Anish Kapoor speaks on the BBC World Service Open Source program
Anish Kapoor’s message was broadcast on the BBC World Service Open Source Program on the 11th April 2014.
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‘The 2002 riots in Gujarat and the murder of 2000 people happened under Modi’s rule. He failed to do any thing to stop the rioters and there are those who believe that Modi instigated the violence.
Since then there has been a supreme court investigation which concluded that it could not find enough evidence to prosecute Modi. The judges then asked the eminent Advocate Ramchandran for a further report he found to the contrary. The whole matter is now before the courts. All this is does not give Modi a clean ‘chit’ as he claims.
Modi says, ‘I am a nationalist, I am patriotic. Nothing is wrong. I am born a Hindu. So yes I can say I am a —- Hindu nationalist.’ I ask you to contrast this with Mahatma Gandhi, who said, ‘I am a Muslim and a Buddhist and a Christian and a Jew and a Hindu’. Gandhi spoke for all of India, Modi does not. With him as prime minister how long will it be until we see a repeat of 2002.
The India I grew up in, Gandhi’s India, is at risk. A number of people have asked me why I am sticking my neck out in this way and daring to criticise Modi ? Do I have to be afraid ? Is thuggery to gain the upper hand ? Would it occur to my friends to warn me, if it were some other politician we were talking about ?
I live in the UK. I am Indian, and it matters to me that the values we believe in should be those of tolerance and fairness and always for the greater good. These questions are just as true in the UK as they are in India, or elsewhere, true at all times and for all of us.‘
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