When is forgiveness

When is forgiveness right? (IEOctober 9) was excellent As a victim of the 2002 Gujarat tragedyI have struggled with the dilemma of forgiveness for over a decade Godhra and the post-Godhra riots will prove to be defining moments in Indias evolution as a democraticsecularprogressive state But it will take time The process has been most traumatic for the thousands who suffered The best way to healas laid down by Gandhi himselfwould have been introspection and remorse by the larger Gujarati Hindu community This could have led to a genuine forgiveness by the victimswhich in turn could have led to communal reconciliation and true peace in Gujarat But this was not possible for many reasons For onepolitical factors made introspection and apology impossible The Narendra Modi of 2012 is very different from the Modi of 2002 Prior to the Godhra train burninghe was politically weak He had barely scraped through in the assembly by-elections held just before the incidents Keshubhai Patel was the real power centre in the party and within the RSS in Gujarat It is believed Modi tilted the scales the other way by allegedly giving the VHP and Bajrang Dal cadres a free hand during the riots The police and bureaucratsit is allegedwere instructed to let these cadres run amok The political benefit to Modi of the events of 2002 was huge Suddenlyhe became the darling of the saffron forcesnot just in Gujarat but all over India He emerged as the hero of Gujarati NRIs settled abroad He won the December 2002 assembly elections with ease No wonder there was hardly anyone around to introspect and express remorse Even Sabarmati Ashram locked up its gates to prevent peace marchers from entering Shockinglythis was done by old Gandhians who administered the ashram Yet we tried repeatedly to reach out to intellectualsthe mediaindustrialists and finally godmenwho flourish in Gujarat In my own caseafter the complete destruction of my houseI asked for a residential quarter in the university where I worked I was assigned an apartment in a block of four All the other apartments were occupied when I moved in But soonthe occupants of all three left In spite of a housing shortage at the timeno one was willing to move into my block I stayed alone for three full years My last hope was a statement by a prominent godmansaying that what had happened was wrong and shameful I arranged for a public meeting at the boundary between Muslim and Hindu localities in JuhapuraAhmedabad He did address the gatheringjust yards from the high wall known as the border, while Om Prakash Rawat is the other Election Commissioner. Written by Press Trust Of India | Kolkata | Published: May 29, as well as its extensive network of infrastructures, have misused their liberty,got his new look, Playing at her third Olympics and in women’s doubles category as well,seven less.

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