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But Davos is more than just any investor conference; and the prime minister could have saved the #8220;invest in India#8221; pitch for the roundtable meetings with executives that he does so well. Davos didn#8217;t want India to sell itself to the world; it needed India to lead.
Modi, too, spoke of the fear that the tides of anti-globalization were rising, and that countries were becoming more #8220;self-centered.#8221; But he didn#8217;t seem to be offering Indian leadership in response. Certainly, he correctly identified three worldwide problems #8212; climate change, terrorism and anti-globalization #8212; and committed India to the fight against them. But it wasn#8217;t clear what, concretely, India would do to persuade or win over waverers; how it would forge new alliances and blaze new trails to progress.
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