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Fṛm Đ Obzrvr │ Tory devotion to ‘dear friend’ Modi says so much about needy post-Brexit Britain

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is greeted by Priti Patel and minister of state for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, in London in 2015. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA
Indịn Prîm̦inistr Narendra Modi z grītd bî Priti Ptél n ministr v stet fr ɖ Foṛn n Comnwelʈ Ofis, Hygo Swîr, in Lundn in 2015. Foṭgraf: Joṇʈn Brêdi/PA

Tori dvośn t ‘dir frend’ Modi sz so mć abt nīdi post-Brexit Britn

(Transcription of an article published in the Observer on Sunday 29 May 2022)

India’z abhoṛnt dmestic poḷsiz r v no inṭrest t ɖs despṛt guvnmnt

Nick Cohen

Nic Cown, Súnde 29 Me 2022

Narendra Modi n ɖ Hindutva rît r trnñ ɖ wrld’z larjist dmocṛsi intu ɖ wrld’z ugliist dmocṛsi. Mŭzlimz r dnaid ɖ s’kṛti v fl sitiznśp. Ɖ indipndns v ɖ Indịn corts, ɖ sivl srvis, ɖ ilectṛl sistm n ɖ mīdia hz bn hoṛbli compṛmîzd az ɖ Baratīa Janata parti criets, f nt a wn-parti stet, ɖen at līst a stet ẃr onli wn parti cn win.

Far fṛm criṭsîzñ Modi, or mntenñ a dipḷmatic distns, Britn’z Cnsrṿtiv guvnmnt z indorsñ Modi’z poḷsiz n preɉdisz.

Indịn opziśn poḷtiśnz hv bn in ɖ YC fr confṛnsz orġnîzd bî ɖ Indịn diasṗra n mītñz wɖ poḷtiśnz n acdemics. Nt wn repriznttiv fṛm ǎr rūlñ parti wz amñ ɖ hundṛdz ɖe met. Cnsrṿtiv ministrz n bacbnćrz gev evri apiṛns v tecñ a c’lectiv dsiźn nt t ingej wɖ eni oponnt v ɖ Modi reźīm.

On 16 Me, ɖr wz a rspśn in parḷmnt fr Salman Crśid, a formr Indịn cabiṇt ministr, Pradiot Manicia, ćer v India’z Indijṇs Pṛgresiv Rījnl Alayns, n uɖr opziśn figrz enwn cnsrnd abt India wd b plizd t inṭvy. Cnsrṿtiv MPz sd ɖe wd atnd. Bt ɖe nvr śoud p. Lebr poḷtiśnz sd Priti Ptél hd ordrd a bôcót. I pt ɖ aḷgeśn t ɖ Cnsrṿtiv MPz cnsrnd, bt ɖe dd nt rplî t mî īmeilz.

Ś cōlz Modi “ǎr dir frend” n prezz hiz “dnamic līdrśp”. Bt mbi ɖ ordr cem fṛm an oṗretr b’lo hr pêgred. Britiś-Indịn acṭvists sd a bôcót dd nt nīd t b instgetd bî enwn az grand az ɖ homsecṛtri. Britiś BJP acṭvists nīd mirli tel a Cnsrṿtiv MP wɖ a stroñ Indịn vot in hiz or hr cnstitẏnsi t stir clir, n ɖe wd obe.

Telñli, nt wn v ɖ Britiś oponnts v Modi I inṭvyd wd g on ɖ record. Īvn in ɖ YC, crosñ ɖ BJP brñz trolñ fṛm its acṭvists n, in wn nasti ces, dmandz ɖt ɖ critic’z peṛnts b xpeld fṛm ɖer tmpl.

Crśid n Manicia r nt wel-noun in ɖ YC, bt Rahul Gandi hz ɖ glamr v roylti. Az ɖ sun v Rajiv n Sońa, gransun v Indira n gret-gransun v Jawaharlal Neru, Britiś poḷtiśnz śd wont t mīt him fr ɖ śir s’lebṛtivaly. Wns agn, nt a sngl Cnsrṿtiv ministr or MP wz in parḷmnt last wīc t grīt wn v Modi’z most artikḷt oponnts.

Ẃn Gandi cem t Lundn in 2018, ɖ Cnsrṿtiv Frendz v India sd it wd host an ivnt fr him in parḷmnt. In ɖoz dez, Tōriz wontd gd rleśnz wɖ India bt wd nt tec sîdz in its p’liticl struglz. Or so ɖe sd. Jst bfr Gandi wz dy t spīc, ɖe cansld ɖ rspśn. Indịn jrṇlists rportd ɖt ɖ BJP hd md its unhapinis noun. N in Tori srclz, ẃt ɖ BJP wonts, it gts.

Fr Cnsrṿtivz hu criṭsîz ɖ îdnttipoḷtics v ɖ left, ɖs òt t b ɖ momnt ẃn ɖe si ɖ left’z fes lcñ bac at ɖm in ɖ mirr. Lîc “anti-impirịlists” n Izḷmizm, or ɖ pro-Izreli rît n Zaynizm, ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti z nǎ so alînd wɖ ɖ BJP ɖt it z alawñ ɖ most opresiv vrśnz v rlijn n eʈniṣti t dfîn ɖ hol v a rlijn or eʈniṣti. Hinduizm z no longr a spirićl bt a naśṇlist crīd.

Indịnz r no longr ɖ cuntri’z 1.4 biłn inhabitnts bt Hinduz n apruvd mnoṛtiz, huz ples z gaṛntìd, bt nt Mŭzlimz, hu fes rlijs tsts fr mîgṛnts bfr biyñ aśurd v sitiznśp.

Ɖ seklr îdiylz v 20ʈ-snć̣ri India r tù īẓli dsmist az a wstn impziśn. Ɖe wr az mć a riax́n agnst ɖ wst az wstn: sṗsificli a riax́n agnst ɖ Britiś empîr’z atmts t dvîd n rūl ɖ subcontinnt on ɖ besis v eʈniṣti. Nǎ dvîd n rūl z bac wɖ a dmonic eṇji, wɖ a larj porśn v scepgotñ srvd on ɖ sîd.

Ɖ cansl-culćr v s’cterịnizm foloz. Britiś Cnsrṿtiv poḷtiśnz r nǎ taṣtli agriyñ wɖ ɖ BJP ɖt Hindu naśṇlizm oponnts r nt “tru” Indịnz or Hinduz bt r, in ɖ intiṃdetri frêz v Boris Jonsn’z alîz, at ɖ tîm v Brexit, “ɖ eṇmi wɖn”.

Ɖr r dīsnt deṃcratic rīznz fr Tōriz t apil t Indịn votrz. Ɖ refyjīz fṛm ɖ Africn naśṇlist prṣkśnz in Yganda, Ceńa n Tanẓnīa hv bn modl meriṭcrats. Idi Amin n hiz cntmprriz stript ɖm v evrʈñ in ɖ 1970z, bt ɖe fled t Britn n wrct hard t enśur ɖer ćildṛn cd prospr.

Naćṛli, ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti cd apil fr ɖer s’port. Īqli naćṛli, cnsrṿtizm apilz t ɖ mor rīsnt influx v hî-cást Indịn pṛfeśnlz. Ɖ nośn ɖt mnoṛtiz hv a dyti t vot fr left-wñ partiz z itslf a spīśīz v resizm. In hapi ssaytiz, yr eʈnic or rlijs îdntti z nt yr desṭni n it z t ɖ credit v ɖ Cnsrṿtivz ɖt Indịn votrz d nt ʈnc it z ɖ resist parti v leftiś nîtmer.

F plizñ Indịn votrz mīnz nt biyñ oṿīgr t cnfrunt BJP simṗʈîzrz in ɖer mdst, ɖt z deṃcratic poḷtics fr y. It’z hardli az f anti-Hindu fīlñ on ɖ left z’nt olrdi drîvñ ɖm intu Cnsrṿtiv armz. Ɖ dsperñ Lebr MP Navendu Miśra rout in 2021 v a “hîrarci v resizm” in ɖ Lebr parti, n sm grūps, most noṭbli Hinduz v Indịn heṛtij, biyñ “fer gem”.

N ɖen ɖr z Brexit. Ɖr z olwz Brexit. Despṛt fr a treḑīl wɖ India t śo it hz nt śuvd its cuntri intu an unmiṭgetd ic̣nomic n stṛtījic fełr, ɖ Jonsn admiṇstreśn wl bît its tuñ f sîḷns wl hlp it s’kr a treḑīl wɖ India.

Ẃɖr it z steyñ sîḷnt ǎt v nseṣti or ćôs z an opn qsćn. Jrñ hiz tur, Gandi spouc wel abt hǎ ɖ BJP wz “stranġlñ” ɖ indipndns v evri ptnśl sntr v opziśn. “Ɖr z nt a sngl insttyśn ɖt z nt undr atac n it z sisṭmaticli dn. Ɖ jūdiśri, ɖ pres, ɖ byrocṛsi, ɖ ilex́ncmiśn… evri sngl insttyśn z sisṭmaticli biyñ fild bî ppl hu hv a ptiklr îdioḷji.”

Wɖ a fy modiḟceśnz t rflect locl srcmstansz, ɖt dscripśn wd aplî az wel t Boris Jonsn’z Britn. Ɖ Tōriz r nt in an alayns v ilectṛl or dipḷmatic cnvińns. Ɖe r in luv.

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on Boris Johnson in India: flying into trouble

Boris Johnson with Narendra Modi: the UK prime minister ‘thought he was leaving his troubles behind in Westminster’. Photograph: Ben Stansall/Reuters
Boris Jonsn wɖ Nrendra Modi: ɖ YC prîm̦inistr ‘ʈt h wz līvñ hiz trublz bhnd in Wsminstr’. Foṭgraf: Ben Stansl/Rôtrz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Boris Jonsn in India: flayñ intu trubl

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on Friday 22 April 2022)

Ɖ YC PM òt t hv tecn gretr not v Nrendra Modi’z deṃcratic bacslîdñ n hiz rfyzl t spīc ǎt agnst ɖ Ruśn inveźn v Ycren

Frîde 22 Epril 2022

Bî atndñ ɖ inōğreśn v a ny JSB facṭri in Gŭɉrat on Ʈrzde, Boris Jonsn mt hv ʈt h wz līvñ hiz trublz bhnd in Wsminstr. Ẃt harm wz ɖr in gwñ in t bat fr a s’xesfl Britiś biznis ǒnd bî a big Tori donr? Plenti, it trnspîrz. Mr Jonsn wōct intu a mejr hymn-rîts cntrovsi ovr ɖ ys v JSB’z bldozrz in flaṭnñ Mŭzlim homz n bizṇsz in Déli n in stets run bî Indịn prîm̦inistr Nrendra Modi’z Baratīa Jnāta parti.

Mr Jonsn śd nt hv mugd fr ɖ camraz wɖ ɖ mśīṇri yzd t intiṃdet rlijs mnoṛtiz bî a reźīm sīmñli bnt on crietñ a ʈiycratic Hindu stet. Phps h z un’wer v ɖ growñ sns v vulnṛbiḷti flt bî India’z 200 miłn Mŭzlimz. Bt nwn hu z peyñ atnśn cd mis ẃt Mr Modi z abt. H z ɖ onli prsn evr dnaid a YS vīza fr “svir vạleśnz v rlijs frīdm”. Ɖs wz in 2005, aftr h feld, az Gŭɉrat’s ćīf ministr, t stop a siriz v dedli anti-Mŭzlim rayts.

Rlịr ɖs munʈ ɖ YS secṛtri v stet, Anṭni Blincn, sd Wośñtn wz moniṭrñ a rîz in hymn-rîts abysz in India bî “sm guvnmnt, p’līs n prizn ofiślz”. Ɖ YS ofn tecs an instṛmntl aproć in dtrṃnñ ẃɖr hymn-rîts vạleśnz r rezd or oṿlct. India’z deṃcratic bacslîdñ, cupld wɖ Déli’z rfyzl t spīc ǎt agnst ɖ Ruśn inveźn v Ycren, probbli tiltd ɖ scelz in ɖ Ẃît Hǎs. Bt Mr Blincn’z wornñ śd hv bn hīdd bî Mr Jonsn.

Instd v cīpñ hiz distns, Mr Jonsn hugd Mr Modi clos. India z set t b ɖ wrld’z fastist-growñ mejr icoṇmi ovr ɖ nxt tū yirz. Lundn jônz ɖ list v capitlz cortñ Mr Modi, dspt hiz rfyzl t ćūz sîdz ovr Mosco’z inveźn. India’z barġnñpǎr rests on apirñ az a ci elimnt in wstn-léd eḟts t cǎnṭbaḷns Ćîna in ɖ Indo-Psific.

Wn asumśn z ɖt India z so indispnsbl in jiopoḷtics ɖt its partnrz wl nt b ofndd f it olso dīlz wɖ sm v ɖer oponnts. Anɖr z ɖt ɖ cuntri z compitntli guvnd n hz ɖ sośl n ic̣nomic mīnz t acumpliś its poḷsigolz. Ɖ latr z a lîv qsćn. Mr Modi feld t grasp ɖ scel v ɖ Covid pandemic rli on, n hiz mstecs mnt ɖt Déli feld t flfil its obḷgeśn t s’plî Covid vaxīnz t ɖ YY. Last yir, Jrṃni’z ɖen līdr Angela Merkel wundrd f Yṛp hd ŕd in alawñ India t bcm a larj farṃsuticl pṛdysr. Britn’z prîm̦inistr pôntidli dscrîbd India az ɖ wrld’z farṃsi.

Mr Jonsn, hu fesz p’liticl oblivịn ʈancs t hiz ǒn pandemic mstecs, mt envi ɖ endz – f nt ɖ mīnz – v Mr Modi’z rūl. Ɖ Indịn prîm̦inistr hz bn in pǎr sins 2014. Hiz s’xes z bilt on an agresiv asōlt agnst mnoṛtiz, wɖ ic̣nomic poḷsiz ɖt fevr ɖ rić. Mr Modi’z popylist reṗtwar siz him clemñ ɖt ɖ pur r hiz prîoṛti, ẃl dwñ litl t combat iniqoḷtiz. Hiz apil indyrz dspt rîzñ unimplômnt n Covid deʈs. Jujz rerli cnfrunt ɖ guvnmnt. Sivl ssayti oponnts r jeld. Bt Britn z nt India. Ɖ Indịn jrist BR Ambedcar snst a fetl p’liticl flw in hiz felositiznz: ɖ tndnsi twdz hirowrśp, ẃć h sd wz “a śr rod t degṛdeśn n t ivnćl dictetrśp”. In Mr Modi, ɖt proḟsi mt b flfild.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Modi’s bulldozing of parliament shows him as the architect of a Hindu Taliban

‘The greatest set of government buildings in the world’ … Parliament House, New Delhi, in 2019. Photograph: STR/EPA
‘Ɖ gretist set v guvnmntbildñz in ɖ wrld’ … Parḷmnthǎs, Ny Déli, in 2019. Foṭgraf: STR/YPA

Modi’z bldozñ v parḷmnt śoz him az ɖ arc̣tect v a Hindu Taḷban

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 4 June 2021)

Flaṭnñ ɖ mjestic Mrgl-inspîrd bildñz z ɖ lêtist stej in a hetfl, vaṇti-fyld campen t di-Izlaṃfî India

Anish Kapoor

Aniś C’pur, 4 Jūn 2021

At ɖ hart v Ny Déli, ɖ capitl v India, sits a Mūgl-inspîrd mońmnt ɖt hǎzz ɖ sīt v ɖ Indịn parḷmnt. Bilt bî ɖ Britiś arc̣tect Edwin Lućnz btwn 1911 n 1931, ɖ parḷmntbildñz n ɖer grand rodwez n wōtrćanlz folo ɖ form istabliśt bî ɖ Izlamic rūlrz v Iran n ilaḅretd bî ɖ Izlamic sulṭnet v Saṃcand n ɖ Mūgl rūlrz v India.

Lućnz dzînd phps ɖ most importnt Izlamic-inspîrd eḍfis v modn tîmz. Ɖ bildñz qot arc̣tecćṛl embḷmz fṛm Hindu tmplz n paḷsz, bt ɖ grand plan foloz ɖ dzîn v Mūgl-Izlamic lanscep wɖ a lît nod t Romn trîumḟlizm. It z, in mî vy, ɖ gretist set v guvnmntbildñz enẃr in ɖ wrld.

Unṣprîzñli, ɖ Izlamic oṛjin v ɖz bildñz ofndz ɖ cuṛnt reźīm in Déli. It z ẃ ɖ tîṛnt Modi n hiz hnćṃn r dstroyñ it. Az I rait, ɖ dstrux́n z undr we. It z an aboṃneśn ɖt Modi’z het-fild campen t di-Izlaṃfî India z alaud t cntiny via ɖ dstrux́n v a wrld-clas mońmnt. Astoṇśñli, ɖ YN heṛtijfoṛm z sîḷnt n wrld heṛtijbodiz hv cept ɖer mǎɖz frmli clozd. R ɖe afreid v Modi, or d ɖe nt cer ẃt hapnz in India?

The new Indian Parliament House construction site in 2020. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
Ɖ ny Indịn Parḷmnthǎs cnstrux́nsait in 2020. Foṭgraf: Jewel Samad/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Modi hz apôntd ʈrd-ret Bimal Ptel az hiz arc̣tect. Ptel wl dzîn its rplesmnt mć in ɖ we ɖt Albert Speer foloud hiz Führer’z līd, bt, v cors, Ptel dz nt hv an îota v Speer’z taḷnt.

Ɖs îdịlojicli drivn, het-fild dstrux́n foloz ɖ deṃliśn v ɖ Babri Masjid in Îodia in 1992 n ɖ vanḍlizm v Izlamic n Mūgl mońmnts ol ovr India. Modi apirz t wont nʈñ les ɖn ɖ obliṭreśn v ol ɖ Izlamic mońmnts v India n ɖ rmuvl v ɖ 200 miłn Indịn Mŭzlimz. Let s nt fget ɖt h hz olrdi forṣbli tecn awe Indịn sitiznśp fṛm mni miłnz v Indịn Mŭzlimz n rendrd ɖm stetlis – a crîm fr ẃć h hz nt bn bròt t bc, īvn ɖo India z a sigṇtri t ɖ YN decḷreśn v hymn rîts, v ẃć sitiznśp z a sntṛl tenit.

Ɖ pritns ɖt ɖ dstrux́n v ɖs grand vista z jusṭfaid bî a lac v spes fr parḷmnt z flimzi. Ɖ Naśnl Ḿziym v India, ẃć z hǎzd in wn v ɖ bildñz t b dmoliśt, z t b muvd t a spes inadiqt fr its marvḷs c’lex́nz, ptñ at risc mni invałbl n frajîl wrcs v art. Ol ɖs wl b dn at brecnec spīd in ordr t hv ɖ wrc finiśt bfr ɖ end v Modi’z trm in ofis. Ɖ Indịn corts hv bn preśrd t aqies t ɖs idiotic scīm, n jrṇlists n uɖr comntetrz hv bn intiṃdetd.

The monumental statue of Vallabhbhai Patel is four times taller than the Statue of Liberty. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters
Ɖ mońmntl staću v Vaḷbî Ptel z for tîmz tōlr ɖn ɖ Staću v Liḅti. Foṭgraf: Amit Dev/Rôtrz

Trajicli, Covid-19 ravjz ɖ cuntri bt uncerñ îdioḷji mcs śr ɖt ɖ sntṛl vista project hz $2bn in fundñ ẃl hundṛdz v miłnz v India’z pur n desttyt hv t fnd fr ɖmslvz. Ɖe r dayñ bî ɖ hundṛdz v ʈǎzndz. Modi z bildñ a vulgr mońmnt t himslf on ɖ corpsz v inviẓbl n uņemd sitiznz.

I drw a cmparisn hir wɖ ɖ Mūgl emprr Ǎrañzeb, hu in ɖ 17ʈ snć̣ri dstroid Hindu mońmnts n tmplz ol ovr India in frvnt rlijs hetrid. Modi z an Ǎrañzeb fr ǎr tîmz. Hiz reźīm berz cmparisn wɖ ɖ Taḷban in Afgaṇstan, hu olso atmt t rūl wɖ îdịlojicl frvr.

Modi’z Hindu Taḷban nīdz mońmnts t itslf in ordr t istabliś culćṛl axptns n doṃneśn. Lîc ol fasist-līnñ poḷtiśnz, Modi hops ɖt bî cntrolñ ɖ iṃjz at ɖ hart v ɖ neśn, h wl form a ny viźn v hiz India, ẃć plesz him at ɖ sntr alñsd Mhatma Gandi n Vaḷbî Ptel.

Ɖ īgo dspleid in ɖs n uɖr v hiz venglorịs projects pts Indịn dmocṛsi at hyj risc. Modi rīsntli opnd a cricitstedịm nemd aftr himslf, in laḟbl miṃcri v Cim Joñ-un in Norʈ C’rīa. H irectd a mońmntl staću t Vaḷbî Ptel, ɖ Hindu-Gjrāti frīdmfîtr. It z for tîmz bigr ɖn ɖ Staću v Liḅti, unimajiṇbli vulgr n cost ovr $400m. Ɖz r edfisz fr ultra-naśṇlist Modi Taḷbanists t rali arnd.

Narendra Modi stadium. Photograph: Aijaz Rahi/AP
Nrendra Modi stedịm. Foṭgraf: Aijaz Rahi/AP

Ɖ Britiś sivl srvnt Jon Streći dclerd in a lecćr gvn at Cembrij Yṇvrṣti in 1884 ɖt “ɖr z no sć cuntri az India n ɖs z ɖ frst n most isnśl fact abt India ɖt cn b lrnt”. Sīcñ yṇfaid rlijn, culćr n tṛdiśn in India, h cd nt fînd ɖm. Ẃt h feld t si z India’z cpaṣti fr dvrṣti, India’z iniscepbl multi-leyrd cmplex̣ti, India’z rfyzl v snğlaṛti. H cd nt si India az formñ a chisiv hol wɖt a śerd lanḡj or tṛdiśn. Hiz neśnstet mîndset cd nt si yṇti n dvrṣti livñ sîd bî sîd.

Britiś c’lońl indevrz t fors Indịnz intu wn sistm léd t famin n sleṿri. It forst Indịnz intu culćṛl infirioṛti so Crisćn mraḷti cd doṃnet n Britiś biznis inṭrests cd fluriś. I b’liv ɖ fasist guvnmnt in India tde z dwñ ẃt ɖ Britiś cd nt. Modi n hiz nio-c’lońl hnćṃn r forsñ Hindu snğlaṛti on ɖ cuntri.Ɖ dstrux́n v ɖ parḷmntbildñz repriznts ɖ tecñ-ovr v ɖ Indịn sîci bî a fasist reźīm. Its ultra-naśṇlist viźn z v Hindu dmińn ovr ol Indịnz at eni prîs, n Modi az its arc̣tect wl rūl India wɖ hiz rît hand rezd in s’lūt, pām opn, miṃcñ ɖ Hindu god Viśnu – amñ uɖrz.

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