[Marxism] Das Blog: An Indian Fascism? Doing the Modi Wave

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat May 17 07:11:36 MDT 2014

The f-word should not be used casually in serious commentary; fascism is 
not a synonym for obnoxious political behavior. But Modi is quite 
remarkable in that nearly the full range of ‘fascist’ qualities can be 
applied to him. Aggressive nationalism, lionization of the military, 
hypermasculine thumping of an allegedly fifty-six inch chest, ethnic 
enthusiasms, obsession with ‘traitors’ and ‘anti-national elements’ in 
the population, thirst for historical revenge, mistrust of 
intellectuals, disdain for rights and constitutional freedoms, corporate 
intimacies, glorification of the charismatic leader, unification of the 
leader, the government and the nation: he has it all. Many of those 
traits are possessed in abundant measure by other Indian politicians – 
there are no liberals in that bunch – and leaders in other democracies, 
but very few bring it all together like Modi-bhai.


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