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No comparison between 2002 Gujarat and 1984 Delhi riots: Amartya Sen
Thursday December 19, 2013 0:32 AM, News Network

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen while describing as "absolute shame" the fact that those responsible for the 1984 riots had not been brought to justice, sought to differentiate between the 1984 riots and the 2002 Gujarat riots under its Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"Gujarat riots of 2002 are not comparable with the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi in 1984", Nobel laureate said in an interview with NDTV.

Sen argued that Congress leaders, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi, who were fighting elections today, were not the people responsible for the anti-Sikh riots. No one had accused them of that, whereas Modi was the Chief Minister when the riots took place.

Moreover, he said that the anti-Sikh riots were not something that fitted into the Congress philosophy.

"There is no philosophy of killing Sikhs in the Congress," news agency PTI quoted him as saying.

On the other hand, he said that treatment of Muslims in Gujarat raised the question as to whether they were treated as second class citizens. "That is a continuing problem," he said.

He also rejected Infosys chief N R Narayanamurthy's view that the post-Godhra violence should not stand in the way of Narendra Modi becoming Prime Minister.

"Narayanamurthy is a great friend but I do not agree with him on this issue", he said.

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