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Modi risks backlash by pursuing authoritarian tack

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Subject

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's authoritarian governance.

Significance

The circumstances in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recently abrogated Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status have prompted some critics to highlight the government’s authoritarian tendencies. While most opposition parties are in disarray, Modi’s party is increasing the central government’s power over regional states.

Impacts

  • Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah will consolidate his position as the likely long-term successor to the prime ministership.
  • The main opposition Congress party will refuse to attenuate its close association with the Gandhi family.
  • Many opposition parties will struggle to prevent members resigning and joining the BJP.
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