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BJP President ready to apologise to Muslims for past mistakes; will the PM-in-waiting do so?
In a remarkable change of stand, BJP President Rajnath Singh while addressing a Muslim gathering at New Delhi said that BJP is ready to apologize for any mistake or short comings in the past. While asking the Muslim community not to go by the Congress propaganda and promising to stand for equality, Singh, as reported by TOI, said, "Please note that whenever, wherever if there has been any mistake and short-coming on our part, I assure that we will apologize to you bowing our heads."

-This is perhaps for the first time, a BJP president openly saying so. Though Godhra incident was not referred directly, but it definitely points to that unfortunate massacre. Such step is long awaited and definitely would be in the interest of the party.

When Narendra Modi was anointed as Prime Ministerial candidate, many of his opponents were dead sure that Modi will spit communal venom and polarize the people across religious line to win the election. But Modi had his own strategy. He just campaigned on development issue and argues national unity and integrity. Whenever he referred riots, he referred it in a positive sense. Be it at Patna rally or at Meerut, he talked for Hindu Muslim unity and riot free India.

On the other hand, by raking up Godhra issue repeatedly his opponents although call themselves as secular, but literally played communal/religious card to polarize. But people didn?t buy their propaganda and Modi's popularity gone high.

His popularity can be understood from the fact that an opinion survey by ABP-Neilson in Telangana and Andhra though gave just one seat to BJP in Telangana and no seat in Andhra, but the survey found that for the post of PM Modi remains the top choice in both the states.

It's also observed that though minority community is not ready to vote for Modi, but there is also no anti-Modi consolidation. Minority community is realizing that Modi is no more demon and even courts proved that. But Modi?s stand of neither expressing regret nor apologizing on the unfortunate incident of genocide in 2002 forced them to distance from him. They are ready to move on, but there must be an initiation too.

Perhaps now BJP realizing it and rightly realizing that party can't just ignore a sizeable population of the country if it wants to come to power with majority. Rajnath's statement is the first step towards that. Modi need to say this in his upcoming rallies. All Indians want a strong and capable leadership. Thus if Modi want to be united India?s leader, he need to realize the emotions of people from all sphere!

Modi may not be directly involved in the riots. However, law and order is always state government's responsibility. Thus if for any reason, the citizens couldn't be saved, then the moral proprietary is always be there with the government and its head automatically. 

Good governance not only means development. But good governance also means safeguarding life and livelihood of people. No doubt post 2002, Modi did fantastic work. But that doesn't compensate what happened in 2002.

Thus Modi shouldn't hesitate to apologize for that unfortunate incident. Such apologizing will not make him belittle, rather his stature will increase further and the minority community can come to him openly. But if he still hesitates, then he may be Prime Minister of India post 2014, but will remain distanced from a sizeable community.

He says nation first. He should understand that the nation includes minority community and their sentiments too. Thus as nation first he should leave his personal ego and hesitation on this matter.

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