The election of Narendra Modi as the 15th Prime Minister of India has raised the international profile of the country’s controversial Bharata Janata Party. While Mr. Modi's victory is largely seen as positive for the Indian economy, there are widespread concerns about the future of the complex religious and cultural tapestry of the subcontinent. Are such concerns justified? Will the defeat of the Congress Party and the rise of the BJP lead to a rise in sectarianism and the marginalization of non-Hindus? What does this new political atmosphere mean for the Hindu American community?
Anantanand Rambachan, Author and Professor
It is misleading and mischievous to label Modi singularly as a Hindu leader and to look to him alone for a clarification of the meaning of commitment to the Hindu tradition.
Padma Kuppa, Community Activist and Blogger, "Seeking Shanti"
I hope for a time when Hindus around the world can showcase how the fundamentals of pluralism support secularism, and can be advocates and activists as we pursue the path of dharma without being accused of Hindu nationalism.
Thomas A. Forsthoefel, Author and Professor
In an intensely complex India, if Modi and the BJP marginalize or, worse, oppress, others, such will become fuel for their opponents and their leadership cannot be expected to endure.
David Frawley, Author, Founder, American Institute of Vedic Studies
Let us support Narendra Modi in his endeavors and not look at him through the narrow lenses of older politics in America, which were often unfairly anti-India and anti-Hindu.
Ramesh Rao, Author and Professor
If Modi gets to be Prime Minister for two terms (ten years), India may yet turn the corner and emerge as a beacon of wisdom and strength to a weary world.
Ramdas Lamb, Author and Professor
Although he is a Hindu, Modi is also a politician, immersed in an ongoing national and international political drama in which his Hinduness may not play a significant role.
Vamsee Juluri, Author and Professor
We often forget today with all the concerns about the rise of Hindu nationalism that Hinduism is a survivor religion.