“Under Narendra Modi’s rule, a thuggish violence is creeping into Indian life. My hometown Mumbai has become world’s most intolerant city,” Salman Rushdie, the Islam-hating British author said in an interview he gave to Barkha Dutt of India’s NDTV last week.
Rushdie claimed that writer after writer are giving up their awards citing growing intolerance, the Dadri beef lynching, killing of rationalists, the recent smearing of columnist Sdheendra Kulkarni’s face with black paint by Modi-linked Shiv Sena for hosting Pakistan’s former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmoud Kasuri, and Pakistan ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’s concert being cancelled under Hindutva parties’ pressure.
The Muslim-bashers, who have supported Rushdie’s rights to insult Islam for decades, could not digest his statement: “Here comes the Modi Toadies,” he tweeted.
Why Narendra Modi is so silent over this intolerance? Vir Sanghvi answered that question at Hindustan Times on October 13, 2015.
“There has been three-step evolution in Modi’s image. From a dedicated Hindutvewalah (extremist anti-Muslim Hindu) to a development champion, and now, a global statesman. Unfortunately, like some house of cards, each layer and image have been dependent on the one that came before. If he was not a Hindutva icon, then the Sangh would never had backed him as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. The Hindutva hardcore is the basis of his support, and therefore his rise to power. Alienate this hard core and the whole house of cards risk collapse,” Sanghvi said.
On August 3, 2015, Booker-prize-winning author Arundhati Roy accused Modi government of using Hindu caste mentality against Muslims and other minorities for political reasons. She called Hindu caste system worse than slavery and apartheid. Watch below Arundhati Roy interviewed by British author Tariq Ali.
In 2013, the anti-Muslim Jewish journalist Max Fisher claimed at The Washington Post that India was the most racist nation in the world, followed by Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. You got to excuse him for not putting Israel on his top of the list.