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26 February, 2015

13th Anniversary Of Gujrat Pogrom: When Bharat Lost To Bharatiya Janata Party
By Abdul Majid Zargar

Tomorrow, the 27th day of February, is the thirteenth anniversary of Gujrat pogrom in which more than 1OOO Muslims were massacred mercilessly under a communal & partisan administration headed by then Chief Minster Narendra Modi

07 January, 2014

Open Letter To Narendra Modi: Bring Expeditious Justice To 2002 Riot Victims
By R.B. Sreekumar

An appeal for initiation of concrete measures for expeditious justice delivery and genuine relief and rehabilitation of 2002 communal riot victims in Gujarat state

28 February, 2013

Erasing Images: Modi And Beyond
By Farzana Versey

It is the 11th anniversary of Gujarat pogrom. How the 'face of Gujarat' wanting to erase his pictures does not mean moving on. And how Modi is using other groups like Dalits against Muslims

27 February, 2012

Gujarat Genocide: The State, Law And Subversion
By R B Sreekumar

Media, NGOs, Human Right activists and vibrant citizens have to further redouble their labors to exorcise black sheeps and criminals in the Indian Establishment, who are debilitating the system from within, for their unholy selfish interests

25 February, 2012

A Decade Of Gujarat Carnage 2002
By Ram Puniyani

A look back at Gujarat pogrom 10 years later

16 February, 2012

On SIT’s Clean Chit
By R B Sreekumar

Riot victims feel that SIT had used tools of skill, discernment and caution, available to them for collection, collation, analysis and submission of evidence to the Court in favour of the perpetrators of various crimes in 2002 riots. Will Judiciary be able to sift through the materials before it and adjudicate to deliver long-delayed justice to “the wretched of the earth”, who bore the brunt of 2002 man-made communal holocaust? World at large is waiting for the D day

10 February, 2012

Trial And Terror Of The Gujarat Pogrom Verdict
By Farzana Versey

Will the Modi government and the honourable Supreme Court order a probe, for the report does mention that people were burnt alive? How did it happen? Or did it not happen? Did Gulberg Society just disappear? There has to be other “prosecutable evidence”. Whose job is it to find out – the victims, the NGOs or the intelligence agencies?

06 February, 2012

Electoral Mandate, Fake Encounters And Rule of Law
By R. B. Sreekumar

The Apex Court order (25th Jan, 2012) entrusting enquiry to a retired Supreme Court judge, Justice M. B. Shah, of all 21 extra judicial killings by Gujarat Police from October 2002 to December 2006, is welcomed by all law abiding citizens. This has confirmed that the Modi Government has unabashedly subverted the Criminal Justice System, to delay and deny Justice to riot victims and carry out its false propaganda of high voltage threat from militants to Narendra Modi and Sangh Parivar leaders

27 February, 2011

The Godhra Verdict: The Conspiracy Theory
By Ashish Khetan

If there was a “conspiracy” in Godhra, it was not by the Muslims. Ashish Khetan picks apart Judge Patel’s verdict and shows how a devious lie was constructed

16 May, 2010

When It Rained Blood
By Nachiketa Desai

Having covered Gujarat as a journalist for over two decades, Nachiketa Desai was a witness to the Sangh Parivar's Fascist methods and its devastating effects on the life and psyche of the people. He traces the roots of Fascism that culminated in the genocide of 2002. This article was published in 2002 and published on Countercurrents.org in 2010

25 April, 2010

“Voices Of Hindutva: Creating And Exploiting Religious Binaries”
By Sameer Malik

In 2002, Gujarat, India experienced a traumatizing episode of communal violence in which Muslims, a religious minority, were actively targeted. It is widely believed that the state government, run and influenced by extreme Hindu Nationalist (Hindutva) groups, is at least partly responsible for this. Although the extent of their logistical involvement is debated, the rhetoric of many Hindutva organizations creates and demonizes a religious other. In contrast to the majority of Hindus and the majority of Indians, leaders of a number of Hindutva elements use language that creates pervasive religious binaries, which are instrumental in the recurrence of violence. The political success of Hindutva groups in Gujarat therefore complicates peace-building efforts, as illustrated by the dynamics of responses by local non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) to the violence

17 April, 2010

Narendra Modi: Travails Of Travel Abroad
By Ram Puniyani

A group of German MPs justified the denial of visa to Modi. They advocated a ban on his visiting Europe. This parliamentary delegation was on a two day visit to the city of Ahmedabad to study the state of minorities in Gujarat. It concluded that the European Union (EU) decision not to grant visa to him was justified. They went to the extent of banning his trip to Europe in near future. They pointed out that “the Chief Minister of Gujarat has a radical tone to his politics and is described as dictatorial. He has a wrong perception of religious freedom.” This four member team has been closely following developments in the Gujarat riot cases

06 April, 2010

When Modi Met Caesar’s Wife
By R.B Sreekumar

The Gujarat CM’s summon drama has further dipped the SIT’s credibility

30 March, 2010

Narendra Modi: The Second Coming
By Mustafa Khan

Do Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitly think that there is a certain amount of immaturity in the democratic set up which they conveniently address through their maneuverings? Has Modi a sleight of hand ready for any occasion and all the times? He made out March 21st tryst with SIT to turn it upon the head of SIT figuratively and literally

24 March, 2010

Narendra Modi: Living With The Ghosts
By Dr. Shah Alam Khan

Narendra bhai Modi, as he is popularly called, has a task cut out. Either he faces the SIT to answer questions he has been evading since February 2002 or he continues to live in the shadow of ghosts

03 March, 2010

Gujarat Pogrom: The End Of Impunity
By Teesta Setalvad

It's the 8th anniversary of the gujarat genocide. Will justice ever be done?

28 October, 2009

Modi Denied Visa By Oman -
News Reverberates In India

By Mirza A. Beg

Mr. Modi nefariously planted stories of being invited by the Sultanate of Oman. Again some concerned people took it upon themselves to circulate a petition on line. Again many human rights organizations all over the world, but most importantly from India extended their full support. Many wrote personal letters to the Ambassador and the government of Oman. In response, not only the Ambassador of Oman in India refused the visa, but took out an advertisement in a well respected national newspaper, Indian Express, stating that the Sultanate of Oman had not invited Mr. Modi to Oman

10 October, 2009

More Inhuman Stories From Gujarat
By Shabnam Hashmi

The latest in the series of inhuman treatment against muslims is the building of a road in the middle of a grave yard in Dahod with human remains still sticking out

30 September, 2009

More Human Rights Violations In Gujarat
Press Release

In a pattern which has become increasingly familiar in many parts of India, but particularly in Gujarat, once again in the run-up to the assembly by elections in Gujarat, a number of Muslim youth were picked up by police officials in plain clothes, illegally detained and severely tortured, before they were sent to judicial custody

12 September, 2009

Extra Judicial Killings:
The Magisterial Enquiry Findings

The judicial enquiry reoport into the 2004 killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others in an encounter by Gujarat police. The magisterial report has found out that the four were gunned down in cold blood by police officers eager to get promotions and the appreciation of Chief Minister Narendra Modi

08 September, 2009

Former Gujarat Minister Writes To SIT
To Probe Modi's Role Into Gujarat Pogrom

By Jaspal Singh

Jaspal Singh in the letter has urged the SIT to investigate in details the communalization of Gujarat and examine the participants (officials as well as ministers) of the crucial meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the day Godhra carnage occurred. In the letter Singh named some officers who attended the meeting, and urged the SIT to examine them

11 June, 2009

Special Investigation Team (SIT) – Hope Or
Despair Of 2002 Gujarat Genocide Victims ?

By R.B.Sreekumar

Being fully confident about the proven eminence and integrity of the Chairman of the SIT, well meaning citizens are optimistic about positive move from the SIT, soon, against the planners and executioners of 2002 butchery of the innocents in Gujarat

02 May, 2009

Gujarat Carnage: Role of Narendra Modi
By Ram Puniyani

The direction of the Supreme court of India to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the role of Modi, his cabinet colleagues and other top functionaries of state and those involved in violence, has come as a sigh of hope

28 March, 2009

Maya Kodnani: Conceiving And
Aborting Career In Misdeeds

By Mustafa Khan

On February 21, 2009 the Gujarat Government submitted in the High court an affidavit in which it says “in spite of being an MLA, Kodnani was a leader of the mob instigating them to commit the crimes and in fact even fired from her pistol”. If the government of Narendra Modi said that to the High Court why did it not ask her to resign there and then? With her arrest on March 27 it is morally imperative that the Modi government should either resign or the Centre impose its rule in the state

04 March, 2009

Dalits In 'Hindu Rashtra'
By Subhash Gatade

All over Gujarat one finds thousands and thousands of boards put at prominent places by one of the affiliates of the Sangh Parivar that 'you are entering this or that locality of Hindu Rashtra' which is completely illegal and an open proclamation of 'secession' from the rest of the society

30 September, 2008

Nanavati Report On Godhra Tragedy:
Erasing The Obvious Truths

By Ram Puniyani

Recently Justice Nanavati-Mehta (N-M) submitted their report to Govt. (Sept 2008). What it has done must be very close to the desire of the ruling establishment which reaped a rich harvest due to the Godhra train burning and the anti Muslim pogrom in the aftermath of the same

29 September, 2008

Hunter Better Than Nanavati
By R.B. Sreekumar

The Nanavati Commission report deserves the description as a whitewashing document of the aggressors than the conclusion of an enquiry. This is an immature, partisan and inconclusive report which has a political motive. It can only be seen only as a predetermined script. The report hides the heinous acts of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and co, who were the perpetrators of the violence

18 June, 2008

Why Narendra Modi Loves To Hate
Prof. Ashish Nandy?

By Subhash Gatade

Prof. Ashish Nandy, India's leading intellectual acknowledged as the founding fathers of postcolonial studies has recently got a new 'identity'. According to the Gujarat Police he is now an accused in a criminal case supposedly for 'promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth and language.' Definitely neither Prof Nandy nor many of his admirers would have ever imagined in their wildest dreams that a day would arrive when he will face prosecution for his writings. But as they rightly say it, in Gujarat things happen bit differently

04 June, 2008

Another Bakery, Another Parzania
By Harsh Mander

The carnage of 2002 changed everything for Abdulbhai and Noorie.... Today, more than six years after it was charred in the flaming carnage of 2002 in Ahmedabad, their small cottage bakery remains shut. The rebuilt furnace stands forlorn and empty, the metal trays and moulds piled unused and rusting in a corner, like the skeletons of the dead. None of their former clients agrees any more to buy their flour biscuits, cakes and bread, although these were popular in the past

04 April, 2008

Gujarat: Cry For Justice!
By Ram Puniyani

Fresh Probe Ordered in to Gujarat Carnage Cases

12 February, 2008

The Mockingbirds Of Gujarat
By Jawed Naqvi

This is a tribute to just four of Gujarat's countless mockingbirds
that were humiliated or killed by the people they sang for. Every year in February, when newspapers begin to chatter about the arriving budget, the memory of Rasoolan Bai, Fayyaz Khan, Ehsaan Jaafri and Wali Dakhani begin to haunt me. It was on a budget day when helpless women were being raped and murdered across Gujarat on Feb 28, 2002, with the approval of the state

27 January, 2008

Importance Of Being Bilkis
By Kalpana Sharma

It took exceptional courage for Bilkis Bano to walk up to the police station and file a complaint, and persist with it

26 January, 2008

Saluting Bilkis Bano: Reflecting On Gujarat
By Ram Puniyani

The grit, determination and strength of the victim, Bilkis bano, and the support of civil rights group which supported her, are crucial factors in getting the justice. The justice in this case stands out as a small ray of respite, in the gloomy scenario of Gujarat, where by now justice for minorities is conspicuous by its absence

24 January, 2008

Democracy's Bilkis Test
By Ajay K. Mehra

The judgment on the Bilkis Bano case provides an opportunity to reflect on a range of issues relating to inter-community relations as well as the state and legal mechanisms available to deal with riots in India

14 January, 2008

Gujarat: Blame The Middle Class
By Ashis Nandy

Recovering Gujarat from its urban middle class will not be easy. The class has found in militant religious nationalism a new self- respect and a new virtual identity as a martial community, the way Bengali babus, Maharashtrian Brahmins and Kashmiri Muslims at different times have sought salvation in violence. In Gujarat this class has smelt blood, for it does not have to do the killings but can plan, finance and coordinate them with impunity. The actual killers are the lowest of the low, mostly tribals and Dalits. The middle class controls the media and education, which have become hate factories in recent times. And they receive spirited support from most non-resident Indians who, at a safe distance from India, can afford to be more nationalist, bloodthirsty, and irresponsible

30 December, 2007

Modi's Victory: Portents For Indian Democracy
By Ram Puniyani

Modi's victory is a warning signal of transition of sub critical fascism, transcending the critical line to strangulate democratic values in an ideological form all over the country. The disarray in the BJP will give way to strong optimism, to strive for power at center. All this may take place sooner than later if the secular movements do not wake up and broaden their reach

17 December, 2007

Modi's Gujaratis
By Nasiruddin Haider Khan

What will we call Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh, who put Gujarat on the painting map of the world. What about Bandukwala? What name will be given to garba music of Ismail Darbar? Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Saira, Rashida, Niazben where will they fit? Are they Gujarati or just "them" in Modi's Gujarat?

11 December, 2007

Erosion Of Democratic Norms: A case Of Modi
By Ram Puniyani

The terrorizing atmosphere created in Gujarat does remind us of the status of minorities. Now the large sections of minorities feel that they have been relegated to the second class citizenship status. Their insecurity is the index of our democratic ethos. It is correctly pointed out that if you want to see the state of health of democracy, have a look at the status of its minorities!

Justice For The Victims Of Gujarat Pogrom
By Mirza A. Beg

The perpetrators, the victims and the average Indians know that Narendra Modi's government engineered the riots in Gujarat resulting in the death of 2000 innocent people and injuring hundreds of thousands more in 2002. The justice to the victims is being denied because the BJP controlled governments in Gujarat and at the Center concealed the evidence, precluding a citizen’s ability to seek redress in the courts of law. Therefore, it was not a spontaneous riot, but a planned Pogrom

27 November, 2007

Gujarat Muslims: The Way Ahead
By Ram Puniyani

That a section of our society is made to think that one sided forgiveness is the only way out just shows that our system is deeply infected and needs to be cleansed by the spirit of Indian ness. And that's where all the conscientious and aware citizens believing in democracy have to stick together, for getting justice for all and to soothe the wounds of those thinking of unsolicited, unilateral forgiveness

10 November, 2007

Does Anything Matter?
By Tarun Tejpal

The fact is India needs not just economic tinkering but great political vision. And there are no signs of it. The apathy of Gujarat tells us that the most complex country in the world faces its most complex challenges ever

06 November, 2007

Modi Must Be Punished
By Kuldip Nayar

The brutality of a pogrom is not lessened if it is hidden from the nation. Exposing a crime is not linked to electoral strategy, but to the value system. I believe, a person begins to die the day he sees an act of injustice being committed but keeps quiet

05 November, 2007

Modi A Psychic Killer
By Yoginder Sikand

Modi A Psychic Killer, Worse Than Hitler, Should Be Jailed, says Father of Slain Gujarat BJP Home Minister

The Truth Of Gujarat Carnage
By Ram Puniyani

Time has come that we face the truth head on, punish the guilty and protect the innocent irrespective of religion and caste. In Gujarat if state Government has failed to prosecute the guilty, that's a breach of the oath taken by political leadership and it has to be dealt with like that, i.e. violation of constitutional obligations by state Government

02 November, 2007

Tehelka, Journalists Lead Indians
To Redeem Their Values

By Mirza A. Beg

Tahelka, the intrepid news magazine did what the Indian government should have done in the past five years. The nation owes a debt of gratitude to the editor of Tahelka, Tarun Tejpal and reporter Ashish Khetan who took enormous risk to procure evidence on video tapes about the planning of the genocide perpetrated by the fascistic Gujarat state government in February – March 2002. The tapes also record admissions of suppression of evidence and bribery by the public prosecutors to protect the guilty

01 November, 2007

Gujarat: Silence Of The Lambs
By Shoma Chaudhury

The real faultline in India today is not between Hindus and Muslims. It is between Hindus and Hindus. If the Hindus of Gujarat are going to re-elect Modi after being confronted with visual proof of what he stands for, we have to aggressively reclaim what being Hindu means. The problem is too few people seem to have a stomach for that fight. It is not a fight that can be won by burning and slashing. Or ducking. It requires words and eloquence and conviction

Narendra Modi And Indian Democracy:
They Two Cannot Coexist

By Daya Varma & Vinod Mubayi

The hesitation of the UPA government, which survives with the support of the left parties, on the Gujarat genocide is beyond comprehension. This marriage between parliamentary democracy and feudal highhandedness must be broken if India is to emerge as a modern democratic society

31 October, 2007

Public Statement On The Gujarat Carnage 2002
By Concerned Citizens

We therefore call upon the Central government and the Supreme Court, whose duty it is to enforce the rule of law and protect the Constitution, to immediately take the above steps. We also call upon all right thinking people of Gujarat to come out in support of these demands. What is at stake is not merely the survival of Constitutional values and the rule of law but the survival of civilisation itself in this country

30 October, 2007

Can We Resist Fascism With Indignation Alone
By Jawed Naqvi

Suppose Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, is called a fascist, which he is, and it translates into more votes for him in the coming state elections. How does one respond to this possibility, which, as many have concluded, is in fact the bitter truth? This is the backdrop we have to keep in mind about Tehelka's otherwise skillful and daring expose with concealed cameras of the manic Hindutva hordes that raped and killed at will in Gujarat in 2002, and their cheerleader, the chief minister himself

29 October, 2007

On Tehelka's Gujarat Sting
By Mukul Dube

Over five years after the Gujarat genocide, it looks as if a beginning has been made to bring to book those who were responsible for it. It would be premature, though, to think that the battle is won. Our legal system is well known for its slow functioning. Worse, while the recorded admissions of criminals damn them personally, the evidence that Tehelka's work has brought out against Modi, for example, must be described as hearsay

Moving From Moditva To Sanity:
The Stakes In Gujarat

By Praful Bidwai

The Congress has a historic chance to inflict a stinging defeat on the BJP. To do this, it must offer an alternative vision, take a strongly secular line, build alliances with other anti-communal parties/groups, and run a spirited campaign with a wise choice of candidates, while keeping the BJP dissidents at an arm's length. The fight is winnable-and certainly worth winning

22 October, 2007

Modi Won't Talk Godhra, Walks Out Of Interview
By Karan Thapar

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi walked out of an exclusive interview with Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN's Devil's Advocate because he was questioned about Godhra. Narendra Modi walked out of the interview less than five minutes after it started in Gandhinagar

09 October, 2007

The Muslim Question In Gujarat
By Vidya Subrahmaniam

By an unspoken consensus, Muslims have been excluded from the election debate in Gujarat

04 October, 2007

Godhra, Gujarat: POTA-Affected Families
Struggle To Survive

By Yoginder Sikand

Almost six years after a deadly wave of genocidal attacks that targeted Muslims in Gujarat, the victims of the state's worst case of anti-Muslim violence still wage a tough battle for survival. In one of the worst-hit parts of the Gujarat, the Panchmahals district, scores of Muslim families have been reduced to penury after having lost their homes and possessions and with their male earning members still languishing in jails

08 September, 2007

Muslims In Gujarat: Victims Of A conspiring State
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Gujarat could be saved by a strong people's movement involving every segment of the marginalized sections of our society including Muslims and all those victims of Narendra Modi's rabid anti Dalit, anti tribal and anti farmer policies. It is also time to take these religious lunatics head on otherwise they will deny every one a right to live with dignity and freedom to express

04 June, 2007

Gujarat: Symptoms Of Hindu Nation
By Ram Puniyani

As far as the gross violations and that too the one's related to minority community are concerned, Gujarat is the worst state without any shadow of doubt. In other BJP ruled states like MP, Rajasthan and Chattisgarhg also, the violations are of severe degree, still they do not match with the ones in Gujarat

19 March, 2007

Global Fundamentalist Wars
By Gary Corseri

A review of The Gujarat Genocide. Garda Ghista, Author House, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A

02 March, 2007

Truth Trickles Out: The Gujarat Pogrom
Five Years Later

By Zahir Janmohamed

Some have accused assessments by anti-communalism activists of what transpired in Gujarat as being excessively sentimental. This indeed may be the case, but it is not without reason

01 March, 2007

Five Years After Godhra And The Pogrom
By Dionne Bunsha

There is no violence but the atmosphere of fear and prejudice still prevails. Gujarat is a society divided — where minorities are segregated and face social and economic boycotts. Muslims have been pushed into ghettos

08 February, 2007

Gujarat : Lengthening Shadows Of Swastika
By Ram Puniyani

The processes going in Gujarat are a definite pointer towards "Hindu Rashtra in One state", an Indian variant of Fascism. While looking forward to the change in the turn of the tide in anticipation of the fifth anniversary of the genocide, one hopes the worst is over and the society at large will not only welcome Perzania with open eyes and mind but will also revive the humane spirit of the Indian nationalism

16 January, 2007

Second - Class Citizens Of Gujarat
By Akash Bisht

Four years have passed since the state-sponsored Gujarat carnage shook the entire nation,leaving hundreds dead and lakhs displaced and brutalised, but till this day many of the survivors of the post-Godhra killings have not found their way back home. These exiled 'second-class citizens' are living in inhuman conditions in make-shift camps and are deprived of basic amenities

16 December, 2006

Guajarat: Grave Mistakes
By Teesta Setalvad

The challenges thrown up for India, post-Godhra of 2002, are fundamental. Are the politically powerful, even if they be organisers of mass murder and rape, immune from the law?

19 October, 2006

Guajarat 2006 Is Deadlier Than 2002
By Prashant Jha

That is the story of Gujarat 2006. A tale of a society that is sharply polarised and prejudices about the 'other' deeply entrenched, and a state that happily engineers everyday hatred. In its wake, lies a community that lives in fear. The Gujarat of today is in some senses more dangerous than the Gujarat of 2002. For here, the violence is invisible. It operates systematically, as well as subtly, at the establishment and social level

17 October, 2006

Keeping Alive The Ghost Of Godhra
By Farzana Versey

The Gujarat High court has dismissed the very existence of the union government setting up the U.C.Banerjee committee and its findings into the death of 59 people who were burnt in the train on February 27, 2002. On Friday, October 13, 2006, Justice D N Patel repeated what Narendra Modi and the saffron parties have been saying. It is an endorsement of their insecurities. The arguments do not work

06 October, 2006

Naseem's Story
By Azim Sherwani

Naseem Mohammad Shekh is an activist working with victims of the state -sponsored anti-Muslim carnage in Gujarat in 2002. She is based in the Qasimabad Colony, near Kalol in the Panchmahals district of Gujarat. Eleven members of her own family, including her daughter and husband, were slaughtered in this most large-scale wave of anti-Muslim violence in India in recent times, the victims of which are yet to get justice

21 September, 2006

Gujarat Bill: Denying Religious
Freedom In Freedom's Name

By Yoginder Sikand

The recent passing of a controversial bill by the Gujarat Assembly has, understandably enough, generated a storm of protest. Ironically called the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill 2006, the Bill, critics argue, represents a major assault on religious freedom, particularly of non-Hindus, in Gujarat

25 February, 2006

Gujarat: Four Years After The Genocide
By Azim Khan

The Gujarat police are almost completely saffronised,cooking up false cases of sedition, illegal arms and criminal conspiracy against young and innocent boys of the Muslim community. Extending illegal detention of poor Muslims by the Anti-Terrorist Squad and Crime Branch is an everyday affair. In Modi's Gujarat equality before the law and equal protection of the law have no meaning

Shared Traditions In Gujarat
Challenge The Communal Divide

By Yoginder Sikand

Exactly four years ago, Gujarat witnessed a state-sponsored genocide that culminated in the deaths of some three thousand Muslims and led to a complete breakdown of inter-community relations, the scars of which have still not healed. Yet, despite the relentless assault of Hindutva forces in Gujarat, all is not lost

08 January, 2006

I Owe This To Mukhtar
By Shabnam Hashmi

Social activist Mukhtar was arrested on the eve of the New Year by the Modi government on a false and bogus rape case

27 September, 2005

The Hindu Rashtra Of Gujarat
By V.B.Rawat

A journey into Narendra Modi's Gujarat

01 April, 2005

Move On And Get Modi Tried
By Subhash Gatade

The US denial of Visa and the cancellation of Modi's visit to UK is indeed a victory. But activists must move ahead and get Modi tried in Indian and International courts

30 March, 2005

Last Refuge Of The Scoundrel
By Praful Bidwai

When India demanded to withdraw Brigadier-General Paul Tibbetts, the pilot who had dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, from the United States embassy in New Delhi nobody then thought that issues of diplomatic protocol, "courtesy" and "sovereign" rights of states come prior to the moral-political imperative of preventing, protesting and punishing grave crimes against humanity. By contrast, the US denial of a visa to Narendra Modi has caused a great outpouring of crude nationalistic anger in India

29 March, 2005

Et Tu George?
By Ra Ravishankar

A fictional account of LK Advani's letter to US President George Bush on the denial of Visa to Gujarat Chief Minsiter Narendra Modi

28 March, 2005

Visa Denial Hurt National Pride?
By Harsh Mander

Nehru once refused a request by Mussolini to meet him, because he was a fascist. This was widely admired as a principled stand based on democratic and humanist traditions, and never an affront to the people of Italy. Similarly, most nations refused diplomatic relations with the apartheid regime of South Africa, which was an act not of insult but of solidarity of the international community with large sections of the South African people

22 March, 2005

How We Made U.S.Deny Visa To Modi
By Angana Chatterji

That Narendra Modi was denied a visa, that his active involvement in crimes against humanity has been officially noted, is something to celebrate. The larger task remains to hold accountable Narendra Modi, who has committed genocide

10 March, 2005

A State Terrorist Visits American Hoteliers
By Vijay Prashad

For a business sector that likes to call itself the "hospitality industry," it is painful that the chief guest at its March 2005 gathering will be Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat, who presided over the genocide of over 2000 muslims in March, 2002

03 March, 2005

Former President Narayanan Speaks Up
By Manava Samskriti

"If the military was given powers to shoot at the perpetrators of violence, recurrence of tragedies in Gujarat could have been avoided. However, both the state and central government did not do so"

Three Years After Genocide In Gujarat
By Asghar Ali Engineer

Gujarat genocide keeps us reminding what to expect when communal and fascist forces come to power. The fight against communal forces should go on through democratic methods. They must be isolated and weakened

01 March, 2005

Remembering The Gujarat Genocide
By M Hasan Jowher

The victims of post-Godhra riots await for justice done, security strengthened and compensation awarded. For three years to this week they have waited for truth to prevail

22 February, 2005

Honoring Narendra Modi!
By Coalition Against Genocide

The Asian American Hotel Owner Association's (AAHOA) has created a storm in US by inviting the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,who is accused of sharing responsibility in the massacres, sexual mutilations and rapes of Muslims and persecution of Christians, indigenous tribes and moderate Hindus

06 October, 2004

Speaking From Gujarat
By Dr. Juzar Bandukwala & Yoginder Sikand

Dr. Juzar Bandukwala is well-known and widely-respected social activist and journalist, he has been in the forefront of the struggle for justice to the victims of the recent state-sponsored violence directed against the Muslims of Gujarat. In this interview he speaks to Yoginder Sikand about his work and about the situation in Gujarat today

24 September, 2004

Gujarat Government Is Obstructing Justice
Human Rights Watch Report

The government of the Indian state of Gujarat continues to obstruct justice and prevent accountability for the perpetrators of violence committed during communal riots in 2002 that left as many as 2,000 Muslims dead

22 August, 2004

Gujarat: The Wheels Of Justice Get Moving
By Jyotirmaya Sharma

Faced with a hostile Centre, a determined Supreme Court, and an unforgiving set of liberal activists, the Narendra Modi regime will not have it easy in the weeks ahead. Some of the affidavits filed in the riot cases too show up the Gujarat Government

Let's Not Forget Godhra
By Siddharth Varadarajan

Two years after 58 people were killed on board the Sabarmati Express at Godhra, the incident is still shrouded in mystery. It is high time a Central probe was launched into the case

29 July, 2004

Body Of The Nation: Why Women
Were Mutilated In Gujarat

By Martha C. Nussbaum

The woman functions as a symbol of the site of weakness and vulnerability inside any male, who can be drawn into his own mortality through desire. The Muslim woman functions doubly as such a symbol. In this way, a fantasy is created that her annihilation will lead to safety and invulnerability The paranoid anxiety that keeps telling every man that he is not safe and invulnerable feeds the desire to extinguish her

03 July, 2004

There Was No Waiting Mob At Godhra
By Darshan Desai

Depositions before the Nanavati Commission suggest that Godhra wasn't the premeditated act it was made out to be

29 June, 2004

Encounter or Murder?
By Sukla Sen

Given the seriousness of the allegations and counter-allegations made about the Ahmedabad encounter killings of three men and a nineteen year old girl, a full-scale judicial enquiry headed by a serving supreme court judge, assisted by a team of dedicated professional investigators, is very much the need of the hour

19 June, 2004

Truth About Godhra: Case For A
Fresh Commission Of Inquiry

By Siddharth Varadarajan

Now that the UPA government is in power, it should speed up the investigations into the Godhra tragedy. It should also actively support the NHRC's demands, now pending before the Supreme Court, that the CBI be tasked with investigating Godhra and that the case be transferred out of Gujarat.

10 May, 2004

Two-Nation Theory...
By Sheela Reddy

In Gujarat new boundaries segregate the Muslim and Hindu communities dividing the neighbourhoods virtually into two nations

06 May, 2004

Gujarat-Lengthening Shadows Of Trident
By Ram Puniyani

The tragic affairs of Gujarat are just a mirror to our democracy. How if unguarded, the fascist tendencies can grow and engulf the democracy lock sock and barrel. Gujarat is very close to 'Fascism in one state' as far as Indian nation is concerned

04 May, 2004

Criminal Case Against Modi Launched in Gujarat

Gujarat Chief Minister to face Genocide, Torture and Crimes
against Humanity charges from UK family

17 April, 2004

Who Cares For Supreme Court In Gandhi's Gujarat?
By Digant Oza

Shameless defense of the Modi government continues

16 April, 2004

Darkness And Light In Modern India
By Harsh Mander

The agony of Gujarat, its blood-drenched humanity soaked in ideologies of hatred and divide, has hurtled the people of our vast country into a defining crossroads. The manner in which they respond today will determine the kind of country and world that we leave behind for our children

05 April, 2004

Lamps Lit In Darkness
By Harsh Mander

If the savage massacre in Gujarat and its unconscionable conspiracies of silence and complicity marked a monumental collapse of traditional 'civil society', it witnessed simultaneously a countrywide upsurge of spontaneous voluntary action, luminous acts of compassion, conscience and faith

22 January, 2004

Gujarat Carnage And Muslim Women
By Asghar Ali Engineer

The crimes against women during the gujarat carnage were really unspeakable. The wounds inflicted on minority women can hardly heal especially when they were subjected to such unspeakable crimes. Still they are living with sense of shame and agony

28 December, 2003

Remembering Gujarat
By Kalpana Sharma

Can we afford to bury and forget the terrifying messages that the massacres in Gujarat carry?

04 December, 2003

Reviving Gandhi To Cover Up Gujarat's Shame
By Ruchir Joshi

In an effort to project a more humane face for Gujarat after the post Godhra pogrom against the Muslims, the Gujarat government is reviving Gandhi

23 November, 2003

Gujarat's Victims Completely Isolated
By Harsh Mander

After the riots, the state authorities in Gujarat have mounted a systematic assault on the rights and security of a segment of its citizens, on a scale and with an impunity that is unmatched in independent India, barring the dark months of the Emergency

25 October, 2003

False Case Against Mallika Sarabhai
A letter From Mallika Sarabhai

Gujarat government has framed yet another false case against Mallika Sarabhai to cow her down politically

23 October, 2003

Little More Vibrancy And The Gujarat
Volcano Would Explode

By Digant Oza

People of Gujarat are vibrating with anguish, agony and anger against Mody Government, ever since Congress and other secular parties presented on silver plate power in Gandhinagar to Bhartiya Janta Party, thanks to their stupid strategical mistakes

22 October, 2003

Survivor's Of Godhra Give VHP
The Cold Shoulder

Of the 38 residents of Ramol Janata Nagar in Gujarat who went to Ayodhya in February 2002, only 28 returned. Ten were killed in the S-6 compartment of Sabarmati Express which was torched at Godhra on February 27. And the others who returned are disillusione with the VHP

18 September, 2003

Judging Genocide In Gujarat
By Praful Bidwai

Letting the Gujarat culprits get away and papering over the gravity of what happened would be the surest way of destroying the constitutional edifice of governance - indeed, this society. The Supreme Court must not disappoint the public

16 September, 2003

End Of A Love Affair With India
By Luke Harding

As a young backpacker Luke Harding found India charming and eccentric. Fifteen years later he returned as the Guardian's correspondent. Now, after finishing his time there, he recalls how one terrible incident of sectarian violence in Gujarat brought his love affair with the country to an end

29 August, 2003

The Hell That Was Naroda-Patiya
By Manas Dasgupta

Naroda-Patiya Victims Narrate `Hellish Experience' To Nanavati Panel

03 August, 2003

Nanavati Commission Boycott
By Digant Oza and Nachiketa Desai

Fearing reprisal from the the perpetrators of carnage the riot victims do not turn up for the hearings held by the Justice Nanavati commission enquiring into the communal violence in Gujarat

31 July, 2003

Best Bakery Case- NHRC Comes To The Rescue
By Manoj Mitta

NHRC to move special leave petition in Supreme Court asking for retrial

26 July, 2003

Gujarat’s ‘Successful Experiment’
Arvind Rajagopal

The racial violence gripping Indian politics may appear to be the latest manifestation of an age-old problem. But this is deceptive. Modern technology and globalisation have brought about a mutation

20 July, 2003

Counterfeit Peace In Gujarat
By Harsh Mander

The peace that prevails in Gujarat is only counterfeit. Authentic peace can be founded ultimately only on justice, trust and dignity.

12 July, 2003

Best Bakery Was 37th Riot Acquittal
By Leena Misra

There have already been 36 riot cases where trials have been conducted and the accused were acquitted since the witnesses either did not turn up or they turned hostile, and the Best Bakery case was the 37 th

06 July, 2003

‘Trembling With Fear, We Lied In Court’
By Abhishek Kapoor & Ayesha Khan

Barely one week after the court set free all 21 accused in the Best Bakery massacre in the Gujarat riots, Sehrunissa Sheikh, one of the main witnesses and wife of the bakery owner, has come out and told The Sunday Express that she lied in court ‘‘trembling with fear’’ for her life

The Social Engineering Of Gujarat
By Hemant Babu

The ongoing violence and its broadening social and geographical base in Gujarat is a consequence of the political recasting of social identities

02 July, 2003

Muslims Recant, and Hindus Are Acquitted in Riot Trial
By David Rhode

The faith of India's 140 million Muslims in the country's commitment to equal justice is again being tested in Gujarat

01 July, 2003

India: Gujarat Massacre Cases Sabotaged
Human Rights Watch

The new report published by Human Rights Watch " Compounding Injustice: The Government's Failure to Redress Massacres in Gujarat", examines the record of state authorities in holding perpetrators accountable and providing humanitarian relief to victims of state-supported massacres of Muslims in February and March 2002

30 June, 2003

Menace Of Moditva
By Amulya Ganguli

Instead of boycotting the Nanavati commission, as some of them are doing, they should forsake such a defeatist attitude and try all the harder to help it discover the truth by standing by the scared witnesses

29 June, 2003

We, The Guilty
By Sundeep Dougal

If the first verdict involving Gujarat's post-Godhra carnage is any indication, there is no hope for any justice in the other cases under trial. And we are responsible

18 June, 2003

PUCL-Vadodara Shanti Abhiyan (VSA) Withdraw
From The Nanavati-Shah Commission Hearings

PUCL- VSA submitted an affidavit stating that, in view of their lack of faith in the inquiry proceedings, they will not participate in them further

12 June, 2003

An Encounter With A Judge
By Manoj Mitta

The inquiry into the Gujarat riots is yet to cover Ahmedabad and Vadodara, where most of the killings took place. So, what on earth could have made Justice Nanavati, make the gratuitous assertion that the evidence recorded so far did not indicate ''any serious lapse'' on the part of the police or administration?

06 June, 2003

No Justice Nanavati, What You Say Is Not Correct
By Asghar Ali Engineer

Justice G.T. Nanavati who has been investigating Godhra incident and the Gujarat riot almost gives a clean chit to the administration. Such a statement from the inquiring judge at an unfinished stage is quite improper.

28 May, 2003

NHRC asks Modi Govt To Explain Lax In Riot Probe

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Gujarat government to explain why riot victims were not deposing before the Nanavati Commission

21 May, 2003

Turning hostile: The story of Zahira
By Abhishek Kapoor

Is it so easy to forget what happened in Gujarat?

02 May, 2003

Movers and shakers in a divided city
By Tanvir Siddiqui

So has normalcy returned to Ahmedabad? Judge for yourself...

Carnage in Gujarat Unpunished
Communal Violence Continues

Human Rights Watch report that even one year after the communal violence in Gujarat the culprits are roaming free while the victims are still getting punished by the state as well as the earlier persecutors

Trial begins in just 1 of 961 riot cases!
By Sourav Mukherjee & Amit Mukherjee

A year after the gujarat violence, process of justice is still crawling. Unlike the Godhra case, which is witnessing rapid developments, trial begins in just 1 of 961 riot cases!

Gujarat's Gendered Violence
by Ruth Baldwin

Women's bodies were central battlegrounds in the worst bout of Hindu-Muslim bloodletting to grip India in over ten years

Just Another Day in Ahmedabad
by Gurpal Singh

Account by a peace worker about the pathetic conditions of the relief camps in Ahmedabad

Who lit the fire?
by Mohan Guruswamy

Forensic report proves that the fire on Sabarmati Express at Godhra was lit from inside the train

Genocide in Gujarat

Report by Sahmat Fact Finding Team to Gujarat"Ethnic Cleansing Not Communal Riot"

NHRC Recommendations

NHRC Recommend CBI Enquiry into the violence

NHRC final order

Final Order on Gujarat by NHRC a severe indictment on the state government

Deliver Justice

Amnesty International Memmorandum to the government of India and gujarat

Say No
by Mahasweta Devi
Mahasweta Devi's appeal"Ban all blood thirsty religious institutions"

Cry The Beloved Country
by Harsh Mander
Eye Witness account of the genocide in Gujarat by Harsh Mander

The Way Out
by Anand

Author and thinker Anand writes about the genocide in Gujarat"It was designed in the laborataries of Hindutwa"

Stable Bank, Fraudelent Cheques
by Anand

Anand On the Moral Bankruptcy of the Indian state

Human Rights Watch Report

"We Have No Orders to Save you" State participation and complicity in communal violence in Guajarat