Neither of India's two major political parties augurs well for the country's liberals
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Imagine for a moment that the opinion polls and prime-time news prophecies ahead of the Indian general elections have it wrong, that the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) isn’t in the ascendant and that, come polling day, the ruling coalition, led by the Congress Party, isn’t booted out of office. Instead, the stars conspire to keep Congress and its allies in power. In this imaginary world, Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime-ministerial candidate, returns to Gujarat, the state he has overseen as chief minister since 2001—and where, in 2002, rioting along religious lines led to the deaths of more than a thousand people, most of them Muslims.