The article ‘Saffron Success’ was yet another stereotypical account of the Gujarat pogrom and presented Narendra Modi in a biased light on the basis of pre-conceived notions. No one, not even the most ardent fan of Narendra Modi, can deny that the 2002 Gujarat pogrom is a shameful blot on India’s name. It will take us ages to wash the stain off. It was the first time since the advent of private TV channels in India that the people of this country watched in horror the atrocities of communal violence. It did not affect the Muslims only. It equally affected and hurt the Hindus. It is also wrong to give the impression that nothing was done to bring the culprits to book. A number of officials, including ministers who were found guilty of inciting or committing violence, were sentenced.
Of course, none of this can bring the dead back. These measures can’t mitigate the losses suffered by the Muslim community of Gujarat. But it has been 12 years and much has changed during all these years. In addition to ensuring that communal riots do not occur in Gujarat again, Modi led the state towards the path of development that benefitted both Hindus and Muslims. According to Tufail Ahmed, director of the South Asia Studies Project at the Middle East Media Research Institute, “In Gujarat, Muslims have a better recognition of Modi's pro-development governance, which has brought economic opportunities for all Gujaratis, whether Muslims, Hindus or others.” If Modi comes to power in the centre, there will be tremendous pressure on him to honor his promises of equality and justice. It is better to give him a chance and criticize him if he fails or falters.