The Curious Case of PM Modi Speaking too Little, too Late in Face of Social Unrest – By Suhas Munshi
One day after the Supreme Court’s directive to ensure the protection of Kashmiris, Prime Minister Modi said that the country’s fight was for Kashmir and not against Kashmiris. Modi’s statement comes after cases of targeted attacks on Kashmiris, some of which have been filmed and shared widely, were reported across the country since the February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF men lost their lives.
The Prime Minister was earlier attacked by Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday for continuing to pose and smile for the cameras when an attack was reported in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah had slammed the country’s leadership, asking why was he silent on the attacks on Kashmiri’s reported in various states of India.…
This is not the first time Modi has had to speak publicly against bigotry or religious intolerance in order to stem flagrant attacks against vulnerable groups.…Modi’s repeated attempts at reining in mob violence against weaker groups is arguably late and has mixed results.…
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