Washington: The US-based New York Times in its editorial has said that in India, under PM Modi’s rule, growth has slowed, jobs have not materialised, but a deadly intolerance has risen.
The article titled "India’s Turn Toward Intolerance" published by the New York Time’s editorial board on Monday said that Modi’s landslide victory in 2014 was borne on his promises to unleash India’s economic potential and build a bright future.
The article said that Prime Minister Modi during his 2014 election campaign had played down the Hindu nationalist roots of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
But, the article added, “Under Mr. Modi’s leadership, growth has slowed, jobs have not materialised, and what has actually been unleashed is virulent intolerance that threatens the foundation of the secular nation envisioned by its founders”.
The editorial said that since PM Modi took the office, there has been an alarming rise in mob attacks against people, accused of eating beef or abusing cows, which mostly included Muslims.
The NYT’s article also criticised the BJP government’s notification banning cattle trade for slaughter saying that the ban hit the Muslims community and low-caste Hindus, who are traditionally engaged in the meat and leather industry.
The article while saying that the cattle trade ban was against Modi’s supposed priorities: employment, economic growth and boosting exports, adversely impacted the $16 billion industry, which employs millions of workers and generated $4 billion in export income in 2016.
The NYT’s editorial also criticised PM Modi and BJP for appointing Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister of UP.
The article also accused the censor board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani of working to protect PM Modi and the BJP from criticism.
To support its accusations, the editorial piece cited the example of a documentary film on Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen, which was asked to cut the words cow, Hindu India, Hindutva view of India and Gujarat to get the required clearance.