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Khan Market gang: Modi coins new phrase to swipe at elite adversaries

In the final days of his campaigning, which his Hindu nationalist BJP won by a landslide for the second consecutive term, Modi used the jibe "Khan Market gang" to mock his elite political adversaries

Mayank Bhardwaj | Reuters  |  NEW DELHI 

A tatty shopping centre originally built to house refugees in the heart of New Delhi has become a handy symbol for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his supporters to rub salt in the wounds of their opponents, who just got a drubbing in India's general election. It is reminiscent of the way Britain's Labour Party leadership got dubbed "champagne socialists" a few years back and the Islington area of London got pejoratively tagged as their home. On a global scale it is another step in the populist march against elitism that has brought the world Donald Trump, ...

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First Published: Fri, May 31 2019. 13:23 IST