The triumph of Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections has been marked by an even louder chorus by those who see liberals as their primary foe. There is apparently this large tent of people called ‘liberals’, but one is yet to settle on a single definition that captures all the faces that I see around me here. In fact, it wouldn’t matter if I am a liberal or left-of-centre—my opposition to Modi and his coterie would automatically brand me as one. But then, that is by no means an apt definition.
The opposition to Modi is not made up solely of liberals. But who wants nuance when we are being ushered into “Modi Rajya” (Modi’s India), which seems to be gaining currency over even the recent epithet “New India” which was coined by Modi himself. An India where a single mass leader projects strength is what the voters want, apparently.