India’s Narendra Modi has had a free pass from the west for too long

https://www.ft.com/content/a4fe1974-0461-11ea-9afa-d9e2401fa7ca

“Assertive majoritarian.”

«In important respects, Mr Trump and Mr Modi are ideological soulmates. They are both assertive majoritarians, scornful of liberal concerns with minority rights. They have promised to crack down on illegal immigration and have stoked fears of Islamic extremism — partly as a way of consolidating their political base.

Mr Modi’s many defenders argue that one of his great strengths is that, like Mr Trump, he is in touch with “the common man” — he cares little for the opinions of urban elites.»

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