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India And Modi: The Honeymoon Continues.

Picture courtesy: PIB

Picture courtesy: PIB

Two years into his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to ride a wave of public good feeling about the way things are going in India, the state of the domestic economy and his own stewardship of the country.

Read Here – Pew Research

Is It The End Of Road For India’s Congress?

Without the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty—virtually synonymous with the party since 1969, when Indira Gandhi led a band of loyalists out of the original Congress that helped India win independence from Britain some two decades earlier—Indian politics will likely become less feudal and more meritocratic. And Asia’s third largest economy may finally junk the last vestiges of the Nehruvian socialism that helped keep it poor, and the foreign-policy doctrine of nonalignment that placed it at odds with its natural allies in the democratic West, writes Sadanand Dhume

Read Here – The National Interest

When India Turned Right

For the first time in independent India’s history, a general election has brought a conservative party with a clear-cut parliamentary majority to office. Although scores of analysts have weighed in about what that party — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — will do next, three other questions have gone unanswered. First, why has India never had a sizeable conservative party of any consequence? Second, why has it taken the country over six decades to elect a conservative regime? Third, what are the prospects for conservatism in India in the future?

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

In India, A Prime Minster Aspirant Runs His Own Race

In Varanasi, where the BJP leader hopes to win his one of his seats in parliament, missed calls and unsolicited volunteers shape a crucial race.

Read Here – The Atlantic

The Scion Has Time

The hopes of India’s Congress party rest on the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, heir to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, which has dominated Indian politics for decades.

Read Here – BBC

Battle Between Two Futures

Late this spring, India will hold its 16th general election. The vote will pit the forces of progressivism, which celebrate cultural and social pluralism and promote equity and good governance but appears singularly incapable of policy implementation, against the forces of cultural and religious nationalism, which promote rapid economic growth and political order but show little regard for social justice, religious and ethnic minorities, or the rule of law. The outcome of the battle could very well reshape the world’s largest democracy

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Rise of Regional Parties Complicates Indian Politics

The rise of regional parties has fundamentally transformed electoral politics in India, but those parties may not be the juggernauts they’re made out to be.

Read Here – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

India’s Tryst With Destiny

Modi is a hypnotic orator who, as one corporate executive after another has said, offers the best model of governance in a country rife with corruption and red tape. His actions in February 2002 have led him to be compared with Adolf Hitler, while his obsession with management details have led him to be compared with Lee Kuan Yew. Of course, Modi is neither. He is a new kind of hybrid politician: both media-savvy and manifestly ambitious. He is the first authentically charismatic Indian politician since Indira Gandhi — the late grandmother of his opponent in next spring’s election.

Rahul Gandhi is an empty vessel compared to Modi.

Read Here – RealClearWorld

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