All of a sudden, the vast sprawl of Hindu middle class India, the most vocal and articulate bhakts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have metamorphosed into sharp critics. This disillusionment has less to do with his record as prime minister when economic growth tanked, unemployment reached new highs and Indian society hit unprecedented levels of polarisation between 2014 and 2019. In 2020, the sight of millions of migrants making the arduous trek to their rural homes, victims of the world’s most draconian lockdown, did little to dent Mr Modi’s popularity. After all, little of what went before impacted his supporters; it was poor people, who don’t count for much in their scheme of things, and Muslims, who weren’t really Indians in their eyes, who bore the brunt of the Modi magic.
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First Published: Tue, May 11 2021. 23:14 IST