It has been 10 years since the 2002 riots in Gujarat. And Narendra Modi has seldom spoken about it, till this week, when he gave a rare interview to Samajwadi Party member and Nai Duniya editor Shahid Siddiqui. Excerpts:
On his prime ministerial ambitions
There is nothing but Gujarat in my mind, dreams and thoughts. Gujarat, Gujarat, Gujarat. The prosperity of Gujarat is the prosperity of India. If we produce good salt, the nation will get good quality salt (laughs).
On bringing the bodies of Hindus killed at Godhra to Ahmedabad (an event believed to have triggered the subsequent bloodbath)
No matter whose body it is, it needs to be returned to the families. It was not right for everyone to go to Godhra where there was tension...and the passengers were all going to Ahmedabad, so the question was, do we shift bodies individually or collectively, in the day or at night? The civil hospital in Ahmedabad is small but there is a civil hospital on the outskirts, so we shifted all bodies there, from where they were given. Processions were not allowed.
On not apologising for riots
You should see the statements I made at that time and the interview I gave in 2005. If a government is responsible for what happened, it should be hanged in a street square. They should be hanged as a deterrent, so no administrator dares do this again. If Modi has sinned, then Modi should be hanged...I think I managed to stop the rioting. I will not admit that I couldn’t.
On Atal Behari Vajpayee saying Modi should obey his raj dharma
The full statement is not publicised by the media. Yes, he said that I should follow the raj dharma but he continued to say that I am following it.
On Muslims in Gujarat
The situation of Muslims is better in Gujarat than in so-called pseudo-secular states. And the possibility of their improvement is as high as of Hindus improving their lot in Gujarat.
For audio and transcript in Devnagari, please click here
Apropos your report on Gujarat—To Beard the Lion in his Den—and your interview of Narendra Modi (‘I think I managed to stop the rioting’, Aug 6), I’d like to say that there’s a threshold for everything—for patience too. If the threshold for patience is crossed, retaliation is certain.
Jaykumar Mudaliar, Ahmedabad
State Hindutva cannot escape falling into the same category as Nazism when it takes to industrialisation as the Nazis did. I wonder how the Gujarat experiment will fare.
R.S. Panesar, New Delhi
Since when did Outlook start importing articles from Congress mouthpiece Sandesh?
A PR stunt for the Congress?
Sanjay, Tempe, US
>>As far as charges levelled against Justice Alam for favouring Teesta Setelvad, Javed Akhtar,etc. less said the better.
This is considered as a rebuttal in secular circles.
I was trying to rebut Justice Soni's charges against Justice Alam."'
By criticizing Meghnand Desai who wrote favorable Article praising Modi and exposing double standards of the Nakli Seculars like you who curse Modi for 2002 but are ready to forget 1993 Mumbai riots and SriKrishna Report and all the other Riots and killings happened in Secular Raj ??
Did you question Gogoi why is Police is unable to shoot a single Rioter ?? There are many more who too adopt the double standards shamelessly - one for Gujarat and othe rfor Congress Ruled States' Riots.
Have you any sense of shame left for adopting double standards ?
Buzz off Baby buzz off .
Is it that bad? I was trying to rebut Justice Soni's charges against Justice Alam.
I don't understand the head and tail of what you say nor am interested to understand your confused mails like why I am excited about Desai .
Is Shahid Siddiqui 's analysis of his interview out yet? Why are you so excited with what Lord Desai said? He was criticizing SP for taking action against Siddiqui.
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