Just about the same time Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, was once again making public his close ties with India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, a leading daily from the US announced that Modi's popularity has risen immensely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Recent opinion polls show that in the past few months Mr. Modi’s already high approval ratings have soared even higher, touching 80, even 90 percent. Unlike two of the populist leaders to whom he is often compared, President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, Mr. Modi seems to be thriving in this crisis," said a report in The New York Times.
The newspaper revealed that though the economic devastation from the coronavirus has yet to be reckoned with, the Modi government has done well to tackle Coronavirus even during some really challenging times post communal riots in Delhi accompanied with an economic crisis.
"India has rallied around Mr. Modi and the deadly pandemic is bringing many Indians to his side," said the newspaper report.
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It also mentions how Modi has coordinated extremely well with officials, administrators across India "regardless of ideology."
"Mr. Modi’s success, analysts say, may be more durable. He’s widely seen as a mobilizer, not a despot, which may explain why his nationwide stay-at-home lockdown, which he dropped on the country with four hours’ notice, has been largely obeyed. Even the softer, feel-good exercises he has insisted on, like asking Indians to stand in their doorways and clap at a certain time, or to light candles at another, have been followed by millions," it added further..