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Truth Behind the 1980 Moradabad Riots: Judge Saxena’s Report

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Recently, the Yogi government brought to light the long-suppressed report on the 1980 Moradabad riots. The 1980 riots in UP were a tragic episode that scarred the region’s history. After languishing in obscurity for 43 years, the report penned by retired judge Justice MP Saxena uncovers the truth behind the turmoil that gripped Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. Moreover, the landmark act of placing this report before public scrutiny defines the transparency of CM Yogi Adityanath.

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Judge Saxena’s report of 1983 unveils the events responsible for the communal violence in 1980. Initially, the Congress government commissioned the report during CM VP Singh’s leadership. The document delves into the root causes and their domino effect leading to the 1980 riots. Despite being completed in 1983, successive administrations across various political spectrums chose to keep the document concealed. CM Yogi Adityanath’s act of breaking this silent suppression of the truth signifies a significant shift toward transparency in the state.

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The 1980 Moradabad Riots

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The 1980 Moradabad riots claimed approximately 100 lives. The recent disclosure of Judge Saxena’s report adds clarity to the cascade of events during that fateful day on 13th August 1980. Surprisingly, the report absolves the RSS and the BJP of any role in the violence. Instead, it shines a spotlight on the actions of Mr. Shamim Ahmed Khan and other Muslim League leaders for using divisive political maneuvers to gain voter support.

The Dirty Waters of Divisive Politics

The report chronicles a sequence of events that escalated into violence. It clearly redefines the complexities of the situation in the region during that fateful year. In 1980, Moradabad was experiencing sporadic bouts of communal tension before the Idgah incident. Muslim League’s Dr. Shamim Ahmed Khan deliberately escalated political tensions to challenge the influence of Congress party’s Hafiz Mohammed Siddiqui.

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The report clearly identifies the key incidents that were a trigger for the broader unrest in UP. Additionally, it shows how these incidents were engineered to ignite communal sentiments and manipulate public perception.

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While the report highlights the innocence of the police personnel and Hindus despite provocations, it also underscores the manipulative strategies and deep hatred in the hearts of the ‘peacefuls’ of India. The subsequent extrapolation of this hatred leading to lynching and riots is left to the imagination of the intelligent mind.

Unveiling the Reality of the Riots

Judge Saxena’s report exposes a tale of political opportunism and the exploitation of societal fault lines in the state. The report goes back to reveal events, like the abduction and gang rape of a Valmiki girl in May 1980, that were the tiny triggers to the subsequent escalation of tensions. Furthermore, the report unravels the intricate tapestry of factors, like the propagation of misinformation and severe communal distrust in the hearts of ‘peacefuls’, that contributed to the eruption of violence in Uttar Pradesh.

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Key Takeaways from Justice Saxena’s Report of 1983

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  1. The policemen were assaulted first by a Muslim mob outside an Idgah.
  2. The police shootings were a result of mon lynching of security personnel.
  3. Lack of evidence on the presence of the ‘pig in the Idgah’.
  4. Use of religious divide by Politicians and anti-social elements.
  5. No RSS or BJP members were responsible for the events.
  6. Leaders of the Muslim League gradually escalated tensions to sway Muslim votes.
  7. The true cause was an engineered misinformation campaign.
  8. The incidents escalated due to the hatred fostered in the minds of a certain ‘peaceful’ community in India. 
  9. The real culprit was the deep communal divide encouraged in the state.


Judge Saxena’s report intricately details the path of the riots. Moreover, it underscores the critical fact that Hindus or security forces were never ones to incite violence in Bharat. The prolonged concealment of the report raises pressing questions about the obligation of those in positions of power. The incendiary report bares the true face of political leaders and their use of religious faultlines to gain momentum. The revelations offered by the report illuminate the events of the past; however, they also serve as a reminder to Hindus and the government. The report shows the easy acceptance of violence as an answer in certain sections and communities in India. The act of suppression of this report also highlights the fake victimhood practiced by ‘peacefuls’. Additionally, it defines the way Hindus or security forces are used as scapegoats by governments and politicians.

By unveiling this report, CM Yogi Adityanath, and his administration have taken a significant step towards acknowledging historical realities, irrespective of their implications. The public release of the 1980 Moradabad riots report is a pivotal step towards the closure of a chapter of Indian history that was veiled in secrecy. Thus, as Uttar Pradesh turns its back on regressive and divisive politics, the report offers lessons of unity, transparency, and accountability for a harmonious future for India.

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