Some British acquaintances were asking about Indian politics and Narendra Modi. I told them my opinion of him is strongly biased (I abhor him), but I struggled to come up with the correct, unbiased term to describe him.
It’s not controversial, extremist, illiberal or nationalist. Divisive is close, but that’s not it either.
The correct term to describe him, in my opinion, is polarising.
People who know anything about him may not agree on any of those previous terms. However, most people who know anything about him – supporters or opponents** – will agree on this one term: he is polarising.
Another example… newer, bigger is not always better: My Sassy Girl. No globally identifiable stars, in Korean, released 2001, ~15000 votes, IMDb Rating: 8.3/10 My Sassy Girl. Young Hollywood starlet, in English, released 2008, ~6500 votes, IMDb Rating: 5.9/10
P.S.: I think the one little identifies with this movie :)