23 Oct, 2015
Last year, the world was fixated upon India when the general elections brought to power Narendra Modi, the former chief minister of the prosperous Indian state of Gujarat. Enthusiasts didn’t tire of pointing out at the time that the story of Indian democracy could not have gotten any better; the new premier used to sell tea as a young boy at a stall at a local railway station, so the system was inclusive alright.
Many surmised that the days of socio-economic schisms were numbered in India, and that Modi would be the leader that rids the country of its problems once and for all. The message was loud and clear: The saffron tide cometh and with it, prosperity and greatness too. A year and a half on, though, that very tide has taken a deadly turn, and it threatens to engulf the entire Indian society.