Modi too hasty too fast.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is no doubt a man of wonderful talents; always active, always volatile; eager to conquer what he desires and excited to materialize his plans and dreams. 'But sometimes he is too fast and too hasty,' say his critics. In the last week of the last February, Mr. Modi visited Arunachal Pradesh to inaugurate a new railroad line. Arunachal Pradesh is a state in eastern India that borders Tibet to the north.
A large portion of this state is claimed by China, and the two countries had been in a state of severe war over the area in 1962. It is said that India and China could never be friends unless until the issue of Arunachal Pradesh is settled. When the news of Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh reached the Chinese authorities, it really raged them a lot. At once India's ambassador in Beijing was summoned to the Chinese Foreign Office and a note of protest was handed over to him.
This protest was regarding Modi's visit to a controversial and disputed border area claimed by both countries. In other words this protest was a sophisticated reminder, not only to India but also to whole of the world that this territorial dispute may prove a serious threat to the regional peace and tranquility anytime. According to China's official News Agency Xinhua, China viewed Mr. Modi's visit as an unnecessary provocation. Chinese deputy foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said in a statement, "Modi's visit harmed China's territorial integrity and rights and went against the consensus both sides had of properly handling the border issue."
But as far as Mr. Modi is concerned, it makes him no difference how China views at his visit to the disputed area of Arunachal Pradesh. He simply damn cares the Chinese protest because he is a man of his own will and of his own resolve.
Modi, as an honest man, never hides his love or his hatred. Everyone is aware of his temperament as an extremist Hindu; he simply hates the Muslims and wants to shun them out of India. And the most dominating aspect of his personality is that he never tries to conceal his temperament against the Muslims. Just look back at the Gujrat Massacre of 2002. Mr. Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujrat that time.
Here is an extract from a report prepared by the Human Rights Watch after the Gujrat Massacre of Muslims, 'Between February 28 and March 2, thousands of attackers descended on Muslim neighborhoods, clad in saffron scarves and khaki shorts, the signature uniform of Hindu nationalist groups, and armed with swords, sophisticated explosives, and gas cylinders. They were guided by voter lists and printouts of addresses of Muslimowned propertiesinformation obtained from the local municipality.' Smita Narula, a senior South Asian researcher on various minorities living in India says, 'What happened in Gujarat was not a spontaneous uprising; it was a carefully orchestrated attack against Muslims. The attacks were planned in advance and organized with extensive participation of the police and state government officials.'
According to official figures, the riots resulted in the deaths of 790 Muslims whereas more than 223 were reported missing but independent sources do not agree with the officially released figures. They claim that up to 2,000 Muslims lost their lives during the riots.
There were countless incidents of rape and widespread looting and destruction of Muslim property. So many innocent children were burned alive. And this all was done under the 'kind' command and supervision of Mr. Narendra Modi, the honourable Chief Minister of Gujrat that time. Even the Indian journalists are of the opinion that Modi was the person who initiated the violence against the Muslims and then innocently closed his eyes to this brutality.
The intensity and gravity of the cruelty and brutality the Muslims of Gujrat had to face could be imagined by the statement of Khatun Sheikh, an unfortunate survivor of the Gujrat massacre. For the last 12 years she has been living in a relief camp at the foothills of a dumping ground in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Before that massacre she was happily living with her husband, sons and daughters in Ahmedabad.
The Hindu extremists set her house on fire. The flames engulfed the whole of her family. Talking to the Voice News, Khatun Sheikh said with unshed tears in her eyes, "People tell me to forget the past, but I tell them that no one has ever tried to forget more than me. I have forgotten the intensity of those flames, the painful cries of my burning neighbours but how could I forget my innocent six yearold daughter whom I had seen burning alive with her doll. "
Now the same Modi is in a more influential position. How harmful and disastrous he could be to the Muslims of India; it is not difficult to asses. But it is something very strange that a few people in Pakistan still hope that Modi could play a very active role in bringing India and Pakistan closer.