I read the recent report by Chandrahas Choudhury (“Narendra Modi’s rise a defeat for freedom in India,” Other Views, Feb. 24) and was wondering how a novelist living in India could be so blind to the truth and facts and mislead people thousands of miles away.
India has been and continues to be a secular country; however, because of the large population of Hindus (80 percent), it is considered a Hindu nation just like America is a Christian nation. There will always be some fundamentalists in every religion, but in India the moderates outnumber the fundamentalists. Narendra Modi has been a very successful chief minister of Gujarat. Let the people of India decide whether he is going to be a good or bad leader and not judge him by some incident that took place several years back.
Gujarat is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, who is considered the father of the nation, and I don’t believe the people of Gujarat are blind to have elected Modi for the fourth term as their chief minister.
In regard to professor Wendy Doniger’s recent book, which was banned in India, a divinity professor’s goal should be to bring better understanding of world religions and not provide alternative theories of other religions which are dear to its practitioners, even if based on fiction and not on facts.
We live in a world where there is so little understanding among various religions that people kill each other because they don’t like their opponent’s religion. Why spread misconceptions about other religions when one can write about love of other religions and help them understand other religions?