Blood-bath at Naroda Patiya

Maya Kodnani’s 28 years in jail and Babu Bajrangi’s imprisonment till death in Naroda Patiya massacre in 2002 will certainly restore common man’s dwindling faith in our judiciary. What these two butchers along with 29 others did on that fateful day, February 28, 2002, can unnerve even those for whom indulging in ‘sanguinary delights’ is no big deal. They crossed all limits in barbarism and savagery.

Reducing human beings to “grilled meat” is unthinkable. It was death’s “dance macabre”; a free for all show of extreme cruelty. The fanatically polarised Hindus of Gujarat were waiting for an opportune moment to pounce upon Muslims and butcher them. Godhara incident (it was fabricated as the coach was gutted from inside by Hindus; Banerjee report clearly states this) provided that alibi to Hindus for going on an unprecedented rampage.

We talk about conscience and humanity. But the entire vegetarian Gujarat with Hindu and Jain majority chose to keep mum. “Man loves blood-bath because somewhere in his existence, still lies the element of brutality uneradicated by the so-called progress, education and cosmetic refinement,” aptly said German Nobel laureate Günter Grass. Not only did the Hindus kill helpless Muslims, they shamelessly ravaged Muslim women in public. It’s time, Modi must also be booked for his implication in the riots. When judiciary can send a state minister (Kodnani) to slammer for 28 years, why can’t this man also meet with the same ignoble fate?

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 2

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