‘In India, Modi is everywhere’

Telegram & Gazette

May 22nd, 2014 by 
Mat Schmalz

In light of his most recent travels to India, Matthew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, wrote an op-ed for Worcester’s Telegram & Gazette on Narendra Modi, India’s newly appointed prime minister and a very controversial figure. Modi, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, announced he would be standing for parliament from Varanasi, considered one of the most sacred cities for Hindus, as well as being a part of India’s most populated and politically influential state. Although there is concern for Modi’s potential push of a Hindu nationalist agenda, religious tensions were eclipsed by the excitement surrounding the announcement.

Economic growth is among the positive outcomes expected from Modi’s appointment. “It is true that Indian economic growth has slowed in recent years — especially in urban areas like Varanasi,” writes Schmalz. “While Modi does have a strong Hindu nationalist constituency, his support was quite broad and cannot be reduced to simple jingoism. He himself worked at his family tea shop in his youth and his rags to riches story has a strong resonance for many Indians hoping for a society that increases opportunities for all Indians, not just those for those in the political class.”

Read the article on the Telegram & Gazette website.

This is a “Holy Cross in the News” item by Evangelia Stefanakos.

For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.

| More

Comments are closed.

Sort By:
or
02/05/16 Holy Cross Seeks to Meet $500,000 Challenge with “Give Purple”
02/04/16 ‘What I’m Reading: The Need and the Blessing of Prayer’
02/04/16 Catholics & Cultures Fellow to Advance Scholarship, Teaching of Global Catholic Studies
02/04/16 Holy Cross Science Librarian Receives Innovation Award
See All
See All

Featured Videos

See video
Video: Winter on the Hill Is All About Making Memories

Watch Video >
See video
Video, Photo Gallery: Holy Cross Wishes You a Merry and Peaceful Christmas

Watch Video >
See video
Video: The Splendor of Autumn on Mount St. James

Watch Video >
More

What’s Happening on Campus

02/23/2016

Roger Guenveur Smith Presents 'Rodney King' Odyssey

See More >
02/25/2016

Lecture: Choosing Love: Bearing the Weight of the Other

See More >
02/25/2016

Shark Tank Competition

See More >
03/15/2016

Lecture: Dorothy Day: A Saint for Today

See More >
More

Holy Cross in the News

02/04/16

‘What I’m Reading: The Need and the Blessing of Prayer’

The Chronicle of Higher Education

In a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president of the College of the Holy Cross, talks about his need for prayer as the College...

02/02/16

Holy Cross Ranks Among Princeton Review’s Top ‘Colleges That Pay You Back’

The College of the Holy Cross is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking great academics, outstanding career preparation, and generous financial aid –...

01/28/16

Men’s Lacrosse Team Rings the Nasdaq Closing Bell as Part of Job Shadow Program

On Jan. 25, the College of the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team and head coach Judd Lattimore, rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square. The news ran on...