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If Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi can revive a faltering economy, as his people clearly believe he can, India may finally be able to deal with overseas allies, foes and rivals from a position of strength.

Elections are won and lost on domestic issues, and the 2014 ballot, in which Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a resounding victory in results Friday, was no exception. But the Hindu nationalist’s focus on reviving a flagging economy will also feed through into foreign policy issues ranging from regional security to trade.

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