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Narendra Modi unapologetic on the Gujarat carnage: US Diplomat

Tuesday March 22, 2011 07:48:46 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: In a comment that can hamper Narendra Modi's image building campaign, US Consul General Michael S. Owen, in a leaked US cable said that the Gujarat Chief Minister was clearly unapologetic about the Gujarat riots when the two met  in 2006 in Gandhinagar.

 

“Modi is clearly not going to apologize or back down on the violence of 2002, but we think it is vital for him to hear that we are not going to let the passage of time erase the memory of these events", a leaked US cable quoted Michael Owen, the US Consul General in Mumbai as saying.

 

According to the leaked cables that were published in the media today, Michael Owen made these comments after meeting Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar on November 16, 2006.

 

Michael Owen in the US cable sent after the meeting also observed that Narendra Modi was evasive, visibly annoyed and even termed the National Human Rights Commission as biased.

 

"Indian National Human Rights Commission was biased and its reports wildly inaccurate", Owen quoted Modi as saying when he pointed out that the commission's report cited ‘a comprehensive failure on the part of the state Government' to prevent the violence of 2002'.


Blaming United States of indulging in Human Rights violations itself, Modi said, “The events of 2002 were an internal Gujarati matter and the U.S. had no right to interfere. The U.S. is itself guilty of horrific human rights violations (he specified Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and attacks on Sikhs in the U.S. after September 11) and thus has no moral basis to speak on such matters, and; Muslims are demonstrably better off in Gujarat than in any other state in India, so what is everybody griping about?”

 

"The U.S. relied far too much on ‘a few fringe NGOs' that don't know the real picture and have an axe to grind", Owen quoted Modi as saying.

 

"The 2002 violence had involved a ‘few miscreants' and had been blown out of proportion by ‘fringe elements'", Owen quoted Modi as saying.

 

"In any event, if officials are guilty of wrongdoing, then it is up to the courts to prosecute and punish them, and the Chief Minister could not interfere with the judicial process", Modi said during the meeting, according to Owen.

 

When the Consul General reacted that it had been well over four years since the violence occurred and nobody had been sanctioned; this gave little confidence that anyone would ultimately be held accountable then Modi noted, "The culprits in the 1993 Mumbai bombings are only now being sentenced, so we should not have ‘unrealistic expectations'.”

 

When the diplomat asked if there was in fact an active investigation of the Gujarat violence still under way, Owen observed in the leaked US cable, “Modi was evasive and backtracked to his claim that Muslims in Gujarat are better off than in any other state in India."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President of India Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil addressing at the inauguration of the National Festival of Tribal Dances, ‘PRAKRITI’, in New Delhi on March 16, 2011. Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Culture, Kum. Selja, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Kantilal Bhuria and Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Mahadev S. Khandela are also seen.

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