In an interview to Reuters, Gujarat chief minister and BJP leader Narendra Modi dwelt on a number of issues ranging from his involvement with the 2002 riots in his state to charges of being an authoritarian leader. Modi, tells Reuters that for him, “secularism is, India first”, and that “Religion should not be an instrument in your democratic process.” Defending his performance during the riots, Modi claims he did the best he could: “We feel that we used our full strength to set out to do the right thing”. There is also the quite deliberate use of the term “Hindustan” through the interview that is either a not-so-subtle message or just a translation mashup, since some of the answers were translated from hindi.
The interview also reveals the stated confidence the BJP’s prime-minister-in-waiting has in himself and what he has achieved in his state. It is a confidence the man is keen now to test in states outside.
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