ms151.jpg Margaret Scott

India’s Historical Hijacker

India's main opposition leader, Narendra Modi, has moved aggressively to lay claim to the legacy of one of India’s most respected founders, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. But Modi's own past as Chief Minister of Gujarat is tainted by the kind of communal violence that Patel abhorred.

NEW DELHI – As the political temperature heats up in India, with five state assembly elections this month and a general election due to be held by April, one might expect Indian leaders to be dueling over visions of the future. Instead, they have been engaged for weeks in an unseemly brawl about the past.