Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi

April 29, 2002


President's message to the nation on Gujarat situation

The message begins::

I have been deeply anguished and pained at the violent incidents and killings that have disturbed the peace and communal harmony in Gujarat and elsewhere. Many people have sent me representations about the distressing situation of the victims. I appeal to all my fellow citizens to restore communal harmony and do everything to end the communal violence that has devastated the State and continues to occur even after two months, and to harness all our resources to provide relief and rehabilitation to all the affected people. It is the duty of every Indian, political, social and religious leaders and the common man and woman to strive their best to restore peace so that the foundations of our State and tradition of tolerance are preserved and strengthened in this crisis of our State and society.