The Monitor's View India's sunny 'saffron revolution'

In his visit to the US, India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, makes an impression on his plans for the poor, especially in expanding solar power. His record so far suggests India could be a global solar champion.

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On his first official trip to the United States this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi impressed President Obama with his plans to address “the needs of the poorest of the poor.” Two of the plans are pretty well known: more toilets and bank accounts for the poor. But a third has a reach-for-the-stars quality to it.