South Asia

Modi sworn in as prime minister for historic third term

Narendra Modi was sworn in as India’s prime minister on Sunday, June 9, for a record-tying third term.

President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to Modi at a grand ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president’s palace in New Delhi. The event was attended by thousands of dignitaries, including the leaders of seven regional countries, Bollywood stars, and industrialists.

Modi, who began his career as a publicist for the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is only the second person after independence leader Jawaharlal Nehru to serve three consecutive terms as prime minister.

At 73, Modi secured his third term in elections that concluded on June 1, with the support of 14 regional parties in his BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). This marks a shift from his previous two terms, when his party won an outright majority.