Gujarat pogrom

Modi is accountable

Print edition : July 25, 2014

March 27, 2002: Hashimabanu with her daughter Salma outside their house in Ahmedabad, after a spree of looting by rioting mobs. Photo: SIDDHARTH DARSHAN KUMAR/AP

Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi on May 26, the day he was sworn in as Prime Minister. Photo: S. Subramanium

The Godhra tragedy was used as an excuse to rationalise the pogrom that followed. Here, the burnt coach of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra Railway Station, 200 km from Ahmedabad, on February 28, 2002. Photo: SEBASTIAN D'SOUZA/AFP

February 28, 2002: A policeman looks at burning Muslim shops at the entrance to a mosque in Ahmedabad after they were attacked by a mob. Photo: SEBASTIAN D'SOUZA/AFP

February 2012: A riot survivor revisting Gulberg Society, 10 years after the carnage in Ahmedabad. Photo: PTI

September 2002: Muslim families sheltering in Ahmedabad's Shah Alam Madrasa. Photo: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP

Haren Pandya, a Minister in Modi's government, told a tribunal that the police had been instructed to look the other way in the riots. His murder, seven months after his resignation, remains a mystery. Photo: PTI

Suspended Gujarat IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who spilled the beans on Modi's meeting with senior police officers just before the riots started. Photo: JANAK PATEL

R.K. Raghavan headed the SIT, which concluded that there was no evidence to hold Modi culpable. Photo: V. GANESAN

Raju Ramachandran, who was appointed by the Supreme Court as amicus curiae to evaluate the SIT's report independently, differed pointedly with its crucial inferences. Photo: S. Subramanium

Zakia Jafri after a court in Ahmedabad, on December 26, 2013, delivered a judgment turning down a petition to prosecute Modi over his alleged role in the riots. Photo: SAM PANTHAKY/AFP

The crimes of 2002 cannot be forgotten. It is still not too late for Narendra Modi to make amends by a sincere, thorough programme of rehabilitation of the victims and by a sincere apology, however belated. Accountability brooks no exceptions.
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