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It’s official: Bait Modi, get rewarded

It’s official: Bait Modi, get rewarded
By Abraham Thomas
New Delhi, courtesy – Pinoneer daily, 22 March, 2010

This article has been taken from Pioneer Daily

It may be coincidental, but what a coincidence! A number of public figures who openly criticised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the recent past have been rewarded by the UPA Government, either in the form of a Padma or even a Rajya Sabha nomination.

The recent nomination of noted lyricist and screen play writer, Javed Akhtar, to the Rajya Sabha is one such coincidence. He has time and again proved his worth by scripting classics and authoring memorable songs. But equally significant has been his petition filed in the Supreme Court that put the Narendra Modi Government on the mat, by raising a stink on all encounter killings in the State.

Filed in 2007, the petition is pending in the apex court. It was the same year when Akhtar added another feather to his cap — the Padma Bhushan — in the field of literature and education. With notice issued on his petition by the Supreme Court, the petition assumed significance after the Gujarat Government was pulled up by the Supreme Court after the State police admitted its mistake in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing.

With two other instances of Ishrat Jahan and Javed Sheikh alias Pragnesh Pillai also coming under the spotlight, Akhtar’s petition was separated from the bunch of petitions filed on the Godhra riots and is slated for further hearing on May 14 this year.

Akhtar’s case alone is not a coincidence. The same year when he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Government awarded Teesta Setalvad with Padma Shri — in recognition of her ‘fight for justice’ for Godhra riot victims. Her NGO, Citizens for Justice and Peace, was formed in response to the 2002 Gujarat carnage and her petition filed in the Supreme Court laid the foundation for reopening of riot cases, shifting of trial outside Gujarat in several cases and protection to witnesses. The apex court is seized of the petition.

Another public figure that shot to prominence with her classical dance and won recognition and several awards, is no less known for her tirade against the Modi establishment. Danseuse Mallika Sarabhai too is on the list of Padma Bhushan awardees this year. In 2009, she stood in the Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate from Gandhinagar (Gujarat) challenging the might of BJP leader LK Advani. For Mallika, who has earlier been endowed with the Padma Shri, the recent accomplishment has come as an added privilege. It was after the Gujarat riots that Sarabhai was vocal in her criticism against Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

One other awarded personality who has found fault with Modi, accusing him of conniving with the perpetrators of the post-Godhra riots, is former Chief Justice of India VN Khare.

As Chief Justice, Khare had castigated Modi Government for failing its “raj dharma” of protecting the life and liberty of its citizens. On his retirement in 2004, Khare gave an interview to a leading national daily where he commented particularly on the State’s ‘collusion’ that he claimed forced him to react to the petitions filed by Teesta and her NGO. He was quoted as saying, “I found there was complete collusion between the accused and the prosecution in Gujarat, throwing rule of law to the winds. The Supreme Court had to step in to break the collusion to ensure protection to the victims and the witnesses.”

It was under him that the riot cases began to be monitored on a periodic basis and the Best Bakery case, where 21 accused were acquitted, got reopened. Khare was the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award for his contribution in the field of public affairs in 2006.

To add something in this article

Justice Arijit Pasayat who unfairly delivered judgment to prob Chief Minister, ministers and police officials in Gujarat riot case was made The Competition Appellate Tribunal (CAT) Chairman on the fifth day of his retirement! Mani Shankar Aiyar is also well known for his anti-Modi statements. He has been appointed to Rajya Sabha. Though he is a politician, he has been appointed in non-political quota! -Japan K Pathak

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  1. Shisihr says:

    What an analysis !!!

    Chandan Mitra & Japan Pathak why dont you guys start some news channel just like we have in USA. CNN v/s FOX but not exactly the same.

    This will help the people of india to believe that there are some journalist who works and maintains the authenticity of the news and delivers truth to the public.

    Great Article.

  2. dinesh dalwadi says:

    Jsgo Bharat Jsgo, Desh ni ghor khodai chey.
    Apna j pap thi, Aa congressi gunda o ne bhagavo.
    Desh ne khai jasey.
    Napunshako ni toli ne nestnabud karo.
    Jay Hind.
    Jay Jay Garvi Gujarat.
    Van-de-matra-m [m-modiji].

  3. Jay says:

    Shisihr is right..
    Japanbhai I and like many readers of DeshGujarat feels and believes that you must start TV news Channel may not be national but for gujarat itself. I can tell you taht finance wont be a problem as long as USA is home for may real Gujarati people..!
    Congratulation and keep the good work going…!

  4. Hari says:

    you need to start a news channels, we will all be ur fans!
    Jay Shree Raam!

  5. KENT says:

    Mr. JAPANBHAI, I am proud of you. You are doing very good job. Please start news channel and keep PRO-INDIA news and please wake up all these sleeping INDIANS, who are busy with CRICKET and MOVIES . Our GOVT. is sold to whoever wants to buy or ITALY or FOREIGN CONTROLLED channels. Majority INDIANS have given up hope.
    Nothing will change because MONEY controls everything. MOST of thinking INDIANS are GULAMS to UNETHICAL POLITICIANS, PLEASE WAKE UP THESE INDIANS….THANKS>>

  6. Ind says:


    You need to start news channel..you are doing really good by presenting real facts. This NDTV & IBN are bias media. It seems that they will never accept progress of Gujarat and Modiji.

    Please find a way so that more people can know this real facts and read your news. And we gujaratis should file PIL against some media people for spreading wrong information.

  7. Dharmesh says:

    Hi All,
    I am based out in US and soon going to start Website for People of Gujarat….will make it as a place just to list out Media’s and congresse’s current and past misdeeds…..Please guys start collecting information and evidences…..
    ..Anticipating lot helps from you….

    Guys please follow up here, that will encourage me…

  8. Amit Bhuva says:

    One day this could turn violent. Freedom from congi colonisers at any cost. Election Commission has one. Using electronic Voting machines ensures cong victory always.

  9. KENT says:

    DHARMESH, My friend, good luck. There are thousands of educated INDIANS know MISDEEDS of CONGRESS PARTY and CONGRESS leaders. AGAIN good luck and I wish you well. JAY SHREE KRISHNA…

  10. We are with Mr. Modi…2-3 News channels should be started immediately…

  11. b m kumar says:

    Shubhashya Shighram!

    Der se aaye, durast aaye!

    Jaagya tyaathee sawar!

    I would welcome a true “INDIAN” news channel.

    People have noted their gratitude for the idea, well, good. But a lot more goes behind running a channel.

    A dedicated team. committed to INDIANISM.

    Good Luck!

  12. Brittney says:

    res. sir, what i have uonrestdod that u have taken a bold decission for lok sabha poll. may god help u in every way and u can get desire success in lok sabha poll from gujrat.

  13. Hemant says:

    Yes, we should have a TV channel which represents the views of the RIGHT. We are the real secular people in this country. By the way, check out MEDIA CROOKS on the web, this guy is brilliant. Bookmark his page and read the shennigans of the MSM (main stream media)

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