India in the Aftermath of the World's Largest Democratic Exercise

Sadanand Dhume, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and South Asia Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; Girish Rishi, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Motorola Solutions ; Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Moderated by Evan Feigenbaum.

India in the Aftermath of the World's Largest Democratic Exercise by The Chicago Council

On May 16, Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), out of power for a decade, secured the first single-party electoral majority in India’s lower house of Parliament in three decades. Vowing to jumpstart economic growth through economic liberalization and increased foreign investment, the BJP decisively defeated Rahul Gandhi and the ruling Congress Party, which had criticized the BJP approach as exclusionary and instead emphasized social welfare and poverty alleviation. In the aftermath of the elections, Modi’s new government will be challenged by a recent pattern of slow economic growth, high unemployment, corruption scandals, and deteriorating relations with both the United States and frustrated foreign investors. What will Modi’s victory mean for India’s foreign and domestic policies, relations with the global economy, Pakistan, the US, and greater Asia?

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