American news magazine Time has featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the cover page of its May 20 issue with a headline that may create controversy across India amid the election season.
The headline reads “India’s Divider in Chief” and carries a caricature of the Prime Minister.
This title pertains to the article in the magazine, written by Aatish Taseer with the headline “Can the World’s Largest Democracy Endure Another Five Years of a Modi Government?”
The write up compares former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s idea of secularism with the prevailing social “stress” under Modi who “demonstrated no desire to foster brotherly feelings between Hindus and Muslims,” the article read.
Besides, the article also recalled the Gujarat riots that allegedly claimed the lives of scores of people.
The whole article is based on the Hindu-Muslim relations and blames PM Modi for being pro-Hindu.
— TIME (@TIME) May 9, 2019
It is not the first time when the magazine has come with critical commentary about PM Modi. In its published article in 2012, the magazine described him as a controversial, ambitious and a shrewd politician.
According to reports, PM Modi has failed to make it to the 2019 list of 100 most influential people published by the Time Magazine. However, his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan featured in the coveted list.
PM Modi has appeared on the list thrice, in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
This year, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and public-interest litigators Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, who spearheaded a historic legal battle for LGBTQ rights in India, are among the Indians who have been named by TIME magazine in its prestigious list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
(With agency inputs)