Essay

Our swadeshi McCarthy

Print edition : January 19, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally ahead of the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections, in Nadiad on December 11. Photo: REUTERS/AMIT DAVE

U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, who alleged during the Cold War in the 1950s that communist spies and sympathisers had infiltrated American institutions and carried on smear campaigns against them. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Mani Shankar Aiyar with Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri (left) during a conference on the evolution of India-Pakistan relations, in New Delhi in 2011. Their friendship goes back decades. Photo: PTI

Modi with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a function to pay homage to security officials who lost their lives in the 2001 attack on Parliament House in New Delhi, on December 13, 2017. Photo: AP/Manish Swarup

Chinmaya Gharekhan, who rose to a high position at the U.N., one of the other guests at the dinner that Modi did not mention. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

K. Natwar Singh, former diplomat and Minister for External Affairs, one of the other guests at the dinner that Modi did not mention. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

T.C.A. Raghavan, former Ambassador to Pakistan, one of the other guests at the dinner that Modi did not mention. Photo: Vijay Bate

Sharat Sabharwal, former High Commissioner to Pakistan, one of the other guests at the dinner that Modi did not mention. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

K. Shankar Bajpai, former Ambassador, one of the other guests at the dinner that Modi did not mention. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Salman Haidar, former Foreign Secretary, one of the other guests at the dinner that Modi did not mention. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

General Deepak Kapoor, former Army chief, one of the other guests at the dinner that Modi did not mention. Photo: PTI

Modi’s divisive politics and hateful rhetoric during the final phase of the campaign for the Gujarat elections have profound legal, moral and political implications.

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