[Marxism] The new face of India

Bharatbhooshan Tiwari bharatbhooshan.tiwari at gmail.com
Fri May 16 12:49:30 MDT 2014

By Pankaj Mishra

In A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth writes with affection of a placid India's 
first general election in 1951, and the egalitarian spirit it 
momentarily bestowed on an electorate deeply riven by class and caste: 
"the great washed and unwashed public, sceptical and gullible", but all 
"endowed with universal adult suffrage". India's 16th general election 
this month, held against a background of economic jolts and titanic 
corruption scandals, and tainted by the nastiest campaign yet, announces 
a new turbulent phase for the country -- arguably, the most sinister 
since its independence from British rule in 1947. Back then, it would 
have been inconceivable that a figure such as Narendra Modi, the Hindu 
nationalist chief minister of Gujarat accused, along with his closest 
aides, of complicity in crimes ranging from an anti-Muslim pogrom in his 
state in 2002 to extrajudicial killings, and barred from entering the 
US, may occupy India's highest political office.

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