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KPS Gill’s Certificate to Modi!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
On the launch of his biography in a Delhi function former IPS officer Mr. KPS Gill absolved Gujarat Chief Minister (CM) Mr. Narendra Modi of all responsibility for the post-Godhra riots in February 2002. On the book released there is inscribed a handsome tribute to Mr. Gill from Mr. Modi: “Without cops like KPS Gill there can be no democracies, no political leaders and no kings.”
This is a truly extraordinary interpretation of how democratic governance works. This view about political accountability apparently is shared by Mr. Modi. Indeed this view seems to be the norm among all politicians cutting across parties. That is why Mr. Modi resolutely refuses to apologize for the Gujarat riots. He seems to think that an apology is required only if he had been criminally complicit in the conduct of the riots. A Special Investigative Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court had absolved Mr. Modi of direct complicity in the riots. That is the legal view. What about the political view?
First, clearly the decision to allow the procession was a misjudgment of ground realities. Mr. Modi had become CM recently before the incident. Is it too hard to acknowledge that there was an administrative error that facilitated the riots for which he was sorry? Mr. Modi’s party colleague and the CM of Goa, Mr. Manohar Parrikar, recently publicly stated that the Gujarat riots exposed administrative failure.
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