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Howdy Modi: The PM may be leading the Indian diaspora into uncharted waters

Because of his divisive influence on the diaspora, PM Modi's high profile rallies overseas could create anxiety in the host countries about threats to their internal stability

Howdy Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a group photograph with the Indian community in Houston, Texas, USA | PIB /PTI photo

Bharat Bhushan
Overseas Indians have long been seen as strategic assets. They can act as mediators and facilitators for improving ties with the countries they are settled in. In 1999, the Indian diaspora in the US played an important role in the withdrawal of the Burton Amendment which sought to cut US aid to India by 25 per cent over its treatment of minorities and human rights record in Kashmir. In 2008, it played a significant role in the smooth passage of the India-US Nuclear Agreement.

It was not always so.

In the early 1990s, the Pakistan lobby dominated Capitol Hill. India
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First Published: Sep 30 2019 | 8:23 AM IST

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