Move On And
Get Modi Tried
By Subhash Gatade
01 April, 2005
is definitely a moment of celebration. After the huge embarrassment
faced by the Hindutva brigade over cancellation of US visa to Modi has
come another good news. Herr Modi, the anointed successor to the Advani-Atal
duo had to cancel his visit to UK supposedly at the advice of the PMO.
It is also being said that he himself called the PMO and his cohorts
declared it as the PM personally calling him. Actually looking at the
massive protests which waited him there accompanied by the inability
shown by the British police to defend him who was to go on a private
visit the lion of Gujarat ( as his people declare him to
be one) rather preferred to wag his tail. It is also a possibility that
with the readiness shown by families of two British Muslim citizens
who had been killed by the frenzied mobs in Gujarat in 2002 to file
a case against Modi in the British court it was construed risky that
he travels outside. His sympathizers still remembered the plight of
the ex-dictator of Chile Augusot Pinochet who could save himself from
arrest in Britain in late 90s over his crimes against humanity after
lot of efforts.
celebration, it is also a time to acknowledge the sincere efforts put
in by the south asian diaspora mainly from the Indian subcontinent for
their resolve, determination and persistence in making it happen.
It cannot be denied
that the changes in the power equations at the national level coupled
with the need for refurbishing their own image after the Iraq fiasco
has played an important role in the sudden realization of the Bushes
about the virtues of religious freedom but those external
factors in no way undermine the efforts put in by the secular diaspora.
It has been quite
some time that they had been putting in efforts to expose the anti-human
policies of the Sangh Parivar, to demonstrate how a section among the
diaspora itself has succumbed to its fascist politics and focussed on
the way in which Herr Narendra Modi spearheaded the genocide in Gujarat.
Even a close look at the list of the organizations in US which formed
part of the Coalition against Genocide makes it clear that
it was infact a rainbow coalition which had on the one hand many left
intellectual-activists as its members but on the other hand many religious
foundations/formations like the Vedanta society had also joined together
with these efforts.
The overseas community
of these secular and democratic minded people mainly based in USA and
Britain who yearn for a more humane, more just subcontinent free of
hatred among its own people towards each other definitely deserve a
BIG THANKS for their efforts. During the dark times which we passed
through when the secular-democratic forces in the country had been put
on the defensive during the regime of the Swayamsevak Prime
minister, their efforts in very many ways had come as a silver lining.
May it be their efforts in bringing out the Funding Hate
report or similar report by the Awaaz people in Britain which proved
in no uncertain terms how the Hindutva goons based there collect funds
from wellmeaning people there supposedly for development work and channel
the money collected to spread hate or the similar campaigns they took
up with limited resources had always enthused us. It cannot be forgotten
that they kept exposing the links between the Hindutva groups with the
Zionist groups there and explained how despite having altogether contrary
opinion about the social engineering project of Hitler dotted
with Aushchwitzs, how hatred towards Islam is acting as
a binding force for them.
And now when our
very Indian Nero was basking in the glory of being an anointed
successor and when the media had also long forgotten the crimes against
humanity committed during his regime, the way our friends in that part
of the globe were able to thwart his visit to USA as well as UK is really
commendable. The formation of Coalition against Genocide
to stop him from coming to USA and similar efforts by our other comrades
from Britain, all put together have definitely helped bring back into
focus the anti-human weltanshaaung of the communal fascists in general
and Narendra Modis acts of commission and omission in particular.
A look at any of
the Hindutva websites, or for that matter the way in which this anti
human project has been able to get wider recognition among the educated
sections in the diaspora, one can easily imagine that the secular-democratic
fringe of the diaspora must have faced heavy odds in their efforts.
The way many among them were put on the hit list, the way
slanderous campaigns were carried out against many of them, the way
appeals were sent to various security agencies to tell them that they
were terrorists all must have caused them lot of
problems and must have put them to lot of discomfirt. But undeterred
by all such ganging up of the H brigade people there they trudged on
and did not for moment stopped to be vigilant.
Definitely all of
us can have solace from the fact that a slap on the poster boys
face has caused the Parivar people lot of embarrassment and are
not able to explain it to their cadres their sudden change of fate vis-à-vis
US regime. Perhaps they had not expected that their services to the
US imperialism since the days of the Vietnam war ( when their Guruji
had blatantly supported the invasion) would not be so easily forgotten.
Perhaps they had not expected that their going out of way to be in the
good books of George Bush during the six years of their regime would
not be so easily forgotten. Poor fellows, they must have forgotten the
old dictum that in the game of politics there are no permanent friends
But this tactical
victory has rather increased our responsibility further. And there is
need to think over the new challenges in store for us. The Jor
ka Jhatka Dheere Se Lage episode has largely demonstrated that
western countries would be more amenable to any legal action against
Indias very own Nero. Ofcourse they would be acting
out of their own compulsions to refurbish their image which has gathered
a lot of anti Islamic colour thanks to their unjustified attack on Iraq.
And taking into consideration this change we should see to it that Indias
Nero gets indicted in the innumerable acts against humanity which
he committed. If Augusto Pinochet the blood thirsty dictator of Chile
who killed thousands to innocents after overthrowing a popular regime
with due support of the CIA, could be caught nearly 25 years after his
genocidal role on a foreign soil, if Slobodan Milosevic who rediscovered
the phenomenon of ethnic cleansing in early 90 s is forced
to stand before an international court for the bloody regime he led,
Indias Nero is a small fry. There are number of ways
in which he could be forced to appear before an intenational court.
Looking at the various
options available before us in making it happen, a word or two about
the necessity of taking it up with urgency is worth deliberating. All
of us are aware that the Hindutva brigade might have lost power at the
center but that does not mean there are no chances of its revival. We
will be living in a fools paradise if we think that their exit from
the citadels of power would help them gain a few pearls of wisdom, rather
it has made them more dangerous vis-à-vis their project of Hindutva.
They are going full steam ahead on their trajectory wherever they have
been able to stick to power. Secondly, it is also a fact that till date
no major figure has been indicted for her/his role in a communal riot.
And if we are able to pin him down it would set a precedent. Thirdly,
looking at the fourty plus reports by national and international human
rights organizations looking into the various aspects of the genocide
build a strong case against him. Perhaps the very first comprehensive
report brought out by Justice V.K.Krishna Aiyar, Justice Hosbet Suresh,
Justice P.B. Sawant and others on the Gujarat genocide had made it clear
that on the basis of their report only Mr Modi can be tried for genocide.
Fourthly, since the Hindutva brigade people are essentially cowards
( one need not go ab initio into their glorious history of cowardice
which starts from the times of independence struggle and continues till
date) if their poster boy could be compelled to face music
in some way or the other for his application of Newtonian dynamics in
the field of social systems, they would be compelled to mend their ways.
One is not under
the illusion that a single indictment would help the tiger loose
its stripes and the H brigade would metamorphose into Gandhis
non-violent sainiks. The gigantic task of giving a decisive defeat to
the communal fascism of the Sangh Parivar demands similar gigantic efforts
put in with lot of creativity. We will have to get ready to do lot of
introspection about the way in which they could become such a dominant
Countdown for Indias
Nero has definitely begun. But it is not a simple task. It is time we
put our heads together so that it happens. And let us be very clear
our friends active in the belly of the beast or on the soil
of our excolonisers have to play an important role in this venture.
Looking at the panic
in the parivar over the slap on their mouth there is no
doubt that unlike Pinochet or Milosevic, they would rather prefer to
dump him to defend himself for his crimes against humanity. The day
is not far off when the biggest organizer of genocide in the wee hours
of the 21 st century would be cooling his heels behind iron bars.
One of the foremost
poets of the subcontinent has rightly said in one of his najms :
Unhi Hamesha Uljhati Rahi Hai Julm Se Khalq/ Na Unki Rasm Nayi Hai Na
Apni Reet Nayi
Unhi Hamesha Khilaye Hai Hamne Aag Mein Phool/Na Unki Haar Nayi Hai
Na Apni Jeet Nayi