On India's Parliamentary Elections

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by Vijay Prashad and Jadaliyya | Znet | Click HERE to read article

More than a decade ago, when Narendra Modi was a nobody, a small-time RSS /pracharak /trying to make it as a small-time BJP functionary, I had the privilege of interviewing him . . . It was a long, rambling interview, but it left me in no doubt that here was a classic, clinical case of a fascist. I never use the term “fascist” as a term of abuse; to me it is a diagnostic category comprising not only one’s ideological posture but also the personality traits and motivational patterns contextualising the ideology.

It is such a pronouncement–Modi as “a classic, clinical case of a fascist”–that worries many in India.