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PM Modi responds to title of 'Divider in Chief'

May 19, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded to the TIME magazine cover calling him "India's Divider In Chief". The cover also asked whether India can withstand another five years of his government.

The cover story was written by Aatish Taseer, who wrote "The world's biggest democracy is more divided than ever". Taseer referred to mob lynchings, the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh's chief minister and the BJP's move to field Malegaon blasts accused Pragya Singh Thakur.

Responding for the first time, PM Modi said,

Time magazine is foreign, the writer has also said he comes from a Pakistani political family. That is enough for his credibility. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Taseer's piece also slammed the opposition party, saying the Congress had little to offer the country other than "the dynastic principle". It describes Congress party president Rahul Gandhi as "an unteachable mediocrity".

TIME also has another story on PM Modi in the same issues, titled "Modi Is India's Best Hope for Economic Reform."

The cover has been used by the opposition to target PM Modi. The BJP ha said the TIME article by Taseer is a move to damage PM Modi's image. The party has accused Taseer, who is the son of journalist Tavleen Singh and late Pakistani politician and businessman Salmaan Taseer, of following the Pakistan government's agenda.

Sambit Patra, BJP spokesperson, has said that since the writer is a Pakistani, "nothing better can be expected from Pakistan".

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