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Tehelka Magazine, Vol 4, Issue 44, Dated Nov 17, 2007
‘A Test Case for the Indian State’

IT HAS BEEN PROVED beyond doubt by the TEHELKA investigations that Narendra Modi, then Minister of State for Home Gordhan Zadaphia and then Ahmedabad Police chief PC Pandey actively colluded in killing Muslims and planning their mass murder and the destruction of their property. The chief minister and his entire administration not only planned, provoked and encouraged the massacre of Muslims, but also ensured that mass murderers and rapists got safe hiding.

The active subversion of the fundamental principles of secular governance is a running theme in Gujarat. As has been comprehensively demonstrated on camera, all the arms of the state of Gujarat willingly abdicated their constitutional responsibility to safeguard the life, liberty, dignity and property of citizens even after the killings, rapes, loot and destruction subsided. What is even more reprehensible is that the whole system of the judiciary stands exposed as it has been claimed even by government counsels that judges at different levels were actively subverting the course of justice.

The TEHELKA tapes present incontestable evidence of the involvement of the State machinery in the 2002 Gujarat pogrom. They capture several confessions including that of:

• State prosecutor Arvind Pandya, who states that the “mass killings of Muslims in Gujarat should be celebrated every year as a victory day” and that “every judge was calling me to his chamber and showing full sympathy for me… guiding me as and when required… how to put up a case and on which date… because, basically, they are Hindus”.

• Babu Bajrangi, who when asked what he did after the massacres says he called up the home minister and went to sleep. He also states that Modi changed judges thrice to get him out of jail.

• One MLA acknowledges that Modi gave the rioters “three days to do whatever they wanted”. We, the undersigned, are calling upon the President of India, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Election Commission and the Prime
Minister of India for:

• The immediate dismissal of the Narendra Modi administration and the imposition of President’s Rule in Gujarat;

• The cancellation of the present election dates as elections cannot be held in Gujarat in the present circumstances;

• Requesting the Election Commission to ask the Supreme Court to constitute a CBI probe under a Supreme Court judge and to bar the BJP as a political
party if there is prima facie case;

• The signing of the Convention on Genocide by the Government of India and the trial of Narendra Modi by a tribunal;

• The immediate arrest of all those who have confessed their crimes on the TEHELKA tapes;

• The RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena to be declared unlawful organisations and a high-level inquiry under the aegis of the Supreme Court to be set up to uncover the designs of these organisations whose leaders have proudly claimed on camera that they were involved in rapes, looting and making bombs and rockets.

• The re-investigation of the Nanded bomb blast case and other such cases where activists have pointed out the involvement of the RSS.

This is a test case for the Indian State and if the Supreme Court and the Central government fail to act, they will be sowing the seeds of the destruction of the secular polity.

 

Aditi Mangaldas, Ali Asghar, Amit Sengupta,
Anand Patwardhan, Apoorvanand,
Ashok Vajpeyi, Astad Deboo, Kamini Jaiswal,
Mallika Sarabhai, Mira Kamdar, Nandita Das,
Rakesh Sharma, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra,
Ram Puniyani, Rathikant Basu, Sanjoy Roy,
Shabnam Hashmi, Sharon Lowen, Shohini
Ghosh, Stalin K., Upendra Baxi and others
Ram Puniyani, Rathikant Basu, Sanjoy Roy,
Shabnam Hashmi, Sharon Lowen, Shohini
Ghosh, Stalin K., Upendra Baxi and others

Tehelka Magazine, Vol 4, Issue 44, Dated Nov 17, 2007

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