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Narendra Modi's COVID catastrophe brings India to its knees

Failure raises questions about nation's future role on the world stage

| India
A woman is consoled after the hospital turned away her father from admission in New Delhi on Apr. 29: the Modi government declared premature victory.   © Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Rupa Subramanya is a researcher and commentator.

In 2018, when the southern Indian state of Kerala was devastated by floods, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declined foreign assistance, following a precedent set during the Asian tsunami of 2004, when then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had similarly declined.

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