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5 May, 2014

Why 2002 Gujarat riots still matter – By Karishma Vyas, Al Jazeera

The Gujarat riots are a crucial election issue. Not only because of the human rights concerns, but because Modi and the BJP have campaigned hard on a platform of good governance. The obvious question that arises is if Modi could not compel Gujarat’s security forces to clamp down on communal violence for weeks, how effective a government can he run?

As India’s prime minister he would be expected to wield control over the military and respond to several pressing security issues – disputed and volatile borders with Pakistan and China, internal struggle against Maoist rebels, instability in India-administered Kashmir, not to mention persistent communal tensions in many parts of the country.

Modi’s performance during the riots does not bode well for India’s security, and his refusal to apologise suggests lessons have not been learnt. He has walked out of a TV interview when the issue was raised.

Read the rest: Why 2002 Gujarat riots still matter – Al Jazeera Blogs.