20 October, 2020

Fiddling With Facts As Gujarat Burns

The Roys in the media are harming India with half-truths and worse, says Balbir K. Punj

illustration by Jayachandran
Fiddling With Facts As Gujarat Burns
outlookindia.com
2019-12-11T13:37:27+05:30

[Please also see Arundhati Roy's letter published in Outlook dated May 27, 2002: To the Jaffri Family, An Apology.]

"Gujarat, the only major state in India to have a BJP government has, for some years, been the petri dish in which Hindu fascism has been fomenting an elaborate political experiment. Last month, the initial results were put on public display.

Within hours of the Godhra outrage, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal put into motion a meticulously planned pogrom against the Muslim community. Officially, the number of dead is 800. Independent reports put the figure at well over 2,000. More than a hundred and fifty thousand people, driven from their homes, now live in refugee camps. Women were stripped, gang-raped, parents were bludgeoned to death in front of their children. Two hundred and forty dargahs and 180 masjids were destroyed—in Ahmedabad the tomb of Wali Gujarati, the founder of the modern Urdu poem, was...

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