Modi as CM failed to protect Muslims…his Buddha model held in suspicion by Dalits: Shripal Sabnis

Sabnis also said Dalits in the country were looking with suspicion at Modi’s “Gandhi-Buddha” model which he is parading worldwide.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published:January 21, 2016 5:17 am
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Shripal Sabnis, president of the 89th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan whose remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi triggered a row before the start of the literary meet, on Wednesday reiterated that Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister had failed to protect the lives of Muslims and win their confidence.

Sabnis, who was speaking at the Idea Exchange at The Indian Express on Wednesday, also said Dalits in the country were looking with suspicion at Modi’s “Gandhi-Buddha” model which he is parading worldwide.

“I do not agree with Modi who was the Gujarat chief minister. He had failed to protect the lives of Muslims and win their confidence. There has been no punishment. He has got the clean chit from the apex court, but the blot remains…, he had to face the prosecution,” Sabnis said, when asked to elaborate on his remarks.

The author, however, clarified that he was not alleging that Modi was behind the Gujarat riots.

Sabnis said BJP’s own senior leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee held a similar view. “Vajpayee had clearly said that Raj Dharma was not followed in Gujarat in the aftermath of the Godhra riots,” Sabnis said.

Asked if Modi as chief minister of Gujarat owed an apology to the Muslim community, Sabnis said, “We cannot force anybody… it has to come from within. Maybe, doing so could have threatened his political existence… or his party’s Hindu vote bank could have been affected…”

Sabnis also had some praise for Modi. “There has been a ‘parivartan’ in Modi. He is carrying his development model worldwide. Whether it was on global warming or terrorism, Modi has a development vision. He is trying to ensure peace for humanity. His priority is to ensure India’s security. He has accepted the challenges of ensuring worldwide peace…,” Sabnis said.

Talking about the Hyderabad incident in which a PhD student has committed suicide, Sabnis said Dalits of India were still looking with suspicion at the “Gandhi-Buddha” model which Modi had been carrying world-wide. “In view of what happened in Hyderabad where a Dalit youth was forced to commit suicide and a BJP minister is under scanner, it is clear that Dalits in India are looking with suspicion at Modi’s ‘Buddha model’,” said Sabnis.

The author, however, said Modi’s development model was better than that of “Golwalikar model” “Savarkar model and “Deoras Model” of the RSS.

Sabnis once again rubbished the bid to construct a temple in the name of Nathuram Godse and slammed the “rising Nathuram tendencies” in the country. “Godse was a murderer. He had killed the Mahatma… if they are going to construct a temple in the name of a murderer, then there will be temples across the country in honour of murderers… This is dangerous for the democracy,” he said.

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    bharateeya
    Jan 21, 2016 at 6:47 am
    These moron aloes need to get a life and move on, how long do they want yo say the same? Indian express, better stop these kind of time wasters , losers....I ll not read anything like this, now on, sure there r many like me!
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      Rajesh
      Jan 21, 2016 at 6:25 am
      Right, Modi didnt do anything for Muslims. He was elected to serve Gujaratis and he did an excellent job of that. Those communal beggars who want special benefits based on their religion can move to Porkistan.
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        Bijan Mohanty
        Jan 21, 2016 at 8:27 am
        Narendra Modi by his silence on sensitive issues, has invited controversy, non clarity and according to some, silent approval to the wrong doing. Modiji, you speak so much on election meetings. Please speak a few lines on sensitive issues and convey clear message to society at large. Your silence is hurting the nation.
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          Chandrashekhar Deshpande
          Jan 21, 2016 at 3:48 am
          With sharing of Mr. Sabnis so called Valueable thoughts as per Indina Express the editorial team has already established its level.Who is this Mr. Sabnis? The system of Poltical Influence has made him Adhyakaha! What is his contribution to Marathi Sahitya Zero.! The rubbish speeches and atude has already damaged the Marathi!
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            PUSPARAJ SAHOO
            Jan 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm
            Jai Hind! Pseudo secular want to make a lime light any way. he is telling about muslims . what about Hindus who were killed during the riots? Why he never spoke of the minority potion who have getting almost finished in Islamic nations -stan and Bangladesh? It is not a dalit vs non dalit issue. If some one speaks against the country -it can never be correct. No one is above the country. sadly all want to volatile this situation and let the confusion in the people.
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              jaihind101
              Jan 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm
              P misnot supposed to get in to every incident there are departments and people to handle situations p m has many more pressing issues to handle
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                jaihind101
                Jan 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm
                Sabins calmdown get the facts before you show your ignorance
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                  Kirit
                  Jan 21, 2016 at 12:01 am
                  Why Indian newspapers only print personal articles. Don't they have any thinking reporter to do the job? Most of these are purely political and has nothing to do with journalism, public interest or good for India. It must be money. Their standard is so low that no one in right mind will take what they write seriously.
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                    Laxman
                    Jan 21, 2016 at 1:08 pm
                    This fellow is Negatively biased. Poor taste..
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                      Me Marathi
                      Jan 21, 2016 at 1:08 am
                      When it comes to mental illness, people say the darnedest things. As every Indian and state people have ignored him, sabnis needs to be sidelined . schizophrenia !!
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                        Mohan
                        Jan 21, 2016 at 11:23 am
                        A- with sensitive behinds expect the PM to talk or comment on everything ! Did Sonia hi as Chairperson of the NAC utter a word when in 2008 a Dalit scholar was found dead in the hostel of this very same university ? Why because the COngis were ruling then with the OUTSIDE support of the Left and where so busy engineering the 2G CWG etc they did not have time for anything else
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                          Mohan
                          Jan 21, 2016 at 11:20 am
                          This guy should thank his stars that it was Modi as CM and not some one else. When one goes through report on riots Gujarat 1969, Delhi 1984, Gujarat 1985, Bhagalpur 1989 and Gujarat 2002 one finds that among all CMs and PMs in independent India who had to face riot situations during their tenure CM Modi had taken the best action. If any liar wishes to state otherwise let him explain how !
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                            rajan luthra
                            Jan 21, 2016 at 3:30 am
                            Sabnis is right but a little muted in what he wants to say. Vajpayee said enough to indicate his feelings. As a BJP politician, he could not afford to be explicit. Recently, Sanjay Raut(Shiv Sena spokesman) was quite damaging when he said, 'Modiji Poori duniya mein Godhra ke liye jaane jaate hain aur isiliye hum unka samman karte hain.' Budha-hi card is a part of vote-bank strategy and dalits don't buy his posturing. Muslims also have little confidence in BJP. Modi model of development is pro-rich. It too is getting exposed in Gujarat. Inclusive growth is the only answer
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