Episode 8: Hartosh Singh Bal

Caravan Baatcheet: Does the SC judgment on the 2002 violence absolve Modi?

24 September 2022

In this episode, The Caravan’s political editor Hartosh Singh Bal discusses his latest cover story, on how an SIT report ignored its own evidence and gave the Modi government a free pass on the 2002 Gujarat violence. He analyses the evidence gathered in the SIT report itself—for instance, the figures of Hindus and Muslims killed as well as the transfers of select officers—which raises serious questions about the actions and the intent of the Gujarat government during this period.

In June this year, the Supreme Court dismissed charges of criminal conspiracy against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others in relation to the 2002 Gujarat violence. The judgment relied heavily on the SIT report and said it “was backed by firm logic.” Bal says that a detailed study of the report makes it difficult to agree with the claim that there was no fault in the SIT’s approach or that the report was indeed guided by objectivity or “firm logic.”

The Caravan Baatcheet is a Hindi talk show featuring engaging discussions on politics, culture and society. Every fortnight, our host Vishnu Sharma will be in conversation with journalists, writers, experts and observers on pivotal issues that matter to you.

Keywords: The Caravan Baatcheet 2002 SIT report Godhra riots Narendra Modi