Modi won power, not the battle of ideas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has led his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a major victory in the country's general election, winning more than 300 of the 543 parliamentary seats and five more years to run the country.

This is an impressive achievement, but how has Mr Modi been able to do it? And why has the Indian National Congress, the old national party, been restricted to a mere 52 seats?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2019, with the headline 'Modi won power, not the battle of ideas'. Print Edition | Subscribe