Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures during a rally in Ahmedabad on May 26, 2019.

Modi’s Nationalism Is Spoiling His Global Brand

India’s leader has to mix a muscular foreign policy with a softer touch.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures during a rally in Ahmedabad on May 26.

How Hindu Nationalism Went Mainstream

And what that means for Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party

A Pakistani girl holds a candle during a vigil for peace in Lahore on March 3.

The Time Is Right for Modi to Make Peace with Pakistan

The Indian prime minister has the upper hand at home, and he may have a willing partner across the border.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers an address during the country's 71st Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15, 2017.

Modi Reimagines India’s Role in the World

No longer just a balancer, the prime minister wants to make India a major power in its own right. And his cabinet pick shows he’s serious about doing so.

Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gesture as they participate in a rally for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, India on on May 26, 2019.

Nationalism Won’t Solve India’s Job Crisis

But Modi’s new power might just make critical reforms possible.

An Indian resident reads a newspaper with news of the election victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai on May 24.

The Modi Mystery

Poor economic performance should have hurt the prime minister at the polls. Instead, appeals to nationalism won him the vote.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at an election rally ahead of Phase VI of India's general election in Allahabad on May 9.

It’s Modi’s India Now

The prime minister returns to power, but after an ugly 2019 election season, the very nature of India’s democracy could be changing.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to supporters during an election rally on April 16.

Indian Exit Polls Predict Modi Win

India’s Narendra Modi appears set for second term, Austria’s ruling coalition collapses ahead of the EU elections, and what to watch in the world this week.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at a public rally in Kolkata, India, on April 3. (Atul Loke/Getty Images)

What Will India Look Like If Modi Returns to Power?

Sunday's exit polls suggest the prime minister will get a second term. But while that may hurt India's liberal traditions, a further slide toward authoritarianism isn't likely.

A crowd of US-based supporters await the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India for a community reception September 28, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

India’s Liberal Expats Are Modi’s Biggest Fans

Decades of work have left the BJP firmly in command of diaspora voters.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace during a ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Feb. 20. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Modi’s Middle East Deals Snub Iran

India's newly aggressive strategy puts Gulf money and Israeli weapons first.

Indian politician Priyanka Gandhi arrives at the Directorate of Enforcement in New Delhi on Feb. 6. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

Show Me the Money, India

The Congress Party’s newest campaigner may not actually contest elections, but she will likely narrow a funding gap in a country where winning votes costs serious money.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on October 30, 2018 in Berlin.

Abiy Ahmed Is Not a Populist

The Ethiopian prime minister’s opponents fear that he’s an African Erdogan. His rhetoric and policies suggest he’s more of a liberal democrat.

The Statue Of Unity, the world's tallest statue dedicated to Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, stands overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam in India's Gujarat state on Oct. 30. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)

Let Them Eat Statues

Narendra Modi is building multimillion-dollar monuments while India's poorest citizens die of hunger and preventable diseases.

Indian activists shout slogans outside a police station as they demand justice for Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta, who has accused actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment, in Mumbai on October 11.

India’s #MeToo Moment Came Late, but It Will Be Transformative

The rage that animated protests against sexual violence in 2012 has returned, and Indian women are fearlessly speaking out against powerful perpetrators.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waits in front of the presidential residence in New Delhi on April 7. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty)

Narendra Modi Is No Populist

His economic reforms have already put the Indian economy on stronger footing, and his welfare schemes have given him the buy-in he needs.

Indian farmers, traders and vendors negotiate prices of vegetables at a wholesale vegetable market in Hyderabad on February 1, 2018.
(NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

India Is the Latest Front in Trump’s Endless Trade War

Modi’s soft approach is getting nowhere with a hard-line Washington.

Indian police clash with protestors on the beach at Idinathakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in southern Tamil Nadu on September 10, 2012.

Democracies Need a Little Help From Their Friends

The war against foreign-funded NGOs — from India to Israel — is harming democratic governance, not enhancing it.

Supporters read a special edition of a local newspaper in Chennai, India, on Dec. 6, 2016. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Caught on Camera: India’s Broken Media

What a sting operation reveals about press freedom in the world’s largest democracy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures while addressing a rally in Bangalore on February 4, 2018.
 (MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Modi Needs to Show India Has Teeth

Asia is ready for India to step up as the United States withdraws.

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