Nytimes: Modi’s Response to Farmer Protests in India Stirs Fears of a Pattern | IAMC

Nytimes: Modi’s Response to Farmer Protests in India Stirs Fears of a Pattern

As India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, struggles to quell months of protests by farmers against new market-friendly agriculture laws, critics and analysts see a pattern of curtailing free speech that they fear is sending India down a dangerous path of intolerance.

In its response to other contentious policies — including citizenship laws that disadvantaged Muslims, its clampdown on the disputed Kashmir region and the farmers’ protests — Mr. Modi’s government has resorted to arrests, stifling of dissenting voices, and blocking of the internet. Groups that track internet freedom say India’s is slipping.

While some of the tactics are not new in India’s recent history, many fear Mr. Modi is taking them to new heights.

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