Saturday, May 3, 2014
Fareed Zakaria - Narendra Modi poised to lead the World's largest democracy
I am glad to read Zakaria's piece, before mine is published for a change. In the past, there have been three times, where his pieces resembled mine. Now, I have submitted my piece to the Indian Newspapers two days ago for publication. My take is similar to his last sentence. As soon as it is published, I will share.
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TIME MAGAZINE, MAY 5 / MAY 12, 2014
NARENDRA MODI: POISED TO LEAD THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY
BY FAREED ZAKARIA
Elections are reactions, often negative reactions. This is surely the explanation for the breathtaking rise of Narendra Modi, who -- if the opinion polls are accurate -- is poised to become India's next Prime Minister, and thus the world leader chosen by the largest electorate on the planet. India is currently ruled by Manmohan Singh, a mild-mannered 81-year-old technocrat with no political power of his own and a passive leadership style. Reverse everyone of those traits and you have Modi, the charismatic, intense, utterly decisive head of Gujarat, one of India's fastest growing states. Most Indians believe that their country has lost its way as its growth rate has been almost halved while inflation has soared. Modi has a reputation for quick action, encouraging the private sector, and good governance. He also has a reputation for autocratic rule and a dark Hindu-nationalist streak. But those concerns are waning in a country desperate for change.
Zakaria is the host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS