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"1984 riots not comparable with post-Godhra violence"

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said the Gujarat riots of 2002 are not comparable with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, rejecting Infosys chief NR Narayanamurthy's view that the post-Godhra violence should not stand in the way of Narendra Modi becoming the prime minister.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 18, 2013 18:22 IST

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said the Gujarat riots of 2002 are not comparable with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, rejecting Infosys chief NR Narayanamurthy's view that the post-Godhra violence should not stand in the way of Narendra Modi becoming the prime minister.


While describing as an "absolute shame" the fact that those responsible for the 1984 riots had not been brought to judgment, he sought to differentiate between the 1984 riots and those that occurred in Gujarat when Modi was the CM.

Sen argued that Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi were not the people responsible for the anti-Sikh riots. No one had accused them of that, whereas Modi was the chief minister when the riots took place.

He said the anti-Sikh riots were not something that fitted into the Congress philosophy. "There is no philosophy of killing Sikhs in the Congress," he told NDTV in an interview.

On the other hand, he said the treatment of Muslims in Gujarat raised the question as to whether they were treated as second-class citizens. "That is a continuing problem," he said, adding that Narayanamurthy was a great friend of his but he did not agree with him on this issue.