What Modi's rise could say about Trump

Story highlights

  • Thane Richard: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's success underscores the speed at which politics can change
  • Modi's rise bears a number of similarities to that of Donald Trump in the United States, Richard says

Thane Richard is a writer and science teacher based in Detroit, MI. He also works on a global education project, Project Empathy, spun off of his former role at Outernet. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN)There once was a conservative candidate who promised a new era of economic growth. He promised to get tougher on a neighboring country he viewed as hostile, and he was widely feared by Muslims. He vowed to run the country like a company: efficiently and pro-business.

His name is Narendra Modi and he is currently the prime minister of India.
Thane Richard