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June 28, 2010

It is not easy to watch intense movies based on real life incidents. The 2002 Gujarat communal riots is one such issue that resonates sheer tragedy. Apparently the riots were carried out in retaliation after the Muslim mob attacked a train carrying Hindus in Godhra. Was that mob really Muslim? And was it a religious motivated attack was never proven.

The role of police officials was highly criticized for they acted as silent observers and didn’t exercise their powers to crush the riots in the initial stages. The ex Congress MP Ehsan Jafri’s brutal murder and failing to respond to his frantic calls for help pointed towards evidence of state machinery’s involvement in the riots.

According to official estimate the Gujarat riots claimed lives of  790 Muslims and 254 Hindus (including those killed in Godhra train fire). Two hundred and twenty three (223) people went missing and among those one was a 10 years old Parsi boy Azhar Mody. The movie Parzania is about him and his parents’ quest to find him when he goes missing after the Gulbarg society massacre on February 28th 2002.

Azhar, unfortunately was never found and all the 70 missing residents of Gulbarg society (Ahmadabad) including Azhar were declared dead years later.

I believe such riots are never always sparked by the religious fervency… it is lit by people for achieving their malicious political gains and is performed by the puppets under the banner of religion.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2010 4:53 am

    movies like these i keep away from – they actually hit my life very hard!

    • June 28, 2010 10:07 pm

      I too stay away… but then sometimes I do watch the critically acclaimed ones… 😐

  2. F.K permalink
    June 28, 2010 11:30 pm

    Sounds very interesting… im gonna go download it 🙂

  3. Anonymous permalink
    June 29, 2010 4:37 am

    whatever is portrayed in the movie is not all correct.. i.e. only which i would like to tell you..

  4. Anonymous permalink
    June 29, 2010 7:21 am

    (** sorry for the grammatical mistake in my above comment **)

  5. July 20, 2010 9:56 am

    I’ve stopped watching such movies after bombay …

    might give it a try now

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