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India Awaits Change as New Leader Takes Overi
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Steve Herman
May 19, 2014 1:22 PM
The world’s largest democracy this week experiences a transition of government. After a total defeat for the Congress Party in elections with a record high turnout of more than 553 million voters, 81-year-old Manmohan Singh gives way to the forthright 63-year-old Hindu nationalist, Narendra Modi, of the Bharatiya Janata Party. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in New Delhi looks at Modi’s leadership style and governing priorities as he takes charge of the world’s second most populous country.

India Awaits Change as New Leader Takes Over

Published May 19, 2014

The world’s largest democracy this week experiences a transition of government. After a total defeat for the Congress Party in elections with a record high turnout of more than 553 million voters, 81-year-old Manmohan Singh gives way to the forthright 63-year-old Hindu nationalist, Narendra Modi, of the Bharatiya Janata Party. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in New Delhi looks at Modi’s leadership style and governing priorities as he takes charge of the world’s second most populous country.


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by: HARSHAD from: U.S.A.
May 19, 2014 8:55 PM
Those who still are in doubts about NARENDRA MODI, please "Google" and READ each article as follows: (1) "India must know the real Modi"; THE SUNDAY GUARDIAN; Ram Jethmalani. (2) "Is India about to elect its Reagan?" THE HINDU; April 21, 2014; David Cohen. (3) "INDIA: Open for Business"; BARRON'S; MAY 5, 2014; India's likely new prime minister, Narendra Modi, is controversial but also the nation's best shot at an economic turnaround.


by: Subramaniam Sankaran from: Mason OH 45040
May 19, 2014 3:58 PM
Barrack Obama was once in Baskin Robins ice cream vendor, Modi was in modest tea stall both had humble beginnings but due to sheer determination got massive mandate to rule the nation.


by: S. Talati from: USA
May 19, 2014 3:27 PM
I resent you calling BJP a Hindu nationalist party. India is a Hindu nation and to be Hindu party is obvious, you mentioned that in demeaning tone. Your defining congress party as Liberal and Secular party is way off base and totally inaccurate. Congress party is more secular and buy votes from Muslims and other minorities since Nehru's time. That is called vote bank policy. Through some money or favors at the election time to these communities and win their vote but do nothing of substance for them. This BJP party leader refuses follow that appeasement policy and wants to treat all of with the same yardstick, no favors.


by: takeit from: first world
May 19, 2014 1:37 PM
VOA may be you have to consider nationalist hindu leader comments. like all western propaganda anti non christian propaganda. Modi was choosen by 553 million hindus, christians and muslim voters of India


by: Thirunarayanan from: USA
May 19, 2014 12:35 PM
The anti-Modi comments in this video are by the people who are crying wolf. No new leader has the experience of running a country. Modi at least has some executive experience of running an Indian state. As for the perceived divisive nature of Modi, that is so old and tiring. Let's move forward and see what happens, instead of laboring in the past.

India needs a strong leader for economic growth and to control rampant corruption. People of India had given Modi a mandate to do both. Now, it is up to Modi to learn quickly and perform. Best of luck to him.

And people of India, join with Modi rather than bickering nonsense.