The co-author of When a Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath on his upcoming book The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra: An interview in The Outlook
Manoj Mitta’s first book When a Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath, co-authored with H.S. Phoolka, received critical acclaim when it was published seven years ago. Now, The Times of India senior editor who specialises in legal, human rights and public policy issues, has returned with The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra, a searing critique of the 2002 violence in Gujarat under Narendra Modi’s watch. His close, thorough examination of the voluminous material generated due to the Supreme Court’s monitoring of the probe reveals the gap between the findings that have been handed out as the SIT’s closure report filed in 2012 and what the evidence suggests. Indeed, as he forcefully argues, the anomalies of the SIT’s closure report point to far more than the relativism of the truth; they mock India’s commitment to its national motto: Satyameva Jayate (truth alone triumphs). Excerpts from an interview with Sundeep Dougal:
First, why another book on 2002 or Modi?
Though there have been books on 2002 and Modi, this is the first one focusing on the wealth of fact-finding material published in the last three years, following the Supreme Court’s intervention. The flurry of these SIT-related developments in fact changed the focus of a sequel I was doing to my 1984 book, which had come out in 2007. Originally, I was working on a more general book tracing the history and vagaries of fact-finding in India, from Jallianwala Bagh to the Gujarat carnage.