September 17, 2019

Thespian, statesman and strongman: Policy pundits deconstruct Modi's popularity

Featuring Richard Fontaine

Source: India Abroad

Journalist Aziz Haniffa

With over 50,000 Indian Americans from all across the country registering to attend the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ rally on Sept. 22 in Houston, starring Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and with the event garnering even more excitement with President Donald Trump expected to join India’s rock-star, erstwhile U.S. ambassadors, leading policy wonks and scholars provided their perspective on to what makes Modi tick and makes him such a phenomenon.

Teresita Schaffer, a retired career diplomat, currently a Senior Adviser at McLarty Associates, who also writes the popular ‘South Asia Hand’ blog, said, “He believes in the greatness of India — hence his determination to grow the economy, to strengthen India’s ties with the great powers and India’s standing as a great power, or at least a great power in the making.

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  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of CNAS. He served as President of CNAS from 2012–19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy ad...