Comment: Delhi's main allies are united in support of Palestine, and yet India's right-wing PM is pushing for closer ties with Israel. This cannot be allowed, says Vijay Prashad.
India's government has announced that its prime minister, Narendra Modi, will go to Israel later this year. No surprises here. Modi comes from the BJP, a party that is heir to the right-wing tendency in Indian politics that has long called for close ties with Israel.
But this is not about arms deals or rapprochement with the US. It is far cruder. The BJP has driven an agenda against Muslims. In 2000, Modi's senior leader, LK Advani travelled to Israel, where he pointedly said to his hosts: "We share with Israel a common perception of terrorism as menace, even more so when coupled with religious fundamentalism."
It is the last part of his comment that bears notice - "coupled with religious fundamentalism". It is typically a synonym for "Islamic militancy" or more plainly, "Islamic fundamentalism".
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