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Request for evidence of Modi’s hate speeches against Muslims

Addendum 3 May 2014: This interview of 2001 by Modi has now been uploaded on the internet. This was VERY CLOSE to (and before) the actual riots which he incited, and clearly depict his state of mind at that stage:

Addendum 21 September 2013: “SIT’s report: “Modi’s statement accusing some elements in Godhra and the neighbourhood as possessing a criminal tendency was sweeping and offensive, coming as it did from a chief minister, that too at a critical time when Hindu-Muslim tempers were running high” (p. 13, Chairman’s Comments).

“His (Modi’s) implied justification of the killings of innocent members of the minority community read together with an absence of a strong condemnation of the violence that followed Godhra suggest a partisan stance at a critical juncture when the state had been badly disturbed by communal violence” (p. 153, PI Report). ). [Sanjeev: SIT’s preliminary report was quite clear about Modi’s culpability. Then it watered it down in the final report.] [Source]

Addendum (14 September 2013): I have now been able to analyse a serious hate speech, here.

I have no doubt that Modi HATES MUSLIMS AT A GUT LEVEL, and would like to wipe them out entirely, if he could.

A discussion on FB led to my requesting evidence about the actual hate speeches made against Muslims by Modi.

Two pieces of evidence have been provided so far, below. Please add to this list.

In my mind Modi is almost certainly involved in many serious crimes. I must, however, give him the benefit of doubt since matters are still being investigated/ proven. The main thing about these cases is that they are very hard to prove, since a LOT of key evidence was not recorded publicly. And Modi has diligently destroyed a lot of key records. And almost certainly got key witnesses killed, including his own Minister.

But on hate speech, evidence should be public, hence open and shut. .

These two cases, below do show a STRONG tendency by Modi to use the religious card. He is NOT Vivekananda or S. Radhakrishnan, or Patel.

1) VIDEO BELOW

In this speech he refers to Muslim “miyans” and Miyan Musharraf, etc., in a very aggressive voice and talks about Muslims in a very denigrating manner.

He speaks in a growling, goonda’s voice, threatening VIOLENCE (pulling out eyeballs of “Pakistani” Muslims, etc.). His voice is filled with deep, visceral hatred. Such a man becoming PM would almost certainly lead to nuclear holocaust in South Asia.

The other problem is his claim that “Hindus” can “never” become terrorists. I have no issues with the claim. That’s probably got considerable merit. But his job is NOT to comment on any particular community. His job is of a Chief Minister: to ENFORCE law and order.

So yes, this particular speech DOES qualify as hate speech against Muslims.

2) RECENT CASES

Further, this info: http://www.iosworld.org/Back_to_Hate_Speech.htm

3) Pride march (Gaurav Yatra)

These pre-election rallies were part of Modi’s weeks-long “pride march” through the state, in which he addressed crowds every few kilometres.“He said people (Muslims) who multiplied thus “should be taught a lesson.” He made quite a few anti-Muslim remarks at the rally. “Relief camps (housing muslim survivors) should be closed because they have become baby producing factories” “Those who multiply should be taught a lesson”

He “told a rally that relief camps housing Muslim survivors of the pogrom should be closed because they had become “factories for producing babies”.” [Source]http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/01102002/0110200268.htm (“factories for producing babies”)

4) Praise of fake encounter against Sohrabuddin Sheikh

The Election Commission on Thursday served a showcause notice to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged justification of the killing of businessman Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a fake encounter on November 26, 2005, near Ahmedabad. [Source]

“A sitting Chief Minister “brazenly admitting that he liquidated” Sohrabuddin Sheikh is not a political statement, countered Singhvi.” [Source]

5) This has a number of hateful public comments by Modi: http://hindumuslimindia.blogspot.com.au/2006/09/mr-narendra-modi-in-his-own-words.html

6) Strong tacit understanding with VHP

Togadia is clear that there is a strong understanding between him and Modi:

“There’s a portrait of Hindu Rashtra behind the veneer. How do you know if there isn’t a tacit understanding between us? Any PM aspirant should not forget that the road to Delhi passes through Ayodhya. The saffron cadre on the ground will only support such a leader who swears by the Hindu nation, the Ram temple and is ready to scrap Article 370” [Source]

Also see this:An ominous portent.

Please send me more data. Let’s do some research on this and other aspects of Modi, to determine his suitability to become PM of India.

7) “Action reaction”

A number 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.

But a 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, 2002) [Source]

8) Further (mostly indirect) compilation of Modi’s hateful actions/speeches. [Actually not here but in Communalism Combat June 2009, “Tongue of Flame” – need to access it]

ADDENDUM

Turns out Vajpayee wasn’t less in such matters: “Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s speech in Goa in 2002, soon after the Gujarat riots, where the then Prime Minister had said Muslims tend ‘not to live in coexistence with others” [Source]

ADDENDUM

Thus Spake Modi: Communal Utterances Of The PM

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The imperative of govrank: opposing views on Modi’s governance – from BJP

I came across this piece that reports the claims of Keshubhai Patel, a senior BJP leader, no less. This seriously questions the hoopla about Modi that has been generated by so-called "liberals" of India.

If any of this is true (I suspect it is, since a Transparency International survey showed that Gujarat was not the least corrupt state in India, just a middling one), the need for an independent business that ranks all governments on performance becomes even more clear (govrank). Investors from all over the world are possibly being misled by smoke and mirrors.

== EXTRACT==The veteran BJP leader …

During my meeting with veteran BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Venkaiah Naidu held in Mumbai six years ago, I brought (to their notice) many instances of corruption against Modi

The dissident leader said the chief minister was "misleading" people on developmental front by twisting reality.

Patel told the gathering that Modi's claims fell flat on yardstick of reality and alleged that more than 70 per cent of tribals in eight districts of eastern Gujarat are undernourished.

"About 1.90 crore people out of total population of six crore fall under the below poverty line while the number of school dropouts has mounted to 82 lakhs so far after Modi took over as chief minister in 2001," he said.

Addendum

The CAG report says this government has mis-spent more than Rs 45,000 crore. The report indicates that some sort of corruption is going on in the state [Source].

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The amazing distortion of the OPEN AND SHUT case against Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi may well be an "efficient" administrator. He may well believe in minimum government maximum governance. He may well be far better for India than Rahul Gandhi or any of the super-corrupt Congress "leaders" (gangsters). India has very bad choices.

But it is amazing how the simple open and shut case against Modi has been allowed to drag on for ten years, without justice being administered.

Asghar Ali Engineer has summarised the (startling) facts of the case quite clearly. I've annotated his open letter in colour, below (Source). T

There can't be smoke without fire. Modi was the fire. BJP was the fire. The fact that allegedly competent investigative agencies are unable to pierce the SMOKE and MIRRORS created by Modi (through obfuscation/destruction of data, as well), seems to be amazing. If anything, one can say that Modi is a very clever man. Or one who is able to threaten/ buy out even the highest investigative officials.

Or Mr Raghavan is just any other INCOMPETENT official – made incompetent (like most others) over the many years he spent in the IPS.

There is clearly no justice in India. When even BASIC and OBVIOUS facts are denied and buried by the investigative agencies, what hope is there of justice for the common man, for the hundreds of innocents MASSACRED under the blessings of the Ravana Narenda Modi? 

I do hope the Supreme Court will finally hold court DIRECTLY in Gujarat and DIRECTLY compile evidence. Everyone must be satisfied that justice has been done. Else the besmirched reputation of Modi will cling to the Supreme Court as well.

AN OPEN LETTER TO SIT CHIEF SHRI R.K.RAGHAVAN
 
Dear Shri R.K. Raghavan,
 
We have been reading these days every day about your ‘clean chit’ to Shri Narendra Modi, the Gujarat Chief Minister about his responsibility about the Gujarat riots of 2002 in general and about the Ahsan Jafri brutal murder in Gulbarg Society, in particular. The Supreme Court had appointed you as chief of Special Investigation Team (SIT) putting full trust in your impartiality and integrity.
 
We also put full trust in you and were sure that your investigation will throw full light on the happenings of Gujarat riots and we will be able to judge, through your investigation, what is right and what is wrong. However, your investigations have raised storm of controversy and it is also surprising that you have given differing reports one in 2010 and another final closure report in 2012 finally giving ‘clean chit’ to Shri Narendra Modi.
 
What is more surprising is that in defending your investigation and its ‘truth’ you have defended Narendra Modi the way even BJP could not have defended or perhaps even Modi himself could not have defended himself. It appears as if you were appointed by the Gujarat Government and not by the Supreme Court of India. I read your point by point refutation of Shri Raju Ramchandran (Amicus Curie) ‘views on your report.
 
The fact that the Supreme Court had to appoint Amicus Curie itself is a reflection of controversial nature of the Report. Shri Raghavanji, you were head of CBI, the prestigious investigation agency of our country and is the ultimate report of victims denied justice by other investigation agencies. One can hope for justice from CBI and not even from politicians. Politicians have their own logic. Whereas investigation agencies like the CBI are supposed to go strictly by the law of the land.
 
As a student of politics and as a political analyst I can tell you that what happened in Gujarat in 2002 had is own politics behind it. The BJP was loosing all elections even at local levels and lost even Assembly bye-election and had panicked as the Assembly elections were due in December 2002. The reason was several corruption scandals in which BJP members were involved had surfaced and people of Gujarat were very unhappy with its performance and BJP leaders feared its government will be thrown out in 2002 elections.

One easiest way in our country, to win elections, unfortunately, is to polarize the voters on caste and community basis and BJP was resorting it steadily to hide its  corrupt practices and to win 2002 elections it had to do it on much larger scale and with much more intensification. It needed some event to do that and Godhra incident on 27th February 2002 in which 59 Karsevaks were burnt came handy to the BJP leaders.
 
The Godhra incident, as you must have known, itself is shrouded in mystery as to who did it? Was it done by those 120 people arrested by the Modi Government? The court verdict is not very supportive of conspiracy theory. The police had made Hussain Umarji as ‘chief conspirator’ but court found no evidence against him to declare him guilty. He was thus discharged by the session court. Some were held guilty but they were all poor vendors and could hardly plot a conspiracy to burn one coach of the train. This is not the place to go into those details. Anyway whosoever was responsible the Modi Government got an opportunity to provoke riots against Muslims.
 
The fact that Government of Gujarat joined the bandh and allowed dead bodies to take out in procession itself is an indictment of Narendra Modi Government. No Government, worth its salt and interested in keeping peace would ever allow dead bodies to be taken into procession irrespective of who claimed the bodies. That is merely a technical problem. Real question is who gave permission to take the dead bodies out in the procession through the streets of Ahmedabad causing grave procession when all sorts of rumours were being spread and people were already agitated. As a police officer of such high rank you must be well aware of consequences of such a procession.
 
For your information Shri Raghavanji I have investigated all the major riots in this country from Jabalpur in 1961 to the Gujarat riots in 2002 and I am well aware of what government should or should not do when there is palpable tension in a town or a city. Government immediately imposes 144 and takes other steps to stop rioting and also tries its best to counter rumours.

The Modi Government did nothing. The Gujarati newspapers were carrying highly provocative articles and were publishing, most prominently, rumours as news and were also writing provocative editorials. You know there is something like Article 153 (A) in the Cr.P.C. under which action should have been taken against those newspapers but nothing of the sort was done and newspapers enjoyed full ‘freedom’ under the Modi Government to provoke riots.
 
You say there is no proof that in the high level officials’ meeting Modi asked them to let Hindus to take out their anger and not to stop them. Okay though such a firm stands is controversial but even if it was so Modi is not culpable. But you go a step further and say even if he said this so what? He said this in a closed door meeting and so he is not culpable. Raghavanji how can you forget that he was not saying this to ordinary people in a closed door meeting but to high police and other officials who were responsible for controlling the riots? In fact it is worse than saying such a thing in a public meeting.
 
But it seems you are so keen to defend Narendra Modi that you are not taking such elementary things into account. And you know what happened in Gujarat in coming days. You also did not take into account the sting operation by Tehelka which had completely exposed Modi government how it had given them assurance of protection after committing heinous crimes of killing hundreds of innocent people. They also told the person carrying out sting operation that we were provided all hiding facilities by the Modi Government.
 
Sting operation is considered credible evidence in any court and it was on this basis that former BJP President Shri Bangaru Laxman was convicted by the Delhi Court. You should have taken sting operation into account at least for further investigation. Raju Ramchandran, the amicus curie, is of the opinion that whether Modi gave instruction to high police officials or not and whether Sanjiv Bhatt was present or not, should have been investigated further instead of dismissing Mr.Bhatt’s claim. He could have been cross questioned but you did not consider this worthwhile.
 
You even found Narendra Modi not anyway responsible for what happened with Jafri and instead blamed Ehsan Jafri responsible for his death saying he fired on the mob. It is disputed whether he fired or not and even if we accept for a moment the theory that he fired on the mob, tell me Raghavanji who will not try to save himself from such a violent mob when all your pleas fail? And when no one is ready to come to your rescue. I have investigated Gujarat riots and found how desperate was Jafri’s position and about 60 other innocent persons who had taken refuge in his Bungalow. I am not a super cop like you but still possess certain faculties and can vouch for the position Jafri was in,
 
Even the People’s Panel which was presided by a Supreme Court retired Judge, Justice Samant and Justice Suresh have falsified your claims. Both judges are men of known integrity they are, after all, judges and judge the investigations done by the men of your tribe i.e. the police. I personally talked to Justice Suresh and he was of the firm opinion that Narendra Modi was responsible for all that happened in Gujarat in 2002.
 
Also, in your 2010 closure report prepared by Mr. Malhotra, one of your colleagues, you had found some problems with Mr. Modi and had blamed him on some counts.Tahelka the well known fortnightly which is known for its exposures had published it and that report was closer to truth than your final one in 2012. Tahelka had also alleged that your to and fro trip to London for your personal work was paid for by the Gujarat Government. I do not know whether it is true or not but such an allegation against you is a serious matter.
 
I have spoken to many eyewitnesses of Gujarat riots of 2002 from police officers to victims to members of political parties to survivors of these riots and all of them have blamed Narendra Modi. I have also heard Modi’s speeches which were video-recorded including the one in which he justified riots as per Newtonian law of equal and opposite reaction to action (though reaction in Gujarat by no means was equal but several hundred times more in number and in brutalities) and the one in which he calls relief camps as ‘Baby-producing Factories’.
 
These speeches may not constitute hard evidence of his complicity in the riots but certainly indicate his mentality and his collusion. Apart from his collusion or not his failure to control riots itself places great moral responsibility on him. You also must have read in papers what Mr. A.B.Vajpayee said when he visited Ahmedabad after riots in 2012 that what face will I show when I go abroad and, addressing Modi, he said you must know your rajdharma i.e. your responsibility for governance. A chief minister who cannot stop riots for weeks and lets innocent people be killed in hundreds is not worth continuing. He not only continues but now takes out sadbhavna yatras.
 
Raghavanji, such people are not fit for multi-religious democratic governance who, for the sake of power, do not mind thousands being killed. We thought you will, as an honest officer, expose such politicians. But alas we were disappointed.
 
Yours sincerely,
Asghar Ali Engineer
Chairman
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism
Mumbai.
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US government must let Modi enter USA, or disclose its full reasons

I'm a staunch enemy of BJP – a hugely corrupt, often violent political group. And I have a big question mark about Modi, a major BJP member, on whom I maintain a public dossier.

But I disagree with the idea that anyone should be denied entry to USA just because some petty bureaucrat in the US government has formed a view that a person is "responsible for serious violation of religious freedom" [Source]. This is not a transparent process. It raises more questions than it answers.

An ELECTED Chief Minister from the WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY – India – should NOT be denied entry into USA WITHOUT FULL PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF REASONS.

I call upon the US to fully disclose its findings re: Modi, OR let him enter USA.

The USA SHOULD NOT ostracise someone officially without public proof. This is a very bad way to "promote" liberty and democracy – to refuse an ELECTED official entry into USA while allowing dictators (Chinese and others) full access.

Unless Modi is convicted, he MUST be deemed to be innocent – for ALL official purposes. In my mind he is almost certainly guilty, but I'm searching for evidence.

A government can't afford the luxury of blacklisting someone without PUBLIC PROOF. 

This black mark on USA (not on Modi!) can only be removed by letting Modi enter USA.

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