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...