Ahmedabad, Apr 3 UNI | 4 months ago

Academician and writer Madhu Kishwar today said there was no communalism in the DNA of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who had not indulged in the politics of riots.

Speaking to the media at the release of book 'Modi, Muslims and Media' here this afternoon, Ms Kishwar sought to refute the allegation that it was Mr Modi who abetted post-Godhra communal riots of 2002 by saying that the Gujarat Chief Minister was busy giving final touches to the state budget on February 27, 2002.

''If Mr Modi had indulged in rioting, then Congress would have embraced him like it did in case of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav,'' she said.

She said Sabarmati Express train burning incident at Godhra station in February 2002 was a conspiracy and alleged that many elements involved in the act had links with Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence. She further alleged that some of these elements had connections with the Congress and accused the Congress of provoking the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.

Ms Kishwar observed that Mr Modi had never talked of Hindutva and said he had always talked of 5 crore Gujaratis which include Muslims too.

She said Mr Modi has addressed many issues and problems pertaining to Muslim community in the state.

''If one assumes a right to criticise Mr Modi for his some wrong-doing, then one must assume responsibility to appreciate good things done by him'', Ms Kishwar said.

She said that there is a peaceful environment in Gujarat and there has been no communal riots since 2002. Talking about her book, Ms Kishwar said it was a product of her intensive study of Mr Modi's rule in Gujarat, the media coverage on him and the issues like riots and legal documents including the closure report filed by Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), which gave a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister in connection with 2002 riots.

(Posted on 03-04-2014)