NYT asks PM Modi to break 'dangerous silence' on religious intolerance

President Barack Obama's statement that religious intolerance in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi has not just kicked up a storm in the country it has also given rise to responses from media in other countries the latest being a New York Times query to PM Narendra Modi asking when he intends to break his deafening and dangerous silence. The NYT editorial titled "Modi's Dangerous Silence" asked quite simply "What will it take for PM Narendra Modi to speak out about the mounting violence against India's religious minorities. The influential daily commented that attacks on Christian places of worship have prompted no response from the man elected to represent and protect all India's citizens, nor has he addressed the mass conversion to Hinduism of Christians and Muslims who have been coerced or promised money. Meanwhile one White House spokesman said "Mahatma Gandhi's legacy is one we look to for inspiration in dealing with intolerance in the United States and around the world. He said Obama's message in India and at the National Prayer Breakfast was a universal one, "that every nation is stronger when people of all faiths are free to practice their religion free of persecution, fear and discrimination.