India’s election will test limits of Narendra Modi’s populism, but he’s still in the box seat

India’s election will test limits of Narendra Modi’s populism, but he’s still in the box seat

South China Morning Post - Asia·2019-01-05 13:04

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Narendra Modi, who upended India’s politics by combining a message of economic development with everyman appeal, will have his controversial brand of populist nationalism tested when Indians go to the weeks-long polls between April and May.

Modi delivered a thumping majority for his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014 on a platform of right-wing economics and anti-elitism, but has been accused of amplifying domestic tensions between Hindus and Muslims for political gain.

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