TIME magazine’s new cover calls Modi ‘India’s Divider In Chief’

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As the elections in India are in full swing, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine with a headline named ‘India’s Divider in Chief” for May 20th edition.

Journalist Aatish Taseer mentions in his article that “Modi is the son of a tea seller, and his election was nothing short of a class revolt at the ballot box. It exposed what American historian Anne Applebaum has described as “unresolvable divisions between people who had previously not known that they disagreed with one another.” .

Article further reads that “Under Modi govt, minorities of every stripe – from liberals and lower castes to Muslims and Christians – have come under assault, India is “more divided than ever,”the cover story  “Can the World’s Largest Democracy Endure Another Five Years of a Modi Government?”.

TIME Magazine tweeted on its official twitter handle wrote “TIME’s new international cover: “Can the world’s largest democracy endure another five years of a Modi government?

The article published also unearths that Indian premier never ever tried to develop cordial relationship between Hindus and Muslims.

Journalist Taseer wrote that “Modi’s victory was an expression of that distrust. He attacked once unassailable founding fathers, such as Nehru, then sacred state ideologies, such as Nehruvian secularism and socialism; he spoke of a “Congress-free” India; he demonstrated no desire to foster brotherly feeling between Hindus and Muslims.”

Most of all, his ascension showed that beneath the surface of what the elite had believed was a liberal syncretic culture, India was indeed a cauldron of religious nationalism, anti-Muslim sentiment and deep-seated caste bigotry.

Highlighting the rising populism in democracies like Turkey, Brazil, Britain, the US and India, Taseer writes, “Of the great democracies to fall to populism, India was the first.” Under Prime Minister Modi,  nation’s most basic norms, such as the character of the Indian state, its founding fathers, the place of minorities and its institutions, from universities to corporate houses to the media, were shown to be severely distrusted,” it said.