TIME magazine has featured a story on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the cover of its May 20 calling him India’s Divider In Chief. The 2019 edition says India is “more divided than ever” under PM Modi, this is a far cry from the TIME Cover of 2015 which said “WHY MODI MATTERS.”
Here are the highlights of the report TIME has published this month :
• The article notes that “In (2014) then he was a messiah, ushering in a future too bright to behold, one part Hindu renaissance, one part South Korea’s economic programme. Now, he is merely a politician who has failed to deliver, seeking re-election.”
• The article states “Not only has PM Modi’s economic miracle failed to materialise, he has also helped create an atmosphere of poisonous religious nationalism in India.”
• The myriad aspects of PM Modi’s tenure that it makes references to include attacks on minorities by lynch mobs, PM Modi’s record on women’s issues, the demonetisation move, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s candidacy, among others.
• The piece opines that PM Modi’s economic miracle has “failed to materialise,” and instead “an atmosphere of poisonous religious nationalism” has been created in the country.
• In the same issue, TIME published a second story on the prime minister, titled, “Modi Is India’s Best Hope for Economic Reform” that notes “while PM Modi’s economic record is mixed, India still needs change, and PM Modi remains the person most likely to deliver.”
• The TIME Cover is almost the same worded as a India Today cover of 2002 that called Narendra Modi “Master Divider”
The article is also critical of the opposition, which it calls a “weak”, “ragtag” coalition; it says the Congress has “little to offer than the dynastic principle” and describes Rahul Gandhi as “an unteachable mediocrity”. In the past few days, the international media has actively been discussing PM Modi’s prime ministership and his shot at the second term in power in the run-up to the elections. On 14 April, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board had published an opinion piece titled ‘Modi’s Reform Disappointment’. Meanwhile, The Economist on 2 May had published a piece titled ‘Under Narendra Modi, India’s ruling party poses a threat to democracy’. The opposition has pounced on the story. The women’s wing of the Congress, for example, pointed to the opening line — “Of the great democracies to fall to populism, India was the first.” — to attack PM Modi. The TIME’s articles on PM Modi come as India’s Lok Sabha election enters its home stretch, with just two polling phases left before votes are counted on May 23. This year, PM Modi is running again from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, which votes on May 19, the last polling day. Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.