The above observation is valid for every riot including 2002. Whenever there is a riot or massacre, our heads should be hanged in shame. It’s to be noted that riots happen spontaneously but genocides occur after careful planning. The Sikhs were killed with proper planning. The Hindus were burned in Sabaramati Express under a conspiracy. The Muslims' killing were also planned. In all riots it’s the indirect agreement by administration/state machinery to facilitate the genocides. Thereafter commissions were set up only to cover up.
Of course Gujarat CM Narendra Modi was subjected to serious scrutiny, thanks to media activism and so many human right activists. Finally he was exonerated by a lower court. He is now legally not guilty, although the moral responsibility of not preventing the massacre still looms large.
In that case Rajiv Gandhi and P.V. Narashimha Rao were very lucky. Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister and P.V. Narashimha Rao was the union home minister (Delhi police is always under MHA). Neither were scrutinized like Modi . After that P.V.Narashimha Rao even became prime minister in 1990.
However, 1984 happened thirty years ago and 2002 happened 12 years ago. Rahul’s mistake was to play the Godhra card. He must realize the moment he or Congress switched to Godhra card, BJP immediately opened the 1984 issue , weakening Congress’ all defense.
My point is very clear. If Congress has done good things during their decade old UPA rule, why didn’t it contest the election on their achievement? Why are asking as to what Modi did (or did not) during 2002? Did Congress have no confidence on their achievement? Rahul Gandhi must realize that today’s public cannot be fooled easily. They are mature, asserting and aware of self-power. Also they should be refraining from using the Godhra card as 1984 would haunt them back.
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