Even before he is crowned, India’s Modi struts the global stage

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Narendra Modi will be sworn in on Monday as India’s prime minister at a glittering ceremony that will be as much a show of his determination to be a key player on the global stage as a celebration of his stunning election victory.For the first time in India’s history, a clutch of South Asian leaders will be among the guests watching Modi’s inauguration at the presidential palace in New Delhi – including the prime minister of arch-rival Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif.Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies swept India’s elections this month, ousting the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift that has given his party a mandate for sweeping economic reform.His day began with a visit to the site of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation on the banks of the Yamuna river. Sharif and Afghan President Hamid Karzai reached Delhi in the morning, with the ceremony due to begin at 1800 (8.30 a.m. ET).

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