How Modi Won the Political War Over the Latest India-Pakistan Crisis

How Modi Won the Political War Over the Latest India-Pakistan Crisis
Bharatiya Janata Party supporters cheer by a giant billboard of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally at Dumi village in Akhnoor, India, March 28, 2019 (AP photo by Channi Anand).

For all the fears it raised about a direct confrontation between South Asia’s nuclear-armed neighbors, the tit-for-tat that erupted between India and Pakistan in mid-February was relatively restrained compared to the political battle that unfolded around it in New Delhi. While the details about India’s “pre-emptive” military operation against Pakistan, in retaliation for a suicide bombing of a convoy of troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir, still remain hazy, it’s clear that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi trounced his domestic political opponents in the war of narratives during and after the crisis. In doing so, Modi stabilized his government and his own […]

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