Prime Minister Narendra Modi must deliver on his promises if he is to return to power at next year’s election.
India aspires to maintain its status as one of the fastest-growing large economies in the world, but jobless growth is hitting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s economic credibility. There signs that the BJP is losing support among key constituencies such as farmers. Opposition parties are considering the formation of an anti-BJP ‘Federal Front’ ahead of the next year’s elections. Meanwhile, India is drawing closer to the United States, Japan and Australia as it looks to secure its neighbourhood. Delhi has ambitious plans to invest in infrastructure across Asia and Africa, pushing back on China’s regional influence.
- On what sort of alliances might Modi depend at the election to expand beyond the BJP’s heartlands?
- Can Modi create enough jobs to cater to India’s growing labour pool?
- Will India indeed be a cornerstone of a new ‘Indo-Pacific’ region?
Chief International CorrespondentThe New York Times
Professor of EconomicsSOAS
Deputy Director of AnalysisOxford Analytica
Professor of Indian History and CultureUniversity of Oxford