India is celebrating the electoral victory of economic reformer and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, who will become the nation’s next prime minister. Modi, 63, campaigned on a message of hope as a faltering economy dimmed the country’s spirit.
May 16, 2014 Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, center, greets supporters at the BJP’s state headquarters in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat, India.The nationalist BJP, led by Modi, has won an absolute majority in India’s parliamentary polls. According to the news reports, BJP is leading on 277 of 534 seats. A party needs to secure a majority of 272 seats in the 543-seat parliament to form the government. Divyakant Solanki/European Pressphoto Agency Buy Photo