What a year it has been for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A victory in the May 2014 national elections was followed by victories in various state elections, which cemented his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s control over the country’s often fractious and rambunctious political system. Between these electoral wins, he racked up high-visibility foreign visits, including trips to Japan and Australia. But no event has gripped media attention as much as his triumphal visit to the United States, where he and President Barack Obama apparently made an instant connection. Modi’s reception in the U.S. promised a rejuvenation of ties between the two countries after several years of apparent antagonism.
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