New Yorker Report Indicts Modi and Links His Rise to Riots

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Caravan News

NEW DELHI — A prominent New York-based weekly, The New Yorker, known for its long-form and in-depth journalism, has published a scathing critique of the right wing nationalist BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It also has direct reporting of the scenario in Kashmir Valley, which is currently under a lockdown following the August 5 abolition of autonomous status for the region by the Modi government.

The article “Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India,” authored by well-known journalist Dexter Filkins traces the journey of India to this day, explaining why the country took a ‘right turn’. The report, in specific, tells the story of journalist and author Rana Ayyub known for her investigative reporting related to the 2002 Gujarat pogrom.

The write-up published on Monday has been widely shared on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp groups, and other social media platforms. Most of the readers who shared the piece noted that it brought into spotlight the issues currently affecting the country which are generally sidelined by sections of the mainstream media.

Caravan Daily collates a few top tweets on the piece:

The author begins the report with Kashmir, the region now under lockdown. Since foreign journalists are barred from traveling to Kashmir, Filkins accompanied Rana Ayyub when she visited the valley in September. To stay away from the gaze of the authorities, Filkins kept his identity as a journalist secret  during the visit.

Further, the piece details the struggles Rana Ayyub went through while growing up in a Mumbai suburb and during her forays as an investigative journalist. It highlights the role of riots and pogroms played in the rise and rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his aide Amit Shah, the present Union Home Minister.





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