BJP will bring in a “bullying government of Modistas’: Salman Rushdie


Celebrated controversial India born author, Salman Rushdie has spoken on the Indian elections at length at the Tenth Annual PEN World Voices Festival in New York. He has said that the “Hardliners’ hardliner, Modi and his Modistas will bring in a “fairly bullying government ” in India, which will put the Country’s democracy in danger. The result would betray the legacy of India’s founding fathers, he concluded.

“I am pretty concerned about a Modi-run government. The indications that it would be a fairly bullying government are already there. We have already seen journalists and writers being bullied and the BJP has not taken power yet… You already see even more worryingly a kind of self-censorship setting in, people worry that they are going to be bullied and therefore try not to do anything that will attract the wrath of the ‘Modistas’…

If freedom of expression is under attack, if religious freedom is threatened and if substantial parts of society live in physical fear for their safety, then such a society cannot be said to be a true democracy… This already lamentable state of affairs looks likely to become much worse if it, as seems likely, seems probable, the election results bring to power the Hindu nationalist BJP so that the highly divisive figure of Narendra Modi a hardliner’s hardliner becomes India’s next Prime Minister…

Attacks on us in Indian social media have been relentless and paradoxically have validated our fears. We are worried about the arrival of a bullying, intolerant new regime and here are its early outriders – menacing, nasty and vengeful. There will not be less of this after a Modi victory… The climate of fear that has consequently being created is such that the hooligans’ and censors’ work is now often done for them by the collapse of those who ought to be free speeches defenders”.

“India is in the danger of betraying the legacy of its founding fathers and greatest artists like Rabindranath Tagore.” said Rushdie who had been living outside India for several years after muslim organizations have issued Fatwas against him.

Rushdie was among several artists and public representatives along with sculptor Anish Kumar, who have signed a petition urging Indian voters caution against hardline politicians like Modi.

Medaram Jathara

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