Narendra Modi: The leader with largest popular mandate in the world


    Narendra Modi is the only world leader to win so convincingly in a hotly contested, democratic system, which carries a unique equity among the global elite.

    (This story originally appeared in on May 24, 2019)
    Narendra Modi now is the leader with the largest popular mandate in the world. In 2014, US President Obama, meeting Modi in Myanmar on the sidelines of the Asean summit, declared, “this man has the biggest electoral victory of all of us”. In 2019 that holds even more true.

    Modi is the only world leader to win so convincingly in a hotly contested, democratic system, which carries a unique equity among the global elite. His friend Benjamin Netanyahu, who recently won a tough Israeli elections securing a record fifth term for himself, managed a 65-seat majority with the help of smaller religious parties. In Japan, PM Shinzo Abe is comfortably placed, but the numbers are more modest. The only other big number victory recently has been Joko Widodo in Indonesia, while Scott Morrison — who also called Modi to congratulate — pulled off a surprise win in Australia, but barely scraped through.

    But other world leaders are precariously placed. In the UK, Theresa May’s government stands on the precipice over her Brexit deal. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are struggling. Recep Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, who see themselves as strongmen leaders of Turkey and Russia respectively, are not nearly as secure as they seem. Donald Trump is the US President with a slender margin. Despite the different system, Xi Jinping is the only other world leader with comparable support.

    In the coming month, Modi will be at SCO, G20 and G7 summits, where issues of global governance will be at the forefront. In his previous term, Modi did not shy away from engagement in the forums — he believes India should become a “leading power” articulating India’s aspirations in the world, wanting to make India part of global solutions. So expect new global ideas to emerge from Modi in the coming weeks.
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    4 Comments on this Story

    Sudarshan Nityananda403 days ago
    There is nothing unique in this. India''s huge population will automatically make the mandate huge, especially when getting a large majority.
    The same happened when Congress got 404 seats under Rajiv Gandhi. But it nothing to crow about.
    ravi_40436 days ago
    The most important agenda of Modi 2.0 is to prepare his world tour calendar. Utmost care is taken to include all countries on this earth. This time a surprise addition is the inclusion of North pole, Arctic and Antarctic, tiny islands on this globe. His close aids argued for inclusion of South pole also.. After all, he will be doing all these world tours for the dignity, confidence, prosperity of the poor, marginally weaker sections of the country. We must give a thunderous applause..
    ravi_40437 days ago
    Modi ji dreaming of next cycle of world tours including north pole, arctic and Antarctic and some tiny islands.. Acchhe din aagaya Saab ke liye..he do all these tours for desh Ki hith Mein..
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