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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, comes out to receive the speaker of Bangladesh's Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, comes out to receive the speaker of Bangladesh's Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
(Manish Swarup/AP)

IAIN MARLOW

U.S.-India relations: From bad to worse

As he campaigned in India’s recent national elections, Narendra Modi regularly drove around his home state of Gujarat in a convoy that included an SUV outfitted with high-tech signal-jamming equipment. I saw it myself at a campaign stop in Gandhinagar, the state capital.

It was one part of a sophisticated election campaign that paid a lot of attention to modern technology – from Mr. Modi’s hologram appearances at rallies to an incredibly well-organized online and social-media campaign that garnered favourable comparisons to U.S. President Barack Obama’s tech-savvy campaign in 2008.