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Is Narendra Modi a terrorist?
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The Indian Supreme Court cleared Narendra Modi of any wrongdoing

A special task force investigated Modi's past before he became BJPs electoral candidate. It cleared him of wrongdoing.
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In 2013, a special investigation team assigned to investigate Modi’s role in the 2002 riots in Gujarat gave Modi a “clean chit”, exonerating him of all wrongdoing.

The Argument

The special investigation team investigation whether Narendra Modi was complicit in the 2002 anti-Muslim communal riots in Gujarat. As the state’s chief minister at the time, Modi faced accusations of complicity due to the lack of any substantive police action quell the riots. The task force found that Modi was only made aware of the riots at around 8:30 pm, six hours after the riots began. The Supreme Court concluded Modi was neither involved in planning the violence nor turning a blind eye to the murder of Muslims. [1]

Counter arguments

The investigation was deeply flawed from the start. A former MP for the Indian National Congress Party, Ehsan Jafri, made several calls to influential figures in government alerting them of the impending violence at 3 pm. Yet, nothing was done to disperse the angry Hindu mob and no security forces were deployed to protect Gujarat’s Muslim population. Evidence also indicates close cooperation and communication between Modi’s state government officials and the right-wing Hindu organization at the centre of attacks against Muslims, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, in the build-up to the violence. [1]


[P1] Narendra Modi was investigated and cleared of wrongdoing. [P2] Therefore, Modi is not a terrorist.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] The investigation was flawed from the beginning.


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