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State elections in India

The party of Narendra Modi wins a decisive victory in Uttar Pradesh

The prime minister regains his momentum as the BJP wins 312 out of 403 seats in India's biggest state assembly

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Two Cents Worth

The reason BJP is so strong is because the main opposition party, the Congress is so weak. While it wears the cloak and touts itself as the secular party they were responsible for instigating the largest communal incidents and deaths post Independence. It reared Bhindrawale as a communal tool to offset the Akali Dal ( the Sikh political party) to gain political control of Punjab. Unfortunately they could not get off the tiger. It resulted in the desecration of the Holiest of the Sikh Temple with almost 500 people being killed on premises and tanks rolling into its precincts. Yet they keep talking about Babri temple demolition. Put it into perspective and see where the most damage was done. Bhindrawale also lead to the creation of the Khalistan movement and hundreds more people killed.

It unfortunately also resulted in the assassination of Mrs. Gandhi. The Congress party leaders then went on a pogrom of the Sikhs with a list of Sikhs and lead to the biggest mass killings in the country since Independence. The instigators are still walking around free. And they have the audacity to claim the right to be secular.

Yet I found all the foreign media conveniently forgetting this and focusing on BJP and the Hindutva.

The reason why people such as me and my friends who have received western education and worked overseas and traditionally have a liberal outlook , voted for Mr.Modi is because we look around at the achievements of the country over the last sixty years during which the Congress party ruled for most of the time and see the rot. Is the present heir apparent really a person we want to be our Prime Minister and throw his tantrums. Based on his past performance he will appear to be magnanimous and appoint another puppet whose strings he can pull - i.e. blame him/her for all the things which go wrong and take credit for things which go right. Do I want as a leader a person who embarrassed the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he was on a state visit to to the United States by publicly tearing up a cabinet decision paper on live television while the former was meeting with Mr. Nawaz Sharif and President Obama. Just made it clear who called the shots.

What about the other political leaders - Mamta Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, Malaum Singh Yadav and the list goes on and on. Are they really Prime Minister material when all they do is whine when things do not go their way ?

Finally whatever you say about Mr. Modi and BJP ( and yes they have their faults and I as a minority member am concerned ) but at least they put the interests of their country first and are doing their best to reduce corruption. Yes there will missteps but you do not see Mr. Modi's brother or sister or nephew or uncle being nominated for as ,most of the other political leaders seem to do.

Lets give them a chance and if they do not perform then god help us and vote them out.

guest-ajolawaw

All youHindian lunatics on Moksha!
Hinduism is not a religion like Islam, Catholicism or patchwork Christianity.
Hinduism is about rituals with no academia. Buddhism is a philosophy like Taoism and Confucianism.
Xi practices Zisiism or Half & Half or Aristotle’s Golden Mean – Win –Win.
Indians, Pakistanis and British pirates are jealous
Only a stupid man says he has seen God.
If Allah or God loves you half as much as your mother loves you then you won't go to hell.
Jesus never spoke about the apple or redemption.

BAZEE

Those who do support. And others who oppose Modi
A staunch supporter of Modi, I have to say that there is some doubt about Muslim support in UP for th BJP
Incisive and ruthless analysis suggests that the Muslim vote was partially split between two opposition parties.
BJP won UP with 39% of th vote.
There is also some reason to believe that many Muslim women voted for BJP. Although not overwhelming, this represents a change towards more trust for. BJP.
It also means that Muslim women are feeling confident of being independent of their Horny Husbands
All in all, this is a win away from the corrupt and towards the poor
In saying all this, dshonesty is TAQUIA . It is stupid for the rest of the world

fgdkY2tM6e

The comments on concerns amongst the 'Minorities' is not correct and untrue. How can anyone win by such a wide margin if the 'Minorities' themselves did not vote for Modi??
Very shallow and a poor analysis. No wonder- the liberal press is getting everything wrong.

lyricsbark

The Economist has consistently gotten its India coverage wrong over the past few years - since 2014 in fact. It seems that it has a set, pre-determined narrative in place, and looks to find evidence for it, despite there being almost none. But of course, one can't expect better for a magazine that endorsed Rahul Gandhi for PM - a buffoon heading a party of crooks and thieves who turned India into a kleptocracy in its 10 years in power. The Brits, by the looks of it, are still mucking about with their former colony. The natives would rather you stop.

RAJIVASRIVASTAVA

Dear Economist: Just to remind you that in 2014 you had actually canvassed for Rahul Gandhi as Prime Minister which sounded like something non-serious then and a joke now. Please do have the grace to acknowledge the good work being done by Mr Modi. You have once again spoken of the neglect of some groups by Mr Modi. You are again wrong - he has done nothing that discriminates against any ethnic or religious group, in fact he talks of taking everyone along. Mr Modi's support cuts along all groups and communities. The only group that he he not fond of are the corrupt - a set of politicians, bureaucrats and some businesses that thrived in Congress rule.

kiratwan

Rahul Gandhi and Akilesh Yadave, the outgoing chief minister, did a poor job of campaigning.
They couldn't put forward an eye catching message to inspire the voters. Rahul Gandhi is
an uninspiring speaker and highly unlikely to revive the fortune of congress party. His
replacement could do that. Outlook Magazine, published from Delhi, had Akilesh Yadave
on the front page about a year ago with the caption of " worst chief minister" in India. Public
was not too thrilled by his governance in the last five years and were also put off by the
very public family feud and huge fortune they have accumulated. Muslims always score their
own goal. They scramble to get tickets from SP and BSP and even congress which divide
their votes in Muslims majority areas handing over the victory to BJP. With almost 20% population
they didn't win a single seat in 2014 and lost ground in recent election slipping from 69 in 2012
to 24 now. With their "me" focus they have made themselves irrelevant. Whatever snide statements
Modi makes is unlikely to stir them to unite. Modi will continue to dominate unless economy suffers
which is unlikely given the skills of statisticians who manipulate GDP. India will remain the fastest
growing major economy so long Modi is at the helm and statisticians kow -tow.

BHARAT- in reply to kiratwan

No wrong!

the real trick was to be non-corrupt and to be seen to be non-corrupt

* Akhilesh kept a minister who had been accused of rape.
*Rahul Gandhi is associated with shoulder deep corruption. His brother in law is being investigated now. And when dud he create that earthquake he was boasting about

* Demonetisation was more then an anti-corruption move. It was a move that showed the masses that the BJp was going to get the corrupt.
Successful or not - that is a move that congress should have made many years ago.

It is a move that establishes a party's credentials
..
If you are a deobandi - then you would find to believe in democracy. In any case Muslim women voted for BJP
- because the BJP is anti the horny deobandi men who believe in the Triple-Talaq-slavery

oTinzsaWPH in reply to BHARAT-

And did the Economist notice that BJP's Brijesh won Deoband by a big margin! Oh, why do you have to pay any attention to inconvenient facts when they contradict your cozy and convenient bromides about caste and religion-driven prejudiced Indians. Close your eyes and keep writing!

5 Whys... in reply to kiratwan

Before elections, we'll clean GANGA. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll catch DAWOOD. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll solve KASHMIR. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll bring KOHINOOR. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll prosecute VADRA. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll build RAM-MANDIR. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll scrap ARTICLE370. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll prosecute DIKSHIT. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll give QUOTA for Woman. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll end DYNASTY politics. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll create VIDARBHA state. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll bring COMMON-CIVIL-CODE. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll give special STATUS to AP. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll disclose NETAJI documents. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll DEPOSIT 15 lakhs in your a/c. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll prosecute SIKH-RIOT culprits. After elections, we cannot do it;
Before elections, we'll bring BLACK-MONEY in 100 days. After elections, we cannot do it;
And before elections, we're Not CORRUPT. After elections, 50% Ministers have CRIMINAL cases;

ReaderPS

"..But for some the BJP’s win is bad news. Perhaps most obviously, it is discomforting to UP’s 40m Muslims..."
Really, discomforting you say?
TE, do you even know that majority of Muslims voted for BJP? You fail to understand that politics in India is changing from caste, creed and religion based to performance based.
Its high time you change your reporting on India to be more factual and connected to ground reality rather than the arm chair journalism you seem to fixate upon.

The Misfit

"Laugh about it shout about it when you've got to choose. Every way you look at it you lose". Simon & Garfunkel, Mrs Robinson.
India has just had important state election results over the past month and as usual we had the Indian media circus play out with a series of discussions around what was the proportion of candidates from a particular caste, community, religion, gender etc. However buried in all the triumph and disaster of who won and lost was the continuing reality that a large numbers of the candidates who stood for elections during the recent election had criminal records (and in many cases serious crimes) against them. This cut across all parties (established or new). So truly as we "laughed and shouted" about the elections - we were all losers in the end... or maybe not? Perhaps this is exactly what we want.... across all parties and across all voters....
https://ajitmahadevan.blogspot.in/2017/03/is-criminality-requirement-in-...

The Misfit in reply to BHARAT-

I assume you are talking about the criminal profile of the candidates for the 2017 state elections in India? Well there are multiple sources from Indian newspapers and online news. There was an article in DNA that every fourth winning MLA in the UP elections was facing "serious criminal cases". All of this is cross-party.

BHARAT-

Went to China - God of CPEC and all things to do with being a financial sugar daddy for Pakistan
Some point to ponder
(1) the Internet will only allow Pakistan's newspapers. They will allow Australian newspapers, they will not allow British nor American or Indian newspapers.
(2) censorship is heavy in Pakistan, Cyril Almeida was almost incarcerated for mentioning the row between the army and the Palistan Government

Very few negative things about Pakistan are mentioned. The fact that the new army chief has made moves about making the army more democracy orintated is never mentioned
Recent talk in the Ntherlands about Islam Bing incompatible with freedom of speech or human rights is never mentioned
............
Against that negatives about Hinduism or about the PM na ether 2002 incidence are still a regular fodder in the media
......
And that is the difference between true democracy and make believe democracy

BHARAT- in reply to kiratwan

Kirtwan.
To an Islamic man who does not believe in democracy ( Basically Islam does not)

Democracy is more then votes
(1) It is an independent judiciary. Take Tamil Nadu as an example of what an independent judiciary can do.
An indention judiciary will direct the police to do a better job
As an example - The Pakistan Government prosecutes terrorists ' In Camera'. This means that no-one knows what the evidence is that is presented.
That is not an independent judiciary
....
(2) A free press. The army in Pakistan is always, and surreptitiously threatening Journalists. # years ago IS killed a journalist. Two years ago they tried to kill a GEO journalist.
Cyril Armada would been lost forever, If Choudhry Nisar had his way. His offence? He reported a row between the army and the civilian government
The fact that a Think Tank in the USA was invaded by some IS stooges was never reported in the Pakistan press
( This happened at the beginning of February )

For the sake of a freedom of press, Journalists should only succumb to the law - not to informal Assasinations

Gautam Agrawal

I think time for the The Economist to apologize to Indians for promoting Rahul Gandhi in 2014. Also for a negative reporting on Prime Minister Modi from the time he was elected. A new India is being built in front of our eyes.

Time for TE to report in an unbiased manner and to regain its credibility.

5 Whys...
Red wine in reply to 5 Whys...

you prefer coups instead? that would mean 3 million people killed in East Pakistan with no prosecutions
or
just 40% literacy not including Maddrassa rubbish?
or
Deobandi women continue to be slaves to their horny husbands' triple talaq?
\Bozzo
democracy means free information - transparency, and independent judiciary. It means regular change in government so that one party does not get entrenched in corruption
.
Try freedom of information in China or Pakistan. Don't forget to say your prayers to allah

5 Whys...

BC/SC/ST are 80%; But 80% Supreme Court Judges are NOT; And since 1947 only Brahmin/Bania is nominated as RBI Governor; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Reserve_Bank_of_India We don't want your merit https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communal_Award

Knee Cap

Suffice it to say Congress is associated with corruption and scandal.
BJP, at this moment is associated economic growth stability and moves against corruption .
The BJP has shown us what India is capable of
The average economic growth under Congress over all those years was 2.8%
The growth under BJP has been about 6'.4%
I call this feeding the poor
And the poorest are Muslims as elsewhere in the world

kiratwan in reply to Knee Cap

Your citation of 2.8% growth under congress government is a completely manufactured fact.
It was congress that made reforms in 1991 which facilitated economic growth
averaging 6% to 6.5%. Modi's government has manipulated GDP growth data by changing
the methodology which turned 5% growth to 7%. Sub- data doesn't support high growth.
Credit to businesses and investment are lower under Modi. Job creation is lousy. why the
fast growth is not creating jobs? The only reason is that fast growth is a mirage.

BHARAT- in reply to kiratwan

so little knowledge
Whedre does you Knowledge come from?

> Manmohan, initially a socialist was coerced into changing course by Naraminsinha Rao. The Hindu rate of growth before that was derived from Indira Gandhi's socialist policies.
The change came after an event when a plane load of Gold was sent to the UK when India ran out of foreign currency.
Until then the growth rate was 2.3%
The average after that is estimated to be about 2.8%
Try and get some real info please - none of that vapour from your brain
.
Incidentally, Indira also directed the Indian army to save the Hindus from a genocide in East Pakistan.
remember that ?
The savages of Pakistan still have not prosecuted anyone for that 3 million killing.. ( figures from the Bangladesh Government)- 80% hindu
...
The last elected term of MS was a waste of time. They were mired in corruption upto their necks. Absolutely no reform - especially in the area of infrastructure.
...
As for job creation - lack of knowledge. Most of the job creation happens in the skills area. there is a culture based lack of skills in your community
Plus robotisation is taking over all over the world.
The same problem exists in the west as well. It is one of the main reasons why Trump was elected. Resentment from that creates a fear of immigration focusing on the most fearful - Muslims

It does not help that Muslims do not mix.
Example - In the UK the marriage between the infidels and muslims is about 10%
The Hindus and the locals is about 33%
With the Jews it is about 40%
Marriage rates get higher when people mix more. Your culture does not allow your girls to mix because the religion is only passed through the males.

let your daughters get educated. don't tie them to your religion. set them free, but give them good values - don't comment unless you find out first.

Thank god for the fact that in Gujarat Muslim families are now sending their girls for tertiary education.
Your knowledge comes from Congress. They started this innuendo after the loss of elections in Gujarat. The Muslims in UP seem to be more intelligent.

5 Whys...

Voting in elections is not Democracy without implementing https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communal_Award

guest-ajolawaw in reply to 5 Whys...

Voting in elections is not Democracy without implementing -The Communal Award Or Divide and Rule of the British.
No Indian needs pampering because then you behave like the stinking rich and obese.
Indira found a nich in reservation of seats to keep her in power for life and then she tried to be dictator- Thanks to Nani Palkiwhala the judges ruled 13 to 0 and she faded.
Kindergarten Children of China are taught what transpired during the Dynastic rule of `divide and rule` and the loss of Hong Kong due to the Opium trade by British and supplied by India. Therefore it will always be one China.
At my missionary school where we were taught by mediating monks of Catholics there were many refugees from India who wanted conversion for the free bread and butter and education. There I saw no one is born stupid it’s just attitude and meditation that made us shine and we did not need special privilege’s to face the challenges. The Chinese call it energy lock and they unblock it via acupuncture, moksha (underside of feet), cupping (to remove the wetness in the body) etc. The master of discipline would cane a student in a much disciplined manner on the buttocks (as at Singapore) and very soon the kid was getting 100 marks. The French do it another way it’s their culture and they are gentle to achieve same. England is famous for football hooligans that are to do with too much of freedom in the Anglican (patchwork church) my own class mate obtain 98% Mechanical Engineering IIT Madras- Hindu Brahmin- meditation and reading novels. He never went to USA though called many times- because of cultural shock.
Reserved seats at India have only sent the country backward and into a cycle of corruption.

Knee Cap in reply to guest-ajolawaw

True
Democracy divided West Pakistan from East Pakistan
mujibur Rahman won and the army took over. They then killed 3 million Hindus in East Pakistan and the arm kept the country United

What is East Pakistan called now ?

And all because they elected an East Pakistani for PM

sivar

The Economist consistently fails to note that the Gandhi dynasty is really the Nehru dynasty, not related in any way to Mahatma Gandhi. The dynasty has managed for three generations to successfully conflate the two, and turned the Congress party into a family enterprise. The chickens have come home to roost. The BJP and Modi have a long way to go toward secularism but they are no more communal than the Congress party, which pioneered and perfected under Indira Gandhi the concept and practice of identity politics.

guest-oesewaw

The economist has consistently criticised the demonetisation policy, calling it a GDP inhibitor. While this may be true, it is a short sighted view of PM Modi's growth story for India. Secondly, the economist always presented it as something that negatively affected the average Indian person. The overwhelming support received for PM Modi at the UP elections by the people from the heartlands, is a proof of the positive perception of demonetisation. The Economist failed to capture this emotion.

guest-ajolawaw

@ Sonjena and its alias joski65 or Broker for Modi-Toadi?
People Spread the Stupidity!
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
We all need to smile every once in a while. ♥‿♥.

guest-sonjena

If anybody still wondering whether to worry about the growth of Hindu right-wing, just read joski65's comment. It's going to be the rule of alternative facts and alternative logics.

5 Whys... in reply to guest-sonjena

52% Cabinet ministers in Modi regime are Brahmin who're just 4% in India;
1. Sushma Swaraj - External Affairs
2. Arun Jaitley - Finance & Corporate Affairs
3. Nitin Jairam Gadkari - Road Transport and Highways & Shipping
4. Manohar Parrikar - Defence
5. Suresh Prabhu - Railways
6. Kalraj Mishra - Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
7. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi - Women & Child Development
8. Ananth Kumar - Chemicals & Fertilizers, Parliamentary Affairs
9. Ravi Shankar Prasad - Law & Justice, Information Technology
10. Jagat Prakash Nadda - Health & Family Welfare
11. Anant Geete - Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
12. Smriti Zubin Irani - Textiles
13. Harsh Vardhan - Science & Technology, Earth Sciences
14. Prakash Javadekar - Human Resource Development
We don't want your merit petition2congress.com/20010/expel-brahmin-from-usa/