I’ve had my views on the gujrat riots, but there seems to be a disquieting trend to silence differing opinions. It recently happened with Anna Hazare who praised development work in Bihar and Gujrat and with Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi of Darul Uloom.
The Maulana will probably resign sooner or later, but unfortunately both of them have had to resort to immediate clarification of their intent and statements. Now neither of them have praised Mr. Modi personally or given him a clean chit for his role in the gujrat riots, but it seems that they are now being forced to distance themselves from a position that neither of them took.
Ofcourse its not always the left silencing praise of the right. Mr. Modi’s gujrat has gone ahead and banned Joseph Lelyveld’s book ‘Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India’ for its perceived biases.
Different opinions might exist which are completely unrelated to touchy subjects, but is reasonableness of reaction too much to expect from our current ‘civil’ society…