1st July 2011
If Narendra Modi has destroyed potentially incriminating records, then he MUST go – and now!
It is often hard to know the truth about some extremely sensitive matters such as communal riots (and firings by the police) till independent inquiries are conducted, something that is unfortunately not always easy to come by in India.
The fact that Narendra Modi has a great fan following (at least on the internet) despite his widely reported involvement in strong-arm action against Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 must give everyone some food for thought. What is true? One could, I suppose, give Modi the benefit of doubt so long as inquiries are being conducted independently. My sense is that Modi is deeply involved, but I have no direct proof, and technically he is not guilty till proven otherwise.
However, some very strong circumstantial evidence has now emerged to make it difficult to believe that Modi is innocent. The following extract from The Hindu indicates strong circumstantial evidence for Modi's involvement.
Senior counsel S. B. Vakil representing the State government in the Nanavati Commission, probing the 2002 riots, had on Wednesday told reporters that telephone call records, officers’ movement registers and vehicle log books of the SIB pertaining to the period of 2002 riots were destroyed in 2007, as per government rules. [Source]
What rules? There is no rule I'm aware of by which government records – critical to an inquiry – can be destroyed within five years. These records should have been seized and retained in safe custody.
True, it is possible that some officials might have destroyed the records to save themselves, and that Modi was not directly involved. But was it not his bounden duty as CM of Gujarat to ensure that critical records were kept safe and proof from vandalism? He is touted as a great administrator, but he couldn't ensure that the records necessary for an inquiry against him were kept safe?
Modi can't claim to be fit to lead India with this kind of callous and shocking record-keeping that could conveniently remove all traces of his involvement in the heinous crimes of 2002. Indeed, there are perhaps good reasons he should be behind bars. And if he had any hand in the destruction of these records, then he must be hanged.
Very clever, our politicians. In relation to corruption they are experts at hiding and destroying evidence. And now they are becoming experts in destroying evidence of criminal violence.
What's going on, Modi? Please explain. I'm finding it almost impossible to believe that you are innocent.
(This, by the way, is a man whom this half-baked Gandhian, Anna Hazare, admires!)
Building a public dossier on Modi
I'm happy to build a public dossier on Mr. Modi on this blog to confirm whether he is indeed a criminal, or – if it turns out that he is indeed innocent – to allow the public to see for themselves the data that underpins his innocence. Please send me all information you can find (any public report/article) about his involvement (otherwise) in the murder of hundreds of innocents.
On this matter, let me admit that I am strongly inclined to defer to the judgement of Harsh Mander, my erstwhile colleague and friend, who has written extensively about Modi's involvement in the crimes of 2002. I disagree with Harsh on many things, including his refusal to resign from the NAC – something that I suggest is cowardly and displays double standards – but I believe Harsh is a man of impeccable integrity and his research into the 2002 events is credible.
Modi's credibility, on the other hand, is close to zero, being, as he is, a typical run-of-the-mill politician. He can't afford to destroy potentially incriminating records. That is a very serious crime in itself. It is very hard to believe that this destruction took place without his personal involvement.