Letter from America

Yankee Hindutva

Print edition : May 03, 2013

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi interacting with representatives of the U.S. Congress (from left) Aaron Schock, Cynthia Loomis and Kathy Memorris Rodgers in Gandhinagar on March 28. Photo: AFP PHOTO/Gujarat Information Department

Shalabh 'Shalli' Kumar (fourth from right), the non-resident Indian businessman from Chicago, and Vijay Jolly (to his right), BJP convener of overseas affairs, with U.S. Congress members during their visit to Bangla Sahib gurudwara in New Delhi on April 2. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

A U.S. congressional delegation from calling on BJP leader L.K. Advani in New Delhi in January 2012. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Indian Americans celebrate a festival in Washington. Photo: PTI

Nikki Haley. Shalli Kumar's group NIAC promoted the Republican leader's candidacy for the governorship of South Carolina. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

The 2002 violence in Gujarat sours Modi's standing among liberals and the generally apolitical middle class. Photo: SIDDHARTH DARSHAN KUMAR/AP

To Narendra Modi’s fan base among proud Hindutva supporters in the U.S., his unique combination of free-market rhetoric and cultural nationalism appears as a tonic.
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