Tag: Narendra Modi

Modi’s Nationalist Supporters Love His Crackdown on Kashmir: “He’s Like a God to India Today”

NEW DELHI — Chants of “Long live Mother India!” and “down with Pakistan!” rang out in the streets of New Delhi, as crowds gathered to hear the Prime Minister speak atop the historic Red Fort. As more than one billion Indians celebrate the end of British colonialism, Modi’s massive fanbase is also patriotically hailing their […]

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Pakistan Rage Over India’s ‘Occupation’ of Kashmir Explodes Into the Streets: ‘I Am Ready to Die’

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan-administered Kashmir — India marked its Independence Day Thursday with a chest-thumping celebration of its incendiary move to roll back the political autonomy of its part of the contested region of Kashmir. But across the border in arch-rival Pakistan, the mood was anything but festive. The country declared India’s big occasion a symbolic “black […]

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India’s Looming Ethno-Nationalist Catastrophe

In the long list of enemies maintained by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of India (BJP), the Muslims of the northwestern state of Kashmir have always held a special place. The only Muslim-majority state in India, and one guaranteed notional autonomy under Article 370 of the Indian constitution, Kashmir is routinely depicted by the right-wing […]

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India’s Chilling Lesson for the Left

Shortly after the election results in India last week that returned the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party and its leader, prime minister Narendra Modi, to power, a video began circulating on social media. Shared widely by Modi’s supporters, it purported to show a “millionaire Indian” celebrating Modi’s victory in New York City’s diamond district by throwing […]

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Arundhati Roy on India’s Elections: “A Mockery of What Democracy Is Supposed to Be”

“In India,” Arundhati Roy wrote in 2002, “if you are a butcher or a genocidist who happens to be a politician, you have every reason to be optimistic.” Roy was referring to Narendra Modi, the then-chief minister of Gujarat who had been implicated in the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the state that killed at least […]

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