As India’s vast general election draws to a close, Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, is in the lead. Two opposing camps of commentators have emerged: one touting the would-be prime minister’s economic successes, and one claiming that he is a divisive Hindu nationalist.
At the heart of the latter claim are the communal riots that took place in Gujarat in 2002, soon after Modi took office as chief minister of the state. A report published this month by Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic dissects the events that have done such damage to Modi’s international image. Continue reading »