Sad, not desirable, but what is Centre’s role: PM Modi on Dadri, Ghulam Ali

PM Narendra Modi asked as to how the central government could be blamed for incidents like Dadri.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2015 10:38 am
narendra modi, narendra modi dadri, dadri, dadri lynching, ghulam ali, modi on dadri, modi ABP, modi ABP interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally at Suara Airport ground in Sasaram on Friday. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described as “unfortunate and unwarranted” the lynching of a man in Dadri over rumours of storing and eating beef and opposition to Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert. He was speaking to the Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika.

“The Dadri incident or the opposition to Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali are sad and undesirable. But what is the role of the central government in these incidents?” Modi told the daily in an echo of what a clutch of central ministers have been telling newspapers over the last few days.

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“This controversy has arisen in the past too. The BJP has always opposed fake secularism (meki dhormoniropekkhota). Today, in the face of this sad social ailment (dukkhojonok shaamajik byadhi), this controversy has arisen again. This dispute can be resolved through consultations (Aalaap-alochonar madhyom-e ei bitorker niroshon shombhob),” he said.

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BJP’s official stand is that these are law and order issues in the remit of the state. The prime minister had during an election speech in Bihar some days back decried incidents of violence between Muslims and Hindus but this is the first time he has talked specifically about the Dadri lynching incident.

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While his statement would widely be viewed as his finally succumbing to increasing pressure from opposition and academics – who have been on an award returning spree, from Sahitya Akademi to Padmashree – Modi has in his brief interaction with the largest circulated Bengali daily, hit right back at his opponents accusing them of polarisation.

“BJP does not support such incidents. By bringing them to the fore, the opposition it trying to accuse BJP of communal politics. But don’t these attempts show that they are the only ones practicing the politics of polarisation?”

He has said that such attempts are being made only by those parties who have always treated minorities like vote-banks and do not want these groups to see real development.

“Such controversies have happened in the past too. BJP has always opposed pseudo-secularism. Today when we are faced with such an unfortunate social malady the same debate has resurfaced. This can only be resolved through discussions.” Modi said.

But ally Shiv Sena, which opposed Ghulam Ali’s concert, raked up Modi’s past by referring to the 2002 Gujarat riots when he was the Chief Minister.

Sena MP Sanjay Raut told reporters in Mumbai: “The world knows Narendra Modi due to Godhra and Ahmedabad and we respect him for the same reason. If the same Narendra Modi has called the controversy surrounding Ghulam Ali and (former Pakistan minister) Khurshid Kasuri unfortunate, then it is indeed unfortunate for all of us.”

The Congress was quick to hit back at Modi. Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said: “Modi is suffering from selective amnesia. He has forgotten that he is prime minister of the entire country, the safety and protecting lives of 125 crore citizens of India is his responsibility.”

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav also criticised the Prime Minister saying while he is quick to speak on the victories of the cricket team, he was speaking on the Dadri incident after much delay.

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First Published on: October 15, 2015 1:05 am
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    Ram Reddy
    Oct 14, 2015 at 6:12 pm
    Fake ID joker haaa looser wait for NOV 8th ready to weep haaaa,,,, agent
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      Ram Reddy
      Oct 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm
      Fanatics only understand Fanaticism got it stop you have no ground to talk with HINDU simple PIGS (Muslims) cannot stand with LION (Hindus)
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        Ram Reddy
        Oct 14, 2015 at 6:11 pm
        PIG have no place in INDIA run to they will teach you what is MOAHIJIR haa.... looser
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          Ram Reddy
          Oct 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm
          This joker not coming to point and simple barking soon you will get nice treatment with our RAW haaa.... wait ISI agent this is not any more ITALIAN MAFIA it is our country got it moron
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            Ram Reddy
            Oct 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm
            This pig need proper answer with FAKE DEGREE and ID you will get it soon wait and watch
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              Ram Reddy
              Oct 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm
              Long live MODIJI we are with you sir we wish you for PM FOR EVER to HINDUSTAN we need CORRUPT CONGRESS GOONS and PIGS mukth Bharat
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                HAA
                Oct 15, 2015 at 6:05 am
                He was the CM of Gujarat when his affiliates from the Sangh Parivaar set the train bogie on fire at Godhra and used that as a trigger to execute the pre-planned well engineered carnage. In 1992, BJP was ruling UP and Sangh affiliates including BJP stalwarts did what they did at Ayoodhya and the carnage that ensued elsewhere in India. Even if BJP is not governing a state such as in UP, Amit Shah engineered the carnage in Muzaffarnagar in 2013. In Dadri again, BJP with its Sangh affiliates did what they did to build up the hatred through their various Senas and the well orchestrated attack on Sep 28. In every such incident in the past, the local government proved inefficient in dousing the raging fire that BJP lit. The benefit from every such tragedy invariably goes to BJP. All official machinery, judiciary, administration and all are Sangh sympathisers. Why should anybody expect Modi to say something which is contrary to his belief. At a moment of elation and pride, do you expect him to make some hypocritical statements? He is just a pawn and cannot do a thing against his Sanghee masters. Just enjoy the music folks for we all elected this monster and his fascist party into power. We or rather I was selfish to look for development in utter disregard to the injustice to thousands he and his party killed. We all and I deserve this treatment and more to come. monster
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                  Hari
                  Oct 14, 2015 at 11:00 am
                  It appears some media houses have partnered with terrorist organisations, that is why they exaggerate and blow things out of proposition to blame the centre. These terror outfits want their own friendly government at the centre so they can indulge in anti national activities, while the party they support can loot the county.
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                    hayatlives
                    Oct 14, 2015 at 11:08 am
                    better late than never
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                      hayatlives
                      Oct 14, 2015 at 11:09 am
                      chaddi lunatic
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                        Jay
                        Oct 14, 2015 at 10:12 am
                        First you say no reaction from PM ..all sickulars were shouting like dogs to get comments from MODI and now when he has condemned it ..move on to the next slogan ...it such bi****ing like this, that I feel he shoudn't have said anything because anyways it's no use to satisfy fools like you below..shameful people
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                          Jawahar
                          Oct 14, 2015 at 10:17 am
                          Modi is the one who is responsible for all these mess...who talked about pink revolution?
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                            Bharat
                            Oct 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm
                            Look our PM can speak !!!
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                              Bharat
                              Oct 14, 2015 at 1:43 pm
                              why ?? w world respond then why not he ? he is not tourism minster he is PM!! first of all he is not educated for development .. we choose him so that he can work for aam janta .. for development congress has more qualified leader than we have in BJP !!!
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                                Vivek
                                Oct 14, 2015 at 11:04 am
                                Since the law and order is state subject, the only way the centre can handle the situation is to dismiss UP government and impose president rule in the state. But the pseudo secularists will oppose this.
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                                  Vivek
                                  Oct 14, 2015 at 11:21 am
                                  The corupt media has silently suppressed the Nitish Kumar's minister bribery case, caught on tape. If it were BJP, they would have been running that news for months.
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                                    Vivek
                                    Oct 14, 2015 at 11:17 am
                                    Unlike UP, Maharashtra government has not blamed the centre and taken action against the culprits.
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                                      Ops Zibraltar
                                      Oct 15, 2015 at 10:23 am
                                      if all ur stupid blaming is to be belived then ur mother was the one who offered strip tease to the rioters and terrorists to kill innocent indians and ur pops offered homo to soldiers to fire at indian soldiers regularly.........
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                                        Ops Zibraltar
                                        Oct 15, 2015 at 10:18 am
                                        not sure if the so called writers and intellectuals and sickulars have got money from the enemies of the nation to tarnish our countries image for the recent killing of few people. or if the so called intellectual community is unhappy with the mody government as the people have booted out there masters in congress for robbing the country and giving rewards to these good for nothing intellectuals. missionaries are unhappy as they are unable to convert people by offering them money and terrorists are unhappy as they are unable to carry out killing of innocents without any hinderance and there relatives being offered monetary help by congressi, communist and sickular leaders , like previously. i also unable to find any reasons why the so called writers and intellectuals kept mum on there masters killing of innocent sikhs in 1984 riots or why they are unable to protest when a.r. rehman is sent a fatwa by and illiterate maulanas....? is that not curtailing of human rights or do u mean that human rights only survive when there is ur masters party at centre and communists are helping chineese to enslave india through guerrilla warfare from all fronts by proping naxalite and maoists? these communists have the biggest human rights violations every where in the world and are known as biggest goons. most of the writers and intellectuals are well known supporters of hi nehru clan and the previous corrupt khangres regime and thus playing there part to help there corrupt masters ..... but sad for them people of the country wants there money back from robber hi clan and whatever the puppets of communists have done wrong to the history and heritage of india.......shame on the puppet and bstrd writers of india.......may be the investigation and releasing of files on subhas chandra bose has to do some thing with the fear of these psychopahnts army of writers and intellectual as they need to make big hue and cry to subdue efforts by the central government to uncover the truth on sc bose who was far more a bigger patriot and national leader then womeniser nehru
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                                          Ajay Sunder
                                          Oct 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm
                                          It has taken the PM so long to realise that he must say something about which our writers from all over the country and writing in so many languages have returned their awards to Sahitya Akedmi explaining why they have done so.Mr.Prime Minister the mive mandate that you got was on the basis of 'growth and development' that you promised but you never said that you will be totally insensitive to what happens in the society.We do not have to tell you that there are so many things happening in the country that a smart person like you can close his eyes. Why,for example ,you don't tell your minister that Mr.Gajendar Chauhan is not fit for FTII.
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                                            Virendra Sason
                                            Oct 14, 2015 at 9:41 am
                                            Whether to say sorry is a solution? Whether escapist tendencies of ruling party is acceptable?
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