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An asset can’t be undersold :RB Sreekumar lists a programme for Narendra Modi that could apply the balm

RESPECTED SHRI Narendra Modi Saheb, on the occasion of your three-day fast for generation of goodwill (Sadbhavana) and amity among people, I deem it to be my duty to throw light on the impression about you and your government, as I understand, among the victim survivors of 2002’s protracted riots, and the government functionaries who are agonised by your government’s outrageous and unjust action, though they performed their legitimate duties statutorily assigned to them. Our Upanishadic wisdom speaks about symmetry of thinking and action in a person – Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavanti – ‘A person be as his mind’. Looking to your government’s performance since 2002, it appears that there is conspicuous mismatch between your much publicised objectives of the fast, on the one side, and the bitter truths about ground situation, on the other. This does not mean that the Upanishadic dictum is wrong because your mind is not for goodwill to all, but only for a few.

As the head of the government, many feel that you have visibly followed your hidden agenda of ‘malice to the upright and the honest officers and charity to the sycophants and collaborators’. Facts in support of this testimony are plenty. You have rewarded practically all those officers who actively participated through their acts of commission and omission, in violation of their oath of allegiance to the Constitution, in the planning and execution of anti-minority genocide in 2002, after the condemnable Godhra train burning incident. This genocide will remain an inerasable blot on our country, particularly to the practitioners of Hinduism of the Upanishads and the Bhagvadgeeta. Those who got rewards for their alleged deviant services to you, include officers who were given extension in service, good postings and post-retirement lucrative assignments. Their specific alleged culpable role was graphically narrated in my sixth affidavit to the Justice Nanavati Commission.

As you know, I head the list of government officials who were victims of unwarranted punishments. Ever since I presented facts about the riots and thus ‘falsifying’ the state government’s version to the Central Election Commission on August 9, 2002, I was issued with memos on trivial matters like Control Room Head Constable sending a secret message by fax to field officers without my knowledge, by ACS (Home) Ashok Narayanan. Further, the government started an inquiry against me for writing to CP Ahmedabad KR Kaushik about the alleged planting of weapons (firearms) by DIG DG Vanzara, the then incharge of Ahmedabad City Crime Branch, on a few Muslims of Dariapur on rath yatra day 2002. You may please note that this was the only adverse report about alleged illegal acts of Vanzara in Gujarat Police records before his arrest for an alleged fake encounter in April 2007. Instead of probing into my information about Vanzara, the chief secretary started an inquiry against me to punish me even though the then DGP K Chakravarthi said my act of reporting against Vanzara was part of my normal duties and so could not be treated as misconduct. Sir, had you checked Vanzara and monitored his work, by accepting my report, he would not have indulged in alleged extra- judicial killings of innocent people. Now these cases have brought a bad name to your administration and the Gujarat Police. This was an instance of saving a thief and punishing the policeman who pointed a finger at the thief.

Later, I was superseded in February 2005 and was served with a nine-point chargesheet in September 2005 for the alleged fault of telling the truth before the judicial commission, in my three affidavits at that juncture. Thanks to the high standards of wisdom, fortitude and integrity of the Indian judiciary, the government was forced to order my promotion with retrospective effect and my chargesheet was also quashed by the judicial bodies.

There are others, who have been facing the unwarranted wrath of your government for their good work. They include Rahul Sharma, Vivek Srivastava, Himanshu Bhatt, MD Antani, Satish Verma, HR Gehlot, PC Thakur, Kuldeep Sharma and AK Surolia – all IPS officers – and JS Rana an IAS officer who is even denied pension. (Details of their punishment are in my sixth affidavit.)

A LESSER KNOWN information about the 2002 riots is about the excellent performance of the officers in charge of certain areas and their alleged ill-treatment by your government subsequently, for their non-collaboration in anti-minority action and subversion of the criminal justice system against the riot survivors. A classic case was that of VK Gupta, the then CP Surat city, which had reported only seven deaths during the riots (from February 27, 2002 to July 31, 2002) unlike many rural areas like Anand, Dahod, Mehsana, SK districts, etc. He had to go on central deputation as he was unhappy with the state government. Allegedly, police officers who contained the riots effectively in Rajkot city, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Valsad, Surendranagar, Bharuch and Kutch district were meted out with departmental harassment. Sir, if you are keen to generate goodwill among the riot victims, their community and bureaucrats, you may initiate the following action, besides your fast for goodwill.

Ask your police, who have concurrent jurisdiction like the SIT, to investigate and prosecute the planners and perpetrators of violence during the riots, those accused of subversion of the criminal justice system and persons responsible for obstruction of witnesses in giving evidence to judicial bodies. Unfortunately, so far, even the sit has arrested only one Inspector for his culpable role in the riots, from the executive side. Can a few inspectors organise such prolonged riots and arrange to delay and deny delivery of justice to the victims? Kindly order unilateral withdrawal of all disciplinary proceedings and acts of victimisation against officers like Sanjiv Bhatt, Rahul Sharma, Rajnish Rai, Kuldeep Sharma, etc. Announce a genuine scheme of relief, reconciliation, rehabilitation and resettlement of thousands of riots victims, who are now living in sub-human conditions in their ghettos.

If you are agreeable to these, kindly announce the above decisions at the venue of your fast on the last day of the fast and perhaps one of the riot victims can offer you fruit juice for ending your token sacrifice of food for generation of goodwill among people. I have the experience of working with six chief ministers of Gujarat and three of Kerala. I have no hesitation to submit that you are a person with inexhaustible stamina, energy, skill and dexterity to pursue what you think to be dear to your heart. Kindly convert your fast into a yagna to exorcise from your mind the ideas of exclusivism, sectarianism and hatred of certain sections of Indian citizens, indoctrinated by the Sangh Parivar. If this is done, you will be a shining asset to Indian politics.

RB Sreekumar is a former DGP of Gujarat


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