Civil society protests against the mob lynching of Muslims accused of possessing beef, in New Delhi in June 2017. Photo: Reuters

Indian elections: the idea of a secular, tolerant democracy is at stake

  • The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has thrived by painting the Indian National Congress as corrupt, but the BJP’s promotion of divisiveness threatens the fabric of Indian society itself
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Civil society protests against the mob lynching of Muslims accused of possessing beef, in New Delhi in June 2017. Photo: Reuters
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dubbed himself the “chowkidar” or “watchman” of the nation. Photo: Hindustan Times
Akanksha Singh
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Akanksha Singh

Why Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘watchman’ campaign could easily slip into vigilantism

  • With the country witnessing a rise in mob lynchings, fuelled by Hindu nationalism since Modi took office, his pre-election campaign risks encouraging Indians to take the law into their own hands

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dubbed himself the “chowkidar” or “watchman” of the nation. Photo: Hindustan Times
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