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Eleven years laterthe BJPs prime ministerial candidate has adopted a different tone He is making overtures to this minoritywhich represents a significant proportion of the population in key states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh This change in tone is evidentthroughout the Hindi beltfrom symbolic gestures like the distribution of free skullcaps and burqas for the Muslims attending his public meetingsas seen in Jaipur and Bhopal a few weeks ago In Augustthe Modi government told the Supreme Court that it was willing to pay for the repair of the 535 mosques and dargahswhich had been damaged in 2002 In factthis new dispensation has been obvious in Gujarat for at least two years now Modi first established a channel of communication with the Dawoodi Bohras He has paid their leaderSyedna Mohammed Burhanuddina courtesy visit and inaugurated the communitys trade exposition in Ahmedabad Thenhe tried to reach out to the Sunnis through his Sadbhavana Missionwhich he launched in September 2011on his 61st birthday The aim of the mission was to promote social harmony beyond casteclass and religious divisions In order to solemnly commit himself to this objectiveModi travelled throughout Gujarat and undertook fasts in various places His last Sadbhavana fast was in February 2012 Muslims attended these functions in somewhat large numbers In Ahmedabadan imam offered Modi a skullcapwhich he refused to wear In Navsaria few days laterone of his Muslim supporters offered him a keffiyeha scarfwhich he refused again One may remember that in December 2002Atal Bihari Vajpayee had hosted an Eid milan at his residenceand an iftar party the year before At the end of the Sadbhavana MissionModis ability to reach out to Muslims was doubtful Indeedaccording to a CSDS survey conducted after the 2012 state elections20 per cent of the Muslim voters had chosen the BJPagainst 22 per cent in 2007 While a substantial proportion of Muslims was voting for Modiit seemed to have reached a plateau Naturallythe memories of 2002 have played a role But other explanations need to be factored in Like the Dalits and Adivasisthe Muslims have not benefited from Gujarats development as much as other groups either The Sachar Committee report has shown that Gujarati Muslims lag behind in terms of poverty and education But it was based on data that had been collected in the early- and mid-2000sonly a few years after Modi came to power To take stock of the impact of his policies on Muslimsone needs to look at up-to-date data The 66th round of the NSS of 2009-10 can help us in this endeavour It shows that the share of urban Muslims who are salaried employees remains much lower than the corresponding figure for Hindus: 349 per cent against 448 per centwhereas the proportion of Muslims who are self-employed is much greater492 per cent against 366 per cent This over representation of Gujarati Muslims in the informal sector continues to be related to their low level of educational attainment In the age group of 5-14-year-olds787 per cent of Muslims go to school There is no improvement over the 2004-05 NSS roundfor which the corresponding figure was 789 per cent and was almost at par with the statistic for Hindus But when Muslims turn 15the dropout rate is such that in the age group of 15-19-year-oldsthey lag behind the Hindus by 10 percentage pointswith only 32 per cent still in school The Muslims of Gujarat continue to be poorer than the Hindus and poorer than in most other Indian states The Planning Commissionon the basis of data collected in 2009-10pointed out in 2012 that in urban areas the percentage of Gujarati Muslims living below the poverty line was 424 per cent Not only is this higher than the national average by 10 percentage points but it is also higher than the comparable figures for West Bengal (349 per cent) and Rajasthan (295 per cent) The percentage of Muslims living below the poverty line in the rural areas in Gujarat is not very different from West Bengal: 314 per cent compared to 344 per cent In the villages of Gujaratthe poverty of Muslims is largely due to the fact that they own little land 70 per cent of rural Muslims own less than 04 hectareagainst 555 per cent of Hindus In spite of the poor educational attainment of Muslimsthe Modi government abstained from distributing scholarships that the Centre had designed for them in the wake of the Sachar Committee report Only Muslim students who had secured 50 per cent marks in their annual exams and whose family had an annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh were eligible for this pre-matriculation scholarship The amount of the scholarship was between Rs 800 and 1000 per year In Gujarat55000 students were eligible The Centres contribution was supposed to amount to approximately Rs 375 crore and that of the state to about Rs 125 crore The Modi government refused to pay on the grounds that the scheme was discriminatory vis-à-vis other poor students The matter went to the Gujarat High Courtwhere a division bench of three judges ruled in favour of the scheme Lateranother bench overruled the earlier judgment Finallyit went to a full bench of five judgeswhich ruled in favour of the scheme In responsethe Modi government appealed to the Supreme Courtwhich upheld the final decision of the Gujarat High Court in May 2013five years after the scheme had been initiated There is another reason why Gujarati Muslims did not significantly shift towards the BJP in 2012: the party did not nominate a single Muslim candidate This was one of the reasons why the Muslim leader of the BJP minority cell resigned during the election campaign But when the BJP did give tickets to Muslim candidates during local electionsthe party failed to attract voters in Muslim majority constituencies This is evident from what happened in Junagadh in 2009 when the BJP lost the local elections In such constituenciesthe Muslim voters turned to the Congress and the BJP sometimes alienated its Hindu voters Modi may face the same dilemma during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections: either he tries to woo Muslim voters (who may not support him eventually) and risk losing some Hindu supportersor he follows the polarisation strategy till its logical conclusion PS: The BJP is distributing burqas to Muslims even though Modi criticised the Congress for its burqa of secularism.

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