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Majoritarian StateHow Hindu Nationalism is Changing India$
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Angana P. Chatterji, Thomas Blom Hansen, and Christophe Jaffrelot

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190078171

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190078171.001.0001

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Can Modi and the BJP Achieve and Sustain Hegemony?

Can Modi and the BJP Achieve and Sustain Hegemony?

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(p.117) 6 Can Modi and the BJP Achieve and Sustain Hegemony?
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Majoritarian State
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James Manor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190078171.003.0007

This chapter analyses Modi’s quest and strategy for hegemony in the Indian political landscape. Firstly, it highlights the gulf between the promises and performance of the Modi Government taking into account the state of the economy, primarily high unemployment, poverty and the agrarian crisis exacerbated by decisions like demonetization. It also explores the projection of Modi’s personality, tough stance on corruption and inadequate action on Hindu vigilante groups as the tenets of his rise to power. However, a patchy economic record coupled with the aspirational and sophisticated voter leaves Modi with the option to achieve hegemony by polarizing the electorate. If history is any indication, polarization is an unsuitable tactic.

Keywords:   Hegemony, Unemployment, Economy, Polarization, Promises, Corruption, Modi

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