- Affiliation: The New Yorker
- Author: Dexter Filkins
- Organization/Publisher: The New Yorker
- Date/Place: December 2, 2019, U.S.
- Type of Literature: Magazine Article
- Word Count: 13,764
- Link: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/09/blood-and-soil-in-narendra-modis-india?verso=true
- Keywords: Kashmir, RSS, BJP, Narendra Modi, Rana Ayubb
This article presents a profile of Narendra Modi and India’s far right wing, RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) juxtaposed with the current situation of Kashmir. It discusses the ideology of RSS, and how the lynching of Muslims is carried out in India in the name of protecting their holy cow. It further goes to explain the emergence of BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) and how it won the elections by using the Babri masjid issue in its political campaigning. The article is a compilation of many interesting stories. It explores the situation in Kashmir and includes many brutalities carried out by India’s far right wing, RSS, in collaboration with Narendra Modi’s party, the BJP. Modi’s political victory is based on his anti-Muslim rhetoric. The author details his experience with Rana Ayubb, in Kashmir, at the time of recent curfews. He narrates the stories of Kashmiris who are suffering severely, while India calls the situation normal. The author further discusses the experiences of Rana Ayubb, as the victim of Islamophobia and her memories of the Babri Masjid demolition. The sting operation carried out by Rana Ayubb, later published in the form of a book called Gujarat files, exposed the lynching of Muslims, carried out by BJP backed RSS group. The article includes much details about the history and current tragic situation in Kashmir.