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Overseas Indians wield growing political might

An elaborate network, often with its political agenda hidden, has been set up to co-opt the country's diaspora in supporting Modi's re-election campaign in 2019.

Indians living in the UK filled two thirds of the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium in an event choreographed to look like a spontaneous outpouring of support for Mr Modi on Nov 13, during his visit to London. A similar event was held in Madison Square Garden in New York City, which he visited in September.

ON NOV 13 at London's storied Wembley Stadium, globalisation met traditional politics from another continent. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, making a state visit to the UK, received a warm public reception and a song-and-dance extravaganza. The gathering of some 60,000 British Indians...