American embrace of Trump made me realise how wrong I was about Modi

Now we know what it is to be in the endangered minority whose rights and privileges may be at risk.

Narendra Modi

During the 2014 general election, I, along with many other NRIs, pledged my vicarious support to the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Narendra Modi. Any arguments that called into question Modi’s dubious human rights record and worrisome support for the Hindutva-oriented Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) fell on deaf ears.

I was quick to exculpate Modi for these lapses as I was too enamoured, even distracted, by his extravagant promises of growth, change, and "acche din", and therefore unable to recognise his stirring speeches for the unattainable campaign promises they quickly proved to be.

I would often argue in response, "Look, nobody is clean, every politician in India has dozens of skeletons in his closet. Is the Congress government not riddled with criminals as well?"

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