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The only way to look at Modi’s and Shah’s seeming indifference to departing allies has to be in the context of the BJP’s expansion plans and its willingness to shed unwanted, extra baggage.
Through people’s movements and the judiciary, India has kept majoritarian regimes in check — be it under Indira Gandhi or Rajiv Gandhi. Are state elections a new addition?
President Reuven Rivlin has given Netanyahu first crack at building a coalition in parliament. Experts say it’s ‘all or nothing’ for the Israeli leader.
Coalition governments redistribute resources proportionately while countries with majority governments witness rapid rise in inequality.
Many parties that have not aligned either with BJP or Congress will emerge as decisive power brokers after 2019 election results on 23 May.
Coalition govts are inclusive, reflect India’s diversity and even the shakiest of them have pushed forward economic reform.
Coalition dharma has edged some seasoned politicians out of their strongholds, triggering fury and rebellion around Bihar this election season.
Investment guru and political observer Ruchir Sharma said free market proponents like him are disappointed with Modi’s 5 years at the helm.
Regional parties will guard their turf assiduously by not yielding their space to either of the two national parties.
Upendra Kushwaha, who belongs to the Koeri community, was an important cog in BJP’s Bihar caste alliance of non-Yadav OBCs.
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