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Every word he says.
BEFORE THE TEARS

Charted: What Narendra Modi said in his two-hour-long TIME interview

Devjyot Ghoshal
By Devjyot Ghoshal

India Editor

By the end of his interview with TIME magazine, prime minister Narendra Modi was in tears. That’s because after two hours of questions and answers the conversation finally turned to Modi’s difficult childhood.

But before that, the prime minister spoke—if somewhat repetitively considering his recent speeches and interviews, and sometimes evasively—about everything from foreign policy and economic management to religion and secularism. With a transcript that exceeds 6,000 words, not including the questions from the TIME journalists, this follows Modi’s rather lengthy interview with the Hindustan Times newspaper last month.

Quartz analysed the transcript posted on the TIME magazine website, omitting the preface and the questions, and charted only the prime minister’s replies. Here’s a selection of what he said—and, equally importantly, what he didn’t:

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