Will 2002’s Big Fish Get Away as Easily as 1984’s

In mid-March 2010, the Indian Supreme Court appointed S.I.T. (Special Investigation Team) and at long last dared to actually call Gujarat’s hugely popular C.M. Narendra Modi (by the way he is “Namo” to his juvenile fans who are apparently so keen on him that someone is even making and selling dolls with this name) to ask him a few questions about his “alleged” role in the murder of Congress MP Ehsan Jaffrey and 60+ others during the 2002 Gujarat massacres.

While leading Indian newspapers didn’t spend too much valuable space on reporting on the S.I.T., The Times of India in an inside small piece did remind the readers in a summary manner that there are at least two eye witnesses who heard Jaffrey plead on the phone with Modi himself to do something — and the police had more than abundant time to do something — but Modi simply abused Jaffrey loudly on the phone and condemned him to a brutal death at the hands of his goons, along with many other Muslims who had sought refuge in the MP’s house hoping that they will be safe at least there.

The hate speeches of Modi and his ilk in the lead-up to this massacre post Godhra can be easily found by anyone willing to go over the newspaper files of that time (they were even reported verbatim in some smaller newspapers). Yet just some weeks ago there was another news item from which it seemed the Supreme Court was now plaintively requesting Modi’s own Gujarat government to assist the totally stuck super-sleuths of India’s FBI, i.e. CBI, who apparently were not able to make much headway because they — poor dears! — were not able to get copies of the said speeches and so had come complaining to the Supreme Court to help them some.

What kind of farce is this? Who is being fooled by this kind of investigation…? From day one it has been amply clear that the massacre of 2002 was done at the behest of Modi himself, nothing of that magnitude was possible otherwise. Going back to 1984 and Delhi it is equally obvious prima facie that the massacre of the Sikhs then was carried out, at the very least, with the implicit approval of Rajiv Gandhi himself.

One would think that in any society in which justice and fair play have any meaning, the faintest accusation of a crime as grave as murder (yes, even one murder, not thousands as in these two cases) would be enough to at least disqualify a person from continuing in high office till a thorough complete probe had shown him blameless.

Higher the office, more the power, so there is more room for abuse, it should require less not more by way of proof … Yet in India at least it is definitely the other way around.

Even 25+ years after the massacre in Delhi, the late Rajiv remains very much the darling of the ruling party, and indeed it is universally accepted that Sonia derives her power from this fondness with which this murderer of thousands in November 1984 in Delhi is remembered.

Likewise 7 years after the “riots” in Gujarat, cuddly “Namo” is talked about fondly in drawing rooms as the BJP’s next PM …..

Surely something is very very wrong with even the basic idea of democracy if it can somehow manage to project such people in this way. But I think history catches up with the truth eventually, and the said massacres shall be laid squarely on these two, despite all the efforts being made to the contrary by their acolytes.

It is a bloody game this and politicians will continue this way unless people bring them to book, especially oh especially, the big fish: one must go after them first, not last!

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