PM Modi exploiting soldiers death for political gains ahead of elections: Indian journalist

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PM Modi exploiting soldiers death for political gains ahead of elections: Indian journalist

ISLAMABAD - A noted Indian journalist Hartosh Singh Bal says Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "militaristic approach" is responsible for increasing killings in occupied Kashmir.

Political Editor of The Caravan, a New Delhi-based magazine, wrote this in an article entitled: 'After terror, polarizing politics in India published in The New York Times today .

He said Modi and his Hindu nationalist party and now exploiting the deaths of paramilitary soldiers in Pulwama for political gains ahead of the national elections.

The Indian journalist wrote that since the deaths of the soldiers in Pulwama come three months before general election, an honest evaluation of Mr Modi’s failed policy should have led to him to being held accountable.

He said Mr Modi ratcheted up the rhetoric against Pakistan and suggested that India would retaliate militarily. He said they started it but we will have to finish this war hysteria.

Bal wrote that before the attack in Pulwama, Narendra Modi was facing an opposition campaign about unemployment being the highest in 45 years and distress in Indian villages.

His party had already lost state elections in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, partly as a result of an acute farm crisis in India.

The journalist wrote that Modi and his party seem to be working on a template of exploiting calamitous deaths that they have used before as well.