ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sins of Gujarat 2002 and Their Long Shadows

The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi & Godhra by Manoj Mitta (Noida: Harper Collins Publishers), 2014; pp XVII + 262, Rs 599.

This is a book on Godhra 2002 and thereafter. It is a chronicle of the toxic politics that began in Gujarat in February 2002 and shows no sign of ending as yet. Began afresh one should say, for Manoj Mitta reminds us that the origin was really Ayodhya, 1992.

The destruction of the 16th century Babri masjid of Ayodhya in 1992 was a move to define the Hindu by alienating the Muslim as the enemy intruder, who would hereafter be subdued. The masjid was reduced to rubble without any great let or hindrance. Ten years on, by enabling the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to start its “Ram Mandir Nirman” at the same site, a stubbornly blind government set the stage for the Gujarat pogrom of 2002.

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