The heart that forgives an injury is like an oyster that closes its wound with a pearl

February 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm 9 comments

The heart which forgives an injury is like an oyster which closes its wound with a pearl
Much has been scripted and the dying embers stoked on the 10th anniversary of the Godhra carnage and the subsequent riots. But I have yet to see a single line in the media written to condemn the burning of the 59 sevaks. Almost every day the print media had depicted trishul brandishing ugly rioter, put out sob stories of the victims-the pathetic conditions of their lives-the agony and the pain writ large on the face of Qutubuddin Ansari-pleading agonizingly to be left along -some stories of course how they have tried to string back what was left but not a single story on how the families of the 59 charred victims have reconciled and have pushed on in life.
It seems to me that the media does not want the past to be past. It does not want the Muslims of Gujarat to forget and forgive and to move ahead. Even if they want the media and some NGOs will not allow them to .This may look like an accusation of the media and I stand by it. Be it the print media or the electronic media it has been anti-Modi and gives the impression that Modi led the rioters from the front. Facts prove to the contrary. Can the media for the past ten years go on stoking the fires and making that Modi a suspect?? Is there not a duty for the media to be unbiased-to try and do all that is possible to bring in harmony and peace? Look at the TOI front page on the 27th Feb 2012-the headline flashed is ‘action. reaction, inaction’. Each of these words can be analyzed. What is truth and what are mere headlines. The unfolding of the events cannot be called action and the action here means the burning of the carriages and the 59 charred bodies of the kar sevaks. What is meant by the reaction-the subsequent events but that is depicted hour to hour. What is meant by the inaction-surely it points to the administration’s failure to contain the riots. If one is to understand the headline of the TOI.
What it conveniently forgot was the fact that the Indian Express10 years ago acknowledged the fact that the administration of Modi did act and acted effectively. Riots cannot be contained easily. The fact that Modi was ‘quick on his feet’-that he made it clear that nobody would be allowed to subvert the law. It also published in detail the number of convoys, army personnel and paramilitary forces which were deployed. Will these come under ‘inaction’? Is it not strange that when it came to the lives thousands lost in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi assassination the media was lukewarm in its reaction. How long did it keep the remembrances alive? Why had P.Chidambaram requested the Sikhs to put the past behind and to move on? Why the same advice is not held out to the Muslims of Gujarat in particular and the Muslims of India in general?
The politicians see in Modi a threat to their own ambitions and they make use of this rift-of a tragedy that costs lives. It is not as though the 2002 riots of Gujarat was the first of its kind in the State. What happened during the regimes of the Congress earlier? Were not riots the order of the day? Was not curfew clamped almost every other day? Is it the same now? This suspicion and hate is not a result of the events of ten years ago. It has been a long festering wound. It goes to the credit of Modi that he is the only Chief Minister who did something positive to ease this deep rooted hatred. It is to his credit that the Muslims in this State have found prosperity and harmony. Forget the media and the a few NGOs.Narendra Modi is a victim of vilification and of false allegations and accusations.In that respect he is a victim too. How long he has borne the brunt and carried on irrespective of what the media and the Congress spokespers throw at him.
The reality is there for people to see. No amount of Modi bashing and false accusations can bring peace and harmony and it is entirely a falsehood and a betrayal of the people of Gujarat to say that there was a political conspiracy. No Chief Minister would want to take sides-especially not a sharp and intelligent person like Modi. He knows that he needs the support of all-especially of the minorities if he has to push forward and take Gujarat to these heights which it has today. This is exactly why I liked the ‘Time to move on’ stated by Zafar Sareshwala. From a Modi critic even a Modi hater he has evolved into a very understanding, a wise Muslim leader calling the Muslims for a ‘process of dialogue and refrain from confrontation and agitation’. ‘He is one of the few Muslim faces –especially from the puritan school, who wants the community to move on’. This is the right attitude and I hope that the Muslim brethren will heed to such leaders and not fall a prey to the few NGOs (who find in it funds flowing) and politicians for their own political gains. It is the unity of the Indian people of India that is at stake. The Congress especially must realize this. There is a moral duty for all political parties not to divide-quotas-sub-quotas-appeasement policy, all these are harmful and reveal a mindset that is alien to unity of the people.
Ultimately there is the heart which has its reasons- hatred and suspicion and disunity cannot bring in peace and harmony to persons and to the community. For it is in forgiveness and in reaching out that is a healing process. To those who have lost their loved ones it heals the wounds and brings consolation.-sets new horizons in living a full life. To those who have lost their livelihood it enables them to pick up the brokenness and not only mends but built new enterprises. It is heartwarming-reviving and healing. This is why it is said that the heart that forgives an injury is like a oyster which closes its wound with a pearl. May all wounded hearts heal and let new blood and new life resurrect the friendship of the Hindu Muslim unity.
This also pertains to Modi who has stood the test of accusations, bashing almost everyday and yet gone about his work making no difference between communities. This we owe to our beloved country.-this is patriotism of a high order. None shall tarnish that. Let us work towards that. This is the pledge we have to take on days of remembrances and commemorations. Let it be so for the Feb 27th 2002-that’s the Action we need to commit ourselves to
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,


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  • 1. dakul  |  February 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Also from Twitter -Yeskay ‏ @SMedia4
    ‘ While Republic day and Independence are important days for all Indians,for CNNIBN /NDTV Godhra anniversary& Dec06th are most important days’

    • 2. hilda raja  |  February 28, 2012 at 2:39 am

      You are right Dakul.The print media also fills it pages with Godhra and the Gujarat riots.Every day we get a piece of this in the TOI and the IE.Take care and have a good time.HR

  • 3. thiru0914  |  February 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Well articulated. But I do see a change at ground level among Muslims be it Guj Or UP. They now do not believe the exploiters such as Cong or Mulayam. In these elections anti-Hindutva rhetorics were less shrill than usual. May be because such meddlers’ throats have become sore over the decade. When Sheila Dixit talks about developments in Gujarat and the repeated re-election of Modi, it is clear that perverts have learned a few lessons.

    • 4. hilda raja  |  February 29, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Yes Thirumaran-but the change is very slow-how long can this Muslim appeasement and the Gujarat riots take the centre stange.As you say thereis a change butnot enough.This because even Ruhul-the youth icon is harping on Quotas.It is a pity-that self before country stands out for him and the likes of him.Which politician except Modi is putting country before self?

  • 5. Dr V.JANAKI  |  March 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    this is very true mam. sensationalism…breaking news.. trp ratings…. the media is like a circus.. just like politics….. n cricket n cinmea…. the whole world is a circus mam…. echoing the bard of avon’s immortal words— “all the world’s a stage n men n women merely players…”
    will they ever move on…. have the media no heart…. will they ever react to crticism on their reportage?

    • 6. hilda raja  |  March 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Dear Dr Janaki,The media is in the hands of corporates andmoneied politicians -thesehave a vested interest and hence the kind of media reporting.For example in the US a respsoultion is passed by the House of Representatives seeking the government in Gjuarat to give religious freedom.This is a mark to commemorate a decade of the Gujarat riotsHas any one in Gujarat been denied religious freedom?I have seen with my own eyes how at 6pm thoe Muslims working within the Secretariat gather and squat to recite the Kuaran.I am a christian and thereis no restriction for church going-in fact the crowds swell.My friend is a Parsi -Roda and she enjoys full freedom and is happy in Gujarat.Another friend is a Punjabi-she goes to the Gurudwara when she wants to.I have not heard or seen a single incident of religious intolerance in the 6 years that I have been here.So what does the US want and why this hype of a false news reporting.
      Glad to hear from you.Keep in touch.With love

  • 7. Indian  |  March 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    This is a head line from first post.
    Restore religious freedom in state: US Congress tells Modi govt.

    Although in article, the author clears that it is only a motion by one congressman.
    But see the mischief.
    As if USA has already issued the dictate.

    • 8. hilda raja  |  March 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      first let US discard its racial discrimination-second let it not interfer in the internal affairs of this country-third let it leave Gujarat and its people to decide what is best for themselves and for Modi.Let the fire of patriotism ever be kept burning in each and every one of us.Thank you for your response.All the best to you.HR

  • 9. milind dnyate  |  May 10, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I love your articles madam. I had posed a question to one of the ‘Breaking news reporter’, who covered the Gujarat riots for two months, with tears in her eyes. “Star TV hand in glove with the TOI, under the direct supervision of a foreign hand, fanned Gujarat riots”. I was snubbed by the reporter. I was a witness to one stabbing in Vadodara, a month after the Godhra carnage. A hindu passenger stabbed a muslim auto driver, over some overcharging issue. This happens in all the major cities, every day. But the next day newspaper reported Gujarat still burning. They gave a communal colour to this minor incident. Psychologists too are of the view that no riot can carry on for two months as reported by the partisan press. For an action there is a reaction, which lasted for three days. Then there was a lull. But the media pulled on for two months. These days wars too dont last for two months, forget the riots.


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