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The Promise and Peril of Modi’s Triumph
Narendra Modi waves to the supporters from the public rally May 26, 2019 in Ahmedabad, India. (Atul Loke/Getty Images)
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The Promise and Peril of Modi’s Triumph

Walter Russell Mead

Narendra Modi’s triumphant re-election as India’s prime minister may not have been a shock—ever since Indian forces retaliated in February against Pakistan-based attacks in Kashmir, the contest had been moving in his direction—but it does represent an important tipping point in Indian history, and therefore in world history.

As Tunku Varadarajan wrote in these pages last week, India is turning decisively away from the Western ideological foundations of its founding fathers. The secularist and liberal beliefs that grounded Indian politics during the long era of Congress Party domination have lost majority support. Mr. Modi’s Hindu nationalism can do what the Congress vision no longer can: assemble a consensus that makes India governable.

Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal here

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