The deep sense of betrayal experienced by D.G. Vanzara has perhaps made him lose his reverence and admiration for Narendra Modi (“Fallen God,” Sept. 5). The differential treatment meted by the Modi government to the police officers jailed for their alleged involvement in a series of fake encounters and Amit Shah seems to be Mr. Vanzara’s grouse. The police officer does not admit that the encounters he was associated with were “fake” but laments his adherence to the “conscious policy” of the government. The officer’s plight should serve as an example to those who readily submit their conscience to the so-called “conscious” policies of their political bosses.
How come police officers are behind bars while those who allegedly ordered the fake encounters are roaming scot-free? If this is not a calculated move on the part of the Modi government to silence critics, what is it? As Mr. Vanzara is languishing in jail for dutifully carrying out fake encounters, his letter is unlikely to serve any purpose.
The letter calling for a trial by the International Court of Justice to nail the culprits of the Gujarat riots (Sept. 6) is interesting. Although the suggestion is far-fetched, it points to the declining faith of the common man in the criminal justice system. The riots took place more than a decade ago but justice still eludes the victims. Justice should be delivered soon to heal the wounds of the victims and restore people’s faith in democracy.