Modi's campaign of fear and prejudice

The campaign for the votes of 900 million Indians in the continuing national elections - being conducted in seven phases from April 11 to May 23 - has taken a rancorous and religiously polarised tenor, which is unprecedented even for India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading the campaign for his governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He remains the focus of much of the campaign for his party, as well as for the opposition parties challenging his re-election bid.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2019, with the headline 'Modi's campaign of fear and prejudice'. Print Edition | Subscribe