Interview: Ronak Desai On India’s Future

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and country's next prime minister Narendra Modi, greets people with a namaskar as he arrives to meet his mother in Gandhinagar. Photo from AP.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and country’s next prime minister Narendra Modi, greets people with a namaskar as he arrives to meet his mother in Gandhinagar. Photo from AP.

HOST 1: While you were probably sleeping, India made history with the most votes counted in an election. More than 500 million Indians cast ballots.

HOST 2: Narendra Modi will be India’s next prime minister. He and his conservative Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, won a landslide victory.

HOST 1: Ronak Desai is a lawyer and academic at Harvard who studies Indian and South Asian politics. He says that after India’s slowdown in economic growth, Modi won on promises to rein in corruption, and make the country better for business.

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DURATION: 03:24

INCUE: “The catchphrase he used…”

OUTCUE: “It was my pleasure. Thanks for having me, Chris.”

NOTE: BACK ANNOUNCE IS SELF-CONTAINED IN THE TAPE.

 

 

 

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