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Narendra Modi. — File photo
Narendra Modi. — File photo

Here are three strange but instructive instances of pride, pique and prejudice in modern India at different levels of state and society. To some Indians, they could represent the might and glory of the newly assertive motherland; to others of a perhaps more paranoid bent, they might indicate a creeping new culture of illiberalism and intolerance:

Scene 1: The American scholar and veteran radio broadcaster David Barsamian is a well-known Indophile. He has frequently advertised India’s virtues and subtleties to the world, but he has also criticised the Indian nation, most crucially on its stance over Kashmir. On Sept 23, 2011, Barsamian arrives in New Delhi, but he is promptly deported by immigration authorities, who tell him he is “banned” from the country. No official reason, however, is given for his dismissal, and Barsamian’s letters to the Indian government and Indian embassies in the United States and a signed petition by a roster of prominent Indian intellectuals go unanswered. It’s clear Barsamian is not welcome in India again, and the government wants to let him know he can’t expect to criticise it and yet be allowed into the country. “I hope the government of India, in its mysterious Byzantine ways, will reconsider its ban on me,” he says in an interview. “I am, you know, hardly a threat to the Indian Union.”

Scene 2: The American scholar (what, is there a pattern here?) Wendy Doniger has long been the subject of hostile attacks by Hindu nationalist groups, who view her copious work on the core texts and myths of Hinduism as “sexed up” and disrespectful to one of the world’s great religious traditions. The debate is an interesting and even necessary one. But earlier this month, it suddenly judders to a halt when Penguin Books India, Doniger’s publisher in India, abruptly withdraws her book The Hindus: An Alternative History from the market: Fearing a drawn-out legal battle, Penguin has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Hindu nationalist group that invoked, in its lawsuit against Doniger and her publishers, Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code, which proscribes “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class.”

Scene 3: In Sept 2011, Narendra Modi, the bellicose, polarising chief minister of the western state of Gujarat (and currently the man most likely to be India’s next prime minister), is given something like a “clean chit” by a special investigative team appointed to look into the religious violence that raged across the state in 2002, shortly after Modi took office. Modi has always strenuously denied critics’ accusations that he had a direct hand in orchestrating the violence. It has now become clear that if he wants to run for prime minister in 2014, there is little to no chance the law will throw a spanner into the works. That’s good reason to celebrate, but Modi’s response is fantastically over the top: he sets up a massive, self-congratulatory three-day pageant, where politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party and figures from public life arrive to sing his praises while he sits behind them like a medieval potentate. And in a curious act of fusion — one that reveals either a man who, like Walt Whitman, “contains multitudes” or, more distressingly, a state of 60 million people who are willingly indivisible from their elected leader — he says generously that he intends to forgive those “who defamed Gujarat or me by making false allegations”.

These three scenes each reveal the depressing and perverse (but sadly innate and persistent) streak of intolerance not just in India but in man, and the tendency of governments and states to expand their powers unjustifiably unless they face close scrutiny and criticism. The good thing, however, is that they’re unconnected. They reveal not some vast conspiracy of repression in India, but different forces and power centres at work in a vast, diverse, fast-changing society. It’s a place where a relatively free press still functions vigorously and an increasing number of points of view on religion, politics, selfhood and sex now circulate. But the principle of a liberal order itself is not well established or widely seen as being germinal of freedom, creativity and wealth.

These incidents, one might say, represent the birth pangs of religious, intellectual and political freedom in a vast world that was for thousands of years inward-looking, rule-bound and hierarchical — one that, for the first few decades after independence from colonial rule was won and a new republican order established, was still very much a closed society, barred from genuine contact with the rest of the world by the ruling party’s suffocating socialism. Sometimes, before things can get better, they must first grow worse.

But could India’s intolerant streak actually grow even worse, and these scattered kinds of prejudice move into a unified formation where they take on a much more sinister aspect?

Yes, they could. And probably will, if in this summer’s general election India’s electorate delivers enough seats to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party for Modi to become prime minister of a new coalition government. Here’s why.

The virtues that Modi would bring to office are many, and they should not be underemphasised. The religious riots aside, his administrative record in Gujarat is impressive, even if the lineaments of his growth model are not to the liking of some. He has a clear view of what India’s development problems are, and how red tape is a drag on India’s economy. He has something to say to the aspirations of millions of young Indians, with whom — unusually for a man of 63 — he has struck a real chord. If he becomes prime minister, he will have risen to the country’s most powerful office from humble beginnings and at a great distance from New Delhi’s English-speaking elite (unlike his rival candidate, the Congress party’s bumbling dynast Rahul Gandhi). That would be a sign of how far Indian democracy has taken the country since the feudal and colonial worlds that preceded it.

But in voting Modi to power, the bargain India’s citizenry and corporate world would probably be making — with what consequences in the long term no one can quite predict — is the privileging of economic growth and “good governance” over intellectual freedom and the long-standing secular consensus of a Hindu-majority but multi-faith country (often denounced as “pseudosecular” by the BJP).

India’s most popular politician has scant respect for religious and intellectual diversity, as his record shows. And there is every reason to believe that while markets may go up when he takes office, an index of freedom would on the whole go downward.Even if Modi now resolutely speaks the language of development and social cohesion, he has never explicitly repudiated his record of provocation with its basis in anti- Muslim prejudice. There’s no doubt that his victory would be a tremendous incentive to Hindu right-wing groups in their campaign to interpret a religious tradition monochromatically and to rewrite history textbooks in Indian schools (well- described in the writer William Dalrymple’s long essay “India: The War Over History”). This would bring about a tremendous constriction of India’s public sphere.

Modi has also positioned himself as a strongman who wants a robust Indian state that will regain its long-lost status as a world power. Many Indians find this reassuring. He speaks repeatedly of his “chhappan inch ki chhati,” or 56-inch chest. There may be an upside to his rhetoric of “pride” and “honour,” but it’s certainly not a line that will lead to a regime that will brook criticism of its policies from abroad. Mr Barsamian, if you’re already unwelcome in India, you’ll be really unwelcome very soon. Stay put in America.

And, perhaps worst of all, Modi has shown repeatedly that when it comes to dealing with points of view that are critical of his own, he believes not in the power of argument but in the easy, crushing power of the ban. No Indian politician today has shown less faith in the idea of dialogue or difference. While he has been chief minister of Gujarat, films that depict or interpret the religious violence of 2002 cannot be shown in the state’s theatres. Much of the time, Modi has implemented a private agenda of thought control in Gujarat in an unofficial way; where he sees the chance, though, he is perfectly happy to attach his name publicly to the repression of intellectual freedom. In 2009, his government even banned a book written by a member of his own party, Jaswant Singh, because it contained references to the Gujarati leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that, in Modi’s eyes, distorted “historical facts”. His government said it was acting in the “wider public interest.” Once such a line is taken, there’s no end to the things that could be banned, or people repressed, in the wider public interest, including (perhaps in an extreme case) Muslims.

Those are the depressing implications for India’s vibrant but intermittently censorious public sphere, then, of the rise of a shrewd, capable demagogue who has so far successfully fought off all attempts to “defame Gujarat or me”. Can we imagine such a perspective beginning to bear down on attempts to “defame India or me”?

Yes, we can.

—By arrangement with Bloomberg-Washington Post

Comments (55) Closed

EQ8Rhomes Feb 22, 2014 08:36am

The rise of Narendra Modi is no threat to Pakistan. The BJP's Vajpayee whom Pakistan despised opened up India to economic prosperity and even Pakistan grew to respect him. Modi will continue that. Modi is no Hindu Aurangzeb!

anupam surey Feb 22, 2014 08:41am

yes, I am for once waiting to see Narendra Modi as PM of India, he is the man who definitely knows what are the problems and how they must be corrected. all the 2002 riots can do is to try tarnishing his Image (a useless attempt till now), and you know what he has come to grow stronger and stronger in by years. If narendra modi becomes a PM i am for sure that India will regain its past glories (which was ofcourse stripped by Britishers and Indian National Congress).

Pulkit Malhotra Feb 22, 2014 09:05am

Why do you find it so difficult to come out of your religeous blanket?

your perceptions about Narendra Modi and India are very wrong.The apex court of the country has cleared Modi in the riots case as it could not find any evidence of his involvment.The fact that there hasn't been a single curfew in Gujarat since he took over as CM in 2002,clearly suggests how good an administrator he is!

India was,India is and will always be a great secular country where people of all religeons live as a family and not as strangers wearing their own religeous ID-cards!

The country has had Muslim Presidents in the past,it's current vice president is a muslim,it's PM is a sikh,the defence minister a christian!

India is well above this religeous narrow-mindedness and is not run by the religeon of it's citizens but by their mutual love and co-operation.

I wish my brothers in Pakistan and Bangladesh could realise that there's no substitute of togetherness in this world and how bitterly that mother would have wept when it's sons went out in different directions to live their lives separately!

Ashutosh Feb 22, 2014 09:29am

I would say you have done a good analysis of India, its really impressive however I would like to pinch in how I being an Indian see it. See to understand what's happening we will have to go a little back to 304

Ramesh Feb 22, 2014 09:42am

It looks like you are confuse with everything and doing the same thing to us. Do you think current government has given more freedom to Indians? As per my preservative, current only given corruption to this country so its better to try someone else instead of choosing same govt. again which has looted this country with both hands. Modi has proved that he is good for development of India so what is wrong with him and I don't see my freedom going anywhere if he becomes PM of India. Just chill..

n b Feb 22, 2014 09:45am

Communal riots take place not due to Modi alone. They are still happening in Assam, UP and Rajasthan where there was no Modi. The worst happened in 1946-48 during time of Nehru and Gandhi and Jinnah. They happened during time of Indira and Rajeev. Interestingly last Gujarat riots happened 12 years ago, but riots take place regularly in UP and Assam even today.

Globally, Al-Qaeda and Taliban regularly kill thousands on religious grounds. Some people say that even US is killing people in Iraq on religious grounds.

The root cause of inter religious killings lie elsewhere.

Mr.P Feb 22, 2014 10:33am

Dear Author, Your fear about future is understandable. However, India's history should allay those to some extent. I don't think one Narendra Modi could change how hindus view other religions. Your arguments are based on an assumption that there wouldn't be an opposing force to so called "Right Wing Hindu Forces". Trust me, people who understand hinduism accepts all gods including Allah, Jesus, etc for they believe that there are multiple paths (gods) to attain moksha. Couple of centuries of Mughal rule or British rule hasn't swayed folks to either side. But yes, the current generation has very less understanding of various aspects of Hinduism and I am sure when it is put under scanner, folks will start to think more. There is a beauty to polytheism that it allows different faiths to live peacefully. Even the west understands it now. The biggest aspect of Hinduism (tolerance to other religious faiths) can be clearly seen in most of the developing nations. I hope even Narendra Modi understands that essence of Hinduism. But only future will decide.

Mama Kahta Hai Feb 22, 2014 10:34am

I don't think any one needs your wise interpretion of freedom. I think you are scared of freedom because you are either influenced by communist philosophy or some Christian missionaries . Please don't blame 70 billion population with your narrow view on freedom ....just enjoy the ride.

cognizance Feb 22, 2014 10:45am

the rise of narendra modi is the dawn of a golden age in india ....he is accused of something he never did in 2002 because political parties dont have anything else to show against, growth, community development of Hindus and Muslims alike is the highest in Gujarat. the condition of our muslim brethen in West Bengal, uttar pradesh, bihar jharkhand and Maharashtra is pathetic because the so called secular states have cleverly ensured that they remain poor. Unfortunately this is never highlighted. Modi is like Aurangzeb.either he is your hero or the devil, choose your side. Fence walking is not allowed.

Ravi Feb 22, 2014 10:49am

Well as somebody has said "For some people freedom of expression means that they can talk anything against anybody but if talked back it becomes as outrage". Same is the case with these writers. In india media has been running an open air trial of Narendra Modi for past 12 years, yet he has worked hard and made a small place in people's heart. If people believe in freedom of expression and conduct as we have seen in last ten years where anybody could do any amount of corruption and Manmohan singh would not blink an eye lid, strangely I and most indians donot believe in such a freedom. I would rather see a honest dictator at helm of affairs than a corrupt and inept democrat.

Warm Regards.,

From Across The Border

a.k.lal Feb 22, 2014 10:55am

Pak and India should freeze their relations for two years.No contact with each other in sports, media, entertainment and business.Ban all inter country travel.

Mustafa Feb 22, 2014 01:05pm

I fully support Modi as the Pardhan Mantri of India. He represents India's ethos and his election would reduce confusion in Pakistan.

Bipul Feb 22, 2014 02:21pm

There is no point maligning India's future PM. If Pakistani media wants a change in Indian opinion then they should highlight the efforts of Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal which Indian media has stopped doing. Instead of spreading negativity on best possible alternative Indians have, it's better to create positivity around something else that would be good for Pakistan as well.

Parvez Feb 22, 2014 02:34pm

Extremely interesting read. The point you make is clearly visible for all to see but it seems that the majority of the Indian public just don't want to see this side of the picture. Possibly it is because they are fed up with Congress and possibly also because it appears that the average Indian is afflicted with the same malady of wanting to have nothing to do with introspection. They seem to equate it with being disloyal.

kumar Feb 22, 2014 03:56pm

After 60 years of disastrous dynastic rule by Congress party, it is time for a change. Modi, a man with modest beginning and high achievement of growth to become next prime minister of India. We is honest man unlike current ruling group. He is not perfect but he is better than the alternatives. India needs him.

Suresh Feb 22, 2014 04:35pm

As an Indian I agree that the rise of Modi is not the best thing to happen to the secular image of India. But Modi stepped into the national spotlight after the Mumbai attacks. Before that he was confined to his home state of Gujarat. The Indian public were very disillusioned with the fact that the deaths of so many innocent citizens were never paid back. The centre was seen as impotent and taking appeasement to the extreme.

gaj Feb 22, 2014 04:47pm

A 4 time chief minister with a great record of development........It is very easy to put down somebody. But India's rise is due to respect for hard work n not this crappy mindset.

ashok Feb 22, 2014 05:06pm

The writer is writing just his imaginations. Why Muslim need to be talked about while their are people of other religions...This clearly shows that root cause of all the problems...

Kartik Feb 22, 2014 07:17pm

Here we go .. another Left wing author who is very worried about India's multi cultural society. The trouble with Amratya Sen, Arundathi Roy and others is that they always like to present India in the way the Western world likes to see .. Poor, Intolerant, violent towards muslims, etc .. The majority of the country (which happens to be Hindu due to demographic) wants to get rid of the sterro type and want a change. Modi represents the change. Left Wingers are worried that their days of doing chamachigiri for western audience is numbered

srain Feb 22, 2014 07:39pm

A well constructed argument. It centrally states that India is slipping toward intolerance and if Modi comes to power it will proceed in that direction more , perhaps irretrievably, which will be a bad / sad thing to happen. It will be bad for dissenters and more so for the major minority in India, viz., the Muslims of India. I would like to bring to his and other readers notice that it is an argument is monochromatic. No government in India can take a position on sectarian lines, you have to understand India through the contemporary prisms and not look at it from a mind-set that is archaic and it has done more harm to India.The time for burying this divisive mindset is over and people connected to the younger / future generations of India understand that it has long been happily buried. In contemporary India the desires / aspirations of youngsters from all sectors are denomination are a better quality of life - opportunity to enhance your level of education and skills to become more productive and prosperous. Indians do not want this quality for only themselves but would wish it to all youngsters wherever they live in the world. It has been an outcome of the steady progress that has happened for the last two decades.FOR THE SAKE OF THE YOUNG GENERATION OF INDIA - people need to come out of sectarian mindsets , to begin with the writer of this piece.

BIswajit Roy Feb 22, 2014 08:42pm

Indian demography which is jobless youth is sitting on a time bomb and if Modi like politicians do not take the rein of providing jobs then forget freedom of expressions India itself will become destabilize with angry jobless youths with rising crimes and riots. So Indians can see the right path in Modi

Pony_Rider Feb 23, 2014 12:24am

next time you write an article, please help yourself to write in a language where readers dont have to have a dictionary next to them. and two pages of article that makes no sense at all but all i see is Modi and Muslim,what about other minorities?

anil kumar Feb 23, 2014 03:15am

The author of this article has no clue what he is talking about. If there is one politician who stands for freedom of India; freedom in India, that is Narendra Modi.

raja hindustani Feb 23, 2014 03:45am

as expected the writer salivates at scualrism and nonsensical rhetoric with scant consideration of the majority of the citizens of india who will never tolerate the secular brigafes tyranny of victimising the majority who have ended up paying the price of being secular thru islamic terrorism .... modi is the right choice and his detractors may cry hoarse over their nuisance spilt milk ..

suresh Feb 23, 2014 05:50am

With all due respect I would still vote for him than voting for congress who only will fill their pockets and dont care for the country or its citizens. Freedom of speech and liberal thinking will not fill the stomach of ordinary and poor people who live hand to mouth everyday and wants to live a decent life. People like you who have dual standards one for the rich and other for the poor can live in your glass house.

Jag Nathan Feb 23, 2014 05:58am

We could also interpret it as an expression of mass support for Modi as a leader. I hope he wins.

Mark Davis Feb 23, 2014 07:22am

Modi has tainted past and is right wing hawk. He will destroy the secular fabric of India.But his rising to power is a bad news for every minority in India. He has yet to apologize for Gujarat riots. I would call it talibanization of India. He has stalked young women architect and had directed to keep an eye on her through suspended IAS officer (Pradeep Sharma). This snoopgate scandal indicate that he is morally corrupt.

Destiny of India lies with its people. "Vote Responsibly" in upcoming elections. Electing him is equivalent to picking Hitler and we all know what he did.

Mekal Faruki Feb 23, 2014 02:25pm

Modi's support from certain foreign states is a signal that the economic development of India, which was being used as a carrot, is coming to an end. These foreign states are now going to resort to assisting Modi and his violent nationalism as their other options have been exhausted.

Ravi Feb 23, 2014 02:56pm

@Mekal Faruki: Well for muslims conspiracy theories remain the breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nothing much could be said about them.

gary Feb 23, 2014 03:11pm

If people of India votes for Modi, how on earth it can harm the country? After all, it will not be worse than the last ten year rule under UPA. If Modi does not deliver, voters will have a choice after five years. After all India is not rules by army unlike some of its neighbours. Muslims under Modi will be better off as they will work harder and study more. As for Pakistanis, the time will be tough as Modi, unlike Congress, does to have to appease Muslims and he will not take any nonsense. India will be more pro western as that is where its interests are better served.

gary Feb 23, 2014 03:14pm

@Mekal Faruki:

This is rubbish. Without western involvement, no country can prosper. Even Pakistan is trying the EU market to sell its clothes. If Modi does it, why then it should be wrong? Abd he has the support of 1.2 billion people.

gary Feb 23, 2014 03:15pm

''If he becomes prime minister, he will have risen to the country

Anuj Rahul Joshi Feb 23, 2014 03:16pm

The awaam/aam aadmi of India unfortunately knows not the american intellectual or writer talked about here(Indians including me, are a rather illiterate nation, like many others, and only know certain real celebrities from those propped up for intellectual purpose). The issue at hand is less of modi's rise than of the people being tired of lack of governance, rising populism and breaking up the nation into vote banks (Telangana being a recent example) and looking for seasoned administrators, who are generally seen as being clean, with admin skills that have pushed growth and deliverance of public services minus corruption rather than dole outs in the name of a particular family.

Is this so difficult to understand by others in S Asia, which is riddled with the same set of problems of governance and rulers cosying up/talking to the violence mongers and generally failing in givernance but misusing the public thru vote banks based on religion, or ethnicity a la Sri lanka, pakistan, Myanmar etc?

gagan sarkar Feb 23, 2014 06:24pm

@Mark Davis: Destiny of India lies with its people.... you are right there. But you need not worry about Indian Muslims. Modi does not rule UK, but here you will find the Muslims at the bottom of every human development index. Who will you blame, Mohammad Davis?

gagan sarkar Feb 23, 2014 06:27pm

As long as Muslims are obsessed with religion, even GOD cannot help them.

Jollyjoe Feb 24, 2014 07:39am

'A defeat for Freedom In India" for whom"- a defeat for freedom for Corrupt and sly politicians? Then it is invited with grace.

Sayyar Khan Feb 24, 2014 10:08am

Am I Reading Hindustan Times or Dawn.

vijaykumar Feb 24, 2014 01:05pm

@Ashutosh: whats the point:

Vicky Mitra Feb 24, 2014 02:35pm

@Mark Davis: No Muslim organisation has apologised for setting the train on fire at Godhra killing hundreds of Hindus in their own land! that triggered the riots. Why should MODI apologise ? grow up

Kaly Feb 24, 2014 03:28pm

Very biased article....whatever you say, Modi is the best candidate for PM, no doubt about that....and don't play old records of 2002, I wonder why you secular never talk about 57 people burnt alive,which is the real cause of the riot....Just imagine what could have happened in Pakistan if Minorities do the same thing with Majority.... Stop false propaganda against Modi..... And by the way pseudo secularism is more dangerous than anything else....

El Cid Feb 24, 2014 07:00pm

@gary: "A tea vendor from a village can aspire to be the prime minister of the nation."

The number of Muslims he slaughters is the criteria, not humble beginnings.

Mohan Feb 24, 2014 07:28pm

Corruption is at its peak in India. Modi won't stand a chance if he is devisive,both political and religious. I am pretty sure he is a shrewd person. India is in for a bright future.

Venkat Feb 24, 2014 08:03pm

More media criticise him especially Pakistani media .. the more Indian people want him to become PM of India. Remember Mumbai attacks, Pakistan govt still asks for proof for the involvement of their citizens .. seriously !!?? There is no outrage in Pak media over 150 people killed in Mumbai, because they are not Muslims !!?

People tired of congress party .. current leadership is too timid & corrupt. People see a leader in Modi with a vision, proven track record and capacity to deliver on his promises. We do care about our citizenry weather they are Hindus or Muslims or Christians. We want everyone to prosper and proud of our country. Only Modi can deliver that ..

Phagun Feb 24, 2014 08:21pm

Perhaps Dawn searches for writers like chandrahas to write anti-India propaganda for pakistani audience. This is just how people derive pleasure to read about a misery which really is not so.

Raj Patel Feb 24, 2014 09:31pm

Well Known Muslim author and columnist of India once said " India is secular democratic country is not beacause Indian Muslim needs it but Indian Hindus wanted it" How correct he is! So don't worry about Indian Muslim. Indians will take care of Mr. Modi and others. If Indian decides to give power to Modi then nobody in the world can thawert it.

gp65 Feb 25, 2014 12:07am


Pradeep Feb 25, 2014 02:04am

@Mark Davis: You are out of your debt. It is really unfortunate that the riots happened and people were killed, even more unfortunate that muslims were in the majority of the dead. Perhaps it would help you to rewind your events tape a bit and see what instigated the riots? Wasn't it the 59 hindus pilgrims who were burnt alive on a train? So have you demanded an apology from the Muslim leaders for such an atrocious act? Answer this.

gagan sarkar Feb 25, 2014 02:30am

Margaret Thatcher was the daughter of a grocer. That did not stop her being the prime minister of UK. Indian President Abdul Kalam was the son of a boatman. That did not stop the BJP to honour him as the President. Deserving people should get the places they merit, irrespective of their religious, cultural or hereditary background. And that is where the democracy wins.

Devman Feb 25, 2014 05:36am

@a.k.lal: And what good will it do?

Venkat Feb 25, 2014 08:30am

Modi is actually 1000% better than every other garden variety politician / administrator Pakistan ever produced.

alok Feb 25, 2014 10:14am

@Sayyar Khan: LOL...looks like HT!!!

dada Feb 25, 2014 12:11pm

Secular has become a code word for alien book based ideologies which are used to subvert ex-colonized natives. Hindu, Sikh, Jain or Boudh cannot be compared to Abrhamic faiths and Marxism. Dharma is more of culture, native languages and way of living which makes native land, river, mountains sacred. It gives roots to the native people. Abrahamic faiths, Marxism and Capitalism make distant lands, alien books and alien economic order with alien currency sacred.

When one asks subcontinental native not to be dharmic is like asking German or Japanese not to be German or Japanese. If German is not German then he will not be an economic and engineering giant. German needs to be a marketer like American and so also India / Hindu needs to be militant like the colonizers and America to survive in the world.

dada Feb 25, 2014 12:26pm

Let us see what is freedom. In last 7 years, the New East India Company also known as ConAngrez looted $1.7 Trillion in different scams. Most of the money went to western banks. Recently Muslims did explosion at Delhi High Court and about 20 people died. ConAngrez government gave $8000 in compensation for each dead Indian. Thus the loot and plunder of last 7 years was worth two hundred twelve million five hundred thousand Indian lives. I guess 20% of Indians got effectively freedom from their lives. Indeed ConAngrez seems to be better than Taliban in giving freedom to people!

RW911 Feb 25, 2014 01:27pm

@Sayyar Khan: They are all the same I suppose, in the pockets of a few rich men. Aam admi of both India and Pak are being fooled. You know it.

graham Feb 25, 2014 05:18pm

Out of all the people in the world, Pakistanis are the least qualified to advise Indians whom they should vote for. Pakistan, almost in all of its existence, was under military rule. Even today, the army calls the shot.