It is amusing to find intellectuals coming out strongly against Narendra Modi. The latest one is a letter penned by 25 academics, artists and writers, including Salman Rushdie, to <a href=http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/10/if-modi-elected-india-future-gujarat><i>The Guardian</i></a> newspaper expressing acute worry over Modi's expected election to the country's top job. Such a failure of moral character and political ethics on the part of Modi is incompatible with India's secular constitution, which, in advance of many constitutions across the world, is founded on pluralist principles. I suppose intellectuals are entitled to their two minutes of grandstanding and bombast. They carry the weight of India's burdens upon them, and one has to stand in awe of their efforts to make us realise our sins and recant on our unholy thoughts. Unfortunately for them, the people of India have more commonsense and wisdom than the self-appointed guardians of Indian pluralism. The people of India may or may not vote for Modi, but they know what is good for them better than these rootless wonders called intellectuals.
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