Speaking Of Asia

What's with Asia's strongman urge?

When such leaders seem to thrive in the region, questions arise as to what it takes to keep democracy alive


In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte, who revels in a macho, gun-toting style of leadership, has referred to journalists as "presstitutes".

Oddly enough, and perhaps not so surprisingly, similar invectives have fallen from a former Indian army chief who is in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2021, with the headline 'What's with Asia's strongman urge?'. Subscribe