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Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel last month was anything but fortuitous. It was historic in its political significance, with Modi becoming the first sitting Indian prime minister to visit Israel.

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Prime Minister Modi’s Clean India campaign, open defecation and all that talk about building toilets: Is Akshay Kumar’s new film trying to sell us something more than a good time? It has also been declared tax-free in states ruled by Modi’s party.

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Narendra Modi made history earlier this month by becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel. Modi’s trip constitutes the final, long overdue step toward India fully normalizing its relations with the Jewish state, a process that belatedly began twenty-five years ago.

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With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Washington this week, many Americans were made aware for the first time of the gregariousness of the Indian leader who took the reins in Delhi in May 2014. Rather, the conventional press headlines and photos of the visit centered on what seemed to be a frivolous big bear hug Modi gave to U.S. President Donald Trump.

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As forecast here on Monday, the polemic H1-B immigration visa was a non-issue in the official meeting between President Trump and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.

Not surprisingly, followed two major announcements that Indian outsourcer Infosys was fined and would be hiring more American citizens, the H1-B issue has fallen from grace for the Indians.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Washington this weekend to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump for the first time. Doing so would be consistent with the policies of previous administrations both Democratic and Republican that have slashed the visa cap by more than half while making it more expensive for Indian applicants to apply.

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One of the surest ways into any Indian’s heart is to compliment him on his country’s movies.

While there is much that divides these two ancient civilizations, both in their cultural DNA and in their contemporary politics, one thing that both sides can agree upon is their appreciation for Aamir Khan and his latest film, Dangal.

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