China exhibits Gujarat riots, mocks Narendra Modi
New Delhi: It seems that Narendra Modi’s achievements, including his cover-page debut on Time magazine, have failed to impress China, which has found its own way to embarrass the Gujarat Chief Minister and India as well.
China on Tuesday showcased a documentary film on the 2002 Godhra carnage in an art exhibition (which was running for about a month), according to a newspaper report.
What added to the embarrassment of the Indian delegation from Gujarat, who is in China to explore trade and business opportunities and Narendra Modi-led Indian team in Japan was the fact that the exhibition was inaugurated by Indian Ambassador to China S Jaishankar.
The exhibition showcased the alleged atrocities on Muslims during the Godhra riots as a video presentation.
It seems like China’s intention was to rub salt into the wounds of Modi, who is on a four-day official tour of Japan along with a team of some leading business honchos from Gujarat mainly to woo investors to his state.
The documentary film by filmmaker and artist Tejal Shah presents people talking about mayhem against Muslims in Gujarat during the riots; some also seen criticizing Narendra Modi. The documentary was being shown in Beijing as part of the Indian Highway Gallery, an exhibition of about 200 artists that is traveling around the world, the report added.
However, after the intervention of the Indian government, the documentary film has been dropped from the exhibition in Beijing, as per news reports.
Upping ante against the demeaning act of China, the BJP has sought an explanation on why the Indian ambassador inaugurated the film.
"These are completely objectionable and BJP takes strong objections to this. We demand that the Ministry of External Affairs immediately call the Indian Ambassador to China and seek an explanation from him as to how he could inaugurate something where the image of India is being shown in such poor light," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
Meanwhile, the unaffected Modi who is in Tokyo now said, “Political stability has ensured policy consistency in Gujarat helping investments pour in to the state. Two Japanese Special Economic Zones -- a Hitachi plant at Dahej and Maruti Suzuki's car-manufacturing project in Mehsana district -- are coming up in Gujarat.”
Highlighting the potential in terms of economic ties between Gujarat and Japan, Modi said his government wants to create a "mini Japan" in the state.
"Japan has strength of experience; Gujarat has a power of enterprise. Japan has technology; Gujarat has a talent to absorb it. Japan has a keenness of discipline; Gujarat has zeal of performance. We can change not only Asia's but world's future together," Modi said.