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In this new year, it has become increasingly clear that India's new government faces a dilemma entirely of its own making – one that its predecessor never had to confront.In fact, Modi rose to power at the head of a family of right-wing organizations that largely do not share his economic priorities, and that are obsessed with so-called "cultural nationalism"– which is essentially just repackaged Hindu chauvinism.In fact, Modi's rise was followed almost immediately by a series of attacks on India's minorities, particularly Muslims.Then came a nationwide scare about "love jihad" – an alleged Muslim ploy to make India a Muslim-majority country by seducing Hindu girls into romantic entanglements that would lead to their conversion to Islam. Another BJP legislator declared Mahatma Gandhi's Hindu-nationalist assassin to be a patriot, while a fringe party in the Modi camp announced a campaign to install the assassin's busts throughout the country.Modi has found himself in an unenviable position vis-a-vis his own supporters: He cannot live with them, and he cannot live without them. Unless he can find a way to resolve his dilemma, hope for a "Modi miracle" in India's economy will ebb as rapidly as it rose.
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