Throughout his two-day visit to India, President Donald Trump heaped praise on the nation’s leader, Narendra Modi, and ignored a spasm of violence against Muslims unfolding on the streets of the Indian capital, New Delhi, prompted by the Indian prime minister’s sectarian policies.
At least a dozen (now about 40) people were killed in New Delhi during Trump’s visit, Reuters reported, as mobs of Hindu supremacists and the police confronted Muslim protesters demonstrating against a new law that threatens their status as equal citizens, based on their religion.
Trump nevertheless hailed Modi as a champion of “religious freedom,” even as the nation was gripped by images of Muslims being attacked in the capital, with the apparent assent or cooperation of the police, and video circulated online of Hindu extremists climbing the minaret of a mosque to pull down its loudspeaker and hang a flag depicting the Hindu deity Hanuman.…
In India, Trump validates Modi’s divisive agenda – By Rana Ayyub (Feb 25, 2020, Washington Post)
New Delhi Is Burning as Modi Throws a Party for Trump’s State Visit – By Tim Hume (Feb 25, 2020, Vice)
‘The Worst Kind of Fascists’: Trump Visits Modi’s India and Announces $3 Billion Arms Deal – By Eoin Higgins (Feb 24, 2020, Common Dreams)
For Trump and Modi, ethnic purity is the purpose of power – By Jason Stanley (Feb 24, 2020, The Guardian)