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India's Anti-Corruption Party Deals Huge Blow To Modi's Government

AP | ASHOK SHARMA | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — An upstart anti-corruption party has won a smashing victory in elections to install a state government in India's capital, official...

Obama, Modi Say They Will Set New U.S.-India Agenda

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that sought to infuse new e...

President Obama Invites Narendra Modi To The U.S. Despite Visa Ban

Reuters | David Brunnstrom and Steve Holland | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated new Indian leader Narendra Modi on his election victory on Friday and invited him to the White H...

Is Modi India's Shinzo Abe?

Brahma Chellaney | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Brahma Chellaney

After a prolonged period of political drift and paralysis, India's new government will be led by a man known for his decisiveness. Just as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's return to power in late 2012, after six years of political instability, reflected Japan's determination to reinvent itself as a more competitive and confident country, Narendra Modi's election victory reflects Indians' desire for a dynamic, assertive leader to help revitalize their country's economy and security.Like Abe, Modi is expected to focus on reviving India's economic fortunes while simultaneously bolstering its defenses and strengthening its strategic partnerships with likeminded states, thereby promoting regional stability and blocking the rise of a Sino-centric Asia.

India's Tectonic Shift

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

What Modi offered to voters was in effect a mix of market-friendly growth, muscular nationalism rooted in Hindu lore and the promise of a militarily-strong India. The extent to which this mix proved to be an elixir, particularly for India's young, aspirational, technology savvy generation, would be obvious from the outcome of the elections. The Congress party has suffered its worst defeat in its history. Parties that banked on the votes of the lower castes and Muslims have been routed. And those controlled by families in the states have been flattened. Modi's appeal has thus cut across India's traditional fault lines. In one fell swoop, the BJP has widened its social base and, no less important, established its presence in virtually every state of India. It can now legitimately hope to fill the void created by the debacle faced by the avowedly secular and populist parties. This election therefore heralds a tectonic shift in Indian politics.