India might love its soft power, but Indians favour getting tough with the world. A majority (62 per cent) Indians believe using overwhelming military force is the best way to defeat terrorism, while a similar number of Indians (63%) want to increase defense spending.
The annual Pew Research Center’s survey of the state of the nation found two-thirds of the Indian public satisfied with the direction of the country and eight-in-ten think the economy is doing well. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s favourable rating remains high, at 81 per cent, even though its down from 87 per cent in 2015. Bruce Stokes, director global economic attitudes at Pew told TOI, “These figures are striking. Modi is doing better than Obama in the US or Angela Merkel in Germany.”
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