The Economist is justly skeptical of the democratic bona fides of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, who heads the state of Gujurat and is likely to be the next Prime Minister of India:
Mr Modi has devoted much of his life to the pursuit of an extreme form of Hindu nationalism. His state party included no Muslim candidates in last year’s election and he has refused to wear a Muslim skull-cap. Other BJP leaders have worn them. He failed to condemn riots in Uttar Pradesh in September in which most of the victims were Muslim.
All sins of omission perhaps, but in India symbols like skull-caps matter—as Mr Modi well knows. India’s great strength is its inclusiveness. In the next five months Mr Modi needs to show that his idea of a pure India is no longer a wholly Hindu one. How he does that is his own affair, but an unambiguous public demonstration that he abhors violence and discrimination against Muslims is a bare minimum. Otherwise, this newspaper will not back him.
Predictably, however, The Economist ignores oppression of Christians by Hindu nationalists in Gujurat (and elsewhere in India):
The Christians of Gujarat raise their aim and openly protest against the government of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the state of Gujarat (western India) and leader of the Hindu nationalist "Bharatiya Janata Party" (BJP). The party and the radical movements that it supports are suspected of being directly responsible for recent anti-Christian incidents in the state, such as the desecration of a Christian cemetery in Ahmedabad (see Fides 01/02/2012). (Link)
Christians in the western state of Gujarat, India, are worried about the recent enactment of an anti-conversion law that threatens to imprison missionaries if they are convicted of “forcibly converting” someone to Christianity. (Link)
The government of Gujarat "has conveniently forgotten that Article 25 of the Constitutions guarantees freedom of worship, and it does everything in its power to continue, and to justify, ruthless persecution against Christians and Muslims living in the state". (Link)
This is not to excuse Modi's persecution of Muslims. Far from it. My point is simply that The Economist only seems to care about religious persecution when it doesn't involve Christians.