Reality Check India

Gujarat holocaust – Manmohan Singh

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on October 19, 2007


Last week, on a private news channel. Smt Jayanthi Natarajan, the Congress spokeswoman claimed that Modi and Advani were responsible for the “genocide” in Gujarat. I shrugged and switched the channel because her BJP counterpart Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad did not challenge that at all. I see this behaviour by the BJP on show after show. A foreigner visting India would have had a heart attack. The BJP guest not only seem to accept the word ‘genocide’ as an apt characterization of what happened in Gujarat, but also that Advani and Modi were guilty.

From using the word Gujarat riots (which they were in reality), to state carnage, to pogroms, we moved to genocide. Today, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took it to a greater level – he called it a holocaust.

But the Prime Minister hit back, saying neither Atal Bihari Vajpayee nor L.K. Advani had resigned after the Kargil infiltration, the “collapse” of the Indo-Pak Agra summit and the Gujarat “holocaust”.

“Look at the holocaust that took place…. Mr L.K. Advani was the home minister and he gave certificates to the Gujarat government,” he said.

Source : Telegraph

I do not believe for a second that Mr Singh is ignorant of the word ‘holocaust’. He is supposed to be well read and well travelled.  This word is not to be used lightly, especially on the international stage.  After the horrific extermination of Jews – this word cannot be used for any purpose.

By using this word upon arrival in South Africa against your political enemies at home, apart from being cheap, is insulting to millions of Jews who are still living with the memories of the holocaust. There are somethings you say only at home – not on foreign soil. You must appear to be one nation to others. You wont find Bush attacking the democrats, nor Clinton attacking the republicans when they step out – certainly not in the same language they use at home.

My take on the Congress party 

Even action of Dr Singh confirms my deep rooted convictions about the Congress party.  If the Congress forms the government, the only people who are fit to lead the government is someone from the Gandhi family. There is no outsider who is good enough.  This is by design. This is by decades of encouraging sycophancy and weeding out ambition. To deny this amounts to a misunderstanding of the very fundamental concept of authority.

I am willing to bet that had Rahul Gandhi been the PM, and Dr Singh been a mere cabinet minister – we would have fared much, much better.  The fact that Rahul does’nt have a PhD means nothing. He has authority over Singh – and that matters, a lot.

Of course, if you dont like this arrangement – then you are free to vote for an alternative. Just dont vote for the Congress and hold a grudge against the family – it is against national interest to do so.


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  1. xyz said, on October 19, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    I will give my usual fatalist semi-religious resigned take on the good doctor.

    In 1991,we needed a non hindu-savarna (manmohan is a khatri sikh from rawalpindi))to initiate economic reforms.It would have been impossible for a brahmana or a hindu savarna.

    The turban came in handy.Today we are reaping our karmic fruits.

  2. Polite Indian said, on October 20, 2007 at 5:27 am


    Do you think Modi was responsible(had any part to play?) for Gujarat riot/genocide/holocaust? Or Are you willing to give Modi and BJP a clean chit for Gujarat?

  3. Revathi said, on October 20, 2007 at 7:43 am

    I dont think he should have used this word- by this definition, we have had more holocausts than most other countries. In the case of the jews, the scale was so high that people had difficulty in believing that it really happened and today, more and more people are starting to deny it. In the previous message, it is written riot/genocide/holocaust. Are these the same? I dont think so. People who dont know what holocaust is should be taken to the holocaust museum in Berlin an see for themselves the fate the jews suffered under Hitler who erased them out of Europe (less than 10% of them live in Europe now). Is that the case with the gujarat muslims? Have they migrated to other states? Has their share of population decreased? Were muslim govt officials asked to step down or face death? Were they denied health care in hospitals because they were muslim? I know a jewish lady who had to give birth at home because no hospital public or private would take her in. I think Mr. Singh should brush up his history.

  4. realitycheck said, on October 20, 2007 at 11:49 am

    >> Do you think Modi was responsible

    >>(had any part to play?)

    Riots are not on the same plane as a pogrom or genocide or holocaust.

    You can hold an authority responsible for organizing a genocide or pogrom. You can only hold someone responsible for letting riots get out of control. Unless of course, there is evidence that Modi initated the riots and directed its flow and focus by providing command and control. These are essential preconditions to elevate riots to a pogrom or genocide.

    This does not in anyway imply that people who participated in the riots or those who stood by and let it get out of control must go scot free.

  5. realitycheck said, on October 20, 2007 at 11:55 am


    About your comment on Rahul Gandhi.

    I happen to think that the sooner the Congress party lets him take complete ownership – the better it is for the country. If the time is not right for him (whatever that means) – Sonia should become PM herself.

    Of course, those who dont like this state of affairs can vote for an alternative.

  6. Barbarindian said, on October 20, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    “Of course, Manmohan’s Government has an intimate sense of what constitutes a Holocaust. In November 2005, Russia, Canada, Australia, Israel and the US moved a resolution in the UN General Assembly calling for January 27 to be observed each year as a memorial day for the six million Jews and other victims of the Nazi Holocaust. India voted against it.”

    Great column by Swapan Dasgupta on The Pioneer.

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