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Opinion

Failing economy is driving India protests as much as Muslim crackdown

Narendra Modi can still push Hindu nationalist agenda if growth recovers

| India
Understanding the protesters' true motivation leads to a worrying conclusion.   © Reuters

India has been experiencing large, violent protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government since December last year. The protests originated in academic institutions in north India, primarily by Muslim students opposed to a new law excluding Muslim migrants from certain countries from receiving Indian nationality.

The protests quickly grew larger and wider, spreading to different parts of the country and drawing support from all religious groups and even Bollywood stars. To the surprise of the regime, a large number of youths and students, a majority of them Hindus, have joined this over a month-old protest.

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