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India, Narendra Modi and Hindu nationalists win elections
In the next few hours final data on the majority obtained by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be released. Congress admits defeat and says it is "ready to be in opposition". Christian leader tells AsiaNews: "Our congratulations, but we pray that they will respect the rights of minorities".
Indian activist: Narendra Modi’s candidature in Varanasi an outrage
The chief minister of Gujarat and leader of the nationalists (Bharatiya Janata Party) has chosen the seat of the sacred city to take part in general elections 2014. According to Lenin Raghuvanshi, it is an attempt to "show Varanasi as the birthplace of the Hindu fundamentalism". He tells AsiaNews : "The city is steeped in pluralism and secularism. Its people struggle against all forms of religious extremism".
For Indian Jesuit, Narendra Modi is vindictive and a threat to India's minorities
The director of the Prashant Human Rights Centre recounts three incidents involving the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for whom Modi is running as candidate for the prime minister's office. For Fr Prakash, the pledge to introduce anti-conversion laws and threats against the Muslim community "show the fascist agenda" of the BJP. However, we must have hope; "the struggle will continue indeed, even if the signs are ominous."
For Indian activist, Narendra Modi will not win in Varanasi
Lenin Raghuvanshi, an activist for the rights of Dalits and weaker, makes the prediction to AsiaNews with regards to voting in Uttar Pradesh's "holy city" where the last phase in India's staggered parliamentary election is underway. Although public opinion polls give the Hindu nationalist leader an edge, "The Hindu religion is fighting fundamentalism."
Indian activist: Narendra Modi and Arwind Kejriwal, as dangerous as "Hitler and Mussolini"
For Lenin Raghuvanshi, activist for development of Dalits , Modi (BJP Hindu nationalist party ) and Kejriwal (AAP, anti-corruption party) " are trying to destroy the pluralistic fabric of Varanasi from different political positions". The two leaders have chosen to run for election in city.
Religious violence and lies about development behind Modi's "great victory"
In a careful analysis, Puniyani Ram looks at India's recent election and its Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi. The BJP's nationalism is strong wherever religious hostilities are intense. A call for change to the election system is in order.
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