Speeches- By BJP/RSS/VHP/BD Functionaries
On February 28, 2002 Ahmedabad’s civil hospital (Sola
Civil Hospital) received the bodies of the kar sevaks at 8 a.m. The venue
became the scene for sharp and focussed anger that quickly progressed into
the raising of hate-filled slogans. The VHP organised a religious ceremony
where its Vice-President, Acharya Giriraj Kishore said that the
day’s violence was ‘a natural outburst’. He also said that
‘Islamic terrorism was responsible for the Godhra incident and that Hindus
had acted with restraint.’
(The Times of India, March 1, 2002).
In a recorded video, Praveen Togadia, VHP
International General Secretary, said (00:42:28)
“It will be asked, who was shouting the slogans Did the
father-priest of America say it Against Mohammed, they were only shouting
words, slogans. Were they abusing Muslims Were they doing good publicity
for Muslims Then they will say, no, they were not saying this, then which
slogans were they shouting, they were shouting slogans of – Jai Shri Ram.
Are if the slogan of Jai Shri Ram cannot be shouted in Godhara, then will
we go to Mecca-Madina to shout them And who are you to stop my slogan of
Jai Shri Ram, we will thrash those who stop the slogan of Jai Shri Ram and
send them to Pakistan.”
On 17th December 2002 speaking at a meeting at Delhi Praveen Togadia
said the following: “The Muslims here will enjoy the same place or
status as Hindus enjoy in Pakistan, may be even slightly better status.”
(The Hindu, 18 December, 2002)
In a press conference held on 14th December, 2002 at
Jaipur, Togadia stated:“We will make a laboratory of the whole country.
This is our promise and our resolve. If madrasas, the jehadi laboratory,
are allowed to educate to kill non-Muslims. Why can’t we have our own
laboratory I cannot waste even two days in building the laboratory?
Rajasthan has already become the laboratory of Hindutva…The people of
Gujarat have paid their tribute to the Ram Bhaktas of Godhra. Gujarat has
become the graveyard of secular ideology and we will extend it to Delhi
(The above was reported in the
Hindustan Times on16.12.02)
In an interview to
rediff.com on 12, March, 2002, Top of
Professor Keshavram Kashiram Shastri, Chairman of the Gujarat unit of the
Vishwa Hindu Parishad, made a startling revalation. He said that the
list of shops owned by Muslims in Ahmadabad was prepared on the morning of
February 28 itself. He stated: “In the morning we sat down and prepared
the list. We were not prepared in advance.” Asked why they did it, he
responded, "Karun j padre, Karun j padre (it had to be done, it had
to be done). “We don't like it, but we were terribly angry. Lust and
anger are blind." He said the rioters were "kelvayela Hindu chakra"
(well-bred Hindu boys).
the reasons of the deliberation inaction of the Police on the rioters. He
said "They feared death.” "And some of them were Hindus who
thought, let the mob do whatever it wants."Top
of Form He also admitted that people had been burnt, mosques
razed, and shops looted, but argued that all that had been done in a
complete interview can be accessed on
Another method that was
adopted by the VHP to spread propaganda and hate against the minority
community was by the distribution of leaflets and pamphlets instigating
the Hindus against the Muslims. “Pamphlet calling for boycott of
Muslims causing concern in Bottom of FormAhmedabad,"
rediff.com, March 12, 2002,
The pamphlet refers to
Muslims as "anti-national elements" who molest Hindus' sisters and
daughters and who use money earned from Hindus to buy arms. It calls on
its readers to institute a complete boycott of goods and services
proffered by Muslims, adding that Muslims should not be hired in Hindu
establishments and should not be allowed to rent property. It also
cautions Hindus to be "alert to ensure that [Hindus'] sisters-daughters do
not fall into the `love-trap' of Muslim boys" and calls on Hindus to vote,
but "only for him who will protect the Hindu nation."
To see the complete text of
the pamphlet click here Pamphlet released by VHP
An analysis of the
vernacular Gujarati Media has indicated the role played by medium to
incite the communal violence and spread propaganda. A case in point is
Sandesh, a Gujarati paper published from Vadodara. It published
inflammatory throughout the period immediately after the Godhra attack.
For The front page of February 28, 2002, issue read: "AVENGE BLOOD WITH
BLOOD." Another headline during the first week of March,
when Gujarati Muslims were returning from Haj "HINDUS BEWARE: HAJ
PILIGRIMS RETURN WITH A DEADLY CONSPIRACY."
On 4th September 2002, Mr. Ashok Singhal,
President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad made a statement at Shivala
Bhaiyan Temple in Amritsar, wherein he stated “People say that I praise
Gujarat. Yes I do. Gujarat has been a successful experiment. Godhra
happened on February 27 and the next day, 50 lakh Hindus were on the
streets. We were successful in our experiment of raising Hindu
consciousness, which will be repeated all over the country now.” By
further stating that terming the communal carnage as “a successful
experiment” shows the malafide intentions of Singhal. By further stating
“We were successful in our experiment of raising Hindu consciousness,
which will be repeated all over the country now.” Singhal issued a
grave threat to the peace, unity and integrity of India. His statements
clearly violate S.153-A, 153-B, 505(1) and (2) of the Indian Penal Code.
As shameful as these utterances is the fact that there
has been no prosecution of this hate speech.
Veteran activist from Ahmedabad Valjibhai Patel has
launched a legal campaign against Sandesh that was partially successful
until once more, the brazen Gujarat government influenced the local police
to go back on its own findings