President of the opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi (left) with his sister and party member Priyanka Gandhi, during a road show on the way to filing his election nomination in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, on April 10. Elections for India’s 545-member lower house of parliament are being held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19, 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE

Modi versus whom? The real tragedy facing India, the world’s largest democracy

  • The true catastrophe for India is that it has highly qualified professionals, but not the leaders capable of challenging the status quo.
  • Modi seems powerful purely because the opposition cannot position a strong leader
Topic |   Narendra Modi

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President of the opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi (left) with his sister and party member Priyanka Gandhi, during a road show on the way to filing his election nomination in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, on April 10. Elections for India’s 545-member lower house of parliament are being held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19, 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE
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A shopkeeper with masks of Indian Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: AFP

Gandhi to cow vigilantes, fake news and ‘watchman’ Modi: India’s election explained

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is promising voters he’s India’s ‘watchman’
  • Religious violence, unemployment, demonetisation, fake news and big-name opposition are some of the things he should have seen coming
Topic |   Asia elections

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A shopkeeper with masks of Indian Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: AFP
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