Presented by Professor Ian Hall
Back in 2014, Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a landslide victory on a platform that promised rapid economic development, jobs, and prosperity. "Good days" (acche din) were coming, they promised, and they would deliver them. After five years of lacklustre growth, however, Modi and the BJP approached the 2019 election in very different terms. Following a terrorist attack in Kashmir and retaliatory air strikes on camps in Pakistani-controlled territory, Modi and his allies restyled themselves as a chowkidars ("watchmen"), arguing that they best place to keep India safe and secure. This talk will explore that campaign and the election results.
Ian Hall is a Professor in International Relations at Griffith University and the Deputy Director (Research) of the Griffith Asia Institute. He is also the co-editor (with Sara E. Davies) of the Australian Journal of International Affairs. His new book, Modi and the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy (Bristol University Press) will be out later in 2019.
Image: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hoping his hardline stance on national security will secure him victory in the country's general election. Source: Kremlin.ru
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