Weakness in Numbers

J.S. Bandukwala is a respected physics professor in the western Indian city of Baroda. On Feb. 26, 2002, Bandukwala—a devout Muslim—delivered an eloquent speech at a local gathering, calling for harmony and dialogue between India's minority Muslims and majority Hindus. "We have to decide," he said, "which India we want."

The next day, Baroda and other cities and towns in Gujarat state were consumed by Hindu and Muslim brutality: many hundreds of Muslims died, along with 59 Hindus.

In Baroda, a small Hindu mob torched Bandukwala's subcompact...

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