For 10 years, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has chosen to answer with silence—and election victories—the many questions about his role or lack of it in the Gujarat carnage of 2002. He has walked out of TV interviews, glared at interviewers, sidestepped every court stricture. About the only time he sat down with an interrogator was when he faced a member of the SIT in March 2010; his responses are now in the public domain. But Modi still hasn’t answered many key questions. He can start here.
Read Narendra Modi’s answers to SIT questions
To your 25 questions for Narendra Modi (Dear Narendrabhai, could you please...), my one simple question is: why in this eight years of ‘secular’ Congress government at the Centre haven’t they been able to shake Modi, put him behind bars? Even the NHRC hasn’t been able to do anything. It only means there is a lack of credible evidence to it all. And this when even our notoriously slow courts have been put in superfast mode.
T.N. Vaidyanathapura, Bangalore
The only question to ask Modi and his supporters is: were you born like this or did you work at becoming so devoid of compassion and so full of hate?
Ajit Tendulkar, Seattle
This refers to question number 13 of the 25 questions you have asked Narendra Modi. Despite Ahmedabad being the worst-affected city and with the most number of killings, the then police commissioner not only survived in his position but also kept getting promoted till he retired as the top cop of Gujarat. Post-retirement too, he got a lucrative assignment as a security advisor with a leading business group of Gujarat. He must have done a yeoman’s job for the CM and his men. Compare his record with the others, who couldn’t provide the same kind of services—Sreekumar, Sanjeev Bhatt and Rahul Sharma, to name a few.
Rajeev Matta, Mumbai
As an ex-Gujarat CM said, Modi thinks of winning “all the time”, at any cost. This, of course, entails extreme options: in the future, he’ll either be PM or go to jail.
Najid Hussain, Newark, US
If Modi was wrong, he’d never have been re-elected. Compare him to the CMs of Maharashtra and you’ll know why he is so admired.
Of all your stupid questions, the most hilarious was No. 23, about “censoring newspapers like Sandesh and Gujarat Samachar”? Are you really asking Modi to shut down a newspaper? Had he done that, you’d have been screaming “media censorship” and slapping yet another case, nay question, against him.
Whether Modi answers or not, the people of this country know the answer.
Indu P. Singh, Delhi
I hope you’ll follow up on these questions and not rest till Modi apologises and provides some redressal.
Vivian Noronha, Panaji
What kind of nutcase question was Question No. 9—“Why do critics persist in arguing...personal revenge and vendetta”? A more relevant question is: has Outlook no shame in publishing trash?
Ganesan, New Jersey
This is just character assassination. You think he’s guilty, then go defeat him at the hustings. Also, hasn’t the SC rejected Sanjeev Bhatt’s affidavit? What is the point in bringing up his name again?
Why do you keep talking about the post-Godhra events and not the tragedy itself which led to the riots?
This whole ‘Gujarat riots industry’ feeds thousand of vultures. If it’s brought to an end, most of them would be out of business. Truth and justice are the least of their concerns.
Not to forget: in June 2014, we’ll complete three decades of Operation Bluestar. I hope Outlook will start its research right now and pose similar questions to those who matter.
Thanks for the link. The rebuttals were solid and to the point.
These are very good answers given to the 25 questions.
Moderator's Note: Please do see the responses to earlier such "rebuttals": Narendra Modi - Unanswered Questions
Anwaar mian, I'm reminded of an interesting parallel when I see posts like yours. Have you ever seen a dog chasing cars? It can never chase one down, but derives satisfaction from the fact that it at least barked at the car.
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