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officials played in the killing of more than a thousand Muslims early that year For this there is evidence The other crime is the follow up It is a scandal that the conviction rate in the riot cases pursued by the Modi state government is just 5 per cent In contrast in those trials where the Supreme Court outsourced investigation prosecution and witness protection away from the Gujarat state government I estimate the conviction rate to be 39 per cent This is nearly eight times better than the Gujarat government These are crimes no clean chit should erase How then is it happening Let’s begin with Modi’s individual guilt He is accused of ordering his top officials in a meeting on February 27 2002 to stand by while Hindus vented their anger against Muslims for the death of Hindus at the Godhra train station that morning There is little evidence for this The only man who claims he heard this is suspended police officer Sanjiv Bhatt This is a man who woke up nine years later to accuse Modi whose wife ran on a Congress ticket against Modi And this is a man whose lone testimony has been contested by the several officers who were actually at the meeting that evening The other “evidence” against Modi — call records but no real conversations private testimonies to retired judges — do not a legal case make The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team was correct to say this the magistrate right to agree Modi’s personal criminal responsibility for the 2002 riots is no worse than Rajiv Gandhi’s for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots Sudhakarrao Naik’s for the 1992-93 Mumbai riots and every chief minister’s for riots that have happened under his watch Let’s end that campaign once and for all The campaign that needs to go on is against the thugs who turned on their neighbours the ministers who led the mobs the Sangh Parivar members who turned up with petrol cans and the police who did little to stanch the bleeding Some of them have been convicted by the courts more roam free Unlike the case against Modi there is easy evidence here Most murders and rapes were done in full public view by people the witnesses knew well In Mehsana district I spoke to Munsafkhan Pathan a towering former policeman who witnessed the killings of other Muslims in his village by a Hindu mob I asked him where the culprits lived He got up from his chair in his walled compound pointed to the corrugated rooftops visible beyond “There” he said “some live there some I still see every day They have not been jailed” The local BJP politicians had incited the village Hindus he told me confident that they could act with immunity That confidence was not misplaced Twelve years hence the low conviction rates in the murders — crimes in public view with hundreds of witnesses — are a scandal I asked a senior Gujarat police officer for statistics but was told “we don’t keep separate records of riot cases” — despite clear Supreme Court guidelines to do so Legal researcher Pritarani Jha and others at the NGO Centre for Equity Studies have had better luck Based on copious RTI applications to individual police stations they estimate that the actual conviction rate in Gujarat government-handled riot cases is a pathetic 5 per cent In contrast in the few cases where investigation prosecution and witness protection was taken away from the Gujarat government by the Supreme Court (that is the SIT-monitored and Maharashtra-moved trials) I estimate that the conviction rate is 39 per cent based on official statistics given to me by the SIT The famous convicts you’ve heard of — minister Maya Kodnani thug Babu Bajrangi — have not been convicted by the Gujarat government but by a special legal process designed to keep the Narendra Modi government out of every stage of the trial That’s the real scandal of Gujarat: a party whose members killed whose government allowed it and whose police and prosecutors are now asleep at the wheel Yet in one stroke the blots from these crimes are being wiped off by the “clean chit” given to Narendra Modi The point is not whether Modi gave an illegal order to orchestrate mass murder The point is that his party his government his supporters acted as if on orders The point is that his 56-inch chest proved incapable of halting the mobs seems incapable of ensuring criminal justice to those who suffered By reducing this complex narrative to a single illegal order by making Narendra Modi the face of the Gujarat riots his innocence has now led to the innocence of all Who is to blame for this The first is the Congress party Playing politics it refused to question a culture that prevents Muslims from buying houses in middle class Ahmedabad a local bureaucracy that sees Muslims as trouble and an RSS and VHP machinery that exploits this social consensus for political ends For crying out loud the current leader of the Congress in Gujarat Shankarsinh Vaghela helped create the RSS network in Gujarat (as did then pal Narendra Modi) Instead of breaking the social and political networks that allowed the Gujarat riots the Congress has chosen the soft option of going after Modi It cannily uses the spectre of Modi to haunt minorities into voting for it That Modi plays along — Muslim-baiting to get the Hindu vote — ensures a jugalbandi in which both the Congress and Modi are happy to paint the chai-wallah’s son as the face of those riots As Nazir Khan Pathan a witness to the killing of 97 Muslims in Naroda Patiya told me: “[Both the] BJP and Congress scare us One to get Hindu votes the other to get our votes” The second unwitting culprits are some of the same NGOs and civil society groups who have so doggedly fought for the Gujarat victims I spoke to members of the four main NGO groups who have been fighting the legal battle on behalf of the victims All wanted to remain anonymous to avoid antagonising those they work with (for an activism that promotes transparency their culture of silence is quite loud) But they were privately critical about how their struggle has been hijacked to stop Modi from becoming prime minister A repeat figure for censure was Teesta Setalvad One lawyer said Setalvad’s relentless bid to “get Modi” was at the cost of drafting carefully researched legal petitions Another derided the quality of the Zakia Jaffrey petition (against Modi) as being rushed Not all were critical; the victims at Naroda Patiya for instance praised the effort put in by Setalvad But this “get Modi at all costs” strategy has ended up obscuring those who actually murdered raped and burned with impunity That impunity comes from a state and society in consensus that Muslims are not part of the “mainstream air” an innocuous phrase that sounded ominous when told to me in Gujarati by Asif Khan Pathan a school director in the Muslim ghetto of Juhapura This is the consensus that led the rioters that February to pillage that have allowed many culprits to still roam free The “get Modi” strategy misses this in favour of a narrow quest to stop one man from becoming prime minister They must now live with the futility of that quest Modi has been cleared by the SIT and the courts — as he should have And since Modi was made the heart of the Gujarat riots story all those responsible for that tragedy share his “clean chit” In their sloppily argued partisan bid to pin a larger tragedy on one man the Congress party and some NGOs have unwittingly made the Gujarat riots seem less horrific than they actually were The writer is a lawyer and PhD candidate at Princeton University Part of his research deals with the Supreme Court intervention into the 2002 Gujarat riots investigation express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPatna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday employed a novel method to create public awareness on environmental protection by tying a rakhi on a tree on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and urged the people to protect Bihar’s green cover "People should come forward to plant more trees and protect them for a healthy environment" Nitish Kumar said after tying a ‘rakhi’ on a tree at Rajdhani Vatika here Clad in his trademark white cotton kurta-pyjama the chief minister said: "I request people with folded hands to tie ‘rakhis’ to trees to protect the environment It will be a new beginning to save the earth and human beings" File photo of Nitish Kumar PTI Nitish Kumar said the state government had encouraged and helped people plant trees and protect the green cover of the state Several people including leaders of the ruling Janata Dal-United government officials and schoolchildren were present on the occasion A few years ago Nitish Kumar launched a green drive to increase the state’s forest cover more than five-fold to 35 percent in a decade The green drive is the brainchild of the chief minister who was impressed by Dharhara a small village 230 km east of Patna in Bhagalpur district The village hit the headlines two years ago after villagers planted fruit trees including mango and litchi to celebrate the birth of every girl child there Their endeavour made the village a green haven According to official data the state has nearly nine percent forest cover Forest officials admit that Bihar lost most of its green cover when the state of Jharkhand was carved out of it in 2000 Undivided Bihar had a forest cover of 17 percent IANS Bhopal: Nov 20 (PTI) Retaining the Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha and Dewas Assembly seats in the bye-elections to be held Saturday will be crucial for BJP after its humiliating defeat in Bihar polls even as the Congress is leaving no stone unturned to give the saffron party a tough fight BJP relying more on ‘sympathy wave’ has fielded Petlawad MLA Nirmala Bhuria daughter of Dileep Singh Bhuria whose death necessitated the bye-election to Ratlam seat In Dewas Assembly seat the party has given ticket to Gayatri Raje Puar the widow of erstwhile ruler of Dewas Tukoji Rao Puar the sitting BJP MLA who died in June Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan AFP On the other side the Congress has put up a united face and is banking on former Union minister Kantilal Bhuria to reclaim the Ratlam seat from BJP and young leader Jaiprakash Shastri in Dewas The bypolls will be held on Saturday while the counting will take place on 24 November The drubbing in the recent Bihar Assembly elections and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s quota review remarks appeared to have made BJP jittery forcing Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to strongly contend that till the time he is there there will be no end to reservation "As long as Narendra Modi is Prime Minister and I am Chief Minister no one (‘koi mai ka laal’) can end reservation" Chouhan recently said while addressing meetings at Bori and Baledi villages while campaigning for the party candidates in the bypolls Chouhan said the Congress has distorted the statement of RSS chief over reservation and is playing politics over it Sensing an opportunity in the bypoll the otherwise divided Congress party in the state has tried to project unity with all senior leaders including General Secretary Digvijay Singh former Union Minister Kamal Nath and party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia and state unit chief Arun Yadav campaigning vigorously for Kantilal Bhuria Digvijay who is also the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh expressed confidence that the Congress will perform better in both the constituencies "In the bypolls people normally vote on local issues and we are hopeful that Congress will get good results in it" he said In an effort to retain both the seats BJP besides banking on its chief minister’s charisma also deployed Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar party’s national vice president and in-charge of state unit Vinay Sahastrbuddhe National General Secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya State BJP President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and a number of state Cabinet ministers for the campaigning Though the main contest is between BJP and Congress for the Ratlam seat the JD(U) buoyed by the success of the grand alliance in Bihar tried to put up a similar front by roping-in CPI CPM Gondwana Gantantra Party and Bahujan Sangarsh Dal in the state to provide an alternative JD(U) president Sharad Yadav also campaigned for alliance candidate Vijay Haari by spending two days in the tribal constituency During the last Lok Sabha elections Kantilal Bhuria lost to Dilip Singh Bhuria a former Congressman who switched over to BJP during the ‘Modi wave’ in 2014 When Dilip was in Congress he won the Lok Sabha polls from the constituency earlier known as Jhabua seat five times consecutively from 1980 to 1996 Dilip won the seat last year but his death in June this year necessitated the bypoll Meanwhile the Congress which won the polls from the seat since 1951 except in 1971 1977 and 2014 is likely to have a fair chance to win it back again In 2014 the BJP won the polls from Ratlam-Jhabua seat by a margin of 108452 votes A total of eight candidates are in fray for the bypoll in Ratlam where 1742628 will exercise their right to franchise PTI By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: June 13 2017 6:15 am A proposal to this effect was approved during last week’s board of directors’ meeting Top News AT A time when the central government is laying emphasis on reducing pollution and increasing the use of CNG in vehicles the PMPML is planning to purchase hundreds of diesel-run buses A proposal to this effect was approved during last week’s board of directors’ meeting The move has invited flak from several activists PMPML Chairman and Managing Director Tukaram Mundhe has in fact constituted an expert committee to study the possibility of purchasing diesel-run buses Seema Savale chairperson of PCMC standing committee and one of the directors on PMPML board said PMPML intends to purchase 800 buses “The administration has pointed out that the CNG-run buses have high maintenance cost and their parts are not easily available either Therefore the PMPML board said they prefer diesel-run buses They want to purchase 400 CNG-run buses and 400 diesel-run” she said “At the meeting it was pointed out that there are two options for purchasing buses one is CNG buses and another is diesel-run buses The administration told us that under Euro IV norms the diesel-run buses cause less pollution They also pointed out that CNG buses were creating maintenance problem Therefore a committee has been set up to suggest the best possible option” said Mayor Mukta Tilak But civic activists are not convinced “It is a ridiculous plan It is against the national policy At a time when all efforts are being made to reduce pollution and the central government along with the rest of the world is talking about it our transport organisation is thinking in reverse gear” said Prashant Inamdar convenor of Pedestrians First “If tomorrow the central government decides to ban diesel-run vehicles what will the PMPML do” he asked For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Tavleen Singh | Published: June 28 2015 12:00 am PM Narendra Modi Related News What a week It was as if all the gods conspired to forsake the man who till yesterday was their favourite son When this happened the Modi government was caught so unaware that mistake after mistake was made The media went into a feeding frenzy like no other in the year since Narendra Modi has been prime minister The Congress party discovered how powerful even a tiny Opposition party can be If the lustre has begun to fade from the image of a Prime Minister who last year at this time was a rock star he has himself to blame He should have discovered from his foreign travels that he is the only major world leader who does not have an official media secretary leave alone a full team to deal with more than 400 hungry news channels and a vast array of aggressive newspapers He paid a heavy price last week BJP spokesmen and ministers spoke in so many different voices it became impossible to understand what the party position was on Lalit Modi Some said he was an ‘absconder’ who would be brought back and jailed Others said he was a ‘victim’ of the last government’s vindictive politics It saddened me that nobody admitted that Lalit has supported the BJP politically and financially for a very long time The Congress party stands by its friends The BJP clearly does not This is not just a mistake it is folly Since the Prime Minister has announced on foreign shores that he has rid India of its ‘scam’ image and that he is committed to bringing probity back to public life he should have asked both Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje to resign Not because they helped a friend in his time of need but because they lied about it Resignations do not need to be accepted but had they been offered the government’s image would have suffered not at all and there would have been no story We would have been talking instead about the visionary new urbanisation plan that the Prime Minister spelled out in Delhi last week It barely made a few paragraphs because the ‘scandal’ took all the headlines The irony is that there is no scandal Lalit Modi is bumptious brash and needlessly noisy but is he really a criminal He irritated some powerful people when he created the Indian Premier League (IPL) and placed it among the most famous cricketing tournaments in the world He may have broken some rules but he could not have taken the financial decisions he took without the approval of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that just happens to have on it some of the most important politicians in India I do not follow cricket but I have done some research on the BCCI and am willing to bet that if it was investigated by an independent agency it would throw up more dirt than the recent FIFA investigation did I happen to know some people on this cricket board whose mysterious new wealth has ‘ill-gotten’ written all over it Go to Lalit Modi’s website and his Instagram account to find out more Lalit is not a close friend of mine I have met him hardly five times if that many But I would like to say that his decision to ‘abscond’ was what I would have made in his position Instead of real charges against him in a court of law the Enforcement Directorate has hit him with allegations and innuendoes that would probably not stand up in court As someone who has grown up in India he knows that before such cases come to court many years can go by If all that the Enforcement Directorate wanted when it sent its ‘blue corner notice’ to Interpol was to question him what stopped them from questioning him in London He makes clear on social media daily exactly where he is and why he is not a ‘fugitive’ but a soldier in the war against corruption In fighting this war he also makes clear that he intends to expose the long list of politicians who have accepted money and favours from him and if he is serious about this may he be brought home soon What has been absent in the hysteria of the past week is any serious attempt to analyse what Lalit has been saying in his defence If anyone tried in those frenzied TV debates they were blown out of the debate by noise and fury This happened to me when I dared to suggest that he might be the only Indian ever whose passport was revoked while he was on holiday abroad Has this happened to any other Indian citizen Sushma and Vasundhara were right to try and help a friend What they did wrong was to lie about it and that damaged Modi’s government seriously Follow Tavleen Singh on Twitter @ tavleen_singh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Reuters | New York | Published: April 22 2009 11:31 am Related News Witnessing violence in high-crime urban areas could increase levels a hormone in young children that could cause long-term health problems such as diabetes and heart diseaseresearchers said They found that children who experienced shootingsknife attacks or fights showed symptoms of post-traumatic stresssuch as worriesflashbacks and difficulty paying attention The youngsters also had higher levels of the stress-related hormone cortisolwhich can lead to a weaker immune system and other illnesses “Our study indicates that important biological effects occur in children living in high-crime neighbourhoods” said Dr Shakira Franco Sugliaof the Harvard School of Public Health She added that stress-induced changes to how cortisol is produced and regulated can lead to a weaker immune systemand increased fat storage in the abdominal region linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes Suglia and her colleagueDr Rosalind Wrightof Brigham and Women Hospital in Bostoncollected saliva samples from 28 girls and 15 boysaged seven to 13four times each day for three days to measure cortisol production They also questioned the children about violence they had witnessed If they scored higher on stress symptomsthere were higher levels of the hormoneparticularly in the afternoon and evening Suglia and Wrightwho reported the findings in the International Journal of Behavioural Medicinesaid the children’s symptoms were less severe that those in youngsters with post traumatic stress disorder “As a resultthey may not come to the attention of healthcare providers and a large number of children may be impacted with broad adverse effects” Suglia added The study’s initial goal was to test the effect of tobacco exposure in childrenbut was expanded to add the research on the impact of witnessing violence Mothers of the children participated in the research from 1986 to 1992 to provide information so their children could be studied from birth For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related News download Indian Express App ? 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