NEW YORK: This is with reference to Asad Rahim Khan’s piece “Nightmares from Narendra” (June 19). As an Indian, I feel that it is very unlikely that Narendra Modi will become prime minister, as a coalition of parties is going to rule India for the foreseeable future and the BJP is losing allies like Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar of the JD-U party, who has already broken off its 17-year relationship with the BJP. So, the BJP under Modi will not get the majority to form government. Besides, the BJP itself is not united on the issue of having Modi as the prime ministerial candidate. LK Advani’s resignation is a case in point.
Even if Modi comes to power, the Muslims of India are not going to lose anything. In the last BJP government, a Muslim, APJ Abdul Kalam, was made president of the country. The BJP is not going to sack the Muslim chief justice of India, the Muslim vice-president of India or ban the Khans of Bollywood.
I just find it quite interesting to note that the writer is not worried about the condition of non-Muslims, Shias and Ahmadis in Pakistan and is instead overly concerned with what goes on in India.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2013.