Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s characterisation of the mobs that lynch Muslims as crazy is as belated as it is futile. People who commit such crimes are not “crazy”. They are maliciously violent criminals. His description belittles their crime almost to the point of defending it.
People ask why lynchings have spread like the plague since he became Prime Minister five years ago. The reason is that, for the most part, they are his ideological supporters.
In all these five years, not once did he denounce them — for fear of losing his rabidly communal followers’ support. In effect, he condoned them. His calculated silence was treated as approval.…
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