Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat state in India when the Hindu-Muslim riots started in early-2002. his personal involvement continues to be debated, but if anyone knows how India really operates, they fully understand that he was involved in those events, although it has still not proven in the court of law – and, it will never be proved in any court of law, anywhere in India, that he was personally involved.
The scholars on this subject have called Gujarat state government’s involvement in the Gujarat riots of 2002 as ethnic cleansing, pogrom, state terrorism, premeditated and well-planned. During those riots, Modi only said “What is happening is a chain of action and reaction.” Later in 2002, he said the way in which he had handled the media was his only regret regarding the episode. He has not offered an apology for the riots and has stated that he should be rather punished and not forgiven if he is guilty.
Fast-forward to May 2014, since his election as Prime Minister, India has been walking on a dangerous path along religious and ideological lines that triggered the 2002 Gujarat riots. Under his watch, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued populist policies that clearly harm religious minorities and dissenters, and its powerful officials have largely remained silent about violence against such groups. In some instances, they even lauded such behavior.
WHERE’S THE BEEF is not a slogan in a U.S. T.V. commercial. In fact is the deadly-serious questions asked by lynch mobs in India because they view cow as sacred and killing of a cow a matter is a very serious matter in India. Cow slaughter is banned in most states of India. Even this cow vigilante violence is up since the election in 2014 as the hardline Hindus view this matter as violation of their religious norms.
Since his 2014 election, mobs have been killing Muslims in India with impunity. The situation is so dire that even the Indian Supreme Court has asked Parliament to draft legislation that will stop people from taking law into their own hands. The worst in all this is that his government suppresses dissent and label these activists and protesters as “anti-national.”
Historically, BJP is not the only political party with any patent on religious and political intolerance. In 1984, Congress party in power allowed the Hindu mobs to slaughter Sikhs en mass following PM Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards.
The serious problem with Modi is his horrible human rights records and his personal hatred for the minority Muslims. As a result of religious violence in the state of Gujarat, he was even banned from traveling to the United States
Prime Minister Modi is viewed in India as a leader who subtly approves of, and even quietly endorses violence against political and religious dissenters who don’t “fall in line” thereby making this hate mantra go mainstream in India.
Ever since its independence in 1947, India held a unique position in the global community of nations where it was always seen as a benign power whose rise and prosperity was seen as a positive. This reputation was based on its democracy, tolerance of diversity, and willingness to champion morality. It gave India leeway to boldly carve its own path. However, it is becoming clear since his election in 2014, that India has taken for granted this reputation, and with his government’s divisive policies, it risks this reputation completely when labels of authoritarianism, intolerant and unstable will be thrown at India if it doesn’t get it’s act right in protecting the minorities and reversing the course of religious and political intolerance that is harming the society there. The stakes are way too high at home and abroad for India. The world is watching closely. India must take note before it too late in making amends.