By Muslim Mirror Web Desk
New Delhi: In its latest edition the The Economist has dedicated its latest cover to what it calls “Intolerant India” and criticised the Narendra Modi government over the new citizenship law CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), commenting that “by perpetually firing up Hindus and infuriating Muslims, BJP makes fresh bloodshed more likely” .
The article, titled “Narendra Modi stokes divisions in the world’s biggest democracy”, says India’s 200 million Muslims fear the Prime Minister is building a Hindu state.
Sketching the rise of the BJP with the movement for a Ram temple in the ’80s, the article argues that “Mr Modi and the BJP are likely to benefit politically by creating divisions over religion and national identity”.
“The plan to compile a register of genuine Indians as part of a hunt for foreign interlopers affects all 1.3bn people in the country. It could drag on for years, inflaming passions over and over again, as the list is compiled, challenged and revised” the article says.
The BJP is apparently trying to transform India from a tolerant, multi-religious place into a chauvinist Hindu state’ it said.
The Economist termed the Citizenship Amendment Act as NDA government’s “most ambitious step yet in a decades-long long project of incitement”. The article further adds that the government’s policies may have helped the Narendra Modi to win elections but the same have proven to be “”political poison” for the country.
“By undermining the secular principles of the constitution, Mr Modi’s latest initiatives threaten to do damage to India’s democracy that could last for decades,” the magazine says.
The article further warns that a “sustained persecution” of one group is a threat to all and puts the political system “at risk”.By perpetually firing up Hindus and infuriating Muslims, BJP makes fresh bloodshed more likely,” it added.
The CAA provides for citizenship for non-Muslim minorities from Muslim-majority countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they fled religious persecution and entered India before 2015. Critics believe the law, along with the NRC, will be used to target Muslims.