Indore: Tara Gandhi-Bhattacharya, Mahatma Gandhi's grand-daughter, has said she did not find any trace of anguish on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's face when he spoke about the 2002 post-Godhra riots in his state.
"I am surprised as to how Modi, being in politics, being a human being, and being from Gujarat, can speak about the riots and that phase of violence without showing any pain," she said on Sunday. She, however, added that she was not passing a judgement on Mr Modi as she did not know him well.
Ms Gandhi-Bhattacharya, 78, is vice-chairman of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti.
"Once I watched Modi speaking in Gujarat from a distance. I can't judge him. But when he mentions the excesses of the Gujarat riots, I do not see any anguish on his face," she said.
Talking about the conditions at refugees' camps in Gujarat which were set up after the riots, she said, "I was so pained (upon seeing them) that I could not sleep for the next six months."
About Mr Modi's infamous "puppy coming under the wheels of a car" remark, she said it was a case of use of "indecent language".
Mr Modi was recently named BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Asked whether Mr Modi becoming the prime minister would pose a danger to the democratic values of the country, Ms Gandhi- Bhattacharya said: "I won't name anyone, because by singling out one person, others cannot be condoned. Whoever comes to power, must have compassion and courage."