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Book review: Lament for India's descent into authoritarianism

Modi's ethnic nationalism threatens to deepen divisions in the subcontinent

Two new books -- "The Struggle for India's Soul" by Shashi Tharoor and "Modi's India" by Christophe Jaffrelot -- examine the rise of Hindu nationalism and of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and their impact on the world's largest democracy.   © AP

The weakening and possible collapse of Indian democracy, lamented and explained by Shashi Tharoor in "The Struggle for India's Soul" and analyzed in forensic detail by Christophe Jaffrelot in "Modi's India," is no small matter.

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