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Did economics triumph in Uttar Pradesh?

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The BJP’s landslide victory in this populous Indian state reflects a potentially combustible mix of old and new, write Pawan Singh and Jonathan Balls The unexpected landslide victory in this month’s Uttar Pradesh elections by the party of prime minister Narendra Modi has fuelled a debate about whether politics is changing in North India’s populous […]

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The Emperor of India: Modi’s first year in office

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Narendra Modi and the BJP were swept to power in 2014 on a promise of major change. PETER MAYER assesses Modi’s record after 12 months. When the results of the national general elections in India were announced in mid-May, 2014 they signalled a major rupture in the established pattern of national politics. Most observers and […]

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Modi’s new broom aims to sweep India clean

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Narendra Modi enlists the Mahatma in his ambitious campaign to make India a clean place in five years, ROBIN JEFFREY and ASSA DORON report. Narendra Modi, India’s powerful new prime minister, chose Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October to launch a ‘Clean India!’ or Swachh Bharat campaign. He committed big funding to making India a […]

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Anxiety persists over India’s new government

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Early signs are mixed that India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, can deliver on his promise to create a genuinely inclusive sense of nationhood. Why are many people in India apprehensive about the country’s new government? The Bharatiya Janata Party won 282 seats in the 543-seat lower house, and with its allies, it won close […]