fredag 17. januar 2020

Protests and a weakening economy spell a rocky road ahead for India's Narendra Modi

Eight months ago, Narendra Modi was being hailed as India's most popular leader in decades.
His incumbent Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a general election by a landslide in May, increasing its share of the vote on its impressive 2014 win. Now, he's facing the biggest challenge yet to his political supremacy.

Over the past few weeks, protesters across India have taken to the streets to oppose a new citizenship law that they say discriminates against Muslims. Demonstrations have continued, despite official bans on public gatherings and the risk of violence, which has already cost the lives of more than 20 protesters. But neither Modi -- nor the protesters -- show any sign of backing down. Speaking at a rally in New Delhi in December, the Prime Minister said the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which came into effect on Friday,had "nothing to do with the Muslims of the soil of India."