Indian prime minister’s fast is striving for optics, not true leadership

Imagine the US president going on a fast to tame an intransigent US Congress, or the British prime minister staying hungry because members of parliament weren’t falling in line.

If it sounds bizarre, then here’s some news from India: Prime minister Narendra Modi is on a day-long fast today (April 12) protesting the washout of the recently-concluded budget session of parliament. He’s joined by Amit Shah, the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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