Modi invokes ancient Indian tradition in UN debut

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN debut on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) presented a worldview shaped by ancient tradition, promoting multilateralism as well as yoga. Modi, a Hindu nationalist who swept to power earlier this year, addressed the United Nations at the start of a visit to the United States, which is eager to court him after shunning the right-wing leader for a decade. Unlike most Indian officials at international meetings, Modi addressed the UN General Assembly in Hindi instead of English and delivered a speech rich in spiritual overtones.

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