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Modi Faces a Dilemma: Keep Indian Voters Happy or Feed the World

  • Threat to wheat output could prompt government to curb exports
  • Inflation worries Modi’s party before key state elections
Narendra Modi with Olaf Scholz in Berlin on May 2.
Narendra Modi with Olaf Scholz in Berlin on May 2.Photographer: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

A growing food security threat is set to push Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi into a conundrum: continue sending wheat to countries hit by dwindling supplies from the war in Ukraine or stockpile food at home to fend off high inflation.

Severe heat waves have damaged wheat yields across the South Asian nation, prompting the government to consider export restrictions, Bloomberg News reported. While the food ministry said it sees no case yet for controlling wheat exports, it’s a question that will gain momentum and carry political ramifications for Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.