Business Standard

Pluralism lives

The past five years offer clues to why the answer can as well be no

Narendra Modi

Illustration by Binay Sinha

Kanika Datta New Delhi
Lutyens’ liberals and sundry “sickular” analysts have been dumbfounded by the election results that handed Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) an unanticipated majority in the Lok Sabha. The elite intellectual discourse since then has eddied around the xenophobic and communal content of the campaign, which appears to have trumped the myriad non-achievements of Mr Modi’s 2014 promises. So should we pronounce the funeral oration for plural, inclusive India? 

The past five years offer clues to why the answer can as well be no. 

Critics of Mr Modi have attributed his almost single-handed victory to his undoubted charisma, money power, youthful muscle
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: May 30 2019 | 2:00 AM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to