When will editors learn that the dangerous bogeyman image the Anglophone media builds around Modi only serves to make him look like a Chakravartin to the voters?

They voted for that image, then got confused at his Gandhian socialism, but then articles like this reassure them. 😄
Trying to portray a mild Morarji Desai 2.0 as India's scary Putin/Saddam/Gaddafi/Netanyahu, thinking accusations of illiberalism will deal his career a fatal blow, will only backfire in a polity where liberal values died in 1951 and such bold leaders are seen as aspirational. 😄
Knowing the extra-territorial loyalty of Indian 'civil society', the public would be disappointed if Modi *wasn't* spying on them.

As the Chinese joke goes, "In France, if the President is found to have a scandalous affair, people feel relieved. It means he's not gay after all."

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