International relations weren't always so smooth for Modi, who in 2005 as Chief Minister of India's Gujarat state had his U.S. visa revoked and was denied permission to enter the country. The reason? He was allegedly implicated in fomenting (or at least failing to contain and condemn) inter-ethnic riots in 2002 that resulted in more than 1000 deaths. Think of it as "India's Charlottesville," only much, much worse.[/quote]
This is factual. When factual content is mixed with praise then one can see legitimization of a controversial figure in front of one's eyes.
One might try to do a fine distinction between Forbes' writer and the WEC and say that it is the attitude of WEC that is changing and not of the Forbes' writer. Unfortunately the end result is the same.
In 2014, Modi was elected India's Prime Minister with just over half the seats in the Lok Sabha (the lower house of India's parliament), but less than one-third of the popular vote. India's first Twitter Prime Minister is widely reviled among the country's bickering intellectual elite. Modi, who rose from humble origins as a grocer's son, has been ridiculed as an uneducated chaiwala (tea seller), a label he has since embraced with pride.[/quote]
The critics are trashed in this paragraph as bickering intellectual elite.
And the tea seller image has been turned for his full advantage.
The critics get the face pie for it.
Political pundits dismissed him as a knee-jerk populist who came to power by making simplistic promises of national revival. Modi stands accused of dog-whistle politics, endangering the nearly 40% of India's population that belongs to religious, ethnic or regional minorities. He is regularly condemned as dangerous, a strongman, and a dictator by Indian and Western elites.
Here we see the subterfuge of the author in full view and from here onwards it will be full decline.
The paragraph is not an assessment of the PM but a prelude to the demolition of the assessment.
[quote]And he is a huge success, both economically and politically. The economy is booming, and Narendra Modi is the most popular Indian leader since Mahatma Gandhi, both inside and outside the country. Now a little more than midway through his five-year term, his job approval rating stands at 88%. If he really has oppressed 40% of the population, they must not be aware of it.