Gu­jarat ex­o­dus

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THE stun­ning si­lence main­tained by the Prime Min­is­ter on the mass ex­o­dus from his home State, Gu­jarat, is be­wil­der­ing con­sid­er­ing that he is a per­son who un­tir­ingly men­tions “sabka saath sabka vikas” in al­most all his speeches (“En­e­mies overnight”, Novem­ber 9, 2018). An enig­matic ap­proach to this sen­si­tive is­sue may be part of his po­lit­i­cal strat­egy but was not what those who were vic­timised ex­pected of him. He should have con­demned the at­tacks against mi­grant work­ers in the strong­est terms, which would have helped him not only project him­self as a Prime Min­is­ter for all In­di­ans but also given cre­dence to the BJP’S po­si­tion that it was not be­hind the vi­o­lence.

JAIDEEP MITTRA VARANASI, UT­TAR PRADESH

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