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Asia's populists are here to stay

Tub-thumping leaders rewarded despite incompetent pandemic response

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Narendra Modi, center, during a victory celebration for Bihar state assembly election at the BJP's headquarters, pictured on Nov. 11: Asia's tub-thumping leaders retain widespread support.   © Sipa/AP

James Crabtree is an associate professor in practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

Donald Trump's election defeat gave a glimmer of hope that the world's populist tide may finally be turning. The U.S. president and his fellow autocratically-inclined leaders have largely botched their responses to COVID-19. Perhaps voters are now turning against them too.

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