[Marxism] The cult of cronyism | Siddharth Varadarajan

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 25 07:40:40 MDT 2014


Who does Narendra Modi represent and what does his rise in Indian 
politics signify? Given the burden he carries of the 2002 anti-Muslim 
massacres, it is tempting to see the Gujarat chief minister’s arrival on 
the national stage as a watershed moment in the escalation of communal 
politics. Certainly the cult-like following he has amongst the sangh 
parivar faithful and a wider section of the Hindu middle class is due to 
the image he has of a leader who knows how to “show Muslims their 
place”. For these supporters, his refusal to do something so simple – 
and tokenistic — as express regret for the killings that happened under 
his watch is seen not as a handicap but as further proof of his strength.

full: http://svaradarajan.com/2014/03/27/the-cult-of-cronyism/




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