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Congress should refrain from using Godhra card, else 1984 Sikh riots will haunt them back
The so called Rahul Gandhi interview with Arnab Goswami now appears to be a boomerang to the Congress party particularly regarding 1984 Sikh riots for which AAP and Akali Dal have started demanding SC monitored SIT to re-investigate the riot case to find more culprits. This 1984 riot surfaced because of inference to 2002 Godhra riot. Now, the entire country is debating the difference between the two riots.

Point is, why inference to riots? No riot is different, as it is the innocent and helpless people, who become victim in any riots. Some riots were exclusively covered by media and some weren’t. During the 1984 Sikh riot too, there were no electronic media, but still the riot was covered by the print media. Arun Jaitely in his blog described the difference between two riots, but was silent about many other riots. Let me clear again, these are actually not riots. Riot is where two communities are fighting. Thus both 1984 and 2002 can be called as genocide.

In 2002 some attackers were killed by the police firing but not by the victim community. Thus these are genocides. One can recall the Delhi high court observation while pronouncing sentences to the convicts of 1984 massacre in 2009 which said, ‘Though we boast of being the world's largest democracy and the Delhi being its national capital, the sheer mention of the incidents of 1984 anti-Sikh riots in general and the role played by Delhi Police and state machinery in particular makes our heads hang in shame in the eyes of the world polity.’

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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