Hang me, if I am guilty...

Zee News, Blogs
July 31, 2012

It takes some amount of confidence in oneself to say what Narendra Modi recently said in an interview to Shahid Siddiqui, editor of an Urdu newspaper, Nai Duniya. On being asked yet again about the 2002 Gujarat riots, Narendra Modi said that he did not see the need to apologize because if he was found to be guilty, he deserves to be hanged. On the face of it, it would seem that a man who has the courage and conviction to say such strong words must be a believer in justice. However, politics and politicians are not as transparent as they may want the common man to believe. Every word they say, every move they make, in fact even many mistakes they make have some hidden agenda, an ulterior motive. And, so did Narendra Modi in giving this interview about a topic that he has shrugged off for over a decade now.

Some people may feel the very fact that Modi has volunteered to be hanged if found guilty means that he knows this day would never come because he is innocent. This is precisely what Modi wanted people to think. Unfortunately, this is what some may actually think. However, there are some smart Alecs amongst the common man too and they know why he probably said this. The judicial process in India moves so slowly that by the time the reality comes to light, that is if it actually does, it would be too little and too late. Modi must be sure that at least in his lifetime he is safe, irrespective of what ultimately the judicial outcome is.

By giving a statement like this, he may be considered as magnanimous by some. However, one needs to remind him that if he is actually found to be guilty then he ought to be hanged. He does not really have a choice to volunteer for it. It would become mandatory then.

Another aspect that needs to be pondered upon is why Modi decided to talk about this issue after so many years? It is no secret that he has refused to talk to journalists about the Gujarat riots for over a decade now. In fact, he had even walked out of Karan Thapar’s show a few years back on being questioned about the riots and his role. And, now he gave an interview to a journalist and that too a Muslim journalist for an Urdu newspaper! It is too much of a coincidence to go unnoticed. How can one not relate this to his prime ministerial aspirations for 2014?

He was and has always been unapologetic about the riots, especially his role. If one observes his interview closely, one would notice that in fact, he has not apologized even now. There is a hidden motive for this. If he apologizes, he may win over Muslim voters but may risk alienating Hindu voters that constitute the majority. However, if he wants a bigger role at the national level, he has to win over the minority voters as well. Thus, he is precariously sailing in two boats and everybody knows what ultimately happens to such people. Come to think of it, why blame only Modi for this? His party, the BJP, too is facing the same dilemma.

Politicians have time and again played smart and got away with it. Modi is no exception but the norm. Another similar event recently came from the Congress. All of a sudden, media went abuzz with the news that Rahul Gandhi was ready for a bigger role in the Congress party. This was immediately followed by the mother-son duo affirming the news. When Sonia Gandhi was asked about it, she said it was for Rahul to decide. And, when Rahul was asked about it, he said it was for Sonia Gandhi to decide. Like most Indian movies, this story too had a happy ending when by the stroke of luck, their decisions turned out to be the same and the stage was set for Rahul.

There are only two possibilities in such a scenario. Either the mother and son do not communicate with each other, otherwise nothing else could have explained a communication gap on such a vital issue. On the other hand, if they do communicate with each other regularly, then what was the need for this charade? Just to show that the decision was based on merit and not dynasty?

Actually, the stage was being set much earlier. Inspite of the debacle in Uttar Pradesh, the report that the Congress party came out with analyzing the reasons for failure, conveniently absolved Rahul Gandhi of any responsibility. It did not matter that the entire campaign revolved around him. Another move that may seem innocuous to many is the nomination of Pranab Mukherjee for the post of President by the Congress party. It is no secret that Pranab Mukherjee was miffed with Sonia Gandhi for not having chosen him for the post of Prime Minister in 2004 inspite of him having served the party for many decades and deserving it. Sonia knew that Pranab is important for the party and that she had to keep him happy. Thus, she gave him an equally coveted post so that the Prime Minister’s seat remains vacant in 2014 for her son and Pranab too is satisfied. And, this is what has happened.

Usually, the common man is not interested in political strategies but, political strategies are definitely interested in the common man. Therefore, it becomes even more necessary that one keeps one’s eyes open to see beyond what seems obvious. Usually, that is where the truth lies. Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi may be smart but, they are not the only smart ones around. As Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time." Hope the politicians realize this soon. And, they are actually hanged if found to be guilty.


Times are changing. Attitudes are changing. Judgement patterns are changing. Aspirations and logic are changing. Never get surprised if in this fast changing scenario a great change many happen in this country with a game changer Modi at the forefront. Do not always bash a man in the name of secularism that many can't even define what it really means. And be sure, in the emerging India where new mantras are going to be performance, productivity, drive and the ability to see real dreams and deliver them in real terms, anyone with more of these in personality features and track record may rise beyond expectations. Never forget that it is a hugely trans formative India we are living in and in this churning the nation may find its real mentor in anyone who may not look fit to the traditional judgment pattern. As one commentator rightly asked what about all those riots and all those gaps that are there beyond Gujarat. See what is happening in the other wisely peaceful why just harp on Gujarat. This comment is a reflection of a growing mindset ... and, mind you !! ... that new Indian mind may really speak out ...before it is too long.

And coming to the Modi special comment...hang me if guilty ...I don't think it will have greater impact. But what will see him through is what has seen him through of now, irrespective of all blames circling him from all round. That is again the growing perception that this man is hugely driven to dream and deliver. And trust me the more he rises up in this scale the more welcome he may get nation wide. So writing on the wall is clear. Don't just blame to steal the show. People are tired. Show the results more than anyone and be the showman ... if you can.

Ashok C, New Delhi

I do not see anything wrong on the part of Modi on 2002 riots. It is only a maligned agenda of the opposition and some people of his own party as he does not allow corruption and eat away the funds of the development funds. He has been successful because he is corruptless, maintains neutrality for all the sections of the society and a hard task master and those who have their personal agendas go against him and this has been his biggest challenge so far. We must respect him as he has been successful all along and giving a riot-less Gujarat for two decades which otherwise never happened before. He is fully fit for a crusade to have a developed India.

V.M.Puri, India

Every time Congress or any one talk about about 2002 Gujarat riots we need to ask why not to talk about other riots happened in India in his government (Delhi, Punjab, Assam) and actions they taken after that. Here even independent agencies and agencies controlled by center (Congress) not able to find him guilty or even set for trial in "not taking enough actions to stop riots" even after trying hard however for sikh riots 2 senior congress leaders (Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler) still on trial. Latest in Assam Chief Minister (Congress) said center not helped in time due to which riots could not get controled in time.

Dhirendra, Lucknow

How can Modi be found guilty unless he is up for trial? How can be up for trial when no police station in Gujarat is ready to register a FIR against him in riots case? How can the police register an FIR against a serving chief minister? Why will Modi not be CM because he is getting continuously elected by Gujarat electorate?

Modi Basher, Ahmedabad


RGK, Bijapur

Nothing more than a lopsided rubbish blog mam! Wish playing with words was all that is!

Jaikumar Rana, Gurgaon

Very balanced article.

Abdul Wahid, New Delhi

Modi to me is the best alternative among the politicians we have today. Unfortunately it is the case of choosing less bad among bad bunch of people.

VS, Surat

How can we hang you even kasab and afzal are not hanged........

D. N. Makhija, Delhi

Gujarat is still a part of secular India, simply because modi is chief minister there. That should sum up all. Like many TV channels are u also paid to malign his name?

Ananda, Kolkata

In the area of credit-deposit ratio, Gujarat is far behind other major states. In 2010, Gujarat's share in total deposits of the scheduled commercial banks was 4.70%, as against 5.42%, 6.20%, 6.34% and 26.60% for Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra, respectively. The share of Gujarat in total credit disbursed by these commercial banks was 4.22%, while the same for Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu was 29.75%, 6.71% and 9.61% respectively.

Umang, Surat

First Modi must answer where are the missing children of Gujarat...he must answer what happened in 2002, he must answer who killed Haren Pandya, he must answer that why no lokayukta in Gujarat, he must answer what CAG report says about his corrupt...before the even think to be PM.

Rahul, Ahmedabad

@Nirav, Bhuj: You must be really ingnorant or corrupt Congressi. You don't believe parameter & data presented by central govt either. U deserve to be enslaved.. u moron.. Gujarat is far ahead than rest of India. Your own Bhuj was rebuilt.. Lag raha hai jayada accha hajam nahin ho raha hai .

Neesh, Hyderabad

How can Modi and his followers could forget that there is no development in rural and tribal areas of Gujarat? Modi has hired PR agencies to project himself as man of development and one who can become the PM but the reality on grass root is totally different. Modi has allowed industrialist to loot Gujarat and if he becomes PM, he will let entire world to loot India...

Nirav, Bhuj

Don't you have better things to report? 54 people are dead. No one worried about why that happened. Interested in only troubling our the best chief minister.

Jay, SG


Back to Blogs