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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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Merchants of Hype and Hate

Merchants of Hype and Hate

A Political-Economic Evaluation of the Modi Regime

(p.177) 9 Merchants of Hype and Hate
Majoritarian State

Pranab Bardhan

Oxford University Press

This chapter primarily evaluates the political economy of India under the Modi regime which came to power with economic development as one of the main promises. It analyses the ground realities backed up with official data, from the lack of employment creation, myth about being a corruption free government to the failure of demonetization and public relation coups including capturing the nationalism narrative using mainstream media. It also analyses some of the continued schemes like Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Aadhar continued from the previous UPA government. It further evaluates some good steps taken by the regime, including the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and Ujjawala free gas cylinders program. However, cow vigilantism and dilution of the Forest Rights Act are some of the backward steps taken by this regime. Overall, the economic performance of India under the Modi regime is described as mediocre at best, but it’s socio-political landscape is in far worse condition.

Keywords:   Political Economy, Economic Development, Employment, Cow Vigilantism, Ujjawala, Media, Modi

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