After 11 Years, Nothing has Changed Indeed

Consider these headlines:

Mob attacks Gujarat train, toll 57 (Times of India)
godhra: in a ghastly incident, at least 57 persons were burnt alive and many injured when the ahmedabad-bound sabarmati express was stoned and set on fire by a mob at godhra junction on wednesday morning. the dead comprised 17 men, 25 women and 14 children, most of whom were in the s-6 coach which was charred as the mob put petrol cans to deadly use. at least 36 persons were taken to the godhra civil hospital with burns

Fifty eight killed in attack on Sabarmati Express (Rediff)
At least 58 people, most of them kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya, were killed and 43 injured when miscreants attacked the Sabarmati Express and set afire four of its coaches at Godhra railway station in Gujarat on Wednesday.

57 killed as mob torches train in Gujarat (The Hindu)
Fifty-seven persons, mostly women and children, were killed and 43 sustained burn injuries when a coach of the Faizabad-Ahmedabad Sabarmati Express carrying `Ram sevaks’ was set afire by a group of people on the outskirts of the Godhra railway station, about 200 km from here, this morning. The `Ram sevaks’ were returning from Ayodhya.

It’s quite obvious what these reports refer to: the ghastly torching alive of 57 Hindu pilgrims in the Sabarmati Express train compartment at Godhra, Gujarat on 27 February, 2002.

How did the media report the attack back then? More specifically, how did the media report the identity of the perpetrators of that unprovoked, ghastly attack? The answer lies in the choice of words, from just the aforementioned partial list of news reports. It was a “mob” or “miscreants” or even worse, “a group of people.”

Now how did the BBC report the same incident?

Hindus die in train fire (BBC)
Fifty-seven Hindu pilgrims have died in a fire on a train in India…A gang of Muslims are suspected of causing the fire…it appears this morning’s train fire was started by a gang of Muslims who were angered by pro-Hindu chanting on the train.

Enough said.

And thus, starting right from the intentionally misleading verbiage, one born out of cowardice and/or malice, the media ensured that the lives of these murdered Hindus were worth zilch. Worse, many leading mainstream newspapers blamed these unfortunate souls for inviting their deaths. Their only crime? To chant the name of their holy God, Rama. Barely two days after their horrific death, when the their ashes were still warm, the Hindu, in its lead editorial on 1 March, 2002, wrote thus:

THE GRISLY GODHRA (Gujarat) episode of arson…and the backlash of mindless violence it had triggered elsewhere in the State…are clear, disturbing pointers to the explosive communal buildup across the country as a direct consequence of the VHP’s provocative and destructive campaign for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya…one cannot but pinpoint the harsh reality that events such as the horror of Godhra were tragically predictable as a result of the wounding and aggressive communal campaign of the VHP.

In other words, the way for Muslims to express their displeasure or grievance—both real and imagined—is by torching a coach full of innocent Hindu pilgrims who had invited their deaths by showing their devotion to one of their Gods. And neither was this kind of perverse reasoning limited only to editorials and oped pieces. Almost every newspaper reporting on the roasting alive of Hindus by Muslim mobs heavily editorialized in terms of “grave provocation” emanating from Hindus.

This same editorial from the Hindu and other papers also set the tone for the expansive web of lies that followed with lines like:

What happened in Godhra, about which there are different and conflicting versions…

This served three main purposes: to preempt questions from Hindus over such blatantly slanted reporting, to preempt facing their just demand for justice, and to shift the focus entirely on only the Muslims who died during the riots that ensued. And so if you look at everything that has been written about the Gujarat riots, it’s only about heartbreaking stories of Muslims who were bereft of their families, property, and the rest. Not one story has a journalist or writer interviewing at least one Hindu of the 59+254 Hindus who were killed and whose kin suffered similar losses. Which eminently, sickeningly proves what Rajeev Srinivasan wrote about the Value of a Hindu Life.

a Hindu’s life is without value as far as politicians and the Government are concerned. But a Christian man’s life, and a Muslim man’s eye, are of great value…violence generally befalls only powerless ‘minorities’ in most places. So this is yet more evidence that in India, it is the Hindus that are the oppressed ‘minority’

To say this more directly in the case of Godhra and the Gujarat riots, Hindus get massacred & burnt alive in their own homeland while the secular establishment and its handmaid-media plays politics with their blood. Neither is this new. This pattern was quite evident in the post-Babri demolition riots where the Shiv Sena in the main, was blamed for killing Muslims but the episode of the deadly serial bombs detonated by Dawood Ibrahim’s goons was given short shrift. And little or no mention was made of the Hindus who died in those riots.

The planning and execution of the roasting alive of Hindus in Sabarmati Express points mainly to Muslim elements in the Gujarat Congress party. Here’s a partial list:

  • Mehmud Hussain Kalota, convener of the Congress district minority cell and president of the Godhra municipality
  • Salim Abdul Ghaffar Sheikh, president of the Panchmahal Youth Congress
    Abdul Rehman Abdul Majid Ghantia, a known Congress worker
  • Farroukh Bhana, secretary of the district Congress committee
  • Haji Bilal, a known Congress worker

Haji Bilal was subsequently convicted by a special court. And true to style, the media relegated this news—if it condescended to report it at all—to some obscure corner of Page 7. The value of Hindu lives. Which brings us to a brief historical examination of major riots since Independence. Consider the following table.


Total Death Toll

Death Toll Of Muslims

% Of Muslim Deaths

Inquiry Report Details

1969 Gujarat




Reddy 1970

1983 Nellie (Assam)




Booklet on Nellie. The official Inquiry commission report is not available in the public domain.

1989 Bhagalpur




Robinson 2005

1992 Mumbai




Srikrishna Commission 1998

2002 Gujarat riots




Government of Gujarat figures

All of these were bloody riots, and all except the 2002 riots occurred under Congress Governments. At 2191, the death toll of Muslims is the highest again under the selfsame Congress Government. What makes the Nellie riots the most horrid is that Indira Gandhi held elections in Assam despite this, effectively washing her hands with the blood of Muslims.

These figures belie the Congress party’s claim that it has the interests of minorities at heart. At the same time, these figures are also a good testimony to the élan with which the Congress plays communal politics, nay, bloody politics, literally. Indeed, the Congress party has only the Dynasty’s interests at heart. It is one of the wonders of the world that here’s a party which has no ideology, no vision, no policy, and has a utterly dismal record of service to the nation, yet keeps getting elected repeatedly. The secret of this is well-known: keep the folks poor and uneducated, cultivate the media, divide Indians along various lines, and exacerbate these divisions to the point of large-scale violent conflicts.

The role of the slavish media in furthering this vile agenda of the Congress party has largely remained unexamined. Until 2002, the ordinary news consumer had no access to sources to independently verify the veracity of what the media reported. Worse, the media was in a position of monopoly. However, in the Gujarat riots of 2002—the first televised (sic) riots—the media had to contend with the Internet, which it didn’t.

Unaware of the power and reach of the Internet, it continued to do what it was used to doing: lying blatantly, blacking out uncomfortable stuff, and shouting down people who dared to question its version of the truth. As we witness in this age of viral social media, the media has refused to learn—a Barkha Dutt continues to threaten bloggers and Twitter users with legal notices, a Sagarika Ghose labels anybody who questions her as an “Internet Hindu (even if the questioner is a non-Hindu!),” and most celebrity journalists, when they are not condescending, are openly dismissive of news consumers who possess independent thought. It appears as if they hate the fact that their divine right to talk down to news consumers should remain unchallenged.

However, over time and with repeated and multiple questioning, and faced with solid evidence to the contrary, the media realized that it was too late. Witness how now all the bets are off. Nobody in the media pretends anymore that they are “objectively analyzing the BJP and/or Narendra Modi.” It takes the side of the Congress party straightaway. In many ways, the Gujarat 2002 riots set the tone for the media’s fall from studio-light-endowed grace. This has reached such a pitch that media houses, which once used to invite charlatans and riot-porn makers like Teesta Setalvad now seek out unnamed Twitter users to “give the alternate perspective.” However, these Twitter users no longer need the media. The media needs them.

This could be seen as a positive development and it is but the subtext remains unchanged because despite all this, the media hasn’t made one attempt to shed a tear—forget doing a talk show—for the innocent 59 Hindu pilgrims who were roasted alive in Sabarmati Express and those Hindus who were killed in the subsequent riots.

20 comments for “After 11 Years, Nothing has Changed Indeed

  1. Srikanth
    October 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Same is the case of Lankan tamils, the media says tamils are killed, ethinic violence. It is hindus who are killed by buddhist fanatics

  2. 007
    March 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    At one point of time the rule was based on the same value system in Modern day pakistan, Afganistan and possible deep inside of middle east and also the peripheral states of the Pakistan. You might check the writings of Mahabharata and/ or historical map empires during Kushan, Maurya or even old Nanda dynasties.

    But we have been systemically got wiped out from there, pakistan Hindu percentage has dwindled to low single digits. we are seeing systematic wipe out/ conversion in Bangladesh. The same happened to Hindus and Buddhists in Indonesia/ Thailand and many far eastern countries (pls check historical demographics of Malaya, Sumatra, Burma, Jawa).

    I hate to break this to you, unless a serious radicalization, union and intolerance (or Govt measures like Fixed offspring count, banning of religious conversion, Hindu state declaration)is inclucated into the entire Hindu community; we dont stand a chance on a smaller but united-radical ISLAM. The fact that even the Monotheist Christian community in its current form is under trememdous pressure from ISLAM in its western strongholds is being accepted in multiple political proponents and forums.

    Lets discuss the Darwinian philospohy and the concept of “Evolutionarily stable stratergy” to put things in persepctive. It proves that with multiple ideas (religion/ gene/ music genre…. you name it) once the point of inflection is reached, it can go only in one way. Say it goes in the way of ISLAM at X% of population (i am sure it is not more than a mere 30% given the deep fundamentalism and the ability to jusify any heinous deed by drwaing parallel from Sunnah/ Quran), once it reaches that point the ones who resist it will be punished and punished bad. The same evolutionary principles apply. Hindus might not go extinct, but can come to the level that of Afganistan in a few decades. Thats how much the balance is tilted towards ISLAM. Thats how much balance will always be tilted towards a superiority driven, justify all sins, promising unbridled power, promosing heaven for all and any kind of sinners of “in name of ISLAM” will always have towards a benevolent, fragmented,ultra tolerant, ultra submissive Hinduism/ religion.

    We have already seen the inflection in Kerala, parts of Bihar, eastern UP and parts of Assam where Hindu is already a second class citizen. Heck, we cant even stand our ground to not so fundamental Christianity in North-east.

    We shall see the inflection in other parts of country soon, and soon the time will come to decide whether this Hindustan will be called “Muslim land” by the likes of Anjem Choudary. I believe it will, in our life times,when the last place a Hindu will stay is in USA or stronger by law country of the west or east.

    Good luck to all of us, soon to be second class Hindus. Soon to be extinct.

  3. Jooske
    March 6, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    @ItAcHi @ Darkalley-forget his blog read The Final Verdict for hard facts without any religious overtones.
    Good to read for how media functions in India especially the mainstream media.

    Hitchens on Mother Teresa
    and in
    The pope beatifies Mother Teresa, a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud.

    However the best book on Mother Teresa is
    Mother Teresa- The Final Verdict by Aroup Chatterjee
    You can read the whole book online. It is a book of hard facts, although sometime disturbing facts.
    His approach is different to Hitchens. Hitchens follow her ideology.

    Yes after 11 years plus more nothing has changed.

  4. sanjay
    March 6, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    I am a secular Hindu Sandeep. I don’t want Muslims killed. But I don’t want my Hindu brethren in India to live in fear just because some so called `hindus’ are preaching `secularism’. I would rather put them in a train and burn them first

  5. March 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Tarun Tejpa is suspected of being on the payroll of the ISI and dollarbags of the Arab world.


  6. Madrassi
    March 4, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    MSM will never reform but at least the mask is off now, thanks to social media. In 2002, during Godhra, MSM still pontificated pompously to what they obviously believed were the sheep in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. I still remember a particularly toxic pg 1 editorial in the Hindustan Times by a guy called Something Dua (I don’t remember the pustule’s first name) in which he blamed the victims. I tore that paper in rage and chucked it into the w.p.b. right there and then. Webs like yours and MediaCrooks are doing a far better job at tearing up these phonies. When the story of the second freedom movement is written, you folks will find special mention, I warrant that.

  7. March 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    If such Conspiracies are designed as explained here at this website, than let us consider following:
    Most of designer of such conspiracy [against the Humanity] in the world are those who have problems with “Money & Women”. They must change themselves, they must have knowledge of right and wrong, they must depend upon themselves, they must support the Justice unconditionally otherwise they will remain as a slave, yes their Souls will remain as slave, they can not understand what is the meaning of Free-Soul, and a slave-soul can not keep steadfastness, and absence of Steadfastness Shaking the Soul, Such Souls can not get any benefits from Money and/or Women.

    Regardless of their worldly Positions, size of business, and/or size of politics they are SLAVE, What ever the standard of their worldly Luxuries still their Hearts feel slavery, such people don’t have the knowledge of being independent.

    Being a human we care for other human being, and we want each and every human being must be Independent, However many among human being are unaware about our worries rather they feel our mission is to impose our authorities over them, No that is not true.

    We have sympathy with those who have such extreme and deep level of Slavery and they constantly trying to go out of such positions, We have this sympathy because we know there are many of them have High positions but their hearts are constantly telling them that their own soul is against them.

    Only the Lord of the universe is the Glorious and the Praiseworthy,
    All Praises are for the Lord of the Universe.

  8. March 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    This is reg. attacks on Hindus in neighboring countries.

    India doesn’t have lobbies in foreign countries. Look at the Jewish lobbies in North America and Europe. They assiduously work for their interests. Of course it’s another matter that those countries are liberal and democratic and protect their citizens’ rights. Our govt. should learn a thing or two from the Jewish lobbies. However, Jews the world over are upwardly mobile, socially visible and conscious of themselves. Hindus don’t even enjoy decent, basic life conditions where they are minorities.
    I don’t know of one lobby that even raises its voice. Hindus living outside India are unprotected and prone to be attacked by fundamentalist elements. Govt.of India doesn’t even acknowledge there is a problem, let alone doing something about it. It’s true regardless of the party in power.
    There are some websites and blogs which report events like the ones happening in Bangladesh.
    I am not sure if it’s Govt. of India’s policy to pressurize its neighbours to treat Hindus as equals.

    What is the action item? When can we send a message that it’s not acceptable? What is Govt.’s duty? Can’t it move international forums? Do something? It’s frustrating.

    March 2, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I had always been telling that the burning of S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express was a conspiracy hatched by the Congress party to sustain the communal divide in the country. But, none of the English newspapers, who claim to uphold freedom of expression and respect dissenting opinion, had the courtesy to publish anything even remotely critical of the false propaganda. The tragedy is that there are more Hindus who are swayed by such ant-Hindu propaganda. With so many secular Hindus around, true Hindus do not need Christians or Muslims as their enemies. The secular Hindus are doing a very commendable job of defaming Hindus and Hindus.

  10. March 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Hitchens was right. And so is this guy.
    He may have too many assumptions, but people too have assmed a lot of things about Mother Teresa, without actually analysing her works.
    What she did was in the Catholic spirit, and her way of doing it too, was in catholic way: bearing the pain.

  11. March 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I was sure that MSM would cover the Bangladesh riots of yesterday as an act of arsonry, hooliganism and protest by the angered( and perhaps even wronged; who knows the depth of reporting our MSM could plunge to) Islamists.
    However, what they won’t tell us is this:

    Ok, people would argue that this is a Hindu-supremacist site, how can it be trusted. Fine.

    So, a few temples destroyed, and nobody raises a voice. A derelict structure not in use as a mosque since decades demolished, and all hells break loose.

    Well, Hindus are seeing through this.

  12. ItAcHi
    March 2, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I dont know if an of you have read this guy’s blogs..its almost like a fantasy movie,and a bit difficult to seperate fact from assumption…but check out his expose of Theresa..
    Hichens also said this..and I beleive so did S.L Bhrappa.. and TOI today featured an article about a study done by a Canadian team that again exposes Theresa’s hollowness..

  13. ItAcHi
    March 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Bang on. I do remember reading an article- cant remember the author-in TOI,where he points out pretty much the same. It was in reference to the movie made by nandita das. Would appreciate if anyone could give me the link,thanks.

  14. Jason13
    March 1, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    We can keep on blaming the anti hindus for doing their anti hinduism but what are 800 million hindus doing sitting in india doing about it ? We need to stop complaining and taking action against these hindu haters otherwise things are going to continue this way

  15. AjubaAjuba
    March 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Great Article Sandeep .! Keep writing..!
    One suggestion though..Please take backup of all the blogs..Congies can attack any day/time…

  16. March 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Its a pity.
    Freedom of press has been taken rather seriously.
    Very recently,after Hyderabad blasts…one TV channel went to the extent of using the words “ACTIVISTS” INSTEAD OF terrorists

  17. Rudolf
    March 1, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Nice post, Sandeep. Also, do you have any link to the table that you have put in this post.

    There was actually one such exhaustive list of Hindu-Muslim riot table but I am finding it hard to locate that one.

    Can you share the link if you have one.

  18. February 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    All your lamentations are going to be ignored by the hysterical media, and they were already beaming the ‘ghastly attack’ of hindus over muslims, but none cared to highlight the root cause of the attacks.
    The fight is going to be a long drawn one, and a basic reason for it is that there are elements within hindus who are ashamed to highlight the atrocities that have been done on hindus.
    I am now embarassed to admit that, prior to the Assam riots last year, i myself never liked any pages which highlighted these atrocities on hindus on facebook, with a doubt in my mind what my muslim friends would think. However, past those riots, i have grown to believe that it’s better the truth be admitted, no matter how harsh it is.
    Not only do i like your pages on FB now, but scan other sites, and share them with my own views a the top.

    Let us admit the truth that there’s not much for us in not highlighting these anti-hindu actavities.

  19. prakash
    February 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    vetry true

  20. Arvind
    February 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    The Indian media is paid by their masters in the West. I hope you know that Tarun Tejpal actually plagiarized from an email floating on the web, went running to his White masters and actually parroted the contents of the email and claimed it was a result of his investigation!

    Yes, I’m referring to the infamous email that mentioned Anil Soni.

    I guess I cannot post links here but Google for “Explosive! Masive plagiarism by Tarun Tejpal: lifts from internet chain mails and claims work as his own!” to see the details.

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