Modi’s love jihad campaign against his rivals is a “love jihad” against the Indian people, the music and entertainment industry has said.
The BJP is currently contesting the national election on a plank of economic development.
While many leaders of the BJP’s opposition parties have distanced themselves from Modi’s “love-bashing”, his critics have called his move a “war on India’s youth”.
The music industry, which has consistently opposed Modi’s policy of curbing freedoms of expression and religious freedom, called for the “freedom to express, and not be afraid to be seen to be expressing, any opinions”.
In a statement, the industry said it is “deeply concerned” by the government’s “lack of understanding and respect for the fundamental rights of the citizens of the country”.
“We are deeply concerned that this hate-filled campaign will further polarise and marginalise the country’s youth and erode the very spirit of democracy and freedom of expression that India is supposed to be promoting,” the statement said.
India’s music industry is among the most popular in the world and enjoys wide support from both political parties.
But, its popularity has fallen in recent years amid a government crackdown on anti-nationalism, corruption and anti-Islam sentiments.