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A supporter wearing a cap carrying a picture of Gujarat’s chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), attends the celebrations outside the party's headquarters in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on Dec. 8, 2013.
A supporter wearing a cap carrying a picture of Gujarat’s chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), attends the celebrations outside the party's headquarters in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on Dec. 8, 2013.
(AMIT DAVE/REUTERS)

Omer Aziz

Why India’s Prime Ministerial choice could be dangerous for the world – and for India

A progressive Indian friend has been assiduously trying to convert me to his cause. While India has the strongest civil society in all of Asia and the ‘cause’ here could conceivably be an innumerable list of activities, his mission is a curious one: to get the premier of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, elected as the next prime minister of India. Unfortunately for India, Mr. Modi has a track record as a fanatical ideologue while his likely opponent is severely lacking the leadership and experience necessary to run a democracy of one billion people.