Modi’s M.O.

The Big Promises & Dark Past of India's New Prime Minister

“I dearly love a presidential year,” E. B. White wrote in 1956. “What capers! What laughs and spills! And—at the end of the line—a real, live president. And the people’s choice at that.”

There weren’t many laughs or capers in India’s elections this year. Sixty-six percent of the country’s 814.5 million eligible voters participated, and most voters appeared to take the election very seriously. Nevertheless, it was by and large a depressing campaign season. The ruling Congress Party—...

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.