on the Gujarat Massacre
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Reflections From Our Trip To Gujarat, Delhi and Other
by Non-Resident Indians for A Secular
& Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI)
India/Pakistan: Mourning This Time
by Angana Chatterji, May 29, 2002
women bore the brunt
by Raka Ray, published in The Hindu, May 11, 2002
Indian business elite and the illogic of collective
by Ashok Deo Bardhan, published in the Economic Times,
May 7, 2002
Riots: The Top 5 Myths and
by Shalini Gera and Girish Agrawal
of the Gujarat Police
by Shalini Gera
Letter to Chachaji on Hindus, Muslims, and the Gujarat
by Raju Rajagopal
Carnage: The Aftermath
mouthpiece trashes BJP
Last Updated on October 11th,
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.
Praful Bidwai, October 9, 2002 , Rediff.com
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.
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.
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.
holds official inaction responsible for Gujarat riots
NDTV Correspondent, Washington, October
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
fourth leg: CM will have to contend with drought issue
Rajiv Shah, Times News Network, October
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
chief sends VHP a stinker
‘Your remarks compromise anti-terror battle, stop slamming Govt’
Pradeep Kaushal, Venkaiah Naidu New Delhi, September
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.
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.
Gupta, The Hindu, October 1, 2002
Political demonstrations of grief are often a smokescreen
to avoid performing public responsibilities.
opens with healing touch - Modi Takes Cue, Issues Appeal
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
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
query for the CM
Thank heavens, September 26 was peaceful. So what happened on February
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
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.
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.
secularists’ stand change helps maintain peace: Modi
Press Trust of India Ahmedabad, September
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.
in the SC, it’s becoming clearer: Modi set to remain
as caretaker CM
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
calm: essential ingredients for any kind of investment
Editorial, The Indian Express, Ahmedabad, September
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.
to observe October 1 as anti-terrorism day
Times News Network, September 27,
NEW DELHI: Thanks to the attack on the temple, terrorism
has forced its way back into political discourse.
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.
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
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