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HindustanTimes Sat,26 Jul 2014

Modi continues to grab the headlines in world media
HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times
London/Kathmandu/Paris, May 26, 2014
First Published: 22:25 IST(26/5/2014)
Last Updated: 22:35 IST(26/5/2014)


Ten days after he led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide win, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to make news across the world.
 
In a report titled 'Narendra Modi to be sworn-in with huge expectations on his shoulders', The Guardian reported that "instability, insecurity and drift helped Modi to power, but desire for rapid progress, order and direction will be immense challenge".

It added: "The former tea-seller has risen to the highest executive office in this developing, troubled nation of 1.25 billion people."

The Times reported the swearing-in ceremony with the headline, 'Narendra Modi set to end economic paralysis', and added: "Mr Modi will assume responsibility for 1.26 billion people, up to 100 nuclear warheads and an in-tray groaning with urgent problems".

The Financial Times, which had carried Modi's victory as the lead story on its front page, noted that he was planning to "shrink government" by cutting ministries and reducing bureaucracy.

In Kathmandu, newspapers were full of reports on Nepal prime minister Sushil Koirala's trip to New Delhi for Modi's swearing-in ceremony and the possible outcomes the Himalayan nation could expect from the visit.

Leading English daily, The Himalayan Times, and Kantipur, the highest circulated Nepali daily, carried reports on how Koirala would invite Modi to visit Nepal.

"I will apprise India's new prime minister of our own development efforts and listen to him," Koirala told a group of editors at his official residence on Sunday.

French weekly Courrier International said Modi was "known for his particularly islamophobic and xenophobic positions", while Le Parisien talked of the "very high expectations" from Modi and that Muslims remained "very suspicious" of him.

'Le Monde called him an "Indian enigma", while Le Figaro wrote, calling Nawaz Sharif (Pakistan PM) was a "diplomatic coup".
 
"A worrying Indian Prime Minister" and "controversial for the way he managed the communal violence in 2002 and his Islamophobic discourse", said L'Expression.


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