Indian Elections
To Woo Hindu Voters, BJP Goes Back to Sectarian Roots
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  • B-Sabre

    And the hits, they just keep coming…

  • Rajdeep Sardesai

    Hinduism unites the majority in india. It is what will keep india united. I am very encouraged by modi. Primacy to indian heritage and culture is a welcome development. Western observers need some sensitivity training and start treating ancient indian culture and heritage with respect.

  • Rajdeep Sardesai

    The BJP is not much different from the republican party in the US. The bigotry displayed by the author is not surprising, given his previous posts on this issue. The only sources he cites are sources that are blind to the realities in India. Views as the one displayed in this article will produce no good outcome. Nobody in India will give any attention to a one sided article that ignores indias rich culture and history. If US policy makers listen to such advice (as they have been doing so far), they are making a big mistake.

    If you really want good relations with india, learn to like and appreciate hindu culture. And remember, every person practising yoga in the US is practising hinduism.

  • Rajdeep Sardesai

    Mr Amit shah called for people to take revenge against the UP government by voting against it. I dont see anything wrong with what he said.

    I am getting tired of the garbage you are posting here. I dont see any benefit from reading this website. A lot of it is propaganda and blatant falsehoods. If US policymakers are indeed considering the opinions in these pages, it helps explain why US foreign policy is such a disaster today.

  • gabrielsyme

    As disappointing as the BJP’s continued sectarian demagogy is, it is also the price of a functioning democracy in India. A line needs to be drawn at incitement to violence, and any BJP-led government needs to be held to account; but sectarian rhetoric is almost unavoidable in a poor and divided nation. We are probably fortunate that sectarian violence has not been worse in India.

  • Jaldhar H. Vyas

    I am usually here as a defender of Modi but I agree this represents an ugly side of his appeal. What I would like to know is why is it only now that the great and good have realized that Indian politicians can be demagogues. This has been par for the course since 1947.

    For that matter how is this kind of overblown rhetoric different than Pres. Obamas phony “war against women”?

    Don’t hate the player hate the game.

  • Breif2

    Shah called to vote against the current “government in “revenge” against its perceived sectarian policies? The horror! Next thing you know, he’ll be calling upon Hindus to “punish their enemies”!

    (Not that I don’t find some elements of the BJP distasteful and worrying.)

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