Essay

India’s Sawdust Caesar

Print edition : December 25, 2015

October 2002: Narendra Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat, addressing a gathering at the beginning of the fourth leg of the Gaurav Yatra from the Ambaji temple, Banaskantha, Gujarat. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at Rajpath on the occasion of the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on January 26, 1962. Modi's charge that "Nehru and the Congress were responsible for [Syama Prasad] Mookerjee's death" is a patent lie. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Michael S. Owen, former U.S. Consul General in Mumbai. Photo: Paul Noronha

In his book "The Country of First Boys and Other Essays", the Nobel laureate Amartya Sen says: "Often enough, the persons chosen for heading institutions of national importance have been exceptionally dedicated to promoting Hindutva priorities." Photo: V. Sudershan

Pahlaj Nihalani. His appointment as Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification is a gross outrage. Photo: Vivek Bendre

Mahesh Rangarajan. The highly respected scholar and Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library in New Delhi was pressured to quit. Photo: M. Srinath

It is futile to expect Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rein in the so-called fringe elements because they form the core of his constituency. He neither can nor wants to silence them.
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