Mumbai: American news magazine TIME’s May 20 issue carries a controversial headline with a caricature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – ‘India's Divider in Chief’.
The title, which has come bang in the middle of hectic elections in the country, has the strap: “Can the World's Largest Democracy Endure Another Five Years of a Modi Government?"
Another story in the same issue lists the achievements of Modi as the leader of India and calls him India's best hope for economic reform.
TIME has headlined two previous issues on Modi as cover in the last five years. In 2012, TIME carried the cover lead titled ‘Modi Means Business’. It described him as a “controversial, ambitious and shrewd politician”.
In 2015, the magazine wrote another cover on the Prime Minister titled: 'Can Modi Deliver?'.
The Twitterati is divided in opinion on the latest TIME cover.
Here are a few reactions:
Taking the ill-famous ''tukde-tukde'' slogan into his post, Youtuber Dhruv Rathee said:
''You are worst of all'', says anther user:
However, some netizens extended unconditional support to Prime Minister despite the changing stances of the international magazine.
Calling it a propoganda, this user tweeted:
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