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Modi visit to US: Trump appearance signals importance of India – BBC News

Five years ago, when Narendra Modi first stepped on US soil as India’s prime minister to chants of his name and “Hail Mother India”, many called it audacious.

The rock star reception at New York’s Madison Square Garden resembled a victory lap for a leader who had been denied entry into the US for almost a decade.

This Sunday (22 Sep 2019), the Indian leader will address a far bigger crowd of supporters at an event in Houston, Texas, and standing next to him will be the president of the United States – a visual that many believe will help Mr Modi shrug off some of the international criticism over his controversial move on Kashmir.

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India’s cancellation of Kashmir’s special status will have consequences – The Guardian UK

— Modi government’s move comes amid already high tensions between India and Pakistan

Narendra Modi

The significance of Kashmir to India is difficult to exaggerate. The decision by Narendra Modi’s recently re-elected government to remove the disputed Himalayan region’s special status under the constitution is no legal technicality, but a statement of intent and ideology.

As the predominantly Hindu India’s only Muslim majority state, adherents of the country’s secular tradition of politics have long seen Kashmir’s continuing inclusion within the vast democracy as evidence that all faiths can thrive together. This contrasts India’s immense religious diversity with neighbouring Pakistan’s strong Muslim identity.

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Britain and India – Marriage à-la-Modi – commentary

Britain and India – Marriage à-la-Modi

A close relationship gets cosier, but the visiting leader’s real audience is back home

IT SHOULD be a welcome like no other. On November 13th India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is due to get the rock-star treatment at Wembley stadium in London when about 55,000 people turn out to hear him speak.
The organisers claim that this will not only be the biggest overseas reception so far for the jet-setting premier, topping even last year’s appearance at Madison Square Garden in New York, but also Britain’s largest-ever welcome for a visiting leader (minus popes). The warm embrace is not surprising: of the 1.5m or so people of Indian origin in Britain, almost half are Gujarati, hailing from Mr Modi’s home state.

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Rise of common folk in Brazil, India, Indonesia – commentary

Rise of common folk in Brazil, India, Indonesia

New and popular politicians in the developing world’s largest democracies come from humble origins. This trend reflects an ‘equality of conditions,’ or free societies that come to see dignity in each individual.

Narendra Modi, the newly installed prime minister of the world’s largest democracy, India, is the low-caste son of a tea-stall owner.

Joko Widodo, the president-elect of the third largest democracy, Indonesia, was a furniture maker only a decade ago.

And Marina Silva, the most popular candidate in a presidential race in the fourth largest democracy, Brazil, grew up in poverty in an Amazon jungle town. As a child, she tapped rubber trees and taught herself to read at age 16.

Picture: Presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party speaks during a Sept. 8 campaign visit to the Unibes Foundation which offers aid to the needy.

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The Modi disaster for ordinary Indians – commentary

The Modi disaster for ordinary Indians

By Saraswati Ali

By the time this piece is published, the Indian election results will be fully out. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken over 31% of the vote and the clear majority of the seats. No other party even reached 56 seats in order to form an official opposition. In some letters to the Caribbean press, Narendra Modi has been hailed as a “man of the masses,” who will “finally unleash the true potential of India.” Let us take a closer look at Narendra Modi,and this force that has swept him into unchallengeable power.

India's P.M. Narendra Modi

India’s P.M. Narendra Modi

Modi first shot to infamy in the world and national media for his putative role in the 2002 state-sanctioned massacre of close to 2000 Muslims in the state of Gujarat where he was Chief Minister. The U.S. denied him a diplomatic visa for a number of years. Modi, in turn, denied his involvement, and counter- attacked and charged the numerous persons who were attempting to piece together the copious evidence against him. In 2012, a Special Investigation Team appointed by the courts cleared him, and the U.K. was quickest to restore his diplomatic status. Continue reading

India’s Elections: Why Modi matters

India’s Elections: Why Modi matters

His blunt style could galvanize India. Voters have high expectations of his ability to boost the economy, but many Muslims are nervous about the right-wing Hindu nationalist.

By Staff Writer / May 16, 2014  – Christian Science Monitor

India's P.M. Narendra Modi

India’s P.M. Narendra Modi

New Delhi. India.

Never has India had a prime minister like Narendra Modi.

The right wing Hindu nationalist who swept to power in parliamentary elections, according to official results Friday, is a proud outsider. A self-made man whose father sold tea at a railroad station, his blunt style, poor English, and disdain for social graces have made him as distasteful to India’s traditional ruling class as he is popular elsewhere.

“He is breaking the door down,” says Tavleen Singh, a political columnist. “He is the wrong caste, the wrong class, the wrong everything.”  Continue reading

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