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#Reasoning: Narendra Modi defends ban on India’s Daughter

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 …

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#Insight: ‘Narendra Modi does not recognize failure as an option’ – Lance Price

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.

Lance Price

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.

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