It has been an odd few weeks in Indian politics, starting back in January with the suit.
India’s natty prime minister, Narendra Modi, erred in sporting vanity pinstripes for a meeting with U.S. president Barack Obama. He exposed himself to mockery and ridicule, which, however unjustified, distracted from the prime minister’s important decision to seek a more harmonious relationship with the United States.
The whole business exposed a weakness in Mr. Modi’s political armour. That matters because the global economy is looking to India for a lift. Much of that optimism was attached to Mr. Modi’s popularity. International investors saw a rare politician with a mandate to get things done. Recent events suggest India’s prime minister is mortal. That will prompt a reconsideration of India’s trajectory.
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