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The idea that Ashwin will translate from Hindi is an event in itself!!

Harsha Bhogle

I don't want to get into conspiracy theories but the fact that the SIT watered down its own conclusions even though the SIT chief made some damning admissions in the comments accompanying the report should have been considered. And the manner in which they suddenly withdrew the monitoring of the case was surprising

Manoj Mitta (Author)

I could feel the tension and fear in the air. They were fighting for justice in a hostile environment, which is why the Supreme Court shifted some of the cases outside the state and the ones being heard in Gujarat were provided security by the central forces. If the Supreme Court had to go that far, it's a reflection of the level of intimidation on the ground.

Manoj Mitta (Author)

As somebody who studied the big picture of the Gujarat violence of 2002, I am struck by the contrast between the verdicts in the Naroda Patiya and Gulberg society cases, relating to the two biggest massacres of the time, on the key issue of conspiracy.

Manoj Mitta (Author)

Since the full text of the judgment is not available yet, let me refrain from commenting on the merits of specific acquittals and convictions in the Gulberg society case.

Manoj Mitta (Author)

Well, it was precisely because the Gujarat police had been found to be partisan in their handling of the riot cases that the Supreme Court entrusted some of the most egregious ones to the SIT created and monitored by it. The conduct of the police under Modi had belied the BJP’s much trumpeted slogan of securing “justice for all”.

Manoj Mitta (Author)

Questions, optics. What I find significant though is this case itself. See, this case is not significant only because Maya Kodnani is implicated.

Manoj Mitta (Author)

To flee. We had this odd sight of a minister going underground and seeking bail.

Manoj Mitta (Author)

Yes, I mean what is equally significant in Maya Kodnani’s matter would be while all this drama going on in this very protracted trial in the Naroda Gam case which as you said is the smaller case actually.

Manoj Mitta (Author)

When Godhra happened, Vajpayee and Advani found themselves on the defensive.

Manoj Mitta (Author)

From the Hindutva viewpoint, Modi’s genius lay in turning the tables on Muslims the same evening in the course of his visit to Godhra. Regardless of the evidence to the contrary, Modi declared that Godhra was nothing less than a terror conspiracy.

Manoj Mitta (Author)

Once Modi changed the Godhra script, Vajpayee and Advani fell silent as their initial remarks against the VHP were out of sync with the terror twist.

Manoj Mitta (Author)

I don't think there is a need to order a fresh investigation into the complaint against Modi & Co. As the amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran said in his report to the Supreme Court, the existing material is more than sufficient to prosecute Modi and other high-ups of his regime

Manoj Mitta (Author)

Had the SIT not balked at asking questions on issues of far greater consequence, Modi would have most likely been facing a trial, as recommended by another Supreme Court appointee, amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran

Manoj Mitta (Author)

Punjab has a much stronger case as compared to states like Andhra Pradesh, which has sought special status and inclusion in the SCS list. While special status will help meet the political aspirations of its people through legitimate legislative means, its inclusion in SCS will help it come out of the economic and financial mess

Kanwar Sandhu

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