Gujarat Riots: Tehelka Expose

by Dina on October 25, 2007 · 9 comments

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Tehelka has proof on camera that brings to light the compliance of the State machinery in Gujarat in the riots in 2002. The news is breaking on Tv channels AajTak (in Hindi) and Headlines Today (in English), as I write this.

It is reported that Narendra Modi gave the rioters 3 days to do what they wished. He asked the administration to look the other way, while the genocide unfurled:

For the first time, the investigation brings confirmation that the Gujarat murder of Muslims was not a spontaneous swell of anger, but a planned genocide strategised and executed by top functionaries of the RSS, the VHP, the Bajrang Dal and the state authorities, with the knowledge and sanction of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

A BJP MLA is on tape saying he was present in the meeting in which Chief Minister Narendra Modi gave them three days time to do whatever they wanted. These are his exact words, “He had given us three days time… to do whatever we could. He said he would not give us time after that… He said this openly. After three days, he asked to stop and everything came to a halt…”

An accused in the Naroda Patiya massacre – the biggest incident in 2002 in which over 200 Muslims were killed – is similarly on camera saying Modi came to Patya that evening and thanked them saying, “Aap dhanya ho…

Bravo Tehelka. Finally some real proof!

Contents of the full report at Tehelka:

First-hand accounts from the men who plotted and executed the genocide in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Sabarkantha. Mayhem was meticulously planned and carried out by VHP-Bajrang Dal cadres across Muslim localities. READ »


The VHP and the Bajrang Dal manufactured and distributed lethal weapons across the state, often with the connivance of the police. READ »


Shocking accounts of how the guardians of the law colluded with the outlaws to make Gujarat’s horror even worse.
READ »


Key BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal activists speak openly of how Narendra Modi blessed the anti-Muslim pogrom .
READ »

How public prosecutors ran with the hare and hunted with the hound, keeping their sympathies strictly for the accused. Government Counsel Arvind Pandya on how he hopes to subvert justice by manipulating the Nanavati-Shah Commission, set up to ascertain the truth.
READ »

The truth behind Naroda Patiya, the grisliest massacre of 2002. Ahmedabad police’s collusion in the pogrom and its cover-up. Gory details of how former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was hacked limb by limb at Gulbarg Society, in the words of those who did it. READ »

How spontaneous mob fury was shown as a premeditated conspiracy by the police who produced fake witnesses by bribing, coercion and torture. READ »

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1 hemant October 25, 2007 at 1:56 pm

Read this, before you make your own judgments

http://www.geocities.com/hsitah9/facts_speak_for_themselves.htm

2 take action October 26, 2007 at 1:04 pm

I think people of India and Indian diaspora can do something beyond just discussing this in egroups and blogs.

The Tehelka tapes confirm the crimes of the Gujarat RSS/BJP/VHP leadership. They should not get away with this.

The RSS/BJP/VHP leadership is not directly tainted by this. Nor are the other parties of the NDA coalition, some of which still support them.

So consider the possibility of thousands or millions of people sending letters, faxes (and in the worst case emails as they are often ignored)
saying to Advani/Vajpayee/Jaitley/etc. (the BJP national leadership) that you better denounce the tainted leaders of your party in Gujarat or be ready to show your real face to rest of India.

Yes, Mr. Modi led his party to victory in Gujarat after the 2002 incident. But one should not forget that the NDA lost after that.

So if the rest of the country and the good Gujuratis tell Mr. Advani/Vajpayee/Jaitley/etc. in no uncertain terms that this is a second chance to them. In 2002 they wiggled out but now the Tehelka tapes show the truth and if they (Mr. Advani/Vajpayee/Jaitley/) do not want to be clubbed together with Mr. mass murderer Modi then they should immediately suspend all the tainted leaders of Gujarat from their party.

Here are some links:

For lazy people here are some emails of bjp and nda bigwigs:

advanilk@sansad.nic.in, ashourie@sansad.nic.in, bjpco@bjp.org, bjpco@del3.vsnl.net.in, bpapte@vsnl.com, chandan.mitra@sansad.nic.in, covdnhrc@nic.in, gandhim@sansad.nic.in, george@sansad.nic.in, iisatwal@hotmail.com, jaswant@sansad.nic.in, jualoram@sansad.nic.in, kjana@sansad.nic.in, mnaqvi@sansad.nic.in, mprasad@nic.in, msgill@sansad.nic.in, murli@sansad.nic.in, mvnaidu@sansad.nic.in, najmah@sansad.nic.in, rajnath@sansad.nic.in, spokesman_rss@yahoo.com, swaraj@sansad.nic.in, vajpayee@sansad.nic.in, ysinha@sansad.nic.in

Some Addresses:

Vajapayee: http://www.bjp.org/leader/atalji.htm
Address A-302, Laplaz, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) Tel. (0522) 220909
Present Address 6-A, Krishna Menon Marg, New Delhi-110011

Advani: http://www.bjp.org/leader/lka-profile.htm
Address : 30 Prithvi Raj Road, New Delhi – 110 003 INDIA
Phone No. : 011-23794124, 011-23794125
Fax No. : 011-23017419
E-mail : advanilk@sansad.nic.in

Rajnath Singh: http://www.bjp.org/leader/jan_0206_p.htm

BJP members of Lok Sabha:
http://www.bjp.org/paip.htm
http://164.100.24.208/ls/lsmember/partydetail.asp?cname=Bharatiya%20Janata%20Party

BJP Members of Rajya Sabha:
http://www.bjp.org/today/Rajya_Sabha_Members.htm

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Let us spread the word in Internet sphere (blogs, emails, yahoo groups etc. etc.). Let millions of people write and fax to Vajpayee and Advani and lets see if they come to their senses and throw these killers out of their party and coalition.

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If one sends an email, for more impact, one may cc to the news paper editors. Here is a list. That way the news paper editors can maintain a count of how many people are writing to Vajpayee and Advani and the reaction of Mr. Vajpayee and Mr. Advani will tell all of India whether they are party to the killing (by condoning it) or they are real statesman which they project themselves to be.

Emails of editors of some Indian media:

admin@dailypratap.com, ankur@jaintv.com, arindam.sengupta@timesgroup.com, dr.jain@jaintv.com, editet@timesgroup.com, editor@deccanmail.com, editor@the-week.com, feedback@tehelka.com, karanthapar@itvindia.net, letters@deccanherald.co.in, letters@tribuneindia.com, lngoel@zeenetwork.com, npnawani@indiatimes.com, nsuri@milap.com, pjoshi@hindustantimes.com, prabhu@intoday.com, punit.jain@timesgroup.com, punjabidigest@hotmail.com, pvohra@hindustantimes.com, rajc@intoday.com, ratnam@intoday.com, shishir.joshi@aajtak.com, thehindu@vsnl.com, toieditorial@timesgroup.com, vmehta@outlookindia.com, vsanghvi@hindustantimes.com, shishirb@rediff.co.in

3 Dina October 26, 2007 at 2:04 pm

Hemant … my point exactly …. only this time, it’s not just facts but actual testimony by the offenders who speak about the horror they perpetuated.

Takeaction – this is a great suggestion. I also need to understand a little more about whether there are groups doing this already … will be writing to you separately about it (if your email id really works!) Otherwise, do feel free to email me at dina[dot]mehta[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks again

4 take action October 26, 2007 at 8:37 pm

Thank you.

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The BJB Central leadership has shown initial signs of getting worried. This is the right time to spread the campaign so that they get millions of message from common people, not from politicians from opposite parties whom they ignore/dismiss as political rhetoric, that its time to stop tolerating the murderers.

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See http://www.telegraphindia.com/1071027/asp/nation/story_8479616.asp

Dismay in Delhi

The central BJP leadership, however, is worried that whatever the dividends in Gujarat, the Tehelka sting will dent the party’s image at the national level.

“We are not concerned about Gujarat but the larger political scheme cannot be ignored,” a leader said, claiming the BJP’s opponents were keen to damage the party keeping in mind the next Lok Sabha election.

The BJP also believes that the exposé will hurt the national ambitions of Modi, portrayed as a future Prime Minister by his loyalists.

Senior party leaders in Delhi today admitted to a sense “discomfiture and dismay”.

Spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad betrayed the party’s extreme nervousness when he refused to take media questions on the subject. Even off the record, BJP leaders had no answers to most questions.

5 take action October 26, 2007 at 9:08 pm

From the transcripts and tapes it is clear that the perpetrators did this because they were assured protection by the biggies in the state. The biggies in the state could do this because (i) they did not think their leaders in Delhi (read Advani/Vajapayee etc.) would take action against them and (ii) they have the support of the people.

To break this chain, and any future such chain, one can start with the leaders in Delhi.

(a) Force them to take action. Force Vajpayee/Advani to make decision. Either they cut ties with the RSS/VHP/BJP leadership in Gujarat against whom there is now evidence (may be not admissible in court) or unmask themselves to the country and to their NDA allies that they are supporters/condoners of mass murderers.

(b) If even after that the Gujurati people elect the mass murderers the rest of the country will know where Gujarat and its people stand.

I would urge the readers to do something beyond just writing in this comment board. If this disgusts you at least send a mail to Vajapayee and Advani.

6 take action October 26, 2007 at 9:09 pm

Following up on my earlier postings:

Often times politicians listen more to the people than to the opposite party politicians. So Vajpayee/Advani & co (the national leadership of BJP) will ignore all statements from opposite party politicians. They may even ignore press articles saying the press is biased. But if they receive 1 million letters from common people all over country, some even saying that they are in general BJP supporters but can not condone this; that would shake them from their slumber and make them realize standing behind mass murderers is not good for their ambitions/careers.

This has to happen and we can continue from this blog and spread the word all over.

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