Narendra Modi stokes divisions in the world’s biggest democracy – Editorial
Last month India changed the law to make it easier for adherents of all the subcontinent’s religions, except Islam, to acquire citizenship. At the same time, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (bjp) wants to compile a register of all India’s 1.3bn citizens, as a means to hunt down illegal immigrants.
Those sound like technicalities, but many of the country’s 200m Muslims do not have the papers to prove they are Indian, so they risk being made stateless. Ominously, the government has ordered the building of camps to detain those caught in the net.
You might think that the bjp’s scheme was a miscalculation. It has sparked widespread and lasting protests. Students, secularists, even the largely fawning media have begun to speak out against Narendra Modi, the prime minister, for his apparent determination to transform India from a tolerant, multi-religious place into a chauvinist Hindu state.…
- India’s iconic democracy feels like it is under siege – By Pamela Constable (Jan 25, 2020, Washington Post)
- Nearly 2 Million People in India Could Lose Citizenship in Biggest Disenfranchisement in History – Siddhartha Deb with Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh (Sep 5, 2019, Democracy Now)
- Modi parades his hatred of Muslims – and makes a mockery of India’s constitution – By Mukulika Banerjee (Jan 26, 2020, The Times)
- Why are South African Hindus silent on apartheid and fascism in India? – By Mahmood Sanglay (Jan 24, 2020, Daily Maverick)