K Singh alerted us to the news that, with elections in Gujarat approaching, the Chief Minister, Narenda Modi, is in trouble. Modi has been implicated in the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, yet still retains his post and much of his popularity. This is not the first time that he has been in trouble during these elections either:
“India’s election authorities have demanded an explanation from a politician over remarks he made during an election meeting in western Gujarat. The state’s chief minister, Narendra Modi, allegedly commented on the 2005 killing of a man by police in Gujarat. According to Indian media, at Tuesday’s meeting Mr Modi appeared to have “justified” the killing.
In April, three top policemen were charged with the murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a Muslim civilian. They are alleged to have attempted to cover up the killing by claiming he belonged to an Islamic militant group.
Mr Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government then admitted that the missing wife of Mr Sheikh, Kausar Bi, was also killed and her body was burnt.”
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