During the election days, TIME magazine has come up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on its cover. But the feature on Modi in the Magazine kicked up a row for calling him India's "divider in chief".
Time Magazine on Friday revealed it was featuring PM Narendra Modi on its international cover with an essay by writer Aatish Taseer titled ‘India’s Divider in Chief’. The feature says India is "more divided than ever". Along with a tweet on the latest issue, which is going to hit news stand on 20 May, the magazine puts a question, “Can the world’s largest democracy endure another five years of a Modi government?”
Social media was abuzz with the ‘TIME Magazine calling Modi as a ‘divider in chief’. The opposition parties celebrated the occasion to attack Modi on social media on Friday. The women's wing of the Congress, pointed to the opening line -- "Of the great democracies to fall to populism, India was the first." -- to attack PM Modi. "Your truth is for all to see," the All India Mahila Congress tweeted to Modi.
The feature also poses the question whether India can endure five more years of his government. In the same issue, TIME published a second story on the prime minister, titled, "Modi Is India’s Best Hope for Economic Reform."TIME's articles on Modi come as India's Lok Sabha election enters its last stage, with just two polling phases left.
In the cover story, written by Aatish Taseer, says "the world's biggest democracy is more divided than ever" -- the broad array of topics that find mention in the piece include mob lynchings, the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh's chief minister in 2017, and the BJP's recent decision to field Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in Bhopal.
The article is also critical of the the opposition, which it calls a "weak", "ragtag" coalition; it says the Congress has "little to offer than the dynastic principle" and describes Rahul Gandhi as "an unteachable mediocrity".
On another part of the article, TIME says India needs a leader to steps up India as a global power. Magazine also raises question whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi can deliver in this regard.