The terrifying rise of nationalist villains in India

Trump's nationalist rhetoric has consequences. Just look at India.

Yogi Adityanath and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
(Image credit: SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images)

They say that when America sneezes, other parts of the world catch pneumonia. That certainly seems to be the case in India, where President Trump's anti-Muslim attitude is spreading like a virus.

Last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed Yogi Adityanath, the country's most vitriolic anti-Muslim Hindu priest, as chief minister (the governor, essentially) of Uttar Pradesh, the state that houses the world's greatest Muslim monument, the Taj Mahal. This is tantamount to appointing the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan the governor of Illinois — really — and would have been simply unimaginable without Trump in the White House.

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