Posted by citizenofindia | Posted in Government | Posted on 02-11-2009
Tags: Narendra Modi killer
Karan Thapar: Mr. Narendra Modi, let’s start by talking about you. In the six years that you have been the CM of Gujarat, the Rajiv Gandhi foundation has declared Gujarat to be the best-administered State. IndiaToday on two separate occasions declared that you are the most efficient Chief Minister. And despite that, people still call you to your face, a mass murderer, and they accuse you of being prejudiced against Muslims? Do you have an image problem?
Narendra Modi: I think it’s not proper to say that there are people. There are two or three persons who talk in this terminology and I always say ‘God bless them.’
KT: You are saying this is the conspiracy of two or three persons only?
NM: I have not said so.
KT: But you are saying it is only two or three people.
NM: This is the information I have. It’s the people’s voice.
KT: I’ll tell you what the problem is. Even five years after the Gujarat killings of 2002, the ghost of Godhra still haunts you. Why have you not done more to allay that ghost?
NM: This I give it to the mediapersons like Karan Thapar. Let them enjoy.
KT: Can I suggest something to you?
NM: I have no problem.
KT: Why can’t you say that you regret the killings that happened? Why can’t you say that may be the government should have done more to protect Muslims?
NM: What I had to say I have said at that time, and you can find out my statements.
KT: Just say it again.
NM: Not necessary that I have to talk about, in 2007, everything you want to talk about.
KT: But by not saying it again, by not letting people hear the message repeatedly you are allowing an image contrary to the interest of Gujarat to continue. It’s in your hands to change it.
NM: (Modi takes mike off)
I’ll have to rest. I need some water.
KT: Paani (water).
NM: Dosti bani rahe bas (Friendship should be maintained, that’s all). I’ll be happy. You came here. I am happy and thankful to you. I can’t do this interview. It’s ok your things are. Apne ideas hain aap bolte rahiye aap karte rahiye (These are your ideas, you keep talking, keep doing). 3-4 questions I’ve already enjoyed. Nahin please.