12 November 2015, The Tablet

India’s ugly nationalism

by Rudolf C. Heredia

Protests by Christian, Muslim and Sikh groups were expected to greet the arrival in Britain on Thursday of the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi. He and his Hindu nationalist party, the BJP, stand accused of stoking hatred Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is at a low ebb after losing legislative elections in Bihar, a state with a population of more than 100 million. A “grand alliance” of secular parties swept the board winning 178 constituencies in Bihar’s legislative assembly in contrast with the 53 won by the BJP. The defeat is a blow for Modi who was promoted heavily as the face of the party in the election campaign. It is also a sign that many Indians are becoming fearful of the ultra-nationalism promoted by BJP hardliners and affiliated organis
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