19 September, 2020

Delayed, Maybe Not Denied

The slow wheels of justice inch closer to Modi’s chhappan ni chhaati

Illustration by Sorit
Delayed, Maybe Not Denied

It’s an autumn of worries, it seems, for Narendra Modi, Gujarat’s chief minister and self-styled iron man. The scales of justice refuse to tilt to his advantage. First, a trial court sentenced 31 rioters for the massacre of Muslims by electrocution and fire in Sardarpura during the post-Godhra riots of 2002. Then, the Gujarat High Court accepted an SIT’s conclusion that Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai aka Javed Sheikh and two others (said to be Pakistanis, but whose identities were never established conclusively) were butchered in cold blood by so-called encounter specialists of Modi’s police. The court has ordered a fresh investigation of the whole affair. Is the sword of justice moving slowly but inexorably to puncture his 56-inch chest, vaunted with arrogance, stained though it is with the blood of innocents?

Modi’s shameful past is at last catching up with him. This time, the wheels of justice have turned differently from the Best Bakery trial of 2003, in which all 21 accused were acquitted as the...



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