TIME magazine has put Prime Minister Narendra Modi on its cover, again, after four years. But this time it’s not for a good reason though. When he was first featured on the cover of the prestigious magazine of the world, back in 2015, it called him a savior of the Indian economy, business, and development.
But now, in 2019, things have changed drastically which can be seen on the cover itself, on which TIME has called PM Modi a “divider in chief”. This is not a small thing, especially when coming from a leading international magazine that had also praised him in the past.
So what has actually gone wrong now?
Seems like TIME is asking the people of India if they can tolerate his government for the next five years or not!
Although in the same issue of the magazine, there’s another story in which he’s called the best hope for reforming Indian economy.
But all the attention has been given to the main cover and the story related to it. The cover story by reporter Aatish Taseer says "the world's biggest democracy is more divided than ever." It mentions the incidents of mob lynching that took place in the last five years, Yogi Adityanath’s appointment as Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister, and the shocking inclusion of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the BJP, as a candidate in the elections.
And this moment has turned out to be a great opportunity for the opposition to attack Narendra Modi and his government.
The All India Mahila Congress tweeted to Modi, “Your truth is for all to see.” For attacking him, it pointed out to the opening line of the story on Modi by Aatish Taseer, "Of the great democracies to fall to populism, India was the first."
The article, however, is also critical of the opposition parties, calling the coalition as “weak” and “ragtag”, while describing Rahul Gandhi as “an unteachable mediocrity”.
This is the cover of the magazine when it first put Modi on the front of the issue, back in 2015.
Uttar Pradesh will go to polling on May 19th, where PM Modi is contesting again from Varanasi.
The results of the elections will be out on May 23rd, 2019.
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