As India's election results are set to be announced, host Arif Rafiq speaks with Rana Ayyub, an investigative journalist, and Audrey Truschke, a professor of South Asian history, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of a "New India" and the danger it poses to Muslims and other minorities, free speech, and academic inquiry in India.
This episode takes a deep dive into the question of who runs India today.
Ayyub provides insights into the ideas, people, and networks that propelled Modi to power—including his right-hand man Amit Shah and the shadowy extremist group, the RSS. Truschke addresses the RSS's war against history—both in producing an imaginary view of the past featuring "Muslim" villains and "Hindu" victims as well in suppressing scholarship on India's history.
Ayyub and Truschke also assess how five years of BJP rule has impacted India and what another five years of it mean for India. And both guests detail the personal threats they've faced as a result of speaking out against India's growing intolerance.