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Mihir S Sharma: Unpacking the Modi Hype

The real disagreement over Gujarat's 'economic miracle'

Few words in the English language are as evasive as “divisive”. It merely indicates a disagreement, and avoids explaining it. Yet that’s the standard description of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, apparently about to win another election, which could catapult him to the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Another other word, albeit much-attacked, apparently indispensable when discussing Mr Modi is “hype”. Is there a Modi Hype? Worth examining. But it’s easy a priori to believe there is — because nobody else in Indian politics ...