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Is Narendra Modi a terrorist? Show more Show less

A terrorist is defined as someone who uses unlawful violence and intimidation against a civilian population to advance a political objective. India’s Narendra Modi has been accused of using terror to further his political interests. Did Narendra Modi use acts of terror in Kashmir? Did he enable terrorism during the 2002 Gujarati riots? Or is he innocent of all terror accusations?

Yes, Narendra Modi is a terrorist Show more Show less

Narendra Modi used terror to advance his political aims in Kashmir and was a member of the RSS terrorist organization.
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The RSS is a terrorist organization

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is a terrorist organization and Modi's membership makes him a terrorist.
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Context

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is a right-wing Hindu nationalist group with a record of committing terrorist acts across India.[1]

The Argument

RSS emerged from the social movement in opposition to British Rule in India. But after Indian independence, the group committed terrorist acts in the name of Hindu nationalism. The group and its offshoots have been accused of involvement in 17 terrorist acts. [2] One of its members, Nathuram Godse, was responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. [3] Narendra Modi joined the RSS and rose through its ranks. In the 1980s he joined the political wing of the organization, the Bharatiya Janata Party. At the time the party had just two MPs in parliament. By 1996 it had become the dominant party in parliament. It is now the ruling party of Indian government with Modi at the helm. [4]

Counter arguments

The RSS is not a terrorist organization. If it used violence to secure its political aims, India would be a much more unstable and violent place. Consider the fact that the RSS has ten times as many members as terror organizations like the Islamic State. If they were in the habit of using violence to advance their political objectives, India would be ten times more violent than the caliphate, but it isn’t. They also don’t actively procure weapons. Additionally, the RSS has been involved in plenty of projects providing social good. They gave money and food to victims of the earthquake in Gujarat, floods in Karnataka, they have also given money to build schools, and helped local charities.

Framing

The RSS is a terrorist group. A member of a terrorist group is a terrorist.

Premises

[P1] The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is a terrorist organization. [P2] Modi was a member of the RSS and is now part of its political wing. [P3] Therefore, Modi is a terrorist.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] The RSS is not a terrorist organization.

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References

  1. https://www.trackingterrorism.org/group/rashtriya-swayamsevak-sangh-rss
  2. http://www.milligazette.com/news/14740-is-rss-a-terrorist-organisation-india
  3. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/nathuram-godse-never-left-rss-says-his-family/articleshow/54159375.cms
  4. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/09/blood-and-soil-in-narendra-modis-india

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