Me, I'm willing to bet there are already people out there saying "it's motivated", it's "BJP-bashing", it's "timed because there are elections on the way", or "why do you drag Gujarat into everything?" Or similar. Or worse. And if they're not there already, check in an hour. Sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, they'll emerge. They'll start that old weary drumbeat.
But they have to, because it's the only thing they have. After all, they can't say outright what they truly believe: "We don't want these murderers punished." So they must beat around various other bushes.
Tehelka has a massive report, more accurately a series of reports, on the Gujarat killings of 2002. It's been on TV, and it's up on their website here. Go take a look.
I've got through only some of it so far. It makes my stomach turn. (As if I didn't know).
Nor is it just Gujarat. On October 30, the Supreme Court is supposed to hear a case seeking implementation of the Srikrishna Commission report, into the 1992-93 riots in Bombay. Nearly 15 years later, those murderers and their protectors are as free and unpunished as the killers in Gujarat in 2002. And you'll hear the weary drumbeats here too: the report is "anti-Hindu", or "we should not reopen old wounds." Still and again, the only thing they have.
And you can go back in time still more, which I hope you will do: next week will be 23 years since some of your fellow countrymen killed 3000 other fellow countrymen in Delhi. Those murderers and their protectors remain just as free and unpunished as their more recent counterparts too, and you can go look for the weary drumbeats yourself this time.
Manmohan Singh came to power in 2004, offering millions in this country hope of a measure of justice that his predecessors in that seat showed no inclination to deliver. In over three years, he has shown no inclination to deliver either. It shames him and disgraces an entire country.
For yes, you live in a country that is proud to think of itself as on the move, whose economy is breaking record after record. Why would such a country close its eyes to repeated bouts of its own citizens slaughtering its own citizens? When will this country bring to justice the murderers and their protectors who live among us? What does it say about us that it hasn't?
Makes my stomach turn.