Ismail Vadi on his opinion that ‘Ghosts may haunt Modi’s visit to SA’. It could be that South Africans are still haunted by the ghosts of Gujarat. It may be that the shrill cries of the thousands who were killed, maimed, burnt and raped during the 2002 pogrom may still ring in our ears.
The deaths, injuries, mayhem and destruction of property that followed the fateful burning on February 27 2002 of the train in Godhra (Gujarat) will remain a bloody blot on India’s history.
The jury is still out as to whether or not the official organs of the Gujarat state were complicit in those attacks.
The undeniable truth, though, is that India’s governing elite cannot escape moral culpability for the gross violations of human rights and acts of genocide that occurred in those horrifying three weeks.
We have learnt from our own experiences that national healing and social harmony can only begin with an acknowledgment of the atrocities committed and the rendering of a sincere apology to the victims and survivors of atrocities.
Vadi is a board member of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and writes in his personal capacity
Source: City Press
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