Dear Dr. Roy,
I watched 3 programs on NDTV on the SIT questioning of
Mr. Narendra Modi and was impressed by their range and
general good quality.
Before I proceed let me thank you and Mr.Kawaljit of NDTV
for taking prompt and quick action to set right the Transmission
problem on the programs.
Vikram Chandra one of the anchors did a fine job in asking the
right questions. He was the only one present who mentioned
the G word. He called it a tragedy.
Manish Tiwari was at his deafening loudest and seems to be a male
equivalent of Teesta Setalwad's loud shouting down of opponents,
although at this session she was relatively restrained. But between
the two of them, one to his left and one to the right, Swapan Das
Gupta, whose style is well modulated, though firm, could barely
make his voice heard. He managed to make one important point:
that despite all the progress that Gujarat has achieved, both develop
mentally and in social justice, liberal commentators always bring up
the question of the 2002 killing of Muslims.
Siddharth Varadarajan early on said that he has no dog in the fight.
But, ofcourse he does. He is the Left's roving ambassador. And in true
myopic style the Left does not see anything useful in any of the good
points of the other parties. One of the reasons it does not gain ground.
His stats. seemed flawed. The official count is about 1,000 people were
killed in 2002, of which 800 approximately were Muslims and 200 were
Hindus. This does not include the Hindus who were roasted alive in the
train in Godhra.
I recall reading that SIT had indicted Teesta Setalwad for being guilty
of tutoring witnesses and exaggerations. Hence it was surprising to see
her at the program, as if nothing had happened.
In one of the 3 programs that I watched ,Vinod Mehta was present and
as per usual he introduced a note of sanity into the question : whatever
the question of guilt or no guilt, Mr. Modi should be congratulated on
subjecting himself to a gruelling 10 hour questioning by the SIT.
It is my opinion that the bias against Mr.Modi is motivated not only by
a political agenda but also a class bias. I understand that he comes from
humble beginnings. So does Sonia Gandhi,I believe, until she met and married
Rajiv Gandhi. Neverthless, both Manish Tiwari and Mrs. Gandhi speak in an
unrestrained fashion about him (Manish calling him a mass murderer, even
when nothing has been established in a court of law, only accusations and
allegations swirling around) and Mrs. Gandhi uninhibitedly calling him names
even though it was under her husband's watch that thousands of Sikhs
were murdered in the capital, after Indira Gandhi's assasination by a Sikh.
I thought that Mr. Modi spoke with class and dignity both before and after
the SIT proceedings. He has repeatedly spoken about the majesty of the
law and that no one is above it. Yesterday he reiterated this by a moving
statement on the Indian Constitution.
A true patriot.
But the person who impressed me most in the program was the lady who
acted as the spokesperson for the BJP. In an extremely provocative
situation, with Manish Tiwari shouting out his provocations, she remained
calm and repeatedly referred to the need to let the due processes of law
take their course, rather than create atmospherics that would impede those
As Vinod Mehta said correctly : the Criminal Justice system is working.
Once again I want to thank you and NDTV for fine programs that keep
Indian viewers abroad well informed about the debates and discussionss
that are taking place in the old country.