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Hypocrisy on Stilts in India

All Indian political parties claim to adhere to a national consensus: political differences end at the water’s edge. But while representatives of the Bharatiya Janata Party charge their opponents with criticizing the country abroad, their own leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was the first to violate the norm against doing so.

NEW DELHI – India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is outraged again. On a recent visit to the United Kingdom, Rahul Gandhi – the leader of the Indian National Congress, the country’s main opposition party – stated that India’s democracy is under attack, and that this has global implications. Back in India, his comments triggered an uproar.