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Narendra Modi

Gujarat's Guru

Critics be damned, Modi has placed himself as the global Hindu leader, protector of Gujarat

Gujarat's Guru
Gujarat's Guru
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This image has been cultivated through deft political moves, a talent for making critics irrelevant, reducing rivals to ciphers and working his mass appeal and public-speaking abilities to his advantage. All this may not eventually contribute to the health of democratic institutions in Gujarat but Modi appears to be at his prime.

After taking Gujarat's Hindutva to a fever pitch, the most interesting facet of Modi's politics is his unbridled pursuit of genuine right-wing economics. This one-time RSS pracharak now has no time for any swadeshi humbug. Says Girishbhai Patel, veteran human rights activist and lawyer who has filed many PILS against the Modi regime: "He appears to have a successful one-man show now in Gujarat. Globalisation is the new dream Modi is selling. After Sardar Patel, middle-class Gujaratis have been searching for a strong leader. Modi is seen as the strongest yet. The irony is that the safety and security of Gujarat is now identified with Modi."

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