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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks in front of a picture of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee after a news conference in New Delhi July 9, 2014.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks in front of a picture of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee after a news conference in New Delhi July 9, 2014.
(ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS)

IAIN MARLOW

What Modi must do to live up to India’s expectations

As India’s technicolour election unfolded on the chaotic streets of the subcontinent, I walked into the cool, hushed confines of a luxury hotel in New Delhi to sit down with a senior Indian executive.

Among India’s business class, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for prime minister, Narendra Modi, had an almost otherworldly aura. One senior executive told me one of his friends actually said: “I want to touch him.”