- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins; 1 edition (14 September 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351365840
- ISBN-13: 978-9351365846
- Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2 x 14.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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Modi and Godhra - The Fiction of Fact Finding Paperback – 14 Sep 2014
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Manoj Mitta is a senior editor with The Times of India, writing on legal, human rights and public policy issues. In 2007, he co-authored When a Tree Shook Delhi, a critically acclaimed book on fact-finding done by official agencies in the wake of the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage. A law graduate from Hyderabad, Mitta worked earlier with The Indian Express and India Today. He is a patron of 'Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Judicial Reforms', a civil society watchdog, and is on the advisory board of Amnesty International India and in the governing body of Foundation for Media Professionals. Married with two children, he lives in Noida.
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The book's basic premise is simple -- Who watches the watchmen? And what happens when fact finding becomes fact-fudging?
Mitta stays true to his brief of examining the commissions of inquiry looking into the Godhra violence - with a special focus on the Nanavati commission and the Special Investigative Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court.
However the depth of his research and non-partisan nature of his vision is clear from get go. He does not flinch from a straight look at the parallels with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi or the fact-fudging that followed at the time. That is also essential to his premise.
This book goes further. Despite path-breaking innovations by the Supreme Court in trying to bring culprits to book in the Godhra and post-Godhra violence, Mitta argues that it failed. And he backs every bit of it up with evidence already available with the justice system.
This is not a shrill book. It is a sober presentation of facts that gently points to fundamental problems in the manner criminal law is articulated, practiced, imposed and adjudicated in India. Sadly, no one seems to have noticed.
In a world where shouting loud is the only way to get heard, probably some shrillness is now mandatory. That could be it's second problem. It does not shout loud enough, nor in a shrill enough voice to get heard over the din.
If you're an English reader, if you're even vaguely interested in India law and media, if there is only one book you ever want to read on Gujarat -- read this one.
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