Thanks to everyone who sent in their protest to fDi magazine for their decision to give an achievement award to Narendra Modi. As a result of these protests, there was a minor victory when fDi magazine withdrew the award to Modi but decided to give it to the 'state of Gujarat' instead.
For fDi editor Courtney Fingar's form letter sent to those who emailed her see <http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=155643614618&ref=nf
Also see Vijay Prashad's press release and compilation of signatures - which include many of you on this group <http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=155615454618
The fDi's change of heart is not a complete victory: as many people have pointed out, their decision remains problematic because the period they are awarding Gujarat for includes the 2002 carnage and Modi, as Chief Minister, will probably still be the person to receive it.
Mumbai-based filmmaker Anand Patwardhan's response below:
Sept 2, 2009:
Dear Ms. Fingar
While it may appear to some as a minor relief that you have taken cognizance of the public outcry against the genocide-perpetrating Narendra Modi and decided to give your award to the Gujarat government instead, until such time as Mr. Modi remains the Chief Minister of Gujarat, this is only a cosmetic change.
Would you have felt comfortable giving such a prize to Adolph Hitler in the case that he had invited foreign investment in his dream projects, some of which did actually help in the industrialization of Germany? And if people had protested in time, would you then have given your award to the Third Reich instead?
It is not too late to correct this grave error. If you cancel this award altogether you will not only have a clear conscience, you will also save yourself considerable embarassment and the effort it takes to find arguments to reply to people like me.