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Modi’s relationship with Pakistan off to positive start

During India’s six-week national elections, it was a frequent criticism hurled at Narendra Modi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was such a right-leaning hardliner on national security issues that tensions with Pakistan were bound to escalate if he took office in New Delhi.

Would divided Kashmir again become a flashpoint between the two nuclear powers as Mr. Modi, who won a decisive majority when votes were counted on May 16, tried in vain to concentrate on fixing the Indian economy, as he promised? And how would Mr. Modi react if Pakistan-based terrorists launched another attack on Indian soil similar to the devastating violence that occurred in Mumbai in 2008, when terrorists killed 164 people? Would Mr. Modi – attempting to distinguish himself from India’s former prime minister, Manmohan Singh – be forced to act tough?