Why Narendra Modi is a small man with big dangers
India desperately needs a vision other than that of the vain small man trying to impress the big men with his self-improvised rules of the game
In 2005, Narendra Modi, then the chief minister of Gujarat, was prevented by a state department visa ban from attending a rally at Madison Square Garden. On Sunday night, Modi finally made it there with a Bollywood-style extravaganza. All had been apparently forgiven as he stood against flickering videos of Indian robots and mansions and reminded his audience in Hindi of his humble origins as a “tea vendor." Here was a “small man," who can “do big things," nevertheless, such as building houses for all Indians by 2022, and restore a sense of self-esteem among Indian-Americans battered by years of shameful identification with a country known for “snake charmers".