Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the central figure of India's general election. A controversial politicians who has his share of fanatical devotees and blind critics, Modi has turned many of the assumptions governing Indian politics on their head. In this lecture, Swapan Dasgupta, surveys the political and economic lanscape that has contributed to Modi's appeal in different parts of India. If Modi wins the election on May 16, will public life in India be unalterably changed? What does a Modi-led India mean for the outside world?
April 24 is the second-biggest voting day in India’s nine-phase election, with 117 seats up for grabs. The constituencies are located across the sub-continent, stretching from Nowgong in India’s northeast state of Assam to Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Indian Ocean will become one of the major strategic battlegrounds of the 21st century. The rise of India and China is shaping a new regional balance of power and just as China is asserting itself in the Pacific, India aspires to be the leading power in the Indian Ocean. It is a region that we can no longer afford to ignore.