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18 Nov, 2013

India’s historical hijacker – GulfNews.com

Modi’s identification with Patel is an effort at character-building by association. His own image has been tarnished by his inaction (or worse) during the massacre of more than a thousand Gujarati Muslims in a pogrom on his watch in 2002. Modi would rather be perceived as embodying Patel’s decisiveness than as the destructive bigot his enemies decry.

To hear Modi tell it, India would have been better off with Patel – who forged national unity, defended the country’s Hindus during the horrors of Partition, and stood firm on issues like Kashmir – instead of the allegedly pussyfooting Jawaharlal Nehru, as its first prime minister. The implication is clear – a vote for Modi is a vote for a latter-day Patel.

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