December 24, 2012

India's Dangerous and Divisive Technocrat

Vikas Bajaj, New York Times

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Last week, Narendra Modi, a deeply polarizing Indian politician, led his party to a third consecutive election victory in the western state of Gujarat, which he has led for more than a decade. Though regional contests in the country are usually of little interest to outsiders, Mr. Modi’s win is significant because it sets him up as a presumptive front-runner in the race to become India’s next prime minister in elections scheduled for 2014 and casts a spotlight on his controversial rise to power.

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