IN A scathing criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has drawn a parallel between him and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, saying they “thrive on hatred and disrespect institutions”. He said Modi has followed the model of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to “use democracy to come to power”.
Rahul also spoke about over-concentration of power and argued that India today is more centralised than China. Saying that the challenge India is facing today is creating jobs in cities and supporting agriculture in rural areas, he said, “All the stresses of modernity and migration affect the present tone of politics in India.”
“Economic insecurity about finding work and anxieties over identity are being aggressively exploited by the right wing. They spread fake news, promote ethnic rifts and foment polarisation in order to gain power across states,” he said. Modi, he said, came to power by promising jobs and his record so far has been disastrous. “His administration is taking the anger of the youth and diverting it against minorities,” he said.
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