POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 04, 2014 AT 23:55 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 04, 2014 23:55 IST

There is much to admire, the Economist says, about Narendra Modi. Despite this, it "cannot bring itself to back Mr Modi for India’s highest office.:

The reason begins with a Hindu rampage against Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, in which at least 1,000 people were slaughtered. The orgy of murder and rape in Ahmedabad and the surrounding towns and villages was revenge for the killing of 59 Hindu pilgrims on a train by Muslims.

Mr Modi had helped organise a march on the holy site at Ayodhya in 1990 which, two years later, led to the deaths of 2,000 in Hindu-Muslim clashes. A lifelong member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a Hindu nationalist group in whose cause he has vowed lifelong celibacy, he made speeches early in his career that shamelessly whipped up Hindus against Muslims. In 2002 Mr Modi was chief minister and he was accused of allowing or even abetting the pogrom.


By refusing to put Muslim fears to rest, Mr Modi feeds them. By clinging to the anti-Muslim vote, he nurtures it. India at its finest is a joyous cacophony of peoples and faiths, of holy men and rebels. The best of them, such as the late columnist Khushwant Singh (see article) are painfully aware of the damage caused by communal hatred. Mr Modi might start well in Delhi but sooner or later he will have to cope with a sectarian slaughter or a crisis with Pakistan—and nobody, least of all the modernisers praising him now, knows what he will do nor how Muslims, in turn, will react to such a divisive man.

If Mr Modi were to explain his role in the violence and show genuine remorse, we would consider backing him, but he never has; it would be wrong for a man who has thrived on division to become prime minister of a country as fissile as India. We do not find the prospect of a government led by Congress under Mr Gandhi an inspiring one. But we have to recommend it to Indians as the less disturbing option.

The weekly goes on to conclude:

If, more probably, victory goes to the BJP, its coalition partners should hold out for a prime minister other than Mr Modi.

And if they still choose Mr Modi? We would wish him well, and we would be delighted for him to prove us wrong by governing India in a modern, honest and fair way. But for now he should be judged on his record—which is that of a man who is still associated with sectarian hatred. There is nothing modern, honest or fair about that. India deserves better.

Read the full article at Can anyone stop Narendra Modi?

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 04, 2014 AT 23:55 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 04, 2014 23:55 IST
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Daily Mail
Sep 30, 2014
10:40 AM

And no surprise, his article has been endorsed by that white mughal Darlymple.

Delhi, India
Sep 30, 2014
10:38 AM

The Economist article by the idiot Patrick Foulis is downright racist and obnoxious. Some of these morons still think India is a colony ruled by them.

Delhi, India
Sep 29, 2014
06:55 PM

Economist calls Modi a pain-in-the-ass.

Such classy people were lecturing what we should and should not be doing in our elections.

Akash Verma
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Apr 11, 2014
06:42 AM

Development and doublespeak: by Zoya Hasan

The BJP’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh unmistakably exposes the doublespeak. It is not restricted to economic growth, price rise and corruption and the Gujarat model of development as the panacea to the country’s despair with sliding economic growth; rather, it focusses on both development and division. Mr. Modi talks about development but allows other leaders of his party and the Sangh to raise communal issues. After Mr. Modi’s close aide, Mr. Amit Shah (former Home Minister of Gujarat) took charge of the party’s U.P. campaign, it took a decisive turn toward Hindutva which has since become the main plank in the election. Thereafter, the Sangh intensified its “save cow” campaign and “love jihad” propaganda.

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Apr 09, 2014
06:15 PM

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