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Modi's nationalist agenda clouds plan to bolster US ties

India hires Washington lobby firm after blow to liberal image

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seen during a "Howdy, Modi" rally celebrating Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sept. 22, 2019.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- When Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard was questioned this week over a picture of her wearing a stole with the logo of India's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party next to one of its supporters, she quickly distanced herself.

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