Indians rise up against their liar-in-chief - By Vijay Prashad  - IAMC
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Indians rise up against their liar-in-chief – By Vijay Prashad 

Every day and in every part of India, hundreds of thousands of people, mainly young people, have been gathering on the streets to express their anger at the government. Their protests, like the protests in Chile, emerged out of one particular grievance but then cascaded outward. They are angry at the government’s attempt to define citizenship in a narrow and bigoted way; but they are also angry at the arrogance of the government and at the disastrous way in which it has managed the economy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party, a far-right political party that has intimate roots to India’s fascist currents. The BJP’s parent organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, was born in 1925 with close links to Italian fascism. Both the BJP and the RSS believe in a doctrine known as Hindutva, which is in essence the promotion of the supremacy of Hindus over other communities inside India.

The animus of the BJP and the RSS is directed against India’s Muslims. The way that the BJP government defined the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) appears directly to target Muslims, and to define Indian nationality in opposition to Muslims.…