NDTV Correspondent, Updated: September 15, 2011
Ahmedabad: Suspended police officer Sanjiv Bhatt criticised Narendra Modi for misinterpreting the Supreme Court verdict and has written an open letter to the Gujarat Chief Minister. The Supreme Court had, on Monday, ruled that it will no longer monitor the case against him for the communal riots at Gulbarga Society – one of the epicentres of the riots that ravaged Gujarat in 2002, killing 1200 people, most of them Muslims.
Here is the text of the letter:
Dear Shri Modi,
I am glad you chose to write an open letter to the ‘Six crore Gujaratis’. This has not only afforded me a window to your mind but has also given me an opportunity to write to you through the same medium.
My dear brother, it seems you have completely misconstrued the judgement and order passed by the Honourable Supreme Court of India in Criminal Appeal No. 1765 of 2011 arising out of S.L.P. (CRL.) No. 1088 of 2008 viz. Jakia Nasim Ahesan & Anr. Versus State of Gujarat & Ors. It is very likely that your chosen advisors have once again misled you and have in turn, made you mislead the ‘Six crore Gujaratis’ who look up to you as their elected leader.
by Badri Raina, Sept. 15, 2011
feckless citizen that I am,
Your Promethean metal
Fires my feebleness to a blaze;
You are to our home-grown tyrants
As Bhagat Singh was to the Angrez.
Like the Amazon, Setalvad,
On the worst of day
You teach the lesson that
The poet of old taught—
When the sensible-terrified
Slink from your side,
Then ‘ekla chalo re.’
As to success, success is not
Merely the end of things;
Success is in the soul that
Man, woman, or child brings
To what is with mortal dangers fraught.
May I salute you, officer Bhatt,
The success you already have
Is not for a season or two;
It is a flavour that generations
A rod of steel that the fallen
Spine will raise, giving to cruelty
And cunning their due.