September 16th, 2011
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Dear Shri Modi: You have been mislead

IPS officer Sanjiv bhattAhemdabad: IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who has always defied Modi’s facist communal governance has  accused Modi of misleading the six crore Gujarati’s who had elected him to take the reigns of power. Modi at present is gloating over the Supreme Court verdict. Mr Bhatt however decided to shake him up and open his eyes to the ground realities.

Modi in a letter to the citizens of Gujarat said, “One thing is apparent from the Supreme Court’s judgment. The unhealthy environment created by the unfounded and false allegations made against me and government of Gujarat, after 2002 riots, has come to an end. For the past ten years, it has become fashionable to defame me and the state of Gujarat.”

But Bhatt retorted, saying it is very likely that Modi’s chosen advisors have once again misled him and have in turn, made him mislead the “six crore Gujaratis who look up to you as their elected leader”. Earlier, citing long absence from duty as a primary reason, the Gujarat government had sent a six-page suspension order to Bhatt. The order states that he misused government resources while he was away from duty.

Bhatt had said that suspension order didn’t surprise him as he was expecting a witch-hunt after accusing the Modi of complicity in 2002 riots. Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has written an open letter to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, saying that he has “completely misconstrued” a Supreme Court order on the complaint of Zakia Jafri and there was nothing in the order to give him reason to celebrate. Zakia is the widow of former MP Ehsan Jafri killed in the Gulberg Housing Society carnage in 2002. Here is the full text of Bhatt’s 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.

Let me as a younger brother-Gujarati, help you  decipher the judgement and order that has led to unequivocal gloating  and jubilatory celebrations among some sections of the political  spectrum. It has been stated in your letter that “One thing is apparent  from the Supreme Court’s judgment. The unhealthy environment created by  the unfounded and false allegations made against me and Government of  Gujarat, after 2002 riots, has come to an end”.

Let me clarify that even by a long shot, the order of the Honourable Supreme Court has nowhere,  even remotely, suggested that the allegations contained in the complaint filed by Mrs. Jakia Jafri were unfounded or false. The truth is that  the order of the Honourable Supreme Court is in fact, a very major leap  in the direction of delivering justice to the hapless victims of the  Gujarat pogrom. As you are well aware, Mrs. Jafri had approached the Honorable Gujarat high court with a prayer for registering her complaint as an FIR. The said petition was disallowed by the Honourable High  Court of Gujarat. Mrs. Jafri, therefore, approached the Honourable  Supreme Court of India by way of a Special Leave Petition against the  order of the high court.

The Honourable Supreme Court directed the SIT  to look into her complaint and subsequently also directed the learned  Amicus to examine the evidence collected by the SIT. At the end of this  long and arduous exercise the Honourable Supreme Court has not only  allowed the Appeal of Mrs. Jafri and directed the SIT to virtually treat the complaint of Mrs. Jafrri as an FIR, but has also directed the SIT  to file a report under section 173(2) of the CrPC Let me clarify for  your benefit and for the benefit of your six crore brothers and sisters  of Gujarat, that this report under section 173(2) of the CrPC is  colloquially known as Charge-Sheet or Final Report. The honourable  Supreme Court of India has also directed the SIT to place all the  evidence collected by it, including the reports of the learned Amicus  before the magistrate empowered to take cognizance. I am sure you will  appreciate that in order to let the law of the land take its due course, this was the best option available to the Honourable Supreme Court as  per the scheme of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

What the  Honourable Supreme Court of India has given to Mrs. Jafri is much more  than what she had originally prayed for. The order over which some of us are gloating in feigned glee, is in fact, a very cleverly worded order  that takes the perpetrators and facilitators of the 2002 carnage a few  leaps closer to their day of reckoning. The false bravado comes across  as a very smart attempt to mislead the gullible people of Gujarat and  instill a false sense of confidence in the political rank and file.  Please be assured that we will see a very different picture as the  actual import of the order starts settling in and takes judicial effect.

As one of the ‘Six Crore Gujaratis’, I feel deeply pained and  cheated when the likes of you, consciously or inadvertently, mislead the people of Gujarat for ulterior motives. The theory propounded and  practised to perfection by Paul Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolf Hitler’s  closest associate and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany, can  definitely work with the majority of the populace for some time. But all of us know from historical experience that Goebbelsian Propaganda  cannot fool all the people for all the time.

I fully endorse  your realization that “Hate is never conquered by hate.” Who would know  this better than you, who has served this state for the last one decade; and I, who has served in the Indian Police Service for the last 23  years. I had the misfortune of serving with you during those days of  2002 when the dance of hatred was choreographed and perpetrated at  different venues in Gujarat. Albeit this is not the appropriate forum  for me to discuss and reveal the details of our respective roles, I am  sure that both of us will be getting ample opportunities before  appropriately empowered fora to disclose our knowledge about the  dynamics of hatred in the realpolitik of Gujarat. I hope you and your  cronies, within and without the Government, will not hate me more for  this.

I cannot agree more with you when you say that “the  credibility of those who have been spreading lies and defaming Gujarat  has come to its lowest ebb. The people of this country will not trust  such elements anymore”. But my dear brother, you seem to have got it  entirely wrong as to who are the ones spreading lies and defaming  Gujarat. To my mind, Gujarat has gained infamy not because of the  hapless victims who have tirelessly crusading for the cause of justice  and truth, but because of the despicable actions of the people who sowed and cultivated hatred to reap political and electoral benefits. Please  give it a thought. Introspection can prove to be very revealing at  times.

I am deeply touched by your concern and efforts to “further strengthen Gujarat’s environment of peace, unity and harmony.”  Thanks to you and your kinsmen, Gujarat has been free from any large  scale eruption of communal violence since 2002.

The reasons for this may not be very obvious to our fellow ‘Six Crore Gujaratis”. This is my  24th year in the IPS. I was allotted to the Gujarat cadre during a time  when the State was passing through the throes of widespread and sporadic communal violence. Having been baptised by fire, I have been since  trying to understand and deal with the likes of you, who deal in the  divisive politics of hatred. It is my well founded observation that the  polity of Gujarat has now crossed the stage where communal violence can  accrue electoral benefits to any political party, as the process of  communal polarisation is very nearly complete in Gujarat.

The experiments in the divisive politics of hatred have been very successful in the Gujarat Laboratory. You and your likes, in the political arena,  have been largely successful in creating divides in the hearts and minds of the “Six Crore Gujaratis”. The need to resort to any further  communal violence in Gujarat is already passé.

In a  constitutional democracy like ours, it is incumbent upon the state to  act in good faith at all times and under all circumstances. Over the  last nine and a half years many friends have fallen prey to the  misleading campaign that the Gujarat carnage of 2002 was a spontaneous  reaction to the condemnable action at Godhra on the fateful morning of  27 February 2002. The Newtonian Law was never abused more. You had  resorted to your knowledge and understanding of Newtonian physics in  March 2002 and had sought to apply it to polity and governance at the  peak of the Gujarat Carnage of 2002.

But what you might have  deliberately missed then, and what many of us seem to be inadvertently  missing now; is the universally accepted principle of governance which  mandates that in a constitutional democracy, an avowedly secular State  cannot be allowed to be partisan. It was the bounden duty of the State  to have anticipated and controlled the possible Newtonian reaction, if  any; not orchestrate and facilitate systematic targeting of innocent  individuals!

Be that as it may, as an expression of solidarity with your stated objective of spreading Sadbhavana in the land of the Mahatma, I  resolve to join you in your Sadbhavana Mission. What better way to do  this than helping the truth to come out and let the spirit of justice  and goodwill prevail. As all of us understand, there can be no Sadbhavna or Goodwill without truth and justice. I hereby reaffirm my resolve to  contribute my might towards the restoration of Sadbhavana in the  administration and polity of Gujarat.

But let me warn you that  genuine heartfelt goodwill is something we cannot demand, buy or  extort… we can only strive to deserve it. And it is not going to be an easy task. The land of the Mahatma is slowly but surely coming out of  its hypnotic state.

As the most powerful person in Gujarat you  may think that you do not need to feel accountable to the perceptions of all sections of the community. But believe me, history has proved time  and again, that power without genuine goodwill is a path fraught with  dangers… it is also a path of no return.

Samabhava is a  condition precedent for Sadbhava. Governance by equity and goodwill  should not only be the first article of your faith but should also be  the last article of your creed.

The truth is more frequently  than not, a little bitter and not very easy to swallow. I hope that you  will take this letter in the true spirit in which it is written and you  or your agents will not indulge in direct or indirect acts of  retribution as is your wont.

In the words of Martin Luther King  Jr. – Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The spirit  of the hapless victims who have been struggling for justice in Gujarat  may occasionally flag but it will not be suppressed by any amount of  false Goebbelsian propaganda. The struggle for justice is never easy  anywhere in the world…it calls for everlasting patience and unfailing  perseverance at all times. The spirit of the crusaders for truth and  justice in Gujarat is epitomised in this poem by Bhuchung Sonam, an  alumnus of MS University, Baroda.

I have principle and no power
You have power and no principle
You being you
And I being I
Compromise is out of the question
So let the battle begin …
I have truth and no force
You have force and no truth
You being you
And I being I
Compromise is out of the question
So let the battle begin …
You may club my skull
I will fight
You may crush my bones
I will fight
You may bury me alive
I will fight
With truth running through me
I will fight
With every ounce of my strength
I will fight
With my last dying breath
I will fight …
I will fight till the
Castle that you built with your lies
Comes tumbling down
Till the devil you worshipped with your lies
Kneels down before my angel of truth.
May the kind God give you the requisite strength to be equitable and benevolent
towards one and all!
Satyamev Jayate!
With best wishes.

Yours sincerely,
(Sanjiv Bhatt)”


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