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Amit Shah: The architect of India's rightward turn may succeed Modi one day

Shah will likely be the one to announce any more moves related to Hindu nationalism while Modi stays above the fray, focusing on economic reforms and acting as a statesman on the world stage

Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah. Credit: Bloomberg

Bibhudatta Pradhan | Bloomberg
Fresh off a resounding re-election victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined other lawmakers in India’s colonial-era parliament to applaud the man to his right.

There stood Amit Shah, Modi’s point man for more than three decades, who then proceeded to make one of the most significant announcements in contemporary Indian history: The government would immediately end nearly seven decades of autonomy in the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.

“Give us five years, we will make it the country’s most developed state,” Shah declared.

The historic speech in early August marked somewhat of a coming-out party for Shah. Long known as one

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First Published: Nov 29 2019 | 8:48 AM IST

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