The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recently invited applications for the post of Security Assistant/Executive in the Intelligence Bureau. What is surprising is a question in the online application form; it asks applicants if they are victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Now, one is forced to wonder why the ministry would specifically consider Gujarat riots as a factor in the selection process. There are other riots, too, that have happened in the recent past including the Assam and Muzaffarnagar riots. Even if the MHA may argue that any likely biasness of a riot victim may make one unfit for an agency like the IB, it belies logic since the entire purpose of inserting this specific question remains vividly unclear.