Imagine the shock of being blamed for the very events that have shattered you: 10 quotes from Narendra Modi's blog

Imagine the shock of being blamed for the very events that have shattered you: 10 quotes from Narendra Modi's blog

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Narendra Modi, who is running for prime minister, has in a blog provided his first detailed account of the Gujarat riots of 2002 in which more than 1,000 people were killed. Mr Modi's blog comes a day after a court upheld the result of an investigation that cleared him of complicity in the riots.

Here are 10 important quotes from his blog:

  1. I was shaken to the core. 'Grief', 'Sadness', 'Misery', 'Pain', 'Anguish', 'Agony' - mere words could not capture the absolute emptiness one felt on witnessing such inhumanity.

  2. I had to single-mindedly focus all the strength given to me by the almighty, on the task of peace, justice and rehabilitation; burying the pain and agony I was personally wracked with.

  3. During those challenging times, I often recollected the wisdom in our scriptures; explaining how those seating in positions of power did not have the right to share their own pain and anguish. They had to suffer it in solitude. I lived through the same.

  4. This is the first time I am sharing the harrowing ordeal I had gone through in those days at a personal level.

  5. I had appealed to the people of Gujarat on the day of the Godhra train burning itself; fervently urging for peace and restraint to ensure lives of innocents were not put at risk.

  6. However, as if all the suffering was not enough, I was also accused of the death and misery of my own loved ones, my Gujarati brothers and sisters.

  7. Can you imagine the inner turmoil and shock of being blamed for the very events that have shattered you!

  8. The Gujarat Government had responded to the violence more swiftly and decisively than ever done before in any previous riots in the country.

  9. Yesterday's judgement culminated a process of unprecedented scrutiny closely monitored by the highest court of the land, the Honourable Supreme Court of India. Gujarat's 12 years of trial by the fire have finally drawn to an end. I feel liberated and at peace.

  10. Emerging from this journey of pain and agony; I pray to God that no bitterness seeps into my heart.



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