Modi’s response to farmer protests in India stirs fears of a pattern

FILE -- Protesters demanding the repeal of new agriculture laws watch in New Delhi on Jan 27, 2021 as the police set up barricades to restrict their movements. Critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approach to dissent increasingly involves stifling dissenting voices, blocking the internet and cracking down on journalists. (Saumya Khandelwal/The New York Times)

As India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, struggles to quell months of protests by farmers against new market-friendly agriculture laws, critics and analysts see a pattern of curtailing free speech that they fear is sending India down a dangerous path of intolerance. In its response to other contentious policies — including citizenship laws that disadvantaged Muslims, […]