“This is the first time I am sharing the harrowing ordeal I had gone through in those days at a personal level.”
Unlike his earlier attempt at expressing grieve that absorbed large scale criticism because of the puppy analogy, for the first time no words were milled in articulating his penitence over the riots. He had deeply expressed his torment how the killings in “Mindless violence” (2002 riot) "shaken and shattered'' him "to the core” as he marked “I was shaken to the core. ‘Grief’, ‘Sadness’, ‘Misery’, ‘Pain’, ‘Anguish’, ‘Agony’ - mere words could not capture the absolute emptiness one felt on witnessing such inhumanity”
Nobody is unaware of the fact that how Modi is unequivocally hated among his opponents. “Can you imagine the inner turmoil and shock of being blamed for the very events that have shattered you?” speaks volumes about his inner chaos and commotion he suffered all alone in solitude through the years not only due to the mindless violence in 2002 but also being incessantly accused for the same.
He deeply expressed his feeling for the same as he wrote "During those challenging times, I often recollected the wisdom in our scriptures; explaining how those seating in positions of power did not have the right to share their own pain and anguish. They had to suffer it in solitude. I lived through the same, experiencing the anguish".
But rising of his stature is undeniably a magical personification of his own deeds, corrective actions and honest intents that he illustrated all these years which may be completely unacceptable by his rivals. He while confronting his own turmoil focused single mindedly in the resurrection of the damage at all levels and emphasized his path on unity and development that lead the people of Gujarat to get out of the shell of scratch and forward towards the prospect.
His words “We chose peace over violence. We chose unity over divisiveness. We chose goodwill over hatred. This was not easy, but we were determined to commit for the long haul. From a life of daily uncertainty and fear; my Gujarat transformed into one of Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana. I stand a satisfied and reassured man today. And for this, I credit each and every Gujarat”...says it all.
Modi, as the people see their leader and liberator in him, is truthfully a great intellectual, thinker and a true statesman. His words in a near-apology blog not only proves his profound concerns for his people and but also shows the lessons he learnt from the incidents. His words are much higher than that of a formal and trivial regret shown sporadically by some leaders in our country and for the first time spoke about an acting CM’s feelings on the inauspicious occasion of riots though they (read riot) are not uncommon in our country.
His blog may arose many debates on his intent as a closure to the whole issue, may or may not put his equals in defensive, may termed as insufficient remorse to neutralize his hard core critics. There may be many apprehensions among the extremely cynical counterpart who sees this as attempt on Modi’s part towards a less polarizing stature on the account of 2014 election.
But fact remains unchanged as his vision to elevate his people to a higher attitude of peace and progress from the grounds of hatred and differences on the basis of cast, creed and religion while dealing with his own tumult and along with the massive physical damages due to earthquakes and riots can never ever be matched so far with any other among his contemporary.
He is very much right in saying “I feel liberated and at peace” on the court's verdict. No one can surely imagine the pain he might have suffered at disposing his legal liabilities along with dealing with aggressive attacks of doubts on his moral and political accountability.
He has definitely showed his insightful vision and uttered his true stand as a future leader as he signed off saying, "I am deeply convinced that the future of any society, state or country lies in harmony. This is the only foundation on which progress and prosperity can be built. Therefore, I urge one and all to join hands in working towards the same, ensuring smiles on each and every face. Once again, Satyameva Jayate! Vande Mataram”