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The Guardian Weekly - 2021-05-07

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Modi’s massive miscalculation, a Guardian milestone and the possible flowering of green politics

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The Covid wave that spread rapidly and disastrously across India last month took many outside observers by surprise. But not the Booker prize-winning author and political activist Arundhati Roy, whose excoriating essay for us this week lays the blame squarely at Narendra Modi’s door. As Roy points out, the prime minister’s gloating about how his government had supposedly defeated the virus has come back to haunt him. Judging by his party’s poor showing in West Bengal’s regional elections, it’s a view that may be increasingly shared by India’s voters too.

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