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Narendra Modi (1950–) is the (significantly more successful) Donald Trump of India, a wingnut and the 14th and current Prime Minister of India since 2014. He is known for his courting of far-right authoritarian social cleansers who seek to purge the nation of all undesirables, much like his American counterpart.
Modi is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and in the past worked as a pracharak (propagandist) for more than 12 years at its far-right parent organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which advocates Hindutva and was banned on three separate occasions.
- 1 Personal views
- 2 Pearls of wisdom
- 3 Cow vigilantism and lynchings
- 4 Detention camps
- 5 Propaganda
- 6 2002 Gujarat riots
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
Modi believes that India is a target of a global conspiracy and all Muslims in the country are part of it. As Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat, Modi blamed Islamic terrorists for a train disaster that killed 59 people in 2002, setting off a series of riots that killed over 1,000 people-most of them Muslims.
During the dispute over Babri Masjid, Ashis Nandy, a prominent Indian intellectual, began a series of interviews with R.S.S. members. A trained psychologist, he wanted to study the mentality of the rising Hindu nationalists. One of those he met was Narendra Modi, who was then a little-known B.J.P. functionary. Nandy interviewed Modi for several hours, and came away shaken. His subject, Nandy said, exhibited all the traits of an authoritarian personality: puritanical rigidity, a constricted emotional life, fear of his own passions, and an enormous ego that protected a gnawing insecurity. During the interview, Modi elaborated a fantastical theory of how India was the target of a global conspiracy, in which every Muslim in the country was likely complicit.
“”Modi elaborated a fantastical theory of how India was the target of a global conspiracy, in which every Muslim in the country was likely complicit. Modi was a fascist in every sense, I don’t mean this as a term of abuse. It’s a diagnostic category.
|—Ahsis Nandy, A political psychologist who interviewed Modi in 1996|
Modi is known for indirectly supporting Hindu nationalist groups for attacks against Muslim and Christians. The RSS, of which he is a member, is a pro-Hindutva organization that is training people, including children, for an upcoming war against Muslims.
“”From the visuals on TV, those setting the fire can be identified by their clothes.
|—Modi, about Muslims |
In 2019, Modi stripped the Muslim majority state of Kashmir of its autonomy. He put it under lockdown. This lead to a lack of internet access in the state for months and a $2.4 billion loss in the state's economy.
“”Hard work is more powerful than Harvard
“”Intellectuals live in this country and use all facilities for which we pay tax. Then they raise slogans against our Army. India faces grave danger from them. If I was Home Minister, I would have issued orders to shoot them.
|—Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, BJP Lawmaker and Modi's minion|
On January 6, 2020, a group of Hinduvta supporters entered Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi with the help of police and attacked students and teachers who protested against the school's fee hike.
“”JNU is a hub of communists and we won’t tolerate such hubs. They abuse our religion and our country. Their attitude towards our religion is anti-national. In future, too, we will take the same action in other universities if someone tries to indulge in anti-national activities
|—Hindu Raksha Dal claiming responsibility of the attacks.|
Pearls of wisdom
Millennia ago, genetics research enabled in vitro fertilization
Hindutva-advocacy often propagates the pseudo-historic belief that many discoveries of modern science are actually not modern at all, and was discovered in Ancient India (by the Hindus, no less).[note 1] This is due to the fact that Hindu Fundamentalists think that human civilization is billions of years old.
In the Indian epic Mahabharata, a character Karna is described as having born to an unmarried woman. In 2014, while delivering a lecture in front of a group of doctors and other professionals, Modi said that Karna's birth outside his mother's womb is the proof of the existence of genetic science in ancient India:
|—Narendra Modi, BJP politician and the 14th Prime Minister of India|
Ancient cosmetic surgery grafted an elephant head onto a human body
Ganesha is a well-known Hindu deity. His body is that of a human and his head is that of an elephant. In 2014, Modi suggested that this could be possible because an ancient Indian plastic surgeon transplanted elephant's head on the body of a human being.
“”We can feel proud of what our country achieved in medical science at one point of time... We worship Lord Ganesha. There must have been some plastic surgeon at that time who got an elephant’s head on the body of a human being and began the practice of plastic surgery."
|—Narendra Modi, BJP politician and the 14th Prime Minister of India |
Using digital camera and e-mail in the 1980s
During an interview, while explaining how he became a "gadget-freak", Modi claimed that he first used digital camera in 1987-88. Modi claimed that he had taken a picture of L.K Advani (Demolition Man) and e-mailed it to Delhi. The next day (according to Modi) it was printed in color on a newspaper and Advani was surprised.
On climate change
Modi's climate change downplaying was made clear during a nationwide propaganda exercise where his speech on teacher's day was broadcasted live during school hours, made compulsory to watch for all students, and schools were required to arrange TVs for live transmission. In response to a student's question concerning climate change during the QA session, he replied:
“”Often during winters, you'll notice that they [old people] say it's colder this year than ever before. Don't they say such things? Actually it's not any colder. Their capacity to tolerate cold has reduced due to aging. In the same manner, the climate hasn't changed, we have changed... our tolerance and habits have changed. Our habits have got spoiled. Due to that, we have destroyed our entire environment... If we change then God has built the system in such a way that it can balance on its own.
He then goes on for the next 5 minutes enunciating about Hindu culture, Shastras, invoking Hindu scriptures, telling how Chaand (Moon) is Mamu (Uncle) for all children in India and then he ended with a suggestion that everyone should practice inserting a thread into a needle in the moonlight. He... does get carried away with bringing in inconsequential tangents to get away from answering questions, even when it isn't a debate or an interview.
PM Modi had also decided to skip the UN Climate Change Summit on September 23rd 2014 along with Chinese Premier. They together represent the largest polluting countries on the planet.
He also expressed similar views at the Sacred Hearts University in Japan in 2014.
“”Is it climate change or habit change? Our habits have changed and we are fighting the nature. We should rather have communication with nature.
Manual scavenging a 'spiritual experience'
In his book 'Karmayog', Modi defends manual scavenging done by the lower castes and encourages them to continue their work:
“”I do not believe that they have been doing this job just to sustain their livelihood. Had this been so, they would not have continued with this type of job generation after generation. At some point of time, somebody must have got the enlightenment that it is their (Valmikis’) duty to work for the happiness of the entire society and the Gods; that they have to do this job bestowed upon them by Gods; and that this job of cleaning up should continue as an internal spiritual activity for centuries. This should have continued generation after generation. It is impossible to believe that their ancestors did not have the choice of adopting any other work or business.
Cow vigilantism and lynchings
More than 44 people have died from lynchings by cow vigilantes since Modi came to power. Most of the lynchings happened as a result of false accusations. The majority of the lynching victims are Muslims.
In an infamous case from 2017, a group of cow vigilantes lynched a cattle trader who was on his way back after attending a cattle fair, on suspicion of cow smuggling. All of the accused were left free by the court and the dead victim had cases registered against him by the police. Many criminal activities are ignored by the police because of the culprits' affiliation with Hindutva outfits.
Modi government has been building detention camps to put people who have failed their citizenship test, most of whom are Muslims. He has introduced a new law that allows people of other religions, except for Islam, to get Indian citizenship, even if they fail to show documents of their citizenship. This effectively strips the citizenship of Muslims who are poor and not able to acquire documents to show their citizenship.
His new genocide attempt has led to various protests across the country and attacks on universities by the police and Hindu extremist groups. So far, 36 people have have died as a result of police brutality.
In 2019, after removing the special status of the Muslim majority state of Kashmir, children aged 11-12 from a school in the state of Haryana were tasked with writing a letter to Modi, thanking him for the decision.
In 2020, as a result of the Citizenship Amendment Act protests in India, Prime Minister's Office ordered schools to force the students to write a letter to Modi, supporting his new law that grants Indian citizenship to people based on their religion.
BJP IT Cell/WhatsApp University
BJP IT Cell is a group of paid workers who spam the internet with Pro Modi propaganda and hijack online polls.
It is jokingly called WhatsApp University due to their extensive use of the messaging app WhatsApp to spread propaganda.
IT cell is known for generating twitter trends about boycotting famous people who criticize the government.
History books in schools have been tweaked to give importance to right-wing ideologies, Hindu rulers are glorified and there is no mention of RSS's hand in Gandhi's assassination. There is no mention of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (who belonged to BJP's rival party Indian National Congress). Instead, the life of Nazi admirer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is written in detail.
His government has been renaming ancient cities from names given by Islamic rulers to new "Hindu" names.
There are attempts to remove references to Islamic rulers from history textbooks at schools.
2002 Gujarat riots
In 2005, United States revoked the visa of Modi, who at that time was the Chief Minister of Indian state of Gujarat, on the grounds he was complicit in the 2002 riots that killed more than 1,000 people. In fact, he specifically ordered the police not to intervene, thereby allowing mostly Muslims to die in the riots.
Modi became stunned, speechless, and answerless, and then walked out when drilled with questions by journalist Karan Thapar about his involvement in the 2002 Gujarat riots that killed 1,000–2,000+ people, most of whom were Muslims. Since then, all of his interviews are scripted.
- I. K. Shukla (2003). Hindutva: An Autopsy of Fascism as a Theoterrorist Cult and Other Essays. Media House. pp.105. ISBN 978-81-7495-143-4. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India The New Yorker
- Modi Makes His Bigotry Even Clearer The New York Times
- New recruits to Hindu cause hear anti-Muslim message Reuters
- Modi Plays Communal Card on CAA, Targets Muslim Protestors The Wire
- Hard work is more powerful than Harvard : Modi The Hindu
- The Curious Case of Anti-Intellectualism in MODIfied India—Ananyo ChakrabortyLokayata
- Would Have Got Intellectuals Shot If I Were Home Minister: BJP Lawmaker NDTV
- After hostel fee hike, JNU will become India’s most expensive central universityThe Print
- Masked goons strike terror in JNU, none arrestedThe Hindu
- New Delhi: Students, teachers attacked inside JNU campus Al Jazeera
- Hindu Raksha Dal Takes Onus for JNU Attack, Warns Other Varsities on ‘Anti-National' Activities News 18
- Indian prime minister claims genetic science existed in ancient times The Guardian
- Critics slam Modi's claims of using 'digital camera, email in 1980s' The Week
- The violent rise of India’s cow vigilantes Vox
- Pehlu Khan lynching: All 6 accused walk free India Today
- India’s massive, scary new detention camps, explained Vox
- 'This is propaganda': Indian school makes children write letter thanking Modi for stripping Kashmir's autonomy Independent
- Imagine the PMO bullying school children to write letters of support on CAA! National Herald
- Fake news buster embarrasses BJP IT cell with 'edited' tweetsThe Week
- 'Have You Just Joined WhatsApp University': Twitter Roasts Kiran Bedi For 'Sun Chants Om' Post News Nation
- Deepika Padukone shows up at JNU protest, sparks Twitter calls for boycott of ‘Chhapaak’The Print
- Rewriting history: Akbar lost to Maharana Pratap; Mahatma, Nehru missing from texts Hindustan Times
- BJP Government Gave Nod To Renaming 25 Places In India In A Year Huffington Post
- Tipu Sultan to be removed from history textbooks? Education minister seeks report India Today
- U.S. Denies Visa to Indian Hindu Nationalist Washington Post