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by Non-Resident Indians for A Secular
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India/Pakistan: Mourning This Time

by Angana Chatterji, May 29, 2002

Where women bore the brunt
by Raka Ray, published in The Hindu, May 11, 2002

The Indian business elite and the illogic of collective silence
by Ashok Deo Bardhan, published in the Economic Times, May 7, 2002

Gujarat Riots: The Top 5 Myths and Facts
by Shalini Gera and Girish Agrawal

Indictment of the Gujarat Police
by Shalini Gera

A Letter to Chachaji on Hindus, Muslims, and the Gujarat Riots
by Raju Rajagopal

Gujarat Carnage: The Aftermath
Last Updated on October 11th, 2002

  • Sangh mouthpiece trashes BJP
    RADHIKA RAMASESHAN, The Telegraph, New Delhi, Oct. 9, 2002
    Sangh mouthpiece Panchajanya has joined the chorus of criticism against the Centre, days after RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan attacked the “anti-swadeshi” lobby and the VHP held the Prime Minister and his deputy accountable for failure to tackle militancy.
  • Anti-terrorism lessons from Akshardham
    Praful Bidwai, October 9, 2002 ,
    The ending of the nightmarish takeover of the Swaminarayan temple in Gandhinagar by two terrorists -- who mowed down 37 innocent worshippers -- produced a widespread sense of relief. But there is also smug self-congratulation in the Gujarat government and the Union home ministry over the "professionalism" of the National Security Guard operation which led to the terrorists' killing, and the "effectiveness" with which the Gujarat police contained the fallout of the episode, preventing communal disturbances, unlike after the Godhra carnage. Part of the success is being attributed to the welcome presence of the prime minister, deputy PM and the leader of the Opposition in Gandhinagar.
  • BJP calls for early Gujarat polls
    Times News Network, October 10, 2002
    NEW DELHI: Spurred by the successful holding of Assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir, the BJP on Wednesday turned the spotlight back on Gujarat by urging the Election Commission to initiate the process of holding elections in the state.
  • Godhra panel asked to speed up probe
    AGENCIES October 10, 2002
    AHMEDABAD: Authorities in Gujarat have requested the two-member judicial commission, probing the February 27 Godhra carnage, to expedite the probe even as a key police official identified two corporators as those who had led the mob during the attack on kar sevaks.
  • US holds official inaction responsible for Gujarat riots
    NDTV Correspondent, Washington, October 8, 2002
    The US State Department has blamed the official machinery for riots that broke out in Gujarat in March. The state department's findings are based on the annual report on International Religious Freedom, which was presented to Congress yesterday by Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • Gujarat polls acid test for BJP: Advani
    Times News Network, October 09, 2002
    AHMEDABAD: Both deputy prime minister L K Advani and BJP president Venkaiah Naidu made it clear before party workers here on Tuesday that the repurcussions of the results of the assembly elections in Gujarat would be felt far beyond the state's borders.
  • Modi's handling of violence unparalleled: Advani
    Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad, Octobe 8, 2002
    The Deputy Home Minister L.K. Advani on Tuesday came out in strong defence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's Gaurav Yatra and the way he handled communal violence in the state.
  • Business Basics: Surat Stood Firm Against Violence
    Kingshuk Nag, The Times of India, October 08, 2002
    So when in the aftermath of Godhra, cities like Ahmedabad began to burn and violence erupted in Surat too, the local businessmen decided to strike back. Organised under the banner of the influential South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), business decided proactively to collaborate with the police in maintaining law and order.
  • Temple puts past behind
    Meghdoot Sharon, Gandhinagar, The Indian Express, October 7, 2002
    On Monday, the Akshardham temple complex at Gandhinagar was a picture of serenity. Throughout the day, people kept filtering in through the main gate and almost all visited the main temple and exhibition halls.
  • Yatra: On final leg, Modi loses out on steam
    Express News Service, Radhanpur, October 6, 2002
    The reason Narendra Modi claims he is undertaking the Gaurav Yatra — to restore the pride of Gujarat — does not seem to go down well with people anymore. Except for a few new sentences, his Musharraf-bashing has become a cliche and the speeches are repetitive.
  • Post-Godhra riots: NHRC issues notice to Chief Secy, DGP
    Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad, October 07, 2002
    National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to Gujarat Chief Secretary G Subbarao and DGP K Chakravarthi on a petition about alleged burning of seven churches during the post-Godhra riots in Limkheda district, a prominent Christian leader said today.
  • Modi tries to woo minorities using Akshardham card
    Times News Network, October 06, 2002
    AHMEDABAD: Shifting from his earlier rhetoric, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi used the Akshardham incident to woo the minorities at Patdi and Shankheshwar by saying, "We (the BJP) insist that the terrorists were Pakistanis, but the Congress says that they were Gujarati Muslims."
  • Two injured in communal clash in Dabhoi
    Times News Network, October 06, 2002
    VADODARA: Trouble erupted in the communally sensitive town of Dabhoi on Sunday afternoon after a mob attacked shops belonging to the majority community. The police fired seven rounds that left two persons injured.
  • VHP indulging in doublespeak, says YC chief
    Times News Network, October 05, 2002
    RAJKOT: National Youth Congress president Randeep Surjewala said here on Friday that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad was indulging in double speak on the issue of the central government’s stand on national security.
  • Modi takes detour to Ambaji via Rajasthan
    Sanjay Pandey, Times News Network, October 05, 2002
    AMBAJI: The Rajasthan police made unprecedented security arrangements for Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as he landed at the Abu Road helipad to launch the fourth leg of his Gaurav Yatra.
  • Yatra fourth leg: CM will have to contend with drought issue
    Rajiv Shah, Times News Network, October 05, 2002
    GANDHINAGAR: Chief Minister Narendra Modi's fourth leg of Gaurav Yatra will start from Ambaji in North Gujarat on Saturday, a pilgrimage centre surrounded by tens of villages affected by one of the worst droughts in recent years.
  • A spark ignites communal fires
    Syed Khalique Ahmed, The Indian Express, Vadodara, October 3, 2002
    Argument over a trivial issue of payment at an omlette larri led to communal violence in Navapura on Tuesday night. Police had to lob teargas shells to disperse warring groups.
  • Vadodara raises voices against violence
    Times News Network, October 03, 2002
    VADODARA: 'Voices against Violence', the five-day art exhibition that opened at the fine arts faculty's exhibition hall on Wednesday was no mere coincidence.
  • Muslims pitch in for secularism
    Times News Network, October 03, 2002
    VADODARA: A little more than a week ago, Machchipith had turned into a battlefield as groups clashed on Ganpati immersion day. It has always remained a "sensitive area", one of the nerve centres of violence. It was the same area on Wednesday that reverberated with 'Sare jahan se achchha, Hindustan hamara ...' sung by girls from the minority community.
  • Violence in Gujarat
    By Manas Dasgupta, The Hindu, October 03, 2002
    AHMEDABAD Oct. 2. Several parts of Gujarat witnessed violence on the Gandhi Jayanti Day today forcing police to open fire in Bhavnagar and burst teargas shells in Vadodara and Piplod town of Anand district.
  • A return to Iqbal’s New Temple
    Eulogies to India’s multiculturalism
    Mushirul Hasan, The Indian Express, October 2, 2002

    Terrorists have struck yet again: this time targeting the sacred precincts of a temple in Gandhinagar. Their motives will not be known, but the act of killing innocent devotees is reprehensible. Even though Narendra Modi continues to inflame religious passions, revenge and reprisal must be shunned to restore some measure of inter-community harmony.
  • Bitten by BJP, VHP not shy; takes another dig
    Says India needs leaders like Sharon, Bush, Shivaji to tackle terrorism
    Pradeep Kaushal, The Indian Express, October 2, 2002

    Seeking an end to the controversy generated by the criticism of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee by VHP working president Ashok Singhal, VHP general secretary Pravin Togadia today said his senior colleague had made the remarks only ‘‘as an ardent supporter of the BJP’’. But he added in the same breath that India needed a leader like Ariel Sharon, George W Bush or Shivaji to combat terrorism, implying that the VHP’s criticism of Vajpayee’s handling of terrorism still stands.
  • Finally, some return fire
    It is high time the BJP let the loose canons within the Parivar know where to get off
    Editorial, The Indian Express, October 2, 2002

    If the BJP has long appeared a prisoner to the whims, fancies and often dangerous agendas of the various constituents of the Sangh Parivar, it has only itself to blame. Consider the irony here. A political party that had come to power through the electoral process and is accountable to the people was being held to ransom by a bunch of organisations that were accountable to no one but themselves.
  • Gujarat riots cast shadow over GIC profits
    Underwriting losses of insurance firms zoom 46 pc
    Ens Economic Bureau, October 1, 2002

    Mumbai, October 1: With Gujarat riots claims creating a big hole for the insurers, the total underwriting losses of General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and its four subsidiaries —National Insurance Co Ltd, New India Assurance Co Ltd, United India Insurance Co Ltd and Oriental Insurance Co Ltd —have gone up by 46.66 per cent to Rs 2,529 crore in 2001-02 from Rs 1,722 crore in the previous year. Gujarat riots and higher claims on motor insurance also pulled down the profits of insurance companies.
  • South Asians in U.S. remember Gandhi
    By Vasantha Arora, Indo-Asian News Service
    Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) A group of South Asians held a vigil at Mahatma Gandhi's statue opposite the Indian embassy here to call for religious harmony in India.
  • Gujarat battle awaits verdict
    By Our Legal Correspondent, The Telegraph, October 2, 2002
    New Delhi, Oct. 1: After marathon arguments over three weeks on postponement of the Gujarat polls, the Supreme Court today reserved its judgment on the presidential reference about the Election Commission's powers to decide when to hold elections.
  • SC reserves judgment
    The Hindu, New Delhi Oct. 1, 2002
    The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on a three-point Presidential Reference questioning the validity of the Election Commission's controversial order deferring polls in Gujarat and refused to pass any interim order on the petition challenging the position of Narendra Modi as caretaker Chief Minister.
  • BJP chief sends VHP a stinker
    ‘Your remarks compromise anti-terror battle, stop slamming Govt’
    Pradeep Kaushal, Venkaiah Naidu New Delhi, September 30, 2002

    Signalling tension between the BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, party president M Venkaiah Naidu today issued a written statement slamming recent ‘‘utterances’’ by some VHP leaders.
  • Gaurav yatra politics is out
    Neerja Chowdhury, The Indian Express, September 30, 2002
    Narendra Modi has given the credit to the ‘pseudo secularists’ and their restraint in the choice of language for the comparative peace in the wake of the attack on the Akshardham Temple. The truth, however, is that politics has undergone a change in the post-Akshardham phase. Today, BJP’s compulsions are very different from what they were in the post-Godhra period.
  • Competitive bandhs
    By Dipankar Gupta, The Hindu, October 1, 2002
    Political demonstrations of grief are often a smokescreen to avoid performing public responsibilities.
  • Temple opens with healing touch - Modi Takes Cue, Issues Appeal for Brotherhood
    By Basant Rawat, Monday September 30, 2002
    Gandhinagar, Sept. 29: The walls still showed the scars of the bullets that ricocheted off them five days ago, but the message that came from within did not speak of the wound as Narendra Modi has been doing from a rath.
  • Gujarat and value education
    V. K. Tripathi, The Indian Express, September 28, 2002
    The Supreme Court had a limited issue before it — to examine whether the National Curricular Framework (NCF) violated the secular character of our constitution or not — in the PIL filed by Aruna Roy and others. It has ruled that the NCF proposal on value education does not violate it. The judges, however, have issued a word of caution that the programme be implemented in a spirit of equal respect for all religions. This implies that value education has the danger of being misused for reinforcing sectarianism.
  • A query for the CM
    Thank heavens, September 26 was peaceful. So what happened on February 28?
    Editorial, The Indian Express, September 28, 2002

    The contrast is simply too stark to escape unremarked. Gujarat went up in flames during the VHP-sponsored bandh on February 28, the day after Godhra; on September 26, the bandh called by the VHP after the Akshardham Temple outrage passes off peacefully, except for a few relatively minor incidents. And the explanation won’t be fudged. It was not, as Modi has insisted, thanks to the ‘pseudo-secularists’ who ‘did not use a particular language to describe the event’.
  • Vajpayee neglecting Hindu sentiments, says VHP
    Press Trust of India, Lucknow, September 28, 2002
    Asserting that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's stand on the Ram Temple issue had not been in accordance with the sentiments of Hindus, VHP on Saturday said the decisions taken by Vajpayee with regard to the temple movement have caused a severe damage to his credibility.
  • Striving for social justice
    By Ram Puniyani, The Hindu, September 28, 2002
    The rise of Hindutva politics is the reassertion of pre-modern hierarchies... the main point being to push back any gains in the process of social transformation.
  • ‘Pseudo secularists’ stand change helps maintain peace: Modi
    Press Trust of India Ahmedabad, September 26, 2002
    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the there was no communal backlash after the terrorist attack on the Swaminarayan temple due to "changed" stance of "pseudo secularists" who had been responsible for the post-Godhra violence.
  • And in the SC, it’s becoming clearer: Modi set to remain as caretaker CM
    Manoj Mitta,The Indian Express, Ahmedabad, September 26, 2002
    Though the Centre and the BJP have come out in the Supreme Court in support of the Election Commission’s view that the Constitution will be violated in Gujarat on October 6, there is little prospect of President’s Rule being imposed then.
  • Terrorising the economy
    Peace and calm: essential ingredients for any kind of investment flows
    Editorial, The Indian Express, Ahmedabad, September 27, 2002

    Will the terrorist attack on the Akshardham Temple at Gandhinagar on Tuesday, and the resultant fear of communal tension getting fuelled, result in the Gujarat economy slowing down, and in investment pulling out of the state? Any prediction, clearly, is foolhardy, more so since this time around the chief minister appears to be taking care to ensure there are no post-Godhra type of incidents of mass communal violence in the state. It helps that this time around, the political leadership in Delhi has unambiguously reinforced this message.
  • BJP to observe October 1 as anti-terrorism day
    Times News Network, September 27, 2002
    NEW DELHI: Thanks to the attack on the temple, terrorism has forced its way back into political discourse.
  • Modi Versus India
    Modi has become the symbol of the party’s new way forward
    Mahesh Rangarajan, The Telegraph,September 26, 2002
    The author is an independent researcher and political analyst This article was written prior to the attack on the Swaminarayan temple

    A fortnight is a long time in politics. But it is enough to show how far a ruling party out to win at all costs can stoop. It also reveals the mood of panic in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s managers that drives them to inculcate deeper divisions among the people at large.
  • Reprisal fear triggers exodus again
    Times News Network, September 26, 2002
    AHMEDABAD/VADODARA: It is back to relief camps on the eve of another VHP-sponsored bandh on Thursday.
    People from areas like Naroda-Patia, which witnessed a massacre during the last VHP-backed bandh on February 28, have started moving to camps fearing another round of reprisals.

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