Narendra Modi, India

Narendra Modi, India

Opinion: Trump and Modi's bromance is real. And what's scary is what Trump might be learning

Opinion: Trump and Modi's bromance is real. And what's scary is what Trump might be learning

2/27/2020 3:56:00 AM

Opinion: Trump and Modi's bromance is real. And what's scary is what Trump might be learning

There are many similarities between the two leaders, except Modi has taken things to their logical conclusion. This partnership is bad news for India ns and Americans

It was the first stop on Trump’s maiden diplomatic two-day visit to, in Modi’s home state of Gujarat. Certainly, there are few places in the world where Trump can enjoy the sort of rock-star reception, replete with folk dancers and Bollywood singers, that India afforded him.

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Download the new Independent Premium appSharing the full story, not just the headlinesDownload nowThe event, billed as “Namaste Trump”, was a nod to the “Howdy Modi” spectacle rolled out for Modi last fall in Houston. Both stocky strongmen exchanged embraces and rhetorical flourishes, as Trump painfully contorted his way through snippets of Hindi and the names of hallowed figures from Sachin Tendulkar to Swami Vivekananda.

Trump received the pageantry befitting an autocrat whose ego is bound up with crowd sizes. Modi and his fabled “56-inch chest” can summon up throngs at the scale that would make Trump blush.Trump has long expounded over his fraternal relationship with Modi. Indeed, there’s much that Trump must admire – and perhaps is envious of – when he takes a look at how his Indian ruling counterpart operates.

Since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in 2014, Modi and his regime have presided over a steadyof the institutional and ideological foundations of the Indian secular republic to realize the political horizon of a HinduRashtra

(nation) where minorities are second-class citizens, if not cleansed from the body politic altogether.Modi, like Trump, channeled populist rage and majoritarian resentment by directing ire upon a corrupt “globalist” establishment, and branding himself as a pro-growth economic reformer and anti-red tape crusader.

Trump’s nativist “America First” policy is matched by the BJP’s autarkic “Make in India” drive. Ironically, at the heart of the ongoing economic strain between the two is that Modi is too protectionist for Trump’s ostensibly mercantilist sensibilities.

Trump’s pro-Wall Street administration is underpinned by corporatism and fueled by white identity politics. Meanwhile, jobless growth and crony capitalism define Modi’s stewardship over the economy, as popular anxiety has been ensnared by a virulent Hindu identity politics. During Modi’s first term, this played out in the form of mob-led

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cow vigilanteviolence, that primarily targeted Muslims in grisly public lynchings.The culture of impunity is unparalleled. While Trump surrounds himself with a revolving door of unsavory figures and controversially pardoned those like Michael Milken (and might extend clemency to Roger Stone), Modi counts amongst his political cadre Amit Shah, the Indian home minister who has escaped murder and kidnapping charges, and Yogi Adityanath, a bigoted monk and current chief minister of the country’s most populous state.

After the BJP secured a second term in May last year, the gloves came off. Read more: The Independent »

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