In an outspoken and critical interview which will upset the BJP government and enrage
its supporters, Tavleen Singh has repeatedly compared the Narendra Modi government, its
legislation and its attitude to Muslims to Nazi rule in Germany in the 1930s. She calls
the Citizenship Amendment Act "India's
first Nuremberg law". She repeatedly speaks of Modi's attitude and treatment of Muslims
alongside Hitler's treatment of jews. She says just as Hitler's Nuremberg laws singled
out jews and treated them differently to other Germans so, too, does the Citizenship
Amendment Act single out Muslims and treat them differently to other Indians.
In a 42-minute interview to Karan Thapar for The Wire on her recently published book
Messiah Modi?, Singh says that she has known for a long time that anti-Muslim prejudice
is part of the DNA of the RSS, whom she calls the "alma mater" of Narendra Modi. She now
fears that anti-Muslim prejudice is also part of Narendra Modi's DNA. She says there
were hints of this when he was chief minister of Gujarat and refused to wear a skull cap
or compared the killings of Muslims in 2002 to a puppy being run over by a car. . . .
Tavleen Singh is one of India's
most influential columnists and authors. In "Messiah
Modi?" she details her early support for Modi the candidate, followed by a helpless
disenchantment with Modi the Prime Minister.
Visweswaran, Kamala, Michael Witzel, Nandini Manjrenkar, Dipta Bhog, and Uma
Chakravarti, "The Hindutva view of
history: rewriting textbooks in India and the United States," Georgetown Journal of
International Affairs 10(1):101-112.
[In 2019, India added three new billionaires every month while most of the rest of the
world was in an economic slowdown. The total number of billionaires reached 138, the
highest after China and the US.--Ravi Kant, "The
rise of the monopolists in Modi's India," asiatimes.com, October 12, 2020]
[it takes more than hugs and handshakes at PR stunts like the "Howdy Modi" event in
Austin, Texas, or the "Namaste Trump" gimmick in Gujarat, to bring in investment.--Bhim
manufacturers are not rushing from China to India," asiatimes.com, November 2, 2020]