Defending Narendra Modi: An Exercise in Obfuscation
In Outlook magazine last week, its web editor Sundeep Dougal asked 25 questions of Narendra Modi about the 2002 Gujarat pogrom and the subversion of justice since then. Predictably, the army of Narendra Modi Defenders began to spill outrage at such blatant compilation of true charges against Mr Modi. Doing the rounds of the internet is a point by point rebuttal to Dougal’s questions by a blogger, Shashi Shekhar, who goes by the name Offstumped, and is a known online Modi defender. Offstumped’s answers have been responded to by Dougal, and yet Offstumped’s rejoinder is being circulated all over the internet by Modi defenders in the hope of persuading public opinion that Mr Modi is a spotlessly clean man whose actions and inactions did not result in any loss of life, property or dignity of anyone in 2002 and later. The rather large army of Narendra Modi Fans on the internet hopes that by repeating their standard lies again and again, they will one day become accepted truth.
Reading Dougal’s questions with Offstumped’s answers and Dougal’s counter response makes for a fascinating expose of the kind of obfuscation and lies with which they seek to defend Narendra Modi’s big lies. Do read it.
Recent Gujarat-related posts in Kafila:
- The Gulberg Memorial
- Gujarat genocide – the state, law and subversion: R B Sreekumar
- A decade on, Gujarat justice incomplete: Human Rights Watch
- Farah Naqvi: The battle against forgetting
- Vinod K Jose: The Empereor Uncrowned
- BBC: The men behind the iconic Gujarat photo meet