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Acknowledging that the riots had made him feel ``sad, agonised and ashamed,'' he told Star TV that Gujarat was a major example of ``helplessness'' for him in his public life.
``As a President, I have often felt helpless, when so many delegations come to me and tell their woes and I can't do anything about it. Gujarat was a major example of helplessness,'' he said.
Mr. Narayanan said something like Gujarat and the related communal issues had troubled him the most because it had larger implications. ``It affects the future of the nation, the unity of the nation and I was most affected by events like that,'' he said.
In an apparent attack against the protagonists of Hindutva, the former President said the country was in need of an ``Inditva'' ideology.
Asked whether he was speaking against Hindutva, he said anybody who has a ``guilty conscience'' would feel it was intended for him. ``I was directing against communalism.''ss
Mr. Narayanan also saw nothing wrong in his successor, Abdul Kalam's Gujarat visit, saying the Head of State has a role to protect society when it is in danger. ``To protect our society, when it is in danger, the President has a role to play.''
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