BENGALURU: Raising concerns over the ‘cult of the great leader’, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s following, historian Ramachandra Guha said that such worship would be antithetical to Indian democracy.He was responding to questions during an interaction organised to launch the 10th anniversary edition of his book, ‘India after Gandhi’, here on Friday.
Commenting on the phenomenon of gau rakshaks, Guha dismissed them as ‘gau goondas’ and said that Modi has not done enough to control it. Noting that such trends were ‘extremely worrying’, he said though south India has been isolated from it, it might affect lives here too as ‘epidemics (of the nature) spread fast’.
Regarding the Kashmir dispute, he said the problem persisted due to the mistakes committed by Prime Ministers in the past. Taking a dig at Modi, he said the PM has worsened the situation in Kashmir. “Modi is deaf and indifferent to the people of Kashmir,” he said. Commenting on the performance of the Central government, he said that big ticket corruption has declined over the past three years. However, on the flip side licence permit Raj has intensified, benefitting tax and customs officials, he said.
To a question on the future of Congress, he said that the party was heading towards a self induced painful death. “If Rahul Gandhi wants to retire from politics, he would do a favour to himself, to the Congress and Indian democracy. But it won’t happen that way,” he said.