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Four Misconceptions About Narendra Modi

India’s new prime minister is a man of contradictions. He covets foreign investment and embraces globalization, but he also speaks limited English and harbors hardline Hindu nationalist views. He is alternately described as a pro-business reformer and an anti-Muslim ideologue.

Narendra Modi, who was sworn in on Monday, is a complex figure. Not surprisingly, he is also dogged by many misconceptions. Four in particular are getting a lot of mileage these days. Now is the right time to expose them.

1. Modi has been banned from the U.S. since 2005.

Press Pause and Rewind

The cold hand of dashed hopes and a mutual sense of betrayal have cast a pall over relations between India and the United States. It’s not just the bitter aftertaste of the Devyani Khobragade affair, though that lingers as well. Even before the Indian diplomat was unceremoniously arrested in New York, many analysts had concluded that the air had gone out of the Indo-American balloon. Barack Obama’s 2010 pledge that the bilateral relationship would be “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century” rings hollow.

It's Time for the U.S. to Reset Relations with India

The outcome of India's national election — a resounding triumph for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party — has put the United States in an awkward position.

The BJP's Narendra Modi will soon be India's prime minister. In 2005, Washington revoked his U.S. visa, citing a law banning visits by foreign officials responsible for egregious violations of religious freedom. Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat state, had been accused of not doing enough to stop deadly communal riots in 2002 that left at least 1,000 people dead, most of them Muslims.

The Democratic Alternative from the South: India, Brazil, and South Africa

The evidence from three important rising democracies makes it clear: there is no need to give up individual rights and freedoms in order to achieve growth or to expand opportunities for the majority of citizens. On the contrary, the experiences of India, Brazil, and South Africa demonstrate that the expansion and strengthening of democratic institutions can pave the way for a second wave of reforms needed to ensure steady high growth and to increase opportunities for the poor.

India’s Maoist Insurgency: Drivers and Policy Responses

New Delhi has referred to India’s Maoist insurgency as the country’s biggest internal security challenge. What explains the re-emergence and expansion of Maoist violence in India’s rural areas over the last decade, and how should it be dealt with?  In this presentation, Wilson Center Fellow Emmanuel Teitelbaum will explore the economic, political, and social factors that have given rise to the conflict, and discuss the effectiveness of policy responses so far. 

Choke Point: India

What happens when the world’s second most populous nation reaches an energy, food, and water choke point? Will India’s ambitions to become a modern influential state be stymied by a shortage of resources? And what can be done to overcome these looming problems? 

Asia Program Associate Michael Kugelman discusses India's looming resource shortages.  

India and the Nonproliferation Regime

We are pleased to announce that Vinod Kumar, NPIHP's coordinateor at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), has published his new book India and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: The Perennial Outlier through Cambridge University Press.

Stephen Tankel Discusses the Indian Mujahideen

The Indian Mujahideen (IM) is a loosely organized indigenous Islamist militant network.

An Unwanted Visionary: Gorbachev's Unrealized Ambitions and the Soviets' Retreat from Asia

Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

An Unwanted Visionary: Gorbachev’s Unrealized Ambitions and the Soviets’ Retreat from Asia
Sergey Radchenko

Cities at the Center of the World

Cities at the Center of the World