American news magazine Time has featured Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the cover page of its May 20 issue with a headline which will produce controversy across India amid the election season. The TIME magazine has featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the cover of its international edition with a disputed headline and a secondary one that reads “Modi the Reformer” as the country enters the final section of the mammoth election.
The headline reads “India’s Divider in Chief” that’s and carries a caricature of the Prime Minister criticizing Modi. The article is written by Aatish Taseer, son of Indian journalist Tavleen Singh and late Pakistani politician and businessman Salmaan Taseer, and is authored by Ian Bremmer, president and founding father of Eurasia Group, a global political risk analysis and consulting company.
The magazine cover depicts a portrait of 68-year-old Modi and the articles within the magazine have the titles “Can the World’s Largest Democracy Endure Another five Years of a Modi Government?”, written by Taseer and “Modi Is India’s Best Hope for Economic Reform”, by Bremmer.
This title pertains to the article within the magazine, written by Aatish Taseer with the headline “Can the World’s Largest Democracy Endure Another five Years of a Modi Government?” It additionally said the opposition Congress party has little to offer aside from the dynastic principle.
The write up compares former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s plan of secularism with the prevailing “social stress under Modi”, the article read.
Besides, the article has also recalled the Gujarat riots that allegedly claimed the lives of several individuals. That’s not the first time when Time Magazine has to go with a critical statement regarding Modi. In its printed article in 2012, the magazine represented him as a controversial, formidable and a shrewd politician.
India’s Current Election Situation
Hundreds of millions of Indians will participate on Thursday and May 19 in legislative elections that will determine which party will lead the world’s largest democracy in the next term. About 900 million voters are going to the polling stations to choose 543 deputies. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is locked in a popular election that could help him renew his term.
Hundreds of millions of Indians will go to the polls on Thursday to vote in a six-week legislative election and decide whether to renew the mandate of the Hindu nationalists in power in the world’s largest democracy.
The elections are held in seven stages from today until May 19, when Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Moody seeks a second term in front of Gandhi-Nehru Gandhi’s Gandhi-born Rahul Gandhi.
Five years after Narendra Modi’s authority, questions are raised as to whether India will enshrine the dominance of Hindu nationalists in a politically polarized society or choose government rotation.
About 900 million people from the Himalayas to the deserts to the shores of the Indian Ocean are entitled to vote for a new government that will take power for the next five years in a massive democratic process.
From April 11 to May 19, voters will choose 543 deputies in the House of Representatives, “Luk Sabha”, which will rule the Asian country of 1.3 billion people from New Delhi, the election commission said.
Modi’s Popularity Vs Congress Party
The outgoing prime minister, Modi, 68, is running the current election from a position of great popular power enjoyed by his compatriots, where his party has won a landslide victory in the recent elections.
Modi was able to boost his popularity in India after a confrontation with Pakistan, the most serious in years, due to a suicide bombing in disputed Kashmir on February 14, which killed 40 Indian militants.
But several electoral setbacks to the party in key northern states at the end of last year have revived the hope of his rivals from Rahul Gandhi’s historic Congress Party to make progress.
“I hope these elections will witness historic participation,” Modi said earlier on Twitter, encouraging voters who vote for the first time to vote in record numbers.
Hundreds of political parties are taking part in this country, which is culturally and geographically diverse. However, the Hindu Nationalist Party (BJP), led by Modi, and the Left Congress party are the two strongest contenders