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"Prime minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party declared victory in this year's historic general election in India BJP is a Hindu nationalist party that wants to establish India as a Hindu nation, this makes for a difficult reality for the country's millions of religious and ethnic minorities, the largest being Indian Muslims run. You've is an independent journalist who has covered prime minister Modi since the early days of his political career. She's also a Muslim living in Mumbai India, and she joins us now via Skype, welcome to the program. Thank you for having me, Susan. There are many minority groups in India from Muslims to Christians to Jane's dollar. It's what is lifelike right now for these people as I call him a couple of months ago that life for Indian minorities, the nyc met in India right now because that into moldy in his last five yet dome has unleased kind of linked. Small in India that wants to establish a Hindu state lynchings on the street self Muslims allegedly eating beef, the president of the ruling party has differed, Muslim Muslims, still might and infiltrators migrants who need to be out. So that's the kind of sentiment despite the fact that his acceptance speech yesterday his dogged about an inclusive India, as somebody who is absorbed. Split to gutty. Mr. Moore does not walk the dog and Indian minorities that are read of his jacket God in hate crimes, and he'd speech. So that is apprehended is few amongst Indian minorities at this point of time. Muslims make up about fourteen percent of the population in the country of India yet. Just four percent of the representation in parliament. That is the lowest level in decades. Is this anti Muslim sentiment? You're talking about contributing also to the decline in representation in government. Absolutely. Because it's a full time in independent. India read the ruling party does not have a single Muslim Representative involement, despite the population of Muslims in India being one ninety million and that's speaks volumes on the kind of discrimination, you know, the government has all these of Muslims vase, BJP leaders have made scathing remarks with wisdom community that up a minister of China and unfair said that she does not need them listening to get elected. Listen, India have been under presented in with its sickle cell. This is with us in the armed force in the volcanic sources, because it is a sentiment of the government that do not encourage Muslims. Five Muslim candidates, especially with the anti-muslim sentiment in the country. So Muslims are at least presenting Indian movement is not the least fisa pricing, especially with business. Gene, this rise of populist, nationalist, right wing, governments. We see it happening all over the world in places like Hungary, and Brazil, Australia. What message do you think it sends to the world that India, the world's largest democracy? Is following the trend. I know the populist regime solid with void, but when the world's largest democracy, tries to follow that model. It ruins it stickler character that we've all been saying that if Mr. moody comes to father would be an attack on India's. Sole index notify the goal the list"