Ummid Assistant

Mumbai NGO, top experts join hands to train students for civil services exams

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » National

'Gujarat 2002 an assault on secularism, democracy and republicanism'

Tuesday October 09, 2012 09:22:21 PM, IANS

Related Article

Authorities in Gujarat protecting perpetrators of 2002 riots: HRW

Authorities in India’s Gujarat state are subverting justice, protecting perpetrators, and intimidating those promoting accountability 10 years   »

Politics of hatred has triumphed in Gujarat: Harsh Mander

When we stood with pickaxes in Vadodara

Indian American Muslims mourn Gujarat victims, demand justice

‘Vibrant Gujarat has left the state’s Muslims in an economic ghetto'

New Delhi: Activists and intellectuals here Tuesday unanimously expressed the opinion that the riots in Gujarat in 2002 were an assault on Indian secularism and a lot remained to be done to secure justice for the victims.

The activists were speaking at a seminar at the M.F. Husain Art Gallery in the capital's Jamia Millia Islamia.

Well-known leftist historian Romila Thapar delivered the keynote address. In her speech, Thapar noted that Gujarat 2002 was 'a genocide and no ordinary riot'.

"In the ten years since the riots, the Modi administration has made repeated attempts to portray Gujarat as a progressive and well-administered state. If that is the case, why is it that most of those made accused in the Godhra case are still behind bars? Why has compensation not been paid properly? And what of those listed as missing," Thapar asked.

"The Gujarat of Narendra Modi is not at all a secular state. Its system of governance negates the most fundamental principles of the Indian constitution," Thapar said.

Other speakers emphasized on why Gujarat 2002 should never be forgotten by Indian society. "Memory is a moral responsibility for every society. And how you carry out this particular responsibility depends on what future you envision for your society," said author and academic Purushottam Agarwal.

"This tragedy must never be forgotten. It should be remembered and understood so that justice can be done. It was an assault on secularism, democracy and modern republicanism," said activist Mukul Manglik.

"They say Gujarat is developed. The term 'development' is a synonym used by Gujarat's rulers for 'forgetting'. We want to capture the struggle of memory against erasure," said sociologist Shiv Vishvanathan.

Filmmaker and Jamia alumna Anusha Rizvi dwelt on the social aspects of communal riots in modern India. "There are three important aspects of communal riots today. First, they are a largely urban phenomenon. Second, they are usually instigated by secular issues like eve-teasing, land-grabbing and political assassination. And third, communal riots are the only secular activity that politicians across the board indulge in," Rizvi noted.

Among the attendees at the seminar was R.B. Sreekumar, former Gujarat DGP and Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad, who has spear-headed the fight for survivors of the Gujarat riots.

The seminar is the first in a series organised jointly by Jamia and NGO 'Citizens for Justice and Peace' to commemorate 10 years of the 2002 massacres in Gujarat. The programmes will include a photo retrospective, statistics, missing person's wall, acknowledgements and survivor's conversations among other things. It will end Oct 13.




Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS



More Headlines

Avinas Ranjan wins AMU essay writing competition

Farmers, consumers to benefit from FDI in retail: Pawar

Once written off by teacher wins Nobel for medicine

Tamil Nadu to file contempt plea against Karnataka

Affordable electricity for all in five years: PM

Right to Education Act: SC notice to govt on students' quota

Plants boost healing power of anti-fungals

Karnataka stops Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, farmers jubilant

World's 'oldest person' dies at 132

Varsity students prefer lectures to computers, says study


Top Stories

Mayawati slams UPA economic policies

Says will decide on Wednesday whether to continue support to govt or not

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati Tuesday hinted   »

UPA numbers game in Lok Sabha, minus Mamata

Support to UPA: Mayawati keeps Congress, SP guessing on rally eve


  Most Read

Farmers, consumers to benefit from FDI in retail: Pawar

Farmers would benefit with significant reduction in post harvest losses and get better prices for their crop, while consumers would gain from lower prices and higher quality of produce, Pawar said  »

Tamil Nadu to file contempt plea against Karnataka

The Tamil Nadu government will file a contempt petition in the Supreme Court against the Karnataka government for stopping the supply of Cauvery river waters in violation of court orders, it was announced Tuesday.  »

Karnataka stops Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, farmers jubilant


  News Pick

'Yes minister, we need more toilets'

There is a shortage of toilets, especially clean ones, in most parts of the country, say people who cannot understand the brouhaha over a minister's remark that toilets are more important than temples in the country. "A toilet, and a clean one at that, is terribly important, especially when you are on the move and need to go  »

Supreme Court seeks details of clinical trials in country

The Supreme Court Monday asked the central government to provide details of clinical trials being conducted throughout the country, their side effects and deaths, if any. The apex court bench of Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice Anil R. Dave, while asking the central government  »

Affordable electricity for all in five years: PM

Affordable access to energy is one of the main challenges which the world faces today, and India will ensure electricity to households in the next five years  »

Right to Education Act: SC notice to govt on students' quota

The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the central government on a petition seeking exemption for unaided educational institutions from earmarking 25 percent seats  »


Picture of the Day

Rahul Gandhi with business leaders at the University of Kashmir. Rahul visited Kashmir University on October 05, 2012. His interaction with the Kashmir University generated a ray of hope among the youth.



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us




    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.