I disagree with Jyoti Malhotra (“Embracing the darkness,” Oct. 13) that in deciding to do business with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, “Britain’s got it all wrong”. Whatever Mr. Modi’s role in the terrible events of 2002, it is a fact that foreign economic participation in Gujarat will benefit the State and, indeed, the rest of India. Just because Mr. Modi is its Chief Minister, should Gujarat be blacklisted?
That Mr. Modi is the elected leader of the State shows people want him to continue because, as an administrator, he has been more than proactive in developing Gujarat. Have the people of Gujarat also “got it all wrong”?
For long, I have been at a loss to understand some self-styled opinion-makers’ criticism of industrialists’ embrace of Gujarat. Should the entire State of Gujarat be boycotted because Mr. Modi was allegedly responsible for the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom? Gujarat has a democratically elected government of which Mr. Modi is the head. Does India not have economic, trade, people-to-people ties with Pakistan, which has been involved in proxy wars and perpetrating terror here?
Should India have any ties with Britain which was responsible for the Jallianwala bagh massacre? After the war with China in 1962, why do we continue to have relations with that country? Should we stop talking to Pakistan with which we have fought so many wars and which foments terrorism in our country? I wonder why the author singles out Mr. Modi who has been convicted only by the media.
Mr. Modi is the only person who has been judged by many as responsible for the 2002 Gujarat riots, notwithstanding the fact that he has not been charge sheeted in any of the cases; he has been democratically elected twice as Chief Minister of Gujarat; and under his leadership Gujarat has become the most developed State in the country.
Vijay Shivram Menon
Abandoning commerce with Gujarat will not serve any purpose. It will only alienate the State, and its people may start identifying themselves more as Gujaratis than Indians.
G. Bhanu Pratap,