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Modi sells India Dream to world but sweeps ugly truth of rapes under the carpet

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Hathras ‘rape’ case isn’t the first. But, in a long while, the outrage is. Dalit women, their identity and self-respect have been shredded since time immemorial. Even now, Dalit women are raped and hanged from trees by upper-caste men. This, even when we have a Prime Minister who is an OBC.

It is obvious that India wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about Hathras — a case where the ruthlessness of the Yogi Adityanath administration and the gruesome nature of the incident has moved even the rigid upper-caste conscience. But Prime Minister Modi’s signature silence over social issues is still going strong, unless of course the topic is Kashmir, dead and alive Gandhis, Jawaharlal Nehru and Modi’s Muslim sisters who must be liberated from triple talaq.

Last week, while addressing the Invest India Conference in Canada, PM Modi proudly called India a vibrant democracy with political stability, investment and business-friendly policies and a skilled talent pool. In a pitch to bring more foreign investors to India and to boost the GDP that’s contracted -23.9 per cent, Modi is trying to sell a shiny New India that is all hunky-dory with new farm laws, labour laws and relaxed corporate laws. But the fraying social fabric of India is under where Modi has swept and hidden the ugly truths of the nation. And the world is very much aware of it, given the international coverage of the Uttar Pradesh ‘rape’ case........

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