A shop assistant sells kites bearing images of the Indian political rivals, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Bangalore. Photo: AFP

As India’s mega election begins, caste-based parties threaten to upset Modi’s apple cart

  • Over 39 days, some 900 million voters will decide if they want Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to remain in power
  • While much of the spotlight has been cast on Modi, the lack of a national election narrative has allowed state parties to boost their numbers by forming alliances across caste lines
Topic |   Asia elections

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A shop assistant sells kites bearing images of the Indian political rivals, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Bangalore. Photo: AFP
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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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