titled the chapter on attacks on Hindus as “Retaliatory Attacks on Hindus” while the chapter on attacks on Muslims was titled, “Overview of the Attacks Against Muslims.” While the Hindu mobs were said to have chanted “Jai Sri Ram” when attacking Muslims, the report conveniently avoided incidents where the Muslim mobs shouted “Kill Hindus. Voices from Narendra Modi’s Gujarat, Manushi Publications, Delhi 2014. India's broken tryst. Godhra train fire: Lawyers slam Nanavati report Pointed out contradictions in the conclusion of the Nanavati report on the 2002 Godhra train burning case, the lawyers are saying that the commission was a pure political eyewash. He even compared the Godhra riots with the. These details are corroborated by eyewitness accounts. The Banerjee Committee also argued that the mob at Signal Falia consisted of “innocent” bystanders and that the fire could have been either due to stove burst or electrical short circuit. Rioting did not start in the morning of February 28. The Banerjee Committee submitted its report on March 3, 2006 just ahead of the Bihar assembly election with the barely-veiled purpose of consolidating Muslim votes in favour of Lalu’s party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and its ally, the Congress Party. 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