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india Updated: Sep 04, 2013 01:23 IST
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An apology from Modi may help the affected people move on
With reference to It’s time to face Gujarat’s past (Our Take, September 3), the initiatives taken by the BJP to reach out to the Muslim community in order to get their electoral support in 2014 are welcome. While saying that he can see the sadness on Narendra Modi’s face, BJP president Rajnath Singh may be trying to reach out to the Muslims but yet a seemingly adamant Modi refuses to apologise for the riots. Modi may not have been directly instrumental in fanning the fires of the riots but as head of the state he is accountable for the lapses of his government. Furthermore, his apology will assuage the feeling of hurt.
--Pramod Srivastava, via email

Modi is being hailed as the paragon of development that India needs. However, Gujarat, apart from the progress and growth story, has a gruesome and bloody side to it for which neither the BJP nor Modi has ever claimed responsibility. Acceptance, it is said, is the first step on the path to forgiveness. The Gujarat chief minister seems firm that he will not accept his government’s culpability in the 2002 riots as he thinks it might cost him the next elections. Thus, expecting a confession is futile.
--Gaurav Gupta, New Delhi

We live in an age of reason
By giving only three years’ probation to the juvenile accused in the December 16 gang rape case, the government is encouraging teenagers to turn to crime. It is a fact that children can be misled and need proper guidance. But it should be remembered that when a teenager commits a crime he/she is aware of the act. Moreover, the courts should take into account the nature of the crime committed and give punishment accordingly. Three years for the most violent person in the group that sexually assaulted the girl is far too little a price to pay.
--Shalini Gupta, Dehradun

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