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In this chapter, the author describes his meeting with a man who had put him on a hit-list. This man, Mr. Barotia, was a member of an ultra-right-wing Hindu group, and offended that the author had married a Muslim. Mr. Barotia was proud of the killings of Muslims in Gujarat. The author disliked Mr. Barotia and his views but also saw a part of himself, and his own provincial past, in Mr. Barotia’s prejudices.

In the plane from London to Delhi, a boxer who had represented India at the just-concluded 2012 Olympic Games was returning home. He sat next to...

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