Regardless of the election result, India’s future has been decided

Repairing the damage to democracy depends on a new government rolling back the misuse of law and tech. That's unlikely.
Updated 28 May, 2019 05:09pm

In the liberal view of things, the ongoing Lok Sabha election will decide India’s future.

It will decide whether India will become a Hindu-first state with reduced civil liberties and intolerance of minorities or be dragged back to its old state of sometimes wavering secularism but a general agreement to co-habitation and tolerance.

I want to tell my fellow liberals that it is too late. That decision has already been made.

There are three possibilities when votes are counted on May 23: another term for Narendra Modi, a fractured mandate — both distinct possibilities; or the return of the Congress and ascension of Rahul Gandhi, which in my view is a more remote prospect.

Another strong mandate for Modi would almost certainly mean an official push to declare India a Hindu rashtra, a crackdown on dissenters and independent media, the further rise of — and special favours to — select tycoons, the end of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the prospect of an open rebellion in the crown of India.

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Even if Modi fails, the Hindu view of life will predominate, civil liberties may be further eroded, and minorities will likely find themselves pushed to evolve a new contract with their country.

A new government could recover some ground here, if it is determined to, by rolling back the deliberate, institutionalised misuse of the law and technology.

But even a government wedded to tolerance will find it difficult to turn back the widening electoral acceptance of sectarian hate and assaults on liberty.

A government can try to ensure the Constitution is protected, but it is bound to eventually fail or succumb if the people endorse its manipulation.

The threat to civil liberties and hostility to minorities indeed accelerated and acquired full voice during Modi’s term in office, but many precedents set before his time had widespread public approval and have been liberally used by non-BJP state governments, including — and especially — those run by the Congress.

Misuse of existing laws by state

As Thomas Blom Hansen writes in a chapter in a new book called Majoritarian State, the Bharatiya Janata Party has not passed any significant new legislation curtailing “liberal freedoms” since it came to power in 2014.

It has only rigorously applied existing legislation and established “police protocol” to act against free speech and those deemed “anti-national”.

The BJP has relied on not just legislation with colonial roots but “elements of the extensive security state that successive Congress regimes have built since the 1960s in the name of protecting national unity and sovereignty”, writes Hansen, an anthropology professor at Stanford University.

The Congress, for instance, has only committed to repealing the 159-year-old law on sedition, which it frequently deployed during its years in power.

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It has no comment on other laws that chill free speech and liberty, including those that supposedly protect national security and those deployed against terrorism but often used against minorities and human rights activists, those that allow abuses by security forces in “disturbed areas” and even those allowing criminal defamation.

The police in India — regardless of which party is in power — have, for some time, felt emboldened enough to wrongly deploy some of these laws.

The most obvious example of extra-constitutional behaviour this decade has been the frequent arrest of people who merely share memes online, using a law struck down by the Supreme Court, Section 66A of the Information Technology Act.

Reputations and lives have been ruined by the wrongful use of such laws, and a new government is unlikely to discard the latest precedents set by the Modi administration.

In a democracy, laws can be misused only when there is acquiescence, when a citizenry either does not believe it is worth its while to protest or agrees with such legal and constitutional corruption.

The rising tide of opprobrium against minorities, civil rights activists and anyone not in consonance with the BJP’s majoritarian view of life clearly does not disturb enough Indians or disturb them adequately.

While it is apparent that the BJP gave life to long-nurtured resentments and loathing, to give them public expression, it is clear these hostilities did not emerge overnight. Many have been assiduously nurtured to exploit the fault lines of Indian society.

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“This project of weaponising and militarising society through organisation, vigilance and a capacity for violence has been an objective of the Sangh Parivar through the many decades during which Hindu nationalists were distant from elected office,” write Angana P Chatterji, Christopher Jaffrolet and Hansen in Majoritarian State.

They argue that vigilante violence, or the threat of it, “generally reinforce already existing caste, gender, class and communal-racial attitudes prevalent among upper caste Hindus and aspirational lower caste groups”.

The weaponisation of these attitudes has been made possible by the spread of communications, especially the mobile phone and social media, which the BJP and its affiliates deployed to draw out dormant insecurities and hatreds within Hindu society.

From jobless youth to fund managers, the reach of WhatsApp university-led Hindu radicalisation is now deep and wide, and it will live on and acquire new meaning in the years to come. This genie isn’t going back into the bottle.

For now, Hindutva’s great project to recreate Indian history through fantasy and fake news rolls on. Its effects will outlive its party’s government, festering in the minds of millions even if Modi is ousted.

When lies are truth

Last week, an amiable, silver-haired Uttar Pradesh taxi driver in Mumbai was peacefully discussing old Hindi film songs with my wife when I made the mistake of asking him whom he would vote for.

“BJP BJP, BJP!” he began to chant.

When I told him we were from South India, a place with limited BJP influence, his eyes blazed, and he said, “Anyone who is a desh bhakt, a patriot, will vote for the BJP.”

How is lynching and harassment of minorities patriotic, I asked.

He was beyond reason.

“There was no progress for 70 years,” he said, parroting a theme made popular by Modi and quoted as a fact on social media.

“Do you know the condition this country was in when we got independence?” I asked.

He was shouting by now.

“Do you know why that was?” he said. “It was because Mahatma Gandhi gave away Rs1,000 crore to the Muslims, to Pakistan. Everyone knows this.”

India has reached a point where lies are truth, and few are bothered by the fact that a BJP candidate declares Gandhi’s assassin a patriot, as terror accused Pragya Singh Thakur did on May 16, and finds immediate support.

If we still think these people represent the fringe of Indian thought, we may not know our country very well.

Perhaps, we never did.


This article originally appeared on Scroll.in and has been reproduced with permission.

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Samar Halarnkar is the editor of Article-14.com, a project that tracks misuse of the law and the hope it offers. He tweets @samar11


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MAkram
May 20, 2019 01:33pm
What this news has to do with Pakistan ?
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Khem Raj
May 20, 2019 01:45pm
Being a liberal myself, few of the questions raised by the writer are valid and scary too. We have just hope on judiciary now and that's the only option which can save our democracy.
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Haidery
May 20, 2019 02:01pm
It seems India with this changing and myopic mindset under BJP will unfortunately reverse all the development it has made since 1990 onwards under Manmohan Singh. Hope they realize before it’s too late!
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Deepak
May 20, 2019 02:05pm
I only hope Modi will not win
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MANI KANT
May 20, 2019 02:07pm
Indian voters are smart enough to choose their leaders. They cannt be fooled. They have shown their maturity in the past and will keep on doing so. They donot take time in throwing somebody out if they are not fit enough. They also invite some body again and again if they work in the national interest.
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Nitin
May 20, 2019 02:16pm
This not only election win but people's hope win....
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Deepak Kumar
May 20, 2019 02:27pm
The issue that I had as a voter was that there was no viable alternative to Modi. I dislike him for his bigotted mindset. But its him who gets things delivered. If the opposition can present one trustworthy alternative I will be first to ditch this communal man.
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Jon
May 20, 2019 02:27pm
@Deepak, PM Modi is coming back once again
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ashish
May 20, 2019 03:58pm
@Deepak. If PM Modi is a communal then What are your views about Rajiv Gandhi for his sentence on 84 Sikh danga and Akhilesh Yadav after Mujjarfar nagar danga. I wish rather commenting stay in Muslim majority place easily to find in UP, West Bengal or Kerala and feel the safe environment.
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Indicus
May 20, 2019 04:22pm
@Deepak Kumar, Vote for Asaduddin Owaisi, secular to the core.
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Ps
May 20, 2019 04:23pm
@Deepak Kumar, please list down communal actions by him
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Asif Ali
May 20, 2019 04:42pm
Hindus reduced from 24% to 1or 2% in pakistan, we don't want this happens in Bharat.
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The Morning Star
May 20, 2019 04:42pm
So India is becoming more like Pakistan.
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mohummadyamin
May 20, 2019 04:51pm
@MAkram, ------- well said Mr. Akram.
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desi dimag
May 20, 2019 04:58pm
India's future is great, think about Pakistan's future.
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wellwisher
May 20, 2019 05:01pm
Modi wins because congress can not see beyond Nehru family.
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Gordan F. Walker, UAS
May 20, 2019 05:14pm
Manufactured arguments and fictitious examples to make a point.
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Girija
May 20, 2019 05:16pm
India's secular fabric is still very strong no Govt can break it.
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lost ruins
May 20, 2019 05:37pm
@Haidery, I tell you there was no development under previous pm you named
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Abhay
May 20, 2019 05:43pm
@Haidery, brother india is far more developing in the regime of BJP under BAJPAYEE JI....under 2nd UPA govt development of India is halted thats why BJP came in power and coming again......
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Thomas
May 20, 2019 05:58pm
Love him - Hate him, but Modi will be the PM of India. Clean governance has the power to win. Modi's win indicates how much people of India loves him, regardless of cast/religion/region.
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desi dimag
May 20, 2019 06:13pm
I loved the way Pakistan campaigned against Modi in this election.
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JoshTek
May 20, 2019 06:17pm
Wake up and take care of your mental health and of your nation. We have done our job. You just keep watching and weeping.
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Deva
May 20, 2019 06:22pm
South completely rejected BJP, but they have strong presence in North, we cant do much in this regards..Will have to wait and see..
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Neil
May 20, 2019 06:32pm
Definitely Modi will be the next PM for 5 more years. More development on its way. Let hatters keep discussing about next years.
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Ga
May 20, 2019 06:38pm
Hitler provided excellent governance and German economy improved and Germany became a power to reckon with. Until the communal maniac in him took things further. Modi already tried this in February but found Pakistan instead of Poland at its border. If using mililtary to win elections is not maniacal then what is?
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Observer
May 20, 2019 06:43pm
The days of such self proclaimed liberals are over. Suppression of majority is not a symbol of either democracy or secularism. The writing on the wall is clear. The likes of author see things only as black and white, they could be grey at times.
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Maria enteparia onnuchoriu
May 20, 2019 06:53pm
Looks like the author really tried hard but fell short to show any problems with Modi government.
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Srivatsan K S
May 20, 2019 06:57pm
Wish u worry about your future as much as u do to ours...
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Bharat
May 20, 2019 06:59pm
@Asif Ali, WHY NOT?
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Pervez
May 20, 2019 07:00pm
@MAkram, really?
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J Kazimoto
May 20, 2019 07:01pm
@Haidery, What development are you talking about that will be reversed by the BJP? Economic? Social?
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Pervez
May 20, 2019 07:02pm
Understand the great Rahul Gandhi is going to London.
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Rizwan
May 20, 2019 07:06pm
Great article.
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Faran
May 20, 2019 07:09pm
@Haidery, There was no development under congress, They did huge corruptions.
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TrueWord
May 20, 2019 07:48pm
Under Mr. Modi India's future will be great. Spike in Stock Market shows confidence in Mr. Modi Govt. Modi govt is best govt. India have ever got and i do not think it can be repeated in next 50 years by any other leader either. It is hard to find leader Like Modi.
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Vivek
May 20, 2019 07:53pm
@Deva, South is not just Tamilnadu and Kerala, Even Karnataka is in South and we will give about 20 seats to BJP. So Commi and DMK days of gobbling resources are numbered.
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Bully pak
May 20, 2019 08:01pm
@Deva, who said that, do u think Karnataka not in south. Further they are improving in Kerala. In next 5 year modi will focus on south after making in roads in east
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HashBrown®
May 20, 2019 08:21pm
@desi dimag, "I loved the way Pakistan campaigned against Modi in this election." Campaigned against Modi? I didn't realise Pakistan was a candidate in the polls. Even at the peak of your elections, your country has received zero airtime on most Pakistani news channels. I can't tell you how little we care about you or your politics. Compare that to you guys, who swarm over these Pakistani sites day after day...
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Sandip
May 20, 2019 08:29pm
It has become a fashion to blame Modi. But he is the one who delivers what he promises. One thing is assured that he will not collect unauthorize money for his family like other gharanas do. At last hard work, sincerety , always pay.
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Aftab Hameed Khan
May 20, 2019 08:42pm
@MANI KANT, Very matured and sensible reply.
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Mihir
May 20, 2019 08:44pm
@Deepak Kumar, So you are discrediting the electorate who have given a mandate to Modi in 2014 at the Centre and every state that it won as being "Communal". You need to evolve your thought process.
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Mihir
May 20, 2019 08:50pm
@Deva, South you mean Andhra, Telangana, TN and Kerala. There you have regional parties that are strong and Kerala wants Marxist security and protection. But Fikar not, after 23rd May all these states will come running to centre for funds, that time please repeat what you said.
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Manish
May 20, 2019 09:29pm
@Deva, first time I came to know Karnataka is in northern India
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p c tripathy
May 20, 2019 09:38pm
@Ga, - for the first time someone is arguing that poor governance and bad economy is a sign if progress and good administration. Grow up
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Ashok De, Calgary
May 20, 2019 09:46pm
@Maria enteparia onnuchoriu, You are absolutely right. Before PM Modi all the PM and their cronies in the Federal and State bodies were 100 percent corrupt and inept to take any decision which forced millions of people to migrate for a meaningful life. PM Modi gave India international prestige and growth, modest though. People must realize development is not an Aladin's Magic Lamp, it takes time to realize. I am afraid that India,s previous ruling family must not come back and Indians will tolerate to let them have corrupt lavish life. Long Live Modiji. Ashok De, Calgary, Canada.
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Bajake Thokdia
May 20, 2019 09:48pm
Modi had made substantial progress in fundamental spheres. We want Modi not only till 2024 but till 2034.
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Gebde
May 20, 2019 09:54pm
Economic and infrastructure development / education and poverty alleviation should be the primary goal. Social development will automatically follow. If Modi’s non vote bank politics is deemed communal by the arm chair liberals sitting in ac homes : so be it. Its the economy; stupid.
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venkateshkamath74@gmail.com
May 20, 2019 10:01pm
I think the writer is writing based on the audience. The taxi driver knows this county is on the right path. Unfortunately the pseudo secularists like the writer think that only they have the right to think on behalf of the people like the taxi driver.
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AXH
May 20, 2019 10:03pm
@Asif Ali, - "Hindus reduced from 24% to 1or 2% in pakistan, we don't want this happens in Bharat." Most Hindus lived in the East Pakistan, now called Bangladesh. Please get your facts right.
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John
May 20, 2019 10:10pm
@Gordan F. Walker, UAS, When have you shifted from Canada to "UAS"?
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Gaurav
May 20, 2019 10:12pm
Pakistan and its media tried its best to support Congress and create anti-Modi sentiments. But actually went on to help him. Thanks.
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Rahul
May 20, 2019 10:17pm
@Deepak, He will definitely win. Nothing to worry about.
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Kharkhowa Kalita
May 20, 2019 10:22pm
I wish the writer could come up with some specific case to substantiate his grievances, without that it sounds like any politician's election rhetoric. It will take time for some to get adjusted to new paradigm for a better India.
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Liberal
May 20, 2019 10:24pm
Liberals are so liberals that they cannot tolerate anyone else other than themselves in power.
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Rahul
May 20, 2019 10:27pm
@HashBrown®, How true !
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Rahul
May 20, 2019 10:29pm
@Girija, Exactly !!
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Rahul
May 20, 2019 10:37pm
@TrueWord, Exactly....agreed !
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anil
May 20, 2019 10:43pm
@Haidery, brother it will double the economy mark my words.
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Rahul
May 20, 2019 10:49pm
@J Kazimoto, Yes please do let us know ? I am curious as well ?
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Rahul
May 20, 2019 10:51pm
@Bully pak, Exactly. India is a big country. After completing north east projects, Modi will focus on south in his next five year of mandate. No worries.
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Last Word
May 20, 2019 11:02pm
I have some serious doubts about all exit polls predicting NDA bagging seats well above halfway mark except one namely Neta App who has predicted NDA getting 242 seats about 30 short from the simple majority. This app collected data from 16 lakhs people both online as well as on the ground could be more accurate than others. Keeping in view of 5% error margin, BJP may cross 250 mark but still fall short by 18-22 seats and may have to seek support from a secular party. Such a scenario will be good for India curbing Hindutva agenda of BJP.
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Jp
May 20, 2019 11:21pm
@Deepak, For India, Mr Modi is the best and he has already won.
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Virat Bagga
May 20, 2019 11:23pm
India's future is decided 5 years ago, now no looking back.
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Jp
May 20, 2019 11:26pm
@wellwisher, Congress only unstands how to make. money
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Jp
May 20, 2019 11:26pm
@Gordan F. Walker, UAS, agree with you
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Sachin
May 20, 2019 11:58pm
Another self proclaimed "intellectual" liberal who thinks too high of himself and too low of those who hold views not similar to his. He says BJP has "minimal presence" in the south. I don't know which states did he include in the term "South". But BJP has around 22 seats in the 4 southern states in current parliament. This is only less than AIDMK and much more than the congress. Stop spreading misinformation.
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Saira Hasan
May 21, 2019 12:29am
@Deepak Kumar, Nehru's entire family got big jobs. Even a relative Kasmiri was promoted to a general in the army and India witnessed the fiasco in 1962 war with China.Unscrupulos family members of the dynesty continued to exert KINGLY powers over the masses.You want that to continue. The best choice of Indias First Prime Minister should have been FRONTIER GANDHI HIGHLY REVERED Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan,a patriot to be emulated for generations to come.
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Raj
May 21, 2019 12:33am
Strange! total communal country is so worried about the secularism.
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samanvita
May 21, 2019 12:41am
Unfortunately true!
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Jibon Roy
May 21, 2019 01:46am
I agree. And even educated, senior, middle class Indians are falling for it. My first hand experience.
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Zak
May 21, 2019 01:49am
Congress needs to reevaluate and come forcefully to kick out the fascist and save thee Indian union from collapsing.
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jan
May 21, 2019 02:42am
they are uncivilised, there is no words to describe them ,
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Anil
May 21, 2019 05:03am
Such articles don't bother me now. Let us celebrate Modi's return and let us celebrate a new truly Secular India.
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Sharma
May 21, 2019 05:09am
@AXH, that is incoreect. West Pakistan had 10% hindus in 1948
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Imran Khan
May 21, 2019 05:15am
very well written...
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Ash Khan
May 21, 2019 05:17am
The choice is between the morally corrupt ( Modi) and the incompetent.
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kgs
May 21, 2019 05:19am
Author lives in bubble. He does not understand or know what people of India thinks. He is nothing hired hack.
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Uday Kulkarni
May 21, 2019 05:20am
With due respects to the article & the author what matters is the decision of electorate of largest democracy in the world. 90 Million+ eligible voters with approx 60% voting which happens no where in the world. Let me put my point here that after several exit polls which indicate Modi coming back for 2nd term; on Monday, the sensex rallied 1,422 points (3.7%) its highest single-day gain in over a decade & 2nd highest ever to settle at 39350. Guess which companies gained ? The BSE Small cap & Mid cap gained 493 & 511 points respectively. This indicates big boost likely to happen to small & Medium businesses.The pseudo secularists can shout against Modi at the top of their voice but facts are contrary. Foreign companies from Singapore & Western countries, pumped in $21 Billion into India after the exit polls causing Indian Rupee to gain against the US dollar in last 3 days by 60 paise to 69.74. What people want is employment & development which Modi has provided. Like it or not.
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kgs
May 21, 2019 05:22am
Author lives in bubble. He does not understand issues that people of India believes are relevant to them. Modi does and that is why he is going to be elected.
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K
May 21, 2019 05:24am
Author is under assumption that all Hindus voted for BJP and all Muslims voted for Congress which is wrong. I don't know about 2019, but in 2014 many Muslims from urban background voted BJP due to price related issues in 2014.
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NO GO ZONE
May 21, 2019 05:37am
Everyone is free to give an opinion, but necessarily that is true!
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Faisal Naqvi
May 21, 2019 06:04am
India has always been the hindu state. Modi has just taken off the cloak so now the whole world can see the true picture. Muslims and minorities are marginalized and are scared. Hatred is in the DNA of BJP. Modi is a threat to the region. To get votes and divert attention he will not hesitate to start wars.
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Bhaskar Tripathi
May 21, 2019 06:13am
Aaega to Modi hi
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Kris
May 21, 2019 06:17am
It wont be a Hindu first country as you have portrayed, but Hindus will be at par with other communities in future.
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Imtiaz
May 21, 2019 06:23am
@MAkram, This is the most important thing in Pakistan we have been so focused on India we forgot to look at our own country
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Eijaz
May 21, 2019 06:26am
@MANI KANT, sahi kaha bhai ... modi imandaar aadmi to hai ... sab ko sath le ke chale bs
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Eijaz
May 21, 2019 06:28am
Strong leaders are important cos they are imandar... Policy should be simple - DO not discriminate - do NOT appease . Modi I Hope is doing that
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Mohini Kutir
May 21, 2019 06:29am
While I share most of the concerns expressed by the author, and yes Indian democracy is far from perfect, yet it is noteworthy that India has made great strides in the last 5 years, particularly in its "democracy index", which captures the active and vibrant political parties, open and universal frenchize - elections, free and diverse press, impartial judiciary, independent administration of election process and yes, most importantly - engaged citizens. It's not elitist democracy, but universal participation - every vote counts. Jai Hind
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Roi
May 21, 2019 06:33am
No facts in your story. Pure imagination. Pls write a fiction instead of article about india. You are writing as if all muslim countries including pakistan are celebrating their minorities.
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Mohini Kutir
May 21, 2019 06:34am
@Asif Ali, Thanks for sharing this glaring statistics. I sincerely hope and pray for better governance in Pakistan
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Mike
May 21, 2019 06:37am
Modi is good for the country. Congress just appeased the minorities for 70 years. The minorities have NOTHING to fear from Modi. He has proved it during his first term. I remember thousands or minorities fled to the Gulf countries when Modi was elected for the first time. They all returned when they realized it was just fear mongering due to the elections. Modi is the BEST PM since independence. Congress hates that Modi is successful.
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Mohini Kutir
May 21, 2019 06:37am
@Deepak Kumar, Democracy is a participative sport and every election is a binary choice. If you don't like the choices - then present yourself
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faisal
May 21, 2019 06:41am
Indian's economic future is very bright and secure. That should help middle class become more independent and happy. Expanding middle class decides if country is progressing or going down.
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KSS
May 21, 2019 06:59am
Don't know what this writer is intending to convey. Sounds pretty non-sense to me.
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Kool
May 21, 2019 07:06am
The writer showed only one side of pictures but forget to show other side or deliberately left it.
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Kumar
May 21, 2019 07:11am
@the author - Mr Samar: Please do not worry about India’s fate. If Modi led NDA Government comes back to power, it’s the fate of people like you who try to mislead the masses you will actually be troublesome. I always wonder, why many journalists are biased and can’t do their job ethically. No disrespect to you, but please respect your profession when playing with words.
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A Friend from India
May 21, 2019 07:32am
@Gordan F. Walker, UAS, More like making stories based on ones fears and faint hopes....
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s.r.reddy
May 21, 2019 07:32am
@Asif Ali, thank u brother
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Kallu
May 21, 2019 07:50am
@Deva, karnataka comes in south...go read geography
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Ronak
May 21, 2019 08:10am
@Haidery, Pakistan can keep dreaming...They should stop worrying about others and look at themselves first
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Samar
May 21, 2019 08:16am
@Deepak, Modi will win and you will watch the show.
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Dr B K Gupta
May 21, 2019 08:21am
pakistan is jealous as they do not have leader like Modi
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BK
May 21, 2019 08:45am
@Raj , well said!
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rsb
May 21, 2019 08:52am
Seems like India will become another Pakistan.
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Srinivasan Kailasam
May 21, 2019 09:21am
The main problem is that, the opposition does not inspire confidence.
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Hindustani
May 21, 2019 09:27am
@Deepak, Wrong hope.
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Concerned citizen
May 21, 2019 09:46am
@Ga, Sure. Poland didn't support subversive activities in Germany.
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G H A L I B J E E E
May 21, 2019 10:36am
Modi is doing to do India what Zia did to Pakistan. Very glad to know Modi is winning.
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PRAMOD
May 21, 2019 10:48am
@MAkram, to divert people attention
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Check fact
May 21, 2019 12:27pm
U please concentrate on your country and the status of minorities there. protect them if you can.
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Nathan
May 21, 2019 12:39pm
We often tend to forget that even during the height of his popularity in the last election, only 31% of Indians voted for Modi and BJP (in other words nearly 70% did not vote for him). But this was enough to give BJP a majority, because nearly all of this 31% was concentrated in the 4 backward northern states of UP, Bihar, MP, Rajasthan plus Gujarat (which is the only economically advanced state amongst those), which send a large number of MPs to the Parliament, due to their populations. By contrast, Modi has had zero traction in the more economically advanced and literate southern states of Tamil Nadu, AP, Karnataka, and Kerala. Considering the divide between progressive South India and backward North India is getting wider and wider not only economically but also politically and socially, I fear for the future of India. More and more south Indians are waking up to the fact that they are contributing the lion's share of the country's taxes, and I am not sure it is going to end well.
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Ash20
May 21, 2019 12:47pm
India is a democracy and if majority wants something as per constitution, it can be done and even constitution can be changed. Are so called liberals are now against democracy?
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Feroz
May 21, 2019 01:25pm
The elitist left inclined elites who enjoyed unbridled power for nearly seven decades will definitely feel major angst and frustration to see a new social class emerge with the election of a station tea seller as the PM. When you cannot attack a man who has no personal wealth, no family and a work ethic that stretches to 18 hours a day without holidays, you start to blame ideology. When the voters elected the Congress they were good and intelligent, if they voted BJP they became rabid Hindus and communal. That the voters have contempt for this kind of warped logic cannot be overstated. No one except a few can see India evolving from voting along caste lines towards those they see delivering a better economic future for themselves and their children. There is nothing the majority needs to be ashamed or insecure about and those who tried to create fear and insecurity will be busted at the polls. Voter is saying he dislikes dynastic politics and being put into caste boxes.
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Vinayak Sapre
May 21, 2019 02:19pm
You mean that "independent media" exists?
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Ravi
May 21, 2019 03:14pm
@Mihir, nobody comes running to center. It's center who comes to every state for wealth generation and distribution. Do you have any idea on how much southern states contribute to national GDP... Check it out...
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Aurora
May 21, 2019 03:34pm
Fragmented opposition will not be able to put up a strong show even in 2024, nor will public want a weak central govt.
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rtndbp
May 21, 2019 04:01pm
Comments are not based on the facts, and are made without the proper knowledge of the freedom enjoyed by the minority class. Minorities are in a better and comfortable position besides being safer with very less restrictions than in most of the other countries of the world. Don't jump to the convenient conclusion without knowing the real ground realities.
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Babu
May 21, 2019 04:12pm
@Girija, UPA (Manmohan Singh) has tried to break it, so the people of india show him way out. He said in his Independence speech, India minority has the first right on India's wealth. As Modi, all Indians having equal rights on its wealth. This is comunal Vs secular.
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Ashok
May 21, 2019 04:27pm
@Khem Raj, 'being a liberal myself'. Quite a good reflection of maturity level.
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random
May 21, 2019 04:44pm
Correct assessment.
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Dvd
May 21, 2019 04:46pm
Iam a South Indian and i admire Mr Modi's work and his selfless dedication for my country.
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Gula swain
May 21, 2019 04:59pm
India's future will decide only by the people of india not by any religion
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Ram Gupta
May 21, 2019 05:03pm
@AXH, "Pakistani truth"?
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HZR
May 21, 2019 05:41pm
@MANI KANT, I disagree,they are being misled
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raja
May 21, 2019 08:36pm
Above article - Its called self pleasuring. Minoroties are safer and better than minoroties in Pakistan.
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consider this
May 22, 2019 12:15am
@Nathan, "We often tend to forget that even during the height of his popularity in the last election, only 31% of Indians voted for Modi and BJP (in other words nearly 70% did not vote for him)." To say that 70% did not vote for him is incorrect since additional 9% voted for parties that had a pre-poll alliance with Modi.
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Senthil
May 22, 2019 01:50am
I am from South.I will support Modi even in 2024 election also. Please consider I am also the voice of South
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bayravin
May 22, 2019 02:07am
@Ga, P l e a s e . . . Don't bring in Hitler and imbibe him with Modi. Need to be fair in critiquing.
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Alla Bux
May 22, 2019 06:04am
@Ga, Hitler is the reason we have got freedom from Britain. He destroyed Britain and in doing so he destroyed himself.
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Ramesh
May 22, 2019 07:26am
While blaming BJP/Modi of misuse of power, they forget that Congress has misused power to the extreme during their regime. During the congress days, media was not powerful and press was controlled by the government. IT is NOW that media is totally free of any restraints that they are looking at the Modi government with a microscope and nit picking. IF they had done that during the congress days, Congress would have been out of power a long time ago!
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Worried Indian
May 22, 2019 08:15am
@Faisal Naqvi , Did you oppose Pakistan becoming a Muslim state? Indian constituition guaranties secularism!!!
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Ajaya (Jay) Dutt
May 22, 2019 08:33am
@HashBrown®, - Prime Minister of Pakistan did speak twice about it. And this article is in a Pakistani Newspaper, for your information.
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Sachin
May 22, 2019 02:22pm
@Nathan You said "By contrast, Modi has had zero traction in the more economically advanced and literate southern states of Tamil Nadu, AP, Karnataka, and Kerala." You need to recheck your statements. BJP has 24 MPs from TN, Karnataka, AP and Telengana from a total of 70. This is more than what the Congress or any other party, except the AIDMK, has.
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Manish
May 22, 2019 08:04pm
@Haidery, who was PM, Manmohan sing or some one else. He. Is a secretary material, which he proved for years, now we have PM India should not forget Narsimha Rao, he did a lot for India, but shamess Congress never gave any respect India was rank looser before him as PM, check Indian condition, so Congress never came back in majority.
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asodhi
May 22, 2019 08:31pm
Modi wins because Congress can not see beyond the Nehru dynasty and beyond the religion, sect and caste based vote banks. India is not a toy that Sonia wants to give Rahul to play with. The British left and the Congress party continued with their divide and rule policies in India.
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asodhi
May 22, 2019 08:50pm
@Zak : To help in eliminating fascism, communalism, corruption, etc., Congress party should listen to Mahatma Gandhi's advice now and dissolve itself. Better late than never.
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ibrahim
May 22, 2019 08:56pm
@Haidery, Our stock exchanges are rising in modi Govt
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Chandresh Shah
May 22, 2019 11:37pm
@Deepak Kumar, So me one speech of his where he sounds communal or acted as communal. Please post a link here. Before name calling please prove your point
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Rohit
May 23, 2019 12:55am
Clean governance, booming economy, strong foreign policy - enough for us 900 million voters to make a decision ! Intolerance, pseudo secularism, high handedness - we will tolerate happily !
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Ash20
May 23, 2019 01:23am
@HashBrown®, - check last one month Dawn coverage of Indian elections, every single day there was headline news about it and live coverage on every Election Day.
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Moltke
May 23, 2019 02:22am
@Alla Bux, Gandhi was a British scam to promote the Nehru clan & rule over India through a proxy. You are right in pointing out that our beloved Fuhrer, Hitler had liberated India out of his respect for Bose who sought his help.
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Moltke
May 23, 2019 02:31am
@Jp, Congress, especially the Gandhi family are Zardari's living ancestors. That is why both excel in looting the public.
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Moltke
May 23, 2019 02:37am
@Dvd, In fact, except the neo-converts & communists of which there are a lot in South India, most including sections of Kerala Christian Community support Modi. The rest is all loud farcical propaganda borne out of desperation by Congress to preserve their votebanks. Roshan Baig, MLA from Karnataka has delivered the first blow to Congress here. His flight from Congress will ensure Congress collapse in Karnataka too.
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Javed
May 23, 2019 02:54am
@MANI KANT, It is the other way around, as most out 900 million eligible voters are marginally literate or completely illiterate with little or no sense of what is at stake and follow the crowd and vote en masse are busy in their daily struggle to get by one day at a time. Indian democracy has been hijacked by criminals, it may look good on paper and has much propaganda value in the West but fruits of democracy where it benefits the poorest of poor, especially the minorities, the lower caste touched barely.
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HashBrown®
May 23, 2019 03:54am
@Ajaya (Jay) Dutt, "Prime Minister of Pakistan did speak twice about it. And this article is in a Pakistani Newspaper, for your information." No he didn't. He made two throwaway comments, that's it. I'm guessing it's been splashed all over your media as though it was a huge policy statement, but it wasn't. And yes, this is a Pakistani news site. Which is precisely why us Pakistanis are always amused (and flattered) at the sheer numbers of Hindustanis who come here...
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A
May 23, 2019 05:16am
Mr Modi will take Indian into trouble and anarchy.Listening to the news of Dalits being ridiculed, women oppressed, Sikhs suppressed, Christians depressed and Muslim lynching, I am afraid its destruction has already started.
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Ali
May 23, 2019 05:37am
rise of the Indian deep state.
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Nabeel kareem
May 23, 2019 07:11am
@MAkram, Major change to a country that is hostile to Pakistan since independence of both the countries.
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LAHORI KID
May 23, 2019 07:31am
@MAkram, Peace in the region, India is our neighbor, who wins the election makes a big difference in how if the peace process will ever happen. If Modi wins, not a chance.
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LAHORI KID
May 23, 2019 07:35am
@MANI KANT, You ain't all that different, you elect the leaders, then you complain about them once they are gone, remember your PM a few years ago, let me give you a hint, he was a Sikh and belonged to the other party, you treated him bad, called him corrupt,he was a decent man.
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skumar
May 23, 2019 10:08am
modi wins again
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skumar
May 23, 2019 10:10am
modi wins again
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Mark
May 23, 2019 10:18am
Here is fact check on how different is reality with whats reported in Media. Read my story .I live overseas and went back to Delhi after long time,I was picked up by a Muslim driver from airport who dropped me home , we both were normal and laughed about our politics and media. I went to eat at a restaurant and was served by a Christin guy. I myself is a Hindu who follows Sikhism in principal and visit gurudwara regularly. I went to a saloon and was served by Muslim barber. My carpenter whom we know more than a decade is a Muslim is a great person.The point here is everything we see on media is all either biased or observations based on what people read/observe online and then try to narrate a story which is far from ground reality. The fact of the matter is India is still a democratic, vibrant , multicultural and progressive society where people want to change and want to see their nation progress. They don't trust anyone on face value be it media or Political party.
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Srivatsan K S
May 23, 2019 10:39am
@Deepak, your hope turned to pure fiction!!!
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Srivatsan K S
May 23, 2019 10:42am
@Deva, and yet you call modi divisive when your argument is all about north and south... they say the South Indians ( like myself) are educated , doesn’t seem to show in your wrote up though!!! Exceptions are always there everywhere
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Gogo
May 23, 2019 11:01am
Bhai log....leave this India centric myopic view of yours...Whatever may be the results. First, look at your fiscal deficit figures and a recent bailout from IMF. Another huge debt burden in the form of CPEC from China is looming large and soon trap you. My dear friend, you should have #LookBeyondIndia policy. A serious policy change and huge investment is required in the areas of Education, Healthcare and Employment.
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
May 23, 2019 11:30am
Congratulations India, Congratulations Modiji for the win. India has great future ahead!
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HKR
May 23, 2019 11:45am
We don't need any pakistanies to comment on our elections.Whoever wins its only because the majority people voted for that party.India is a democratic country.Every citizens even if they are muslims,christians,sikhs,bhuddists,hindus or atheists have right to cast vote for any candidate they like.Its very clear that pakistanies doesn't like Modi.If he wins, its his achievement.Dont need to catagorize all Hindus as Bjp supporters.Here we have friends from all religions.We will celebrate all the festivals in unity too.There might be some tensions here and there which was created by some people and its only a nominal percentage.Majority of us are living in harmony.Minorities are treated fairly by the govt.They have privilage in all sectors even if its in securing govt jobs or in education sectors and many more areas.Wat about you people??How you people are treating your minorities?? ie,Hindus in your county?
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Feroz
May 23, 2019 12:49pm
@Javed, Facts and results run counter to your argument which is based solely on your perceptions.
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Ali
May 23, 2019 09:23pm
@Asif Ali, Hindus are not reduced ..... even their number have been increased in recent years. Previously pakistan was divided into two parts: west and east. East Pakistan( now Bengladesh) was having majority of pakistani hindu population (about 85% of pakistani hindus). After fall of East Pakistan, 85% pakistani hindus became Begali hindus. Also many hindus from Bangladesh migrated to Asaam, and West Bengal, India. So this perception is misinterpreted. Mordern pakistan (West pakistan) is going towards increase in hindu population rather than decrease but alongwith this the population of Muslims are relatively growing in higher rates.
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