American news magazine Time has featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the cover page of its May 20 issue with a headline that may create controversy across the India amid the election season.
The headline reads “India’s Divider in Chief” that is and carries a caricature of the Prime Minister criticises Modi.
This title pertains to the article in the magazine, written by Aatish Taseer with the headline “Can the World’s Largest Democracy Endure Another Five Years of a Modi Government?”
The write up compares former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s idea of secularism with the prevailing social “stress” under Modi who “demonstrated no desire to foster brotherly feelings between Hindus and Muslims,” the article read.
Besides, the article it also recalled the Gujarat riots that allegedly claimed lives of scores of people.
The whole article is based on the Hindu-Muslim relations and blames Modi for being pro-Hindu.
The article which is highly critical of Narendra Modi states that the after the 2014 elections, basic tenets of the Indian states considered to be normal such as “the character of the Indian state, its founding fathers, the place of minorities and its institutions, were shown to be severely distrusted”.
After 2014, the article states, “the achievements of independent India such as secularism, liberalism, a free press–came to be seen in the eyes of many as part of a grand conspiracy”.
The author accuses the prime minister to be silent about 2002 Gujarat pogrom proving him to be “a friend of the mob”. The article accuses the administration of being silent on cow lynchings
It is to be noted that the magazine’s editorial view of Modi has shifted over the years. PM Modi made the list of the Times’s 100 most influential people in 2014, 2015 and 2017 but failed to make the cut in 2019.
It is not the first time when the magazine has come with critical commentary about Modi. In its published article in 2012, the magazine described him as a controversial, ambitious and a shrewd politician.