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:
A must read — This is an incredible story of an amazing woman (@RanaAyyub), determined to document her nation's terrifying turn under Modi's leadership. https://t.co/Tw4JvB9xVI #AccheDin #ModiSarkar #Kashmir
— Audrey Truschke (@AudreyTruschke) December 2, 2019
Modi is a "hero of anti-Muslim bigots" & his "Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies."
Anyone who studies India quickly realizes that Modi has turned India into a fascist regime. The whole world knows it.https://t.co/0e2qPd7VZo
— Arjun Sethi (@arjunsethi81) December 2, 2019
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.
“Modi was a fascist in every sense,” Nandy said. “I don’t mean this as a term of abuse. It’s a diagnostic category.” https://t.co/A3aHSpDbBF
— Murtaza Mohammad Hussain (@MazMHussain) December 3, 2019
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) December 2, 2019
Modi ordered air strikes against what he claimed was a training camp for militants in Balakot…But Western reporters visiting the site found no evidence of any deaths; there were only a handful of craters, a slightly damaged house, & some fallen trees. https://t.co/yen2NnDFhQ
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) December 2, 2019
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.
— Camila Osorio (@Camimi68) December 2, 2019
Congratulations to @NewYorker for reporting #Modi’s rise and #NewIndia the way much of Indian media won’t. Great to see some of our best featured. @RanaAyyub @nehadixit123 @svaradarajan @HartoshSinghBal @thewire_in @thecaravanindia https://t.co/815NR4Ha8g
— Mitali Saran (@mitalisaran) December 3, 2019
Didn't know whether I needed to read a foreign publication to know about these things, but this is an exhaustive piece, worth reading, if only for the commitment of @RanaAyyub
Only we will save ourselves. There are no other saviours.
— Omair Ahmad (@OmairTAhmad) December 2, 2019
#India #media @RanaAyyub @nehadixit123 @svaradarajan @free_thinker @ravishndtv & many others in regional languages, who are actually practising journalism in terrible times, unlike state-centric media propagandists enabling Hindutva de-democratisation 🙌🏽 https://t.co/WVHhWe9EZ1
— Nitasha Kaul (@NitashaKaul) December 3, 2019