Behind the veneer

Print edition : April 12, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with French President Francois Hollande (third from left), Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (left), Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius (right) on a tour on the Seine river in Paris on April 10, 2015. Modi made the announcement that India would purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets on this visit to Paris. Photo: BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS

A Rafale aircraft at the air show in Bengaluru in February. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K

Gautam Adani, CMD, Adani Group, addressing the Uttar Pradesh Investors Summit 2018, which was attended by Narendra Modi on February 21, 2018. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Nirav Modi at one of his boutiques in Hong Kong in March 2017. Photo: Billy H.C. Kwok/The New York Times

Vijay Mallya outside Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on December 10, 2018. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

A number of deals struck by Modi’s government and his cronies undermine his claims about providing a corruption-free government and protecting national interests.
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