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Sharma - Latest Indian Election, Modi’s Trillion Dollar Arm

Released: 19-May-2014 8:00 AM EDT
Source Newsroom: Binghamton University, State University of New York
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Newswise — Dinesh Sharma is associate research professor at Binghamton University’s Institute for Global Cultural Studies in Binghamton, N.Y. He is the editor of the new book The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century, published by Routledge Press. His previous book, Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President, was rated as the Top Ten Black History Book for 2012.

Sharma says:
“In India’s general election, Narender Modi’s political pitch of development struck out his opponents at home and abroad."

In his victory speech Modi said, “India has won. Good days are near." And according to Sharma, "now India’s two-trillion dollar economy will be steaming ahead.”

“The election of a Hindu nationalist leader at this turning point in India’s history has raised serious concerns, mostly from ardent Nehruvian secularists, primarily because of the 2002 Hindu-Muslim riots, where almost 1000 Indian Muslims were killed under Modi’s watch.”

“For now, Modi’s trillion dollar arm has done the magic in Western capitals. Obama congratulated India’s Prime Minister elect and invited him to the US, where earlier he was allegedly denied visa. Across the globe, Modi will be welcomed while he pitches his development agenda to grow the Indian economy with a trillion dollar arm.”

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