Being an Indian, I feel obligated to drop a line on the election of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India. I will say that it’s only out of obligation, because I really didn’t follow the election much.
I don’t like Modi, because I disagree with the principals of his party, the BJP. If you didn’t know, the BJP is a Hindu nationalist party. Politics need to be secular, in my opinion. Religion and politics should never go together. The government ceases to have control when it becomes nonsecular, because religious ideals are upheld over policies that would otherwise further the nation. I’m an atheist, and I believe that religion breeds intolerance; there shouldn’t be this kind of intolerance in a government if it is to be successful.
Modi is a divisive leader, largely because of his stand on religion. He didn’t do much to quell the riots in Gujarat back in 2002, when a lot of Muslims were killed. I won’t say he’s a racist, but he certainly isn’t as religiously tolerant as I’d like a leader to be. So I’m not a fan of his election, but I am not close-minded. My opinion on him can turn a full 180 degrees if he betters India, and I hope he does.
It’ll be interesting to see how he works through a system full of corruption, and if he is successful in bringing significant change to India. I’m hoping he’s the leader to make India an international superpower, and will follow his work closely. Jai Hind!