Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Can Modi turn the tide?

August 6, 2015

In his latest column, Professor Varshney argues that If Indira Gandhi's political honeymoon in 1971 lasted two years and Rajiv Gandhi's in December 1984 slightly less than two years, Prime Minister Modi's political honeymoon has more or less ended after fourteen months.  Modi's surplus legitimacy is gone and normal politics has returned. 

Bihar's forthcoming state elections, howeever, give Mr. Modie an opportunity. If he wins big, he can substanially reestablish his aura. If he loses, adversarial politics will become stronger, and pragmatic bargains will have to be made to carry on legislative business. Read the full article.