Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, is an MP for the Indian National Congress.
For decades after independence, India’s approach to the world was shaped by its historical experience of colonialism. But, as the Israel-Hamas war has shown, the “non-aligned” stance this produced may not be as unassailable as it once seemed.
Over the last seven years in India, the persecution of Muslims has been gradually normalized, and Indians have become increasingly inured to it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party are entirely to blame, writes Shashi Tharoor.
Throughout the duration of the US presence in Afghanistan, India had been able to slowly consolidate its influence in the region. Now with the Taliban re-establishing control, India's fears of Pakistan and China have returned, Shashi Tharoor writes.
Comment: Much of India has long celebrated the intermingling of Hindu and Muslim practices, but an Islamophobic, BJP-sponsored law now threatens India's pluralist and liberal democracy, writes Shashi Tharoor.