What Does the Election of Indian PM Narendra Modi Mean for American Hindus?


The election of Narendra Modi as the 15th Prime Minister of India has raised the international profile of the country’s controversial Bharata Janata Party. While Mr. Modi's victory is largely seen as positive for the Indian economy, there are widespread concerns about the future of the complex religious and cultural tapestry of the subcontinent. Are such concerns justified? Will the defeat of the Congress Party and the rise of the BJP lead to a rise in sectarianism and the marginalization of non-Hindus? What does this new political atmosphere mean for the Hindu American community?

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