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‘Shaken to the core’, Modi stops short of saying sorry for 2002

He said he ‘was shaken to the core (by the events)’. He, however, did not offer apology for the harrowing incidents that took place under his watch.

On Thursday, the court accepted the clean chit given to Modi by special investigation team (SIT) over allegations by Zakia Jafri that Modi and 57 others were involved in a conspiracy behind the 2002 riots.

Modi, against whom the case was pending for the last 11 years, wrote in his blog: ‘I feel liberated and at peace. This is the first time I am sharing the harrowing ordeal I had gone through in those days at a personal level. Grief, Sadness, Misery, Pain, Anguish, Agony mere words could not capture the absolute emptiness one felt on witnessing such inhumanity. On one side was the pain of the victims of the earthquake, and on the other the pain of the victims of the riots.’

He also referred to his feelings after being blamed for the death and misery of his loved ones. ‘The law of nature is that truth alone triumphs - Satyamev Jayate. During those challenging times, I often recollected the wisdom in our scriptures; explaining how those seating in positions of power did not have the right to share their own pain and anguish. They had to suffer it in solitude,’ Modi, who had avoided media on the issue for over a decade, said in his blog.

‘In fact, whenever I remember those agonising days, I have only one earnest prayer to God. That never again should such cruelly unfortunate days come in the lives of any other person, society, state or nation. This is the first time I am sharing the harrowing ordeal I had gone through in those days at a personal level,’ his blog reads.

While clarifying his ideology on unity, he mentioned, ‘My emphasis has always been on developing and emphasising a spirit of unity; with the now widely used concept of my 5 crore Gujarati brothers and sisters having crystallised right at the beginning of my tenure as CM itself from this very space.’

He further wrote, ‘However, as if all the suffering was not enough, I was also accused of the death and misery of my own loved ones, my Gujarati brothers and sisters. Can you imagine the inner turmoil and shock of being blamed for the very events that have shattered you!’

While raising his voice against the opposition leaders mainly Congress, he said, ‘For so many years, they incessantly kept up their attack, leaving no stone unturned. What pained even more was that in their overzealousness to hit at me for their narrow personal and political ends, they ended up maligning my entire state and country. They heartlessly kept reopening the wounds that we were sincerely trying to heal. It ironically also delayed the very justice that these people claimed to be fighting for. Maybe they did not realize how much suffering they were adding to an already pained people.’

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, while expressing sympathy towards former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri’s widow Zakia, one of the complainants against Modi and others in 2002 Gulbarg Society riot case, lambasted the Congress for their hate campaign against Modi for the last 12 years and demanded an apology. ‘Today, they have sent their supporters to raise slogans against Modi. They should apologise to Modi,’ he said.

Dismissing his blog post, Congress’ Manish Tewari said: ‘This is humbug. This is an attempt to burnish Modi’s image ahead of the 2014 polls.’
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