Hartosh Singh Bal of Tehelka writing in New York Times on how Muslims are treated as second class citizens in Gujarat and India. Modi and the Muslimsâ€™ Malaise By HARTOSH SINGH BAL DELHI â€” To think of Narendra Modi, the four-term chief minister of Gujarat, as a potential prime minister and the man who might revive the flagging fortunes of the B.J.P., Indiaâ€™s main opposition party, is to ignore the reality of Gujarat. Most infamously, Modi has been accused of deliberately allowing the sectarian mob violence that killed more than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, in 2002, soon after he became chief minister. This may have been an extreme episode, but it is consistent with Modiâ€™s divisive and exclusionary approach to governance and his efforts to marginalize Muslims. The issue surfaced again last week, not on the streets but in staid government offices in Delhi, when Modi and other chief ministers gathered for a meeting of the National Development Council, Indiaâ€™s top policy making body, to discuss pressing economic matters, including Muslim poverty. The issue has been a source of much debate since a 2006 government report It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. No worries, just click here to download the PDF file.