After the Madison Square Garden in New York, the Olympic Stadium in Sydney and countless other venues across the globe, it’s time for London’s iconic Wembley Stadium to host the rock-star Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Europe India Forum (EIF) today announced it will host a reception in honour …Read More »
Former IPL cricket boss Lalit Modi admitted Monday his involvement in a plot to overthrow the International Cricket Council, the sport’s governing body and creating a new organization affiliated with the Olympic movement. Mr Modi, who is wanted by police over allegations of money laundering linked to a lucrative television …Read More »
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defended his government’s decision to ban British filmmaker Leslee Udwin’s documentary about the 2012 Delhi gang rape, saying it was to ensure the dignity of the victim was protected. “India’s Daughter” – which features an interview with one of the men who raped and …Read More »
The world’s most political – if not most famous – ‘Bromance’ continues. US President Barack Obama has penned a note on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was named in Time magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. “As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell …Read More »
The 200-year-old Shri Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai, devoted to the Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha, bristles with close circuit cameras and is guarded by no less than 65 security officers. It is one of India’s richest temples, having amassed 158 kg of gold offerings, worth some £46 million, and its heavily …Read More »
As India launches an $18 billion plan to spread the information revolution to its provinces, the problems it faces are a holdover from the past – electricity shortages, badly planned, jam-packed cities, and monkeys. The clash between the old world and the new is sharply in focus in the crowded …Read More »
One of India’s leading Catholic figures has called on the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to focus as much attention on human beings as it does cows, days after a 71-year-old nun was gang-raped at a convent in West Bengal. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the head of the country’s Catholic …Read More »
In spite of what is known about him – his love for yoga, affection for Barack Obama and love of a well-tailored suit – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains an enigma to many.
How did a man who used to peddle tea on trains, a man aligned to a conservative Hindu organization that is revered and reviled in equal measure, a man once considered a pariah by numerous western nations (including the US and UK), win a landslide victory to become leader of the world’s largest democracy?
How did an apparently austere right-wing politician harness the power of social media as well as a whole host of new technologies to reach out to more than 800 million voters – more than 171 million of whom voted for him?
How did a man once accused of overseeing the massacre of Muslims in his home state of Gujarat come to be lauded by world leaders, and be the object of such unbridled affection – from Barack Obama to Shinzo Abe; from Madison Square Garden to Thimphu?
These and a myriad other questions are now answered – to varying degrees – in a new book titled ‘The Modi Effect’ by Lance Price, the British journalist and one-time advisor to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Price became the first person to interview the newly-elected Prime Minister after his spectacular triumph, grilling Modi for several hours and gaining largely-unfettered access to his inner circle.
It was a coup for someone who is a total outsider, evidence of Price’s’ reputation for perseverance - one which is only matched by Modi’s reputation for managing perceptions.
Modi’s is, in fact, an excellent decision because Price offers a myriad advantages – not least the fact that he is a naturally curious outsider, an award winning journalist and a man who has first-hand experience into how politicians shape and shift public opinion.
However, ‘The Modi Effect’ is particularly enjoyable given that Price has written it first from the perspective of a curious outsider, secondly as a journalist and thirdly as a political strategist.
He tells the UKAsian about his experience delving into the psyche of the man that is Narendra Modi.Read More »
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has secured agreements to develop islands in Mauritius and Seychelles in an early success for his drive to wrest back influence in the Indian Ocean from China. China has invested millions of dollars in recent years building seaports and highways in countries stretching from the …Read More »
The Indian government’s decision to ban British director Leslee Udwin’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ has caused intense debate in India, not least in the country’s parliament. The documentary explores the horrific gang rape of the young physiotherapy student Jyoti Singh Pandey on a Delhi bus in December 2012. Udwin had engaged …Read More »