Indian political history
Ever since India’s independence almost 70 years ago, one party has always held substantial power in the political front – The Indian National Congress (INC). Once lead by Mahatma Gandhi himself, this secular, centre-left party was pivotal in the fight for independence from the British and in putting India back on the global stage.
But for the last two decades, the right winged Bharatiya Janata Party or the BJP has enjoyed great support from the people of the nation.
Current political situation
In 2014 the leader of the BJP, Narendra Damodardas Modi, a man who until then was banned from entering the UK and the US for his acts against religious freedom became India’s 14th Prime Minister.
This success can be attributed to the BJP’s campaign tactics which was unlike anything ever seen before in India. Social media became their major war front with new media technologies becoming their weapons for mass destruction. Crowds gathered to see the holographic projections of their leader making populist promises. This new strategy worked. The silent accomplice to India’s worst ever pogrom became its loudest voice.
The 5 years of his ministership were years filled with uncertainty and turmoil. His government raped and mutilated Mother India’s growth. Demonetisation, Goods and Service Tax, rapidly falling employment, and rising religious intolerances marred the secular and socialist face that India held close for thousands of years. But it didn’t end there.
Just a few months before, the same party, led by the same leader managed to get re-elected for another term of 5 years. But this time with a bigger majority. A majority so vast that it gave the BJP single handed power over the entire policy making body of the country, thus rendering the opposition’s voice mute.