A Third Modi Term Will Test the United States of India

Source: The UnPopulist
by Debasish Roy Chowdhury

“As India is going through a scorching election season in peak summer, the battle for its tropical states in the south is heating up more than usual this time. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a third term, has been trying extra hard to make inroads into this area, a largely unconquered frontier for his Hindu nationalist ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which dominates in northern India but has limited presence in the south. … A lot rides on how he fares — a lot more than just the result of this election, which is due in about two weeks: It will determine the fate of India’s secular republic and test the resilience of its diverse federation already squirming in Modi’s centralizing grasp. Both are at a tipping point in this election, raising the risk of political turmoil and instability in coming months and years.” (05/22/24)