Narendra Modi is a Terrorist Elected
Of all the democratically elected heads of government in Asia, none should sit as firmly in the saddle as the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his re-election. The economic situation is so difficult that the triumph in the election can hardly be explained at first glance. The unemployment rate is higher than it has been in 45 years, as leaked calculations showed; the government withholds the official report. Modi's cash reform also cost jobs, the announced establishment of new industrial companies is a long time coming. So what makes the success of the politician who has even increased his majority in parliament? In the search for answers, one comes across at least six reasons for his triumph.
First, modes simply lack the opponents; Nobody is in sight who could be dangerous to him, so that analysts are already worried about how Indian democracy should still function with such a weak opposition. Above all, those politicians who are considered members of dynasties and who have ruled India for a long time have fallen into disrepute. Modi knows how vulnerable they are because the people distrust them because of many previous corruption scandals. Modi took advantage of the mood by creating a simple contrast: people could choose between "Naamdar" - a Hindi word that denotes members of prominent families - or "Kaamdar", people who work hard. Modi sees himself as a representative of the second group, someone who comes from a humble background and has worked his way up.
Many Indians have not forgotten the scandals of the Congress Party, which ruled for a long time
This strategy affects several politician clans, above all the Gandhis. Rahul Gandhi wanted to become premier for the Congress party, his charismatic sister Priyanka Gandhi should help get votes. But she is married to a businessman who is suspected of corruption, which also casts a shadow over her. And many Indians have not yet forgotten the corruption scandals that characterized the last term of the Congress Party's 2009-2014 term. The anger over this paved the way for Modi, which offered itself as non-corrupt and has maintained this reputation to this day.
Second, there is hardly a politician in India who succeeds as well as Modi in establishing a connection with the masses. This is due to his rhetorical talent and ability to speak the language of those who feel neglected. Modi communicates via radio, social media and also via the network of the right-wing Hindu cadre organization RSS, in which he himself rose. Most of the Indians trust him and want to give him more time for economic reforms. Many television stations also transmit Modi's messages without critical distance, which raises doubts about the independence of the large media. The prime minister avoids critical journalists. A few days ago he gave a press conference for the first time in five years, at which he spoke but did not answer any questions. He passed this on to his campaign strategist Amit Shah.
This man embodies the third reason for Modi's success. He organizes the election campaigns of the BJP, with a lot of money, trained helpers and sophisticated methods, such as how to poach promising candidates and weaken opponents. This is a brutal business that all parties engage in, except that the BJP is particularly good at it. In addition, Modi delivered speech after speech, flying back and forth across the country. The BJP has extended its power far beyond the "Hindu Heartland", the core area of the Hindus in northern India.
The efficiency of the BJP party is partly reflected at the government level - a fourth reason for the Modi wave. Because the prime minister has managed to help the poor population quickly. With gas connections, electricity, toilets, grants for building houses, sick pay, support for farmers. Sometimes it happened so quickly that the quality suffered, but the poorest in India show their appreciation for small services and are happy when their money does not go away. Many speak of these blessings of Modi. Even road construction is supposedly going faster under the BJP leadership, Schlendrian is hated by Modi.
All of this strengthens trust in the prime minister, who, fifth, also presented himself as the guardian of the nation. After the Islamist terrorist attack in Kashmir, he played this card everywhere. Modi surfed the wave of nationalism, anti-Pakistani sentiments were easy to serve in times of confrontation.
Above all, Modi's critics emphasize the force with which his camp finally uses the religiously tinged ideology of the Hindu nationalists - called Hindutva - it gets caught up in Hindus from all castes and frightens minorities. Critics therefore see Modi as a divider whose followers sow hatred and distrust, especially against Muslims in their own country. They could go to Pakistan if they didn't like it, is a common hate speech from Hindu zealots. It upsets those Muslims who are proud to belong to a secular Indian nation. And again and again it happens that radical Hindus hunt Muslims if they believe that they have slaughtered a cow. Modi is mostly silent when such conflicts arise. Radical Hindus were also allowed to run for the BJP this time. But Modi has promised that all Indians will be involved in creating the new India that he has given as a vision.
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