The U.S. Bets on Modi
India's Narendra Modi was once subject to a U.S. visa ban for failing to halt communal violence while chief minister of Gujarat. He meets President Obama at the White House on Sept. 29 as an honored guest. Prime minister of the world's second-most populous country, with the biggest electoral mandate of any Indian leader in decades, he can afford to be magnanimous about former slights. The two leaders should embrace an agenda that strengthens their role as democratic and economic counterweights to growing global disorder.
Obama might envy what Mr. Modi has already accomplished: India's stock market is up 30%, growth has surged to nearly 6%, and the defeated Congress Party is so feeble it cannot even lead India's fractured opposition. Mr. Modi makes the political weather in his country, whereas Obama seems a bystander in his own. But their countries' common interests compel cooperation.
Daniel Twining is the senior fellow for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.