The text of the writer’s speech as she received the 45th European Essay Prize on September 12..."What’s happening in India is not that loose variety of internet fascism. It’s the real thing. We have become Nazis."
India is a diverse nation, crisscrossed by religious, ethnic, caste, regional and political fault lines. Prime Minister Modi's government has torn those asunder seeking to remake India’s secular republic into a majoritarian Hindu state.
After a yearlong battle, Indian farmers have forced Narendra Modi to repeal his neoliberal farm laws. The movement that took on Modi and won is a powerful blow against India’s ruling Hindu nationalists.
Today the farmer protests continue in Delhi’s blistering heat and raging COVID-19 outbreak. Protesters have declared that they will remain either until Modi repeals his agricultural reforms or until he loses his 2024 reelection bid.