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India's election has left the country more divided than ever

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    India's election has left the country more divided than ever
    Nikhil Kumar, CNN

    Updated 6:21 AM ET, Mon May 20, 2019

    (CNN)The wait has begun. Polling in India's marathon elections concluded at the weekend, with the results due on May 23.

    Private polling commissioned by Indian media outlets points to a second term for the incumbent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), although, given the patchy record of these polls, which have been wrong in past elections, we won't know for sure until later this week.

    But if he does return to power, what might Modi 2.0 mean for India? One way of trying to answer that question is to compare campaign 2019 to the one that unfolded five years ago.
    In 2014, when Modi first ran for national office -- he was already a major regional figure by then, running western Gujarat state for over a decade -- his campaign was dominated by his promises to usher in a sort of economic renaissance: Modi spoke of reforms to, among other things, make India an easier place to do business, make it better at generating jobs for the millions of young Indians who enter the workforce each year and to clean house to stamp out corruption.

    Roughly translated from the original Hindi, his slogan was development for all, with all.
    These messages, amplified by a well funded and well organized publicity machine, dominated the agenda -- helping draw attention away from something darker: Fears about right wing Hindu nationalism, the founding creed of Modi's BJP, and concerns about his own record on this issue in Gujarat, which was shaken by violent sectarian rioting in 2002 that saw more than 1,000 people killed, most of them minority Muslims.

    But look back at the campaign that's just ended, and Modi the would be reformer is barely visible, replaced by Modi the protector, with the prime minister casting himself as the nation's muscular "Chowkidar," or watchman, guarding the nation's interests against challengers foreign and domestic.

    Yet this isn't merely about different slogans, and ways they are interpreted by Modi's critics.
    Consider, for example, the way campaign 2019 ended, with a controversy that brought together the concerns many liberals and minority Indians have about Modi and his allies: The rise of hardline Hindus and the fraying of India's secular fabric.

    It centered on one of the BJP's candidate's in central India, Pragya Singh Thakur.

    Thakur's nomination itself was news-making (and telling, as we try and decipher what prime minister Modi 2.0 might mean): She is currently facing terrorism charges connected to a bomb attack on Muslims several years ago. Thakur denies the charges, the BJP rubbishes the case, but the fact remains that we're still waiting for a court verdict.

    As campaigning ended, Thakur made headlines when she was quoted in local media calling the hardline Hindu who murdered Mohandas Gandhi, the leader of India's movement to gain independence from the colonial British, a patriot.

    Once again, the BJP's -- and Modi's -- reaction was revealing: The party censured her and initiated disciplinary action, she apologized and Modi, speaking to a local television network, said he would never be able to forgive her.

    Yet she remained, and remains, one of the BJP's flag-bearers.

    In fact, the BJP's party president, Amit Shah, Modi's closest political lieutenant, defended her candidacy, portraying the case against her as nothing more than a liberal conspiracy, at an end-of-campaign press conference (which was also notable for the surprise presence, by Shah's side, of Modi, who did not field any questions).

    Thakur's candidacy, and the BJP's refusal to even countenance a U-turn, is only one of a number of examples from the trail that worried Modi's liberal critics in recent weeks.
    But it is perhaps the clearest signal of a critical change in the way Candidate Modi 2.0 and his lieutenants ran their campaign: The 2014 Hindu nationalist dog-whistle was replaced by a bullhorn, a troubling sign as we wait for the final results later this week to find out if we'll see Prime Minister Modi 2.0.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/20/asia/india-election-campaign-aftermath-intl/index.html
     
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    India: 4 killed as political violence erupts in West Bengal state
    At least 18 others were wounded after clashes broke out over the hoisting of BJP flags and the putting up of posters.

    9 Jun 2019

    Three supporters of India's ruling right-wing party and another from a rival have been killed in a gun battle in West Bengal state.

    At least 18 others were wounded in the clashes that broke out on Saturday in the eastern state that has been on edge since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched an aggressive campaign to win the parliamentary seats last year.

    "Three of the dead were BJP workers while the other was a [regional] Trinamool party supporter," an unnamed police official told the AFP news agency.

    Local BJP leader Mukul Roy tweeted three BJP workers were "shot dead" in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal.

    The clashes broke out over the hoisting of BJP flags and the putting up of posters, said BJP's general secretary in the state, Sayantan Basu.

    "They tried to throw away our party flags and posters and when we protested, our workers were shot from point-blank range," Basu was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India news agency.

    State's Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick, who belongs to the Trinamool Congress, said one of the party supporters was "hacked and shot dead by BJP workers".

    "When he was on his way to attend a party meeting, he was hacked at first. When he managed to free himself, he was shot dead," Mullick told reporters in Sandeshkhali.

    Rival supporters have regularly clashed in the politically volatile state where the BJP won 18 seats, up from the two it managed in 2014, en route to its massive nationwide win last month.

    Modi's party won 303 seats in the national parliament, increasing its previous tally of 282 seats in 2014.

    The Trinamool Congress - which has its stronghold in West Bengal and is led by the firebrand Mamata Banerjee - accuses the BJP of fomenting trouble in the state.

    West Bengal has witnessed some of the most violent feuds between rival parties. Last month, a BJP supporter was shot dead in state capital Kolkata and a car belonging to a Trinamool member was pelted with rocks.

    Last year, a BJP worker was killed and his body was hanged from a tree. Prime Minister Modi called the killings "shameful and anti-democratic".
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019...erupts-west-bengal-state-190609065109282.html
     
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    Good that you are reading so much about India @beijingwalker

    However, for analyzing anything one must be open to all view points and be willing to analyze stuff objectively.

    Hope you do bring objectivity too.
     
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    Not as much as some Indians about China here.
     
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    I thought that killing will only happen if modi will not win....
     
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  6. beijingwalker

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    Beautiful democracy, somethng Indians brag here day and night.
     
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    An article of 20th May is being shared on 14/15 June !

    Scraping the bottom ?
     
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    Lead by example and for once show some objectivity to kashmir dispute vis a vis hyderabad, junagarh, munavdar...
    And
    When u r done do show some objectuve light to the downed mki pilots and their families who will always be left wondering how come their loved ones died on the road while they were supposed to be on a mission. After all its a mki and not a teja on trailer
     
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    It's not a news report, the situation is still same in India as it was 2 weeks ago.
     
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    Really, you know better than us about India
     
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    That was published before the results were announced, Modi is bad news for the ill-wishers of India. The doubting thomases just wouldn't believe that he would come back stronger. People in every nook and corner of India from Arunachal to Karnataka, Assam/Manipur to Rajasthan have reposed their faith on his leadership.

    So in a way our country stands united more firmly than ever before.
     
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    Post-poll violence toll in India's West Bengal rises to 15
    JUNE 11, 2019 /

    KOLKATA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A bomb killed two people in West Bengal on Monday, taking the death toll in post-election violence to 15, police said, as workers of India’s ruling party clashed with a regional rival in the populous eastern state.

    West Bengal, which elects the third largest number of lawmakers to the lower house of parliament, was a key battleground in the general election that Prime Minister Narendra Modi resoundingly won last month, and saw sporadic violence during the 39-day-long poll.

    Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) picked up 18 of 42 seats in the state, nine times its previous tally, despite a tough fight from the regional Trinamool Congress party, led by the firebrand Mamata Banerjee.

    At an event in Kolkata on Tuesday, Banerjee said that two Trinamool supporters were killed after bombs were hurled by unidentified persons on Monday night.

    “There is a concerted effort to incite violence in Bengal by the BJP,” she said. “They will not succeed.”


    Since May 23, when election results were announced, at least 15 people have been killed from both parties, a senior police officer said, requesting anonymity since he is not authorized to speak to the media.

    On Sunday, India’s federal home ministry, which is led by Modi’s close aide, Amit Shah, issued an advisory to the West Bengal government, expressing “deep concern” over the violence.

    The BJP, which had so far been a bit player in West Bengal’s politics, said its workers had been continuously targeted by Banerjee’s party.

    “Trinamool is losing, they have lost the people’s favor and they are trying to retain power through violence,” BJP State President Dilip Ghosh told Reuters.


    The BJP plans to hold a protest march in Kolkata on Wednesday.

    Having consolidated its hold across much of northern and western India, the BJP is trying to make inroads in eastern states like West Bengal.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-indias-west-bengal-rises-to-15-idUSKCN1TC15S
     
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    India has 28 other states which are peaceful. Bengal has despotic rule and people are fighting back. Hardly something a Chinese can understand.
     
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    India is never a safe and peaceful place.
     
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    Your opinion matters how?
     
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