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What does democracy look like in Modi's India?
What does democracy look in Modi's India? | GZERO World

What does democracy look like in Modi's India?

India's population recently surpassed China's and in the most populous country on earth, nothing is simple. But for the world's largest democracy, democracy isn't so simple, either. India has had its fair share of problems, from the persecution of minority groups, to a clamping down on press freedom, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced stiff criticism from the West. But during his recent trip to the White House, President Biden still rolled out the red carpet and welcomed him with open arms. The question remains: What does a Modi led India look like?

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Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, addresses his party supporters during an election campaign rally.

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What’s at stake in India’s state elections?

Over 150 million Indians have registered to vote in five state elections that just kicked off and will run through March 7. (Fun fact: 39,598 voters aged 100 and over are registered to vote, according toThe Economist.) The biggest electoral battle will take place in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, which is often seen as a bellwether for national politics. The other states holding elections include Punjab, Goa, Manipur, and Uttarakhand; all but Punjab currently have BJP-led governments.

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BJP defies pundits in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal

May 24, 2019 5:00 AM

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised many pundits yesterday with its performance in the two key states of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

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