TtruthofGujarat lies further: “The man who presided over the most brutal killings of over 1000 innocent men, women and children and had actually held a “Gaurav (glory) Yatra” in September, 2002, within seven months of the massacre to celebrate it, now wants us to believe the he was shaken to the core!”
How did Mukul Sinha conclude that the Gaurav Yatra was to ‘celebrate’ the killings (they were by no means one-sided and Muslims were also on the offensive)? Ofcourse it is a figment of his imagination, inflammatory and defamatory lies. Did the massive crowd responses got to the Gaurav Yatra show that the people also ‘celebrated the killings’? What nonsense.
Post-Godhra, Gujarat was portrayed as a rotten spot in India, a place where religion could divide, burn and kill. Sonia Gandhi also said: “Gandhi’s Gujarat has become Godse’s Gujarat”.
The hurt pride of Gujarat was to be restored- at least that’s what the explanation of the meaning of the Gaurav Yatra was given at that time. Sinha ofcourse lies dangerously that that Yatra was instead to “Celebrate a ‘massacre’”(which also was no massacre but plain riots).
Mukul Sinha also hides the fact that Narendra Modi expressed pain, sadness all this way back in 2002 itself- there was nothing new that Modi said about the riots in 2013. After the 2002 Gujarat riots Narendra Modi made a statement in the State Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) in March 2002. One paragraph from that statement is: “Are we not supposed to soul-search ourselves? Whether it is Godhra incident or post-Godhra it does not enhance the prestige of any decent society. The riots are a stigma on humanity and do not help anyone to hold his head high. Then why is there a difference of opinion”.
Narendra Modi has expressed regret for the riots and termed the riots as ‘unfortunate’ . In an interview to Aaj Tak‘s Prabhu Chawla on its program Seedhi Baat, the excerpts of which were published in India Today weekly dated 4 Nov 2002, Narendra Modi was asked “Prime Minister Vajpayee and Home Minister Advani have said that whatever happened in Gujarat was wrong” to which he said, “I say the same thing. The communal riots in Gujarat were unfortunate and we are sad they took place.”