NRI OUTREACH

Behind BJP’s Diaspora Dividends: Injecting A Dose Of Ownership

Nitin A. Gokhale New Delhi 30 May 2019

One of the success stories of the first term of the Modi government was its outreach to the Indian diaspora and a gala that used to be an unmistakable part of almost each of the Prime Minister’s trips abroad—all planned and executed by the BJP. And in the run-up to the recent general elections, the outreach manifested itself in a big way. As Vijay Chauthaiwale, the man who heads the BJP’s foreign affairs cell, told SNI’s Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, NRIs made two million calls to India to canvass for Modi, around 700 actually came down to India to campaign actively, of which about of 100 have been invited for Modi’s swearing-in.

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