GANDHINAGAR, India — He is widely touted as a possible future prime
minister of India, but he is a pariah in much of the Western world. Some
in India call him a role model, their country’s most competent leader.
Others accuse him of being complicit in the mass murder of Muslims.
Narendra Modi is probably India’s most complex and divisive
figure, a man whose rise could kick-start the economy but whose Hindu
nationalist leanings would polarize the country along religious lines
and potentially, critics say, undermine the long-cherished secular
identity of the world’s largest democracy and a key American strategic
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