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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The truth on fire

The "high-level enquiry" into the incident in Godhra has found that the fire was an accident. The chief investigating officer in the case claims that he has found a "terrorist link". What is the truth? It doesn't matter any more.

Godhra has been politicised so much, and has become such a powerful symbol in the battle between the two forces, that what happened there is irrelevant. More than an event, it has become a meme, an idea that makes the facts redundant, a part of the folklore of either side, that stands apart from the place or the burning carriage or the people who died. Much like Gujarat, once a state in India, and now the state of India. The question to ask is not what caused the fire, but what can douse the flames?
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