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Narendra Modi: A Man Apart

Assessing the prime minister’s enormous ambitions, for India and himself.
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Illustration: Boris Pelcer/Bloomberg Markets

On the evening of Feb. 17, a white sedan pulled up to Shastri Bhawan, a drab brick-and-concrete government building in central New Delhi, and parked at the front gate.

As with most edifices of bureaucracy in India, the streets outside of Shastri Bhawan, named for India’s second prime minister, are a jumble of activity during the day: people shuffling by with documents in their hands as shoeshine men wait for business, auto rickshaws honking their way through traffic, snack vendors tending pans of frying lentils.