Why’s Modi silent about Muzaffarnagar?



A section of the media considers Narendra Modi’s speech at a gathering of ex-servicemen in Rewari as statesman-like. They are entitled to their views. My question: does one swallow make a summer?

It doesn’t. Certainly not in Modi’s case when he hasn’t for over a decade and more, betrayed any inclination to lighten his 2002 riots baggage with an apology. Or even a suggestion of it.

Coming back to Rewari, Modi couldn’t have declared war on Pakistan while seeking to show himself as an admirer of the Vajpayee brand of diplomacy, a hallmark of which were the latter’s efforts to mend relations with Pakistan. He rode to Lahore on a bus, suffered Kargil but set up a failed summit in Agra with Musharraf and finally signed with him a joint statement (against terrorism) on January 6, 2004 in Islamabad.

Rewari marked at best a tactical shift by Modi. Or call it an attempt at an image makeover that’ll never be complete or credible without an apology for 2002. That the ugly past continues to haunt him is evident from his silence on the communal strife in Muzaffarnagar where the role of some BJP legislators— including the circulation of a fake video —is a subject of intense debate and scrutiny.

Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind general secretary Mahmood Madani has already flagged the issue. He said it’s for Modi to reach out to the community to dispel the impression that he cared little for Muslim support.

That Modi isn’t planning a visit to the riot affected areas was explicit in the way BJP made light of the PM’s visit to Muzaffarnagar with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. “They are on secular tourism,” said party vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

If the BJP’s PM-aspirant is really seeking to tone down rhetoric and engage in serious public debate, he better watch out against “cocky one liners” by party colleagues.

Not just Modi but the entire Sangh Parivar has a reputation to live down. For instance, the Hindu nationalist tag they often flaunt was on display with a heavy dose of militarism in Rewari.

In his quest for robust numbers in elections-2014, Modi showed the army as being wronged by the elected regime at the Centre. “The problem isn’t at the borders, it’s in Delhi,” he said.

Now that isn’t a Modi first. The BJP often garnishes its nationalist credentials through vigorous identification with the armed forces. Nothing wrong with it except the danger of a politicised military seeking a decisive say in key security and foreign policy issues that are best handled politically.

In his new avatar, Modi must listen to the likes of noted author Amitav Ghosh who’s horrified that Hindu nationalism “transforms faith into politics.” He must realize that Hindus are no monolith but an amalgam of identities — the way India’s a conglomeration of sub-nationalities that wouldn’t subsume into the Sangh’s brand of nationalism.

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  • Sumit Bose

    I wonder if the “sickular” ever media wrote screaming headlines as :Why did our beloved Italian ex-maid not go to Kedarnath to kickstart some relief for the stranded thousands?
    The selective aggressiveness of the media continues to amaze me! Is NM expected to speak out about everything under the sun? Why not ask this same question to our beloved Italian ex-maid and her University drop-out son?
    They are running the family business and drawing a government salary.
    NM is yet only the CM of Gujarat Mr Sharma…just because you are a Congress dalal, Mr Sharma does not mean you have to be such a “besharm”

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  • Sumit Bose

    I wonder if the “sickular” ever media wrote screaming headlines as :Why did our beloved Italian ex-maid not go to Kedarnath to kickstart some relief for the stranded thousands?
    The selective aggressiveness of the media continues to amaze me! Is NM expected to speak out about everything under the sun? Why not ask this same question to our beloved Italian ex-maid and her University drop-out son?
    They are running the family business and drawing a government salary.
    NM is yet only the CM of Gujarat Mr Sharma…just because you are a Congress dalal, Mr Sharma does not mean you have to be such a “besharm”

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    Ni2 Reply:

    Whilst it would be unrealistic to expect NaMo to give a running commentary on every significant event that takes place in India, it is proper to expect a comment from him on a RIOT, considering that he himself is tainted by one.

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    Aniruddh Patankar Reply:

    Mr. Modi is not the only CM in the country. But he is the one who is being projected by his party as the next PM of India. As such, all would like to know what his position is on such unfortunate happenings.
    Now will you call me a be-sharam or Congress dalaal?

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  • Sumit Bose

    I wonder if the “sickular” ever media wrote screaming headlines as :Why did our beloved Italian ex-maid not go to Kedarnath to kickstart some relief for the stranded thousands?
    The selective aggressiveness of the media continues to amaze me! Is NM expected to speak out about everything under the sun? Why not ask this same question to our beloved Italian ex-maid and her University drop-out son?
    They are running the family business and drawing a government salary.
    NM is yet only the CM of Gujarat Mr Sharma…just because you are a Congress dalal, Mr Sharma does not mean you have to be such a “besharm”

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  • Guest

    A man who brandishes his communalism on his sleeve will naturally remain silent on M’nagar – far from condemning it, its a small mercy that he is yet to condone it. Can’t expect anything better from a CM – one shudders to think that such a man is PM candidate of of a major party. Its like asking a Ku Klux Klan honcho to be a presidential candidate of the USA.

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  • anil

    Why Modi silent? Because he prefers to do things and not talk!

    Modi (and his supporters) waiting to see what best you come up with and what solution you got to offer! Come on.

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  • anil

    [A section of the media considers Narendra Modi’s speech at a gathering of ex-servicemen in Rewari as statesman-like. ]

    If you were not anti-people in your DNA, you could also be happy and could give a resounding thumbs up, the way Modi gave the talk! You failed again! Your opening line could have been different!

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  • Lucky

    As expected, again its Modi cs Universe… I mean seriously you expect hum to talk about everything under the sun!!! Everything in this world is not Modi’s fault… This selective aggression of the media is crossing its limits…

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  • Lakshmi

    Next time I would like to know your views in ” why Sonia ma’m has failed to reach out to kedarnath victims but keen to visit muzzafir riot victims, particularly those of just one community, along with her son??”

    My logic tells me that kedarnath doesnt offer any vote banks and visiting them is fruitless but a riot area can provide vote…

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    Ni2 Reply:

    My guess is that Kedarnath was a natural calamity from which the BJP was trying to extract some political advantage.
    On the other hand the BJP/SP are complicit in Muzaffarnagar riots which were a politically motivated riot.

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    Lakshmi Reply:

    What political advantage can a calamity hitten place offer???? But the post riot place is a different story…

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  • pankaj#1

    Vinay Dey,
    Do you have balls to interact with me? One to One. I promise, you will have enlightenment!!! R U game??

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  • Sumit Bose

    Vinay, i need no homilies about xenophobia, but it rankles me that our beloved Italian ex-maid has been named in 2011 as the 4th wealthiest politician of the world!!!!
    I would be just as incensed if Jyoti Basu or Lallu Prasad or Modi were named by a reputed mag as Business Insider at that or any spot in the list of the wealthiest politician of the world.
    I am Bengali enough to realize that while Mother Theresa did provide help to homeless people, remain incensed at the “soul harvesting” that was being done by her set-up. Germaine Greer
    ( Austrailian writer) has exposed this very elegantly. I am Bengali enough to voice my indignation at the defeatist leftists who felled Bengal down, to make possible the conditions for people as Mother Theresa to thrive.
    Here steps in the duplicity, the feigned ignorance at the wholesale loot of the treasury. I am just as exercised as all patriotic Indians that this Italian ex-maid has not yet surrendered her Italian citizenship and yet holds an Indian passport, when the laws of the land are clear.
    I am stating anything about the thousands of crores of loot on during UPA1 and UPA2, that instantly trivializes Indira Gandhi ( mataJi) and Rajiv Gandhi ( bananJi) scales of corruption as insignificant loose change.
    Did Mr Doshanj enrich himself at the cost to good governance?????
    Looks like you are one more pseudo Leftist without any ideas.

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  • Anil

    (“They are on secular tourism,” said party vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.)

    Well said. Short and to the point.

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  • Indian_Abroad

    Modi is not Digvijay.
    He does not have to say anything on everything.

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  • Indian_Abroad

    Modi is not Digvijay.
    He does not have to say anything on everything.

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  • pankaj#1

    Kanishka;
    Please enlighten me.

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  • Sumit Bose

    Cutlet, you are totally blind, deaf and dumb to the brazen and repeated acts of violence of one particularly nasty community, that seem to have a total monopoly over brutality and looting. The patriotic Indians have been tolerating it for too long and the political masters of the land have always been super-lenient to this band of vandals. The BJP and VHP are a direct spin-off of the repeated belligenrence of this nasty group of pseudo-arab converts and the political groups that nurture them as milch cattle.

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  • Rana Bhoumick

    Absoloutely astute analysis. You missed out that Modi is also responsible for the solar storms that hit our planet.

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  • Anonymous

    Last nights expose by Headline Today clearly implicates SP in these riots.

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  • mk

    No terrorist attacks, u said???? Mumbai attack, Hyderabad, bodhgaya blasts, not to mention killings along boarders…. You sure you live in India????

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  • VisaAgent

    Modi will never visit Muslim majority areas – he hasn’t done it in his own constituency – Maninagar and elsewhere in Gujarat since 2002. Nor will he speak or express any opinions on other communal riots, precisely because he has chosen to brazen out the 2002 riots and at best has been indifferent to minorities, his hatred towards them continues to be reflected in his speeches – use of phrases like “Dilli Sultanate” to refer to the UPA government, “Burkha” of Secularism, “Mian: Musharraf, “Mian” Ahmed Patel, “James Michael” Lyngdoh/ Refusal to wear skull cap and proclaiming himself to be a “Hindu Nationalist”.

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  • Anonymous

    Slogans in favor of Modi during Ashok Gehlot’s speech

    http://deshgujarat.com/2013/09/18/slogans-in-favour-of-modi-during-ashok-gehlots-speech/

    According to this report in Hindi newspaper Amar Ujala, people shouted slogans in favor of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Shri Narendra Modi in a public meeting of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at Amrudo ke bag ground.

    The Congress Chief Minister was attending Yuva mahotsav programme organized by Rajasthan Yuva Board.

    Slogans in favor of Narendra Modi started when Gehlot arrived on stage. The slogans went even louder when Gehlot started his speech.

    Amid the slogans, Gehlot continued to speak about the state government’s programmes and schemes for youths. Haryana MP Ashok Tanvar and MoS youth affairs Mangi Lal Garasia were also on stage.

    The police, youth congress and organizers tried to stop the slogans, but they were unsuccessful.

    The Chief Minister left the stage immediately after completing his speech.

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  • guest

    communal riots tension and division is oxygen of hindu fascists.they have no economic vision for india.no sympathy for indians.also shows great skill gujrati dangai and balwai has in this field.

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  • Praveen Saxena

    All arguments having failed …so quote an Amitav Ghosh here and an Ananthmoorthy there ..as if they know more than us about the world we live in . …I think that panic has started setting in.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Saxena sahab;
    I simply do not understand. These so called exalted writers, will keep mum, when so much communal politics is being played by all psuedos, but the moment a true secular person makes his presence felt, they comeforth, giving their two cents. Tehy did not see, work of SP in stoking this communal riot in Muzzafarpur, mamta’s antics, Skull cap antics of all and sundry??

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    Pankajji…..they see what is fruitful to see

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    Ni2 Reply:

    Panic is certainly setting in, what was assumed as a guaranteed win in 2014 because of NaMo is no longer a sure shot. Hence the panic.

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  • Ni2

    Infiltrating the Army, is a standard fascist technique. The RSS has long decided that it is prepared to go via a Civil War to establish a fascist Ram Rajya in India. Having sections of the Army on its side will come in handy during any Civil War that may ensue.

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  • ANIL KUMAR

    Fact: (1) Muslim boy molests a jaat girl
    (2) When objected by her brothers a muslim mob kills brothers
    (3)Police arrests all the people involved in murder
    (4)Azam Khan gets those criminals released within hours
    (5) Jaats complain and think about panchayat
    (6) A muslim meeting addressed by BSP SP CONG leaders incite violence and warn against mahapanchay, this happens breakign 144
    (7) Mahapanchayt happens BJP leader are there their videos is availabel nto even a single msg of incitement if anything de were calming ppl down. this too happens breaking 144
    (8) people returnign from Mahapanchayt gets attcked around 30 dead
    (9) Then riot spreads
    Rulers are SP in state congres in Centre where from BJP comes in picture. Why should Modi be speakign on this responisble people from BJP have taken cognizance and given their view.
    Narendra Modi wants debate on givernance corruption inflation ghotala. Congres doesn;t want debate on these lines hence these riots..

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  • pankaj#1

    Was at Time Square. more Chinese and East Europeans than, may be white/ Black Americans. Everyone enjoying, unbelievable enjoyment. few Cops watching everyone, no problem. This is pluralism/ Secularism/ inclusiveness and blah blah and blah.
    What GOI is practicing is, pandering to Muslim communalism. period.
    Can discuss with anyone.

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