Narendra Modi lends ear to presentation on 2002 riots

Last Updated: Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 23:06

Gandhinagar: A known critic of Narendra Modi, Syed Zafar Mahmood on Saturday presented a slide show, touching various aspects of problems being faced by Muslims and the 2002 riots, in front of the Gujarat Chief Minister and said he was happy that his views were taken in stride.

Mahmood made the presentation at Young Indian Leaders Conclave where Modi remained closeted for a day with 150 young participants at the event organised by Citizen of Accountable Governance. Out of the 150 participants, around 30 were from the minority community.

After the presentation, Modi told Mahmood, "it is very good you said all that and I`ll consider it".

To a question whether Modi was reaching out to various sections of the society to get higher acceptance, Mahmood told PTI "yes, you are very right. I think that was the very purpose of inviting me. And, my first impulse was sorry, I would not be able to come. But then I thought a lot about it."

"...Better go and meet him. Tell him what are the perceptions of the Muslim community of India. What are the complaints of the Muslim community with BJP? Why is the Muslim community heavy-hearted with BJP and Modi?", he said.

"And I`m very happy. My presentation was taken in stride. And very, very attentively, he (Modi) and the rest of the audience looked at it, heard it. And, I`m sure it has trickled down all of them. I`m sure it will have a good effect on the conscience of the country," Mahmood said.

In his presentation, Dr Mahmood highlighted the plight of the victims displaced by the 2002 riots, who are now residing in Dhorajinagar and Citizen Nagar on the outskirts of the city.

He said 200 families, rehabilitated with the help of local Muslim philanthropists, are residing at the foothill of a one-kilometre long and fifty feet high heap of trash dumped there from all over the city.


First Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 23:05
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