It was a chilly winter morning in month of March 2002.
I was in one of the bylanes of Old Lucknow , out for some work .
Common people generally avoided trudging in that area even during daytime owing to the sensitivity of the place.
But a nerd like me had a “I give a damn” attitude.
While I was strolling ,I heard some loud noise of a mob which appeared to come from some distance.
Soon I saw some people running in my opposite direction shouting at the top of their voice “bhaago dange hone waale hain….”
This was enough to create panic and fear in the minds of people present there owing to what happened in Godhra some days back and the aftermath that was going on.
Soon the shutters of the shops started falling and people started running hither and thither for shelter.
Surprised, confused and shocked my mind became numb and I wasnot able to think what to do.
After running to a distance I hid behind a hoarding where I couldnot be spotted easily.
Soon the procession of people of a religious community passed who were raising slogans against Narendra Modi,government and in name of God.
Some of the aggressive people had weapons and were waving them in air , at the same time forcibly closing the shops too.
Chill ran down my spine as I watched the events unfolding there,I had read about it ;now I could see it.
After they were gone I ran as fast as possible till I reached a safe place.
My legs were shivering due to fear and I had never thanked God the number of times in my entire life as much as I did that moment.
That was my closest encounter ever with any such violent event, though it was nothing as compared to what happened in godhra,mumbai,mau or orissa.
This event is etched in my memory till date.
When I compare how I felt at that moment with the people who are actual victims of such communal violence,the pain becomes unsurmountable on my soul.
What happened in Godhra is well known to us and I am more ashamed to call myself as the citizen of a democratic country because of the way the conspiracy was hushed under the carpet,the way the riots were planned ,executed and administration did nothing there.
As SIT(Special Investigation Team) has ordered summons to Narendra Modi(first time for any CM ) couple of days back, there are certain questions which I want to raise.
Even if people knew who was behind those riots, why did the people vote to choose him in the elections that followed ?
Some would say he is a good administrator and has brought Gujarat on the international map as far as growth and investment is concerned.
But can this be justified at the cost of bringing the democracy and right to equality to shreds ?
Some even declared he would be next Prime Minister of India,but why has Narendra Modi not been able to make his presence felt outside his state,lest we talk about at him at the national level ?
I don’t see much difference between him and Hitler as far as mass execution of people of a community is concerned.
Our system refuses to accept what he did and the blot he brought for Indian democratic system in the world arena.
But other countries are not blind.
I was not shocked when US denied him visa to travel to their country,don’t you think he deserves more than that ??
Do we need leaders like him ?
I leave this to you.
Before thinking and making any opinion just have a look at the pic below,It may help your conscience to take an impartial decision.
Or if you want,like others you may keep your Eyes Wide Shut