Zachary opines ” Essentially we are supposed to take solace from the fact that a mass murderer like Modi (staying on in his job) can’t get the electoral clout to be PM of this great land.”
Fair point but needs to be unpackaged a bit. Modi lacks electoral clout (pan-India) specifically because of the charges against him. He has tremendous electoral clout in Gujarat precisely because he is considered to be a victim (of anti-Hindutva forces). This clout acts like a shield to protect him and grows stouter with every re-election. Just like Rajapaksa, Modi will “stay on in his job” as long as his people keep bestowing the “raksha-kavach” on him.
The situation on the ground has changed largely in favor of Modi with a few setbacks. Owing to the efforts of the Supreme court some of Modi’s closest associates have now gone to prison. This has however given convenient cover to countries like UK who have opened diplomatic contacts with Modi. Even the US has hinted that it is not averse to Modi re-applying for visa. It does seem that the financial clout of Gujaratis bear considerable weight in the decision making of Western politicians.
The general rule of thumb is that mass murderers in SA will prosper unless retribution comes through unofficial channels, Even then it has been possible only due to the dedication of fanatics (Sikhs, Tamils etc).