Earlier this morning a lawyer narrated to me the gist of the report by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court into the Gujarat riots investigations.
What I heard was shocking. Some of it has already appeared in a report by Thomas Abraham in The Pioneer. Some other dailies too have carried small reports of Teesta Setalvad's role in orchestrating a hysteria based on questionable and, perhaps, fabricated evidence. Some of the horror stories of pregnant women being disembowelled appear to have been the product of warped minds.
It is likely that the SIT report will find its way into the hands of the media by tonight. The question is: will it be published?
I hope so but some doubts linger. There is a convenient and self-serving mythology that has been built around the 2002 riots. It is part of the liberal consensus and an aspect of the political assault on the BJP and Narendra Modi. To now admit that this vilification was based on dubious information would be too much of a loss of face. The liberal establishment will rally to pretend nothing has changed.
As of today I have not seen the TV channels rush to Teesta to get her reaction. Maybe they will conclude that this story is nothing compared to the rantings of Ashoke Sahu in Kandhamal. After all, there is an election on.
I hope the people of Gujarat don't let this opportunity pass. For seven years the state has been demonised and painted as extraordinarily barbaric. The liberal establishment, the Left, the NGOs and the Congress are all guilty.
I hope Modi demands that all these people now apologise to the people of Gujarat and the people of India.
The riots in Gujarat were terrible. Let the real murderers be punished. Let the Supreme Court intervene to stop the political witch-hunt once and for all.
But first let's see how the media approaches this explosive SIT report.