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As superpowers bicker, Brazil & India chart their own course

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24.01.2020

When Romario-Bebeto-Dunga's Brazil won the football World Cup in 1994, a well-known Indian news anchor smilingly announced on television, “We are getting breaking news that celebrations in Kolkata have surpassed that in Rio.”

Brazil wields enormous soft power in India because of football, but when President Jair Bolsonaro arrives in Delhi on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation as the chief guest for India's January 26 Republic Day event, there are more serious reasons why the visit will be watched very closely. Not just in India – worldwide.

It's fair to say that the mainstream media treats both Modi and Bolsonaro as aberrations from the liberal status quo. Modi for India's controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, and Bolsonaro for his outspoken opposition to leftist politics. But these are the least important issues at hand when these two massive democracies meet. Far more important is their shared belief in a multipolar world, outside........

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