The world got to know Narendra Modi in 2015. India’s prime minister visited more than two dozen countries last year, collecting more passport stamps than any of his peers. The sellout crowds of Indian expats and immigrants in London, Toronto, Silicon Valley and elsewhere created the impression of an ascendant nation led by an unassailable prime minister. Modi’s India matters in a way that the country led by his predecessor, Manmohan Singh, did not.
Back home, the story is a little different. Modi looms large; his approval ratings exceed 70 per cent. But the prime minister’s popularity is being tested by an individual who is doing to the Indian establishment what Modi is doing to international order: disrupting it.
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