Why were the aftermaths to Godhra and Akshardham so different though the victims in both cases were innocent Hindus? A muted reaction to Akshardham is not a matter of the bjp's political contrivance, it is a matter of political probity by the "secularist" fraternity—which was at its vicious worst after the Godhra carnage.
Apart from the reaction of the "secularists" to these grisly incidents, there are a number of anti-parallels. The Godhra carnage was undertaken by local Muslims, not in twos, tens or even hundreds, they numbered between 1,500 and 2,000. When about 1,000 people died in the Gujarat riots, the "secularists" described it as genocide. But they will also have to devise a term when over 1,500 people conspire to roast 58 innocents. isi agents or pan-Islamists might have instigated the killing crowd but the hard fact is that all those 1,500-plus people did not sneak in from anywhere outside. They were locals, from a township with communal ill-repute since British times. In contrast, these two-heavily armed terrorists were most probably not locals but infiltrators from Pakistan. But even their operation called for meticulous planning, the execution of which was near-impossible without local accomplices. But Hindu society has long accepted the reality of local isi accomplices in this country.