(A series of tweets that went out earlier this evening. Collected as a single post here).
There's an open letter about Gujarat. There's a Vibrant Gujarat summit. And as always, there's plenty of hot-headed defence of Modi.
Also as always, his defenders sometimes seem baffled that there are actually some who are not enamoured of him. This is for them.
Know that your fellow Indians slaughtered about 1000 fellow Indians in Gujarat in '02. The families of the dead deserve justice.
Know that plenty of your fellow Indians don't believe all those families have found justice.
Know that plenty of us think justice is fundamental to the functioning of a society.
Know that good roads & efficient administration are fine - only what we expect from a government - but don't substitute for justice.
Know that victories in elections are also fine - and kudos to Modi for winning - but they don't substitute for justice either.
Know that plenty of us believe Modi, as CM, is ultimately responsible for the safety of his state's residents.
Know that we believe he failed that responsibility in 2002.
Know that we believe he must be held politically accountable for that failure in 2002.
Know that it mystifies us that you don't want to hold him politically accountable for that failure. That you instead applaud him.
Know that maybe it doesn't mystify us.
Know that we will keep the chorus for accountability going until it happens. We're patient.
Know that, finally, if you choose to be uncritical fans of Modi, it's not incumbent on the rest of us to be uncritical fans too.