18 January, 2021

The Quiet Riot

The Congress, on the poll upswing, is avoiding talk of 2002

The Quiet Riot
The Congress has always tiptoed around the Gujarat riots issue, wary of awakening the ghosts of the state-sponsored carnage, and mindful that it could help CM Narendra Modi consolidate the Hindu vote. But a fresh media investigation, a stark reminder that this was one of the most shameful episodes of post-Independence India, has finally forced the hand of the party.

Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan was quick to put out a statement that Narendra Modi had "lost all moral and constitutional authority to rule". In a more measured response, Union minister for science and technology Kapil Sibal, describing Modi and democracy as being "antithetical to each other", appealed to the people of Gujarat that since the courts had failed them, it was time "the cause of justice is vindicated and what Narendra Modi has done...be placed before the court of the people...to judge whether they want a Gujarat with Modi or without him."

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