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Narendra Modi’s pragmatism over Gaza shows he isn’t in thrall to the far right

The Indian Prime Minister voted for an inquiry into alleged Israeli war crimes, against the wishes of his party's pro-Israeli wing

By Iravati Guha  

A Gaza solidarity rally in Rajastan, India. © Welfare Party

Last week India voted in favour of a UN resolution to launch an inquiry into Israel’s alleged war crimes in Gaza. Given the widespread support for Israel among India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the vote suggests that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be more prepared to defy the far right wing of his party than many of his opponents expected.

Modi’s own friendship with Israel goes back many…

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