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America’s embrace of Modi carries a price

By John Reed

18 Jun 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

U.S. officials have showered praise on Indian PM Narendra Modi ahead of his visit to Washington. John Reed in FT explores how geopolitical considerations are taking precedence over democratic norms.

In the weeks and days leading up to Narendra Modi’s state visit to Washington this week, US officials have been outdoing one another with words of adulation that have delighted the Indian leader’s supporters and made his critics cringe. 

“He is the most popular world leader for a reason,” commerce secretary Gina Raimondo said at an India House event in Washington in April, wearing a green and yellow sari and gesturing expansively. “He is unbelievable, visionary, and his level of commitment to the people of India is just indescribable.” 

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