Hindu dharma is implicitly at odds with monotheistic intolerance. What is happening in India is a new historical awakening... Indian intellectuals, who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response appears in his eyes to be threatening.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Gujarat can't be compared to '84 anti-Sikh riots: Fernandes

Ludhiana, August 13: NDA convener George Fernandes today said the post-Godhra violence in Gujarat and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots could not be compared.

The Gujarat "reaction" was a spontaneous outburst following the Godhra train incident, he told reporters here.

He said in Gujarat the Army was deployed as soon as the state government had asked for it whereas this did not happen during the Delhi riots. Also, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was not involved in the violent incidents, he said. Fernandes alleged that several Congressmen were directly involved in the '84 riots.

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