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

What Gurjarat Means

January 3, 2018

In his December 26th, 2017 Indian Express article, Ashutosh Varshney, discusses the significance of the recent Gurjarat elections and the likely national ramifications. Varshney argues that there are three bigger lessons of Gujarat: 1) that Modi would openly embrace anti-Muslim themes and images if development does not work as a campaign theme; 2) that BJP has a rural problem, but Congress has an urban problem; and 3) that Rahul Gandhi has emerged as an effective campaigner after encountering repeated doubts about it in the past. Read the full article