Muslim women queue up to cast their votes at a polling station in Delhi, the capital of India, on May 12. The ruling BJP, a hardline Hindu party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been accused of stoking anti-Muslim violence and hate crimes. Photo: EPA-EFE

India is a global test case for secular democracy, and under Modi it is failing

  • If Modi and his Hindu nationalist party prevail in the elections, expect five more years of strongman rule that divides India by religious belief
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Muslim women queue up to cast their votes at a polling station in Delhi, the capital of India, on May 12. The ruling BJP, a hardline Hindu party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been accused of stoking anti-Muslim violence and hate crimes. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Hindu hardliners, one holding a sword, chant slogans against Muslim communities in northern India. Photo: AP
Nazneen Mohsina
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Nazneen Mohsina

Exploiting Islamophobia is an election-winning tool in India

  • The strategy of Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP has been to exclude minority groups. While it considers Christianity as the religion of proselytisers, Islam is branded as the religion of invaders and beef eaters, writes Nazneen Mohsina

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Hindu hardliners, one holding a sword, chant slogans against Muslim communities in northern India. Photo: AP
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