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Is Narendra Modi a terrorist? Show more Show less

A terrorist is defined as someone who uses unlawful violence and intimidation against a civilian population to advance a political objective. India’s Narendra Modi has been accused of using terror to further his political interests. Did Narendra Modi use acts of terror in Kashmir? Did he enable terrorism during the 2002 Gujarati riots? Or is he innocent of all terror accusations?

No, Narendra Modi is not a terrorist Show more Show less

Narendra Modi has been investigated and cleared of terrorism charges.
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The Indian Supreme Court cleared him of any wrongdoing

A special task force investigated Modi's past before he became BJPs electoral candidate. It cleared him of wrongdoing.
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Context

In 2013, a special investigation team assigned to investigate Modi’s role in the 2002 riots in Gujarat gave Modi a “clean chit”, exonerating him of all wrongdoing.

The Argument

The special investigation team investigation whether Narendra Modi was complicit in the 2002 anti-Muslim communal riots in Gujarat. As the state’s chief minister at the time, Modi faced accusations of complicity due to the lack of any substantive police action quell the riots. The task force found that Modi was only made aware of the riots at around 8:30 pm, six hours after the riots began. The Supreme Court concluded Modi was neither involved in planning the violence nor turning a blind eye to the murder of Muslims. [1]

Counter arguments

The investigation was deeply flawed from the start. A former MP for the Indian National Congress Party, Ehsan Jafri, made several calls to influential figures in government alerting them of the impending violence at 3 pm, yet nothing was done to disperse the angry Hindu mob and no security forces were deployed to protect Gujarat’s Muslim population. Evidence also indicates close cooperation and communication between Modi’s state government officials and the right-wing Hindu organization at the centre of attacks against Muslims, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, in the build-up to the violence. [1]

Framing

Premises

[P1] Narendra Modi was investigated and cleared of wrongdoing. [P2] Therefore, Modi is not a terrorist.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] The investigation was flawed from the beginning.

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Further Reading

References

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/world/asia/27iht-letter27.html
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