HARYANA CHIEF MINISTER MANOHAR LAL KHATTAR

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Let's Not Be Fooled By The BJP's Good Cop-Bad Cop Routine

Prime Minister Modi has tried to brand himself as a liberal, urbane and patrician politician who stands for development and against strident communalism. In short, he likes to play "good cop". Simultaneously, certain legislators of his party (personified by Yogi Adityanath and his ilk) play bad cop by spewing vitriolic rhetoric against Pakistan and fanning communal passions through issues like beef, love jihad and ghar wapsi. One sells the dream of an economically resurgent India and the other panders to the xenophobic and communalistic sentiments of the majority community.