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Modi Will Not Speak Out

I was pained to read the editorial urging the Prime Minster of India, Narendra Modi, to speak out against those who are dividing the present India ("Will Narendra Modi Speak Out?", EPW, 13 December 2014). My gut feeling is that Modi will not speak out against those people because those are the people who voted him to power and he basically belongs to them. I do not see any difference between the partition of the greater India between the present India and Pakistan, and an implicit partition the fanatic people are creating today. What concerns me when I talk with a sample of such people is that these people do not have a clear vision of what kinds of seeds they are sowing in the minds of young Indians. This is dangerous.

What is more dangerous is that the opposition is weak and does not have capable people who will rise to meet the situation and improve the climate. I feel that the opposition itself is scared because they have so many corrupt people who are worried about their own well-being. So what must happen in such dark times when the oppressed people have no voice? If one looks back in history, one sees that in such dark times an unknown leader from an oppressed community will rise and organise people. Will that happen in India? Certainly and not in too distant a future.

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