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Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor speaks out against Narendra Modi

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 22:43

London: Mumbai-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor has spoken out against the BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying he will provide a "morally questionable leadership".

The award-winning artist, who has been based in London since the 1970s, said, "I am not the first one to point out that India has always been a secular state and Narendra Modi just takes too partisan a view and has shown himself to be, at the very least, associated with terrible riots and death."
"The whole matter of Modi`s guilt or otherwise is before the courts. India has huge number of problems. We aren`t going to solve them by giving morally questionable leadership," Kapoor told BBC World Service radio in a rare interview for its `World Update` show.

Asked by the show`s presenter Dan Damon about Modi`s argument about looking to the future, Kapoor added: "If we don`t accept such [similar] arguments from [Zimbabwean dictator] Mugabe, why should we from Modi...I think we have to be watchful of the past. We can`t just put the past behind us and say it`s done with."

The Turner Prize winning artist, who was awarded a knighthood by the Queen last year, has been a vocal critic of the Gujarat chief minister.
In September 2013, he had urged the UK government to withdraw an invitation for the senior BJP leader to visit Britain.

First Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 22:43

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