Mainstream Gujarati Newspapers and Local Television Channels played a role
unbefitting of the Journalistic Profession, fanning hatred and inciting
Editor’s Guild Report, Rights and Wrongs, 2002 documents in detail
how the ‘Fuse was Lit” by the Media. No Punitive Measures Against the
Publications have resulted.
Editors Guild Report, 2002
Chief Minister of Gujarat
of attempts have been made by the Chief Minister and his coterie to
distant him from the comment wherein he stated that “Every action has a
reaction”. The CM claimed he never made the remarks nor did he give any
interview to the correspondent that quoted the same.
transcript of the interview that the CM gave, wherein he clearly stated
the above in reference to the attack of slain Congress M.P. Eshan Jafri
unmistakably confirms that the CM made the remark.
An excerpt of the interview with Chief Minister,
Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar on March 1 2002, by Zee TV Correspondent
Sudhir Choudhury is as follows:
The Correspondent begins by asking Mr Modi about the
Chamanpura massacre in which former Congress MP, Ehsan Jafri was killed
along with others. The Chief Minister referred to reports that Jafri had
first fired at the violent mob which infuriated the crowd further. They
stormed the Housing Society and set it on fire.
His exact quote is: “Kriya pratikriya ki chain
chal rahi hai. Hum chahate hain ki na kriya ho aur na pratikriya”.
He refers to Jafri’s firing as “action” and the
massacre that followed as “reaction”.
(Source: “Rights and Wrongs” Ordeal by Fire in the Killing Fields of
Gujarat: Editors Guild Fact Finding Mission Report- New Delhi, May 3,
Editors Guild Report, 2002
After a number of media
reports on Narendra Modi’s inflammatory speeches against the minorities,
the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) asked the Gujarat home
department on September 10, 2002, for a copy of the speech made by the CM
at Becharaji, a temple town in Mehsana. Attempting to block such
information, the Gujarat government claimed that it had been unable to
trace a copy of the speech.
The state home department
ensured that its stooge DGP, K. Chakravarti, endorsed the fact that the
state intelligence department, headed by the then ADGP, RB Sreekumar, was
not required to provide such a report. But Sreekumar felt duty bound to
comply with the request of the NCM. He obtained a copy of the speech and
forwarded it to the commission soon after. This proved to be a costly move
for him. Sreekumar was immediately transferred out of the intelligence
department to a relatively insignificant post.
In his speech of September
9, 2002, an unapologetic Modi makes several disparaging remarks about the
minorities and offers indirect justification for the anti-Muslim violence.
He further ridiculed the plight of the refugees and victims of the
violence who still lived in relief camps.
The excerpts from the
speech are as follows:
“…….We are accused of
being Hinduwadis. Oh, brothers! Our government has allotted eight crore
rupees for the development of Becharaji Devi temple. Have we committed a
crime? Have we become communal by allotting eight crore rupees for the
development of Becharaji?
Our Congress friends say
Narendrabhai has brought Narmada water to the Sabarmati river and this man
is so clever that he brought it in the month of Shravan. Let me ask my
Congress friends a question: if water is brought during the month of
Shravan, those mothers/ladies residing on the banks of the Sabarmati river
can bathe in Narmada water and feel holy and blessed. So how does it hurt
them? Since we (BJP) are here, we brought water to the Sabarmati during
the month of Shravan, when you (Congress) are there, you can bring it in
the month of Ramzan!
When we bring water in
the month of Shravan, you feel bad. When we spend money for the
development of Becharaji, you feel bad. What, brother, should we run
relief camps? (At the time, tens of thousands of Muslims, rendered
homeless during the carnage, were still living in relief camps.) Should I
start baby producing centres there? If we want to develop Gujarat… we need
to teach those people (Muslims) who are expanding their population a
In Gujarat, madrassas
are coming up in large numbers. Children have the right to primary
education. But a madrassa-going child is deprived of primary education.
What will such a child do when he grows up? What if normal education was
not available and only religious education was available; would this not
be a burden on Gujarat?
We cannot permit
merchants of death to operate freely in Gujarat. I may lose the chair but
I will not allow those plotting to destroy Gujarat and harm the innocent
to carry out their plans. The days of somebody like Dawood Ibrahim sitting
in Karachi and playing games of murder and destruction are over.”
“Tongue of Flame” by
Teesta Setalvad in Communalism Combat: June, 2009 which outlines Modi’s
inflammatory speeches demonising the Muslims before, during and after the
communal violence in Gujarat can be accessed at