Following is the comment I had submitted on Sunita Aron’s (click) HT Blog (click) titled Gurajat wins, Modi loses (click). The numbered quotes are taken directly from the published blog post and appended below each of them are my corresponding thoughts.
1. “One can hate Narendra Modi”
Yes, one can hate anything/anyone one wants to, but ideally there should be a rational basis for that.
2. “Agreed his crime can’t be condoned”
What “crime” are you alluding to here? Why this a priori assumption that Modi had committed some crime?
3. “I too hate politicians who thrive on dead bodies”
Over 200 Hindus had died in post-Godhra riots, around 70 of them, because of police firing. So, Hindus thought, “Yay! So what if 250 Hindus got killed, so what if 30,000 Hindus were arrested, so what if several Hindus got handicapped, so what if many Hindus lost their houses, but yay, Modi got killed over 800 Muslims and also gave us a “free hand” to kill Muslims, so we will vote for him” – if not this – what other conclusion are you drawing here?
4. “His statement was definitely unwarranted as already a large section of the community was upset with his appointment as a rector”
a. Are you suggesting that his statement was doomed to be unwarranted because large section of the community was “already” upset with his appointment as a rector? E.g., if a large section of India was upset with Suresh Kalmadi’s appointment/election as the President of Indian Olympic Association, does it mean anything he says would be unwarranted, e.g., if he says, “the Sun rises from East”? What is the causal association between large section of a community being happy/upset with someone’s appointment and the warranty of what that appointed person says?
b. What was the sample size of the survey of Muslims you conducted? What randomization strategy had you employed? How did you eliminate selection bias?
5. “And now a demand has been made for his removal”
Gujarat’s population is approximately 5 crores. 15 % are approximately Muslims, which comes to around 75 lakhs. Of that, we can assume that around 40 lakhs must be adults. So, out of these 40 lakh Gujarati Muslims, how many have made a demand for his removal? What platform have they used to make such a demand? Could you please provide the links or any other indicator/proof as to how many Gujarati Muslims have made such a demand?
6. “Let’s credit this growth to the entrepreneurial temperament of the Gujaratis then and not Modi.”
Yes, one of the tings in your article that I quite agree with, so let’s blame this Gujarat riots to the violent temperament of the Gujaratis then and not Modi?
7. “If Gujarat has moved forward, then obviously both the Hindus and the Muslims must have moved forward.”
If Gujarat had seen riots for more than a month (in which ~ 800 Muslims had died and ~ 250 Hindus had died), then obviously both the Hindus and the Muslims must have rioted?