Modi’s Aura of Invincibility Is Starting to Crumble

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a a rally in Sivasagar, Assam state, Jan. 23, 2021 (AP photo by Anupam Nath).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a a rally in Sivasagar, Assam state, Jan. 23, 2021 (AP photo by Anupam Nath).
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In the run-up to India’s 2014 elections, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, campaigned on the slogan, Achhe din aane waale hain—“The good days are coming.” Led by the charismatic and popular Narendra Modi, who now serves as prime minister, the BJP stormed to power that year, decimating the long-ruling Indian National Congress party. Then, in the 2019 elections, the BJP improved on its previous electoral performance, taking more than 300 seats. It was the first time in 30 years that a single party had won a majority of the 543 seats in India’s legislature in back-to-back elections.  […]

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